Monday, September 5, 2016

Bellagio Conservatory Gardens & Water Light Show, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

John & Rebecca took us to the Bellagio Conservatory to see the gardens at night when they were all lite up. We saw the summer garden, and what a sight it was. The Bellagio changes their gardens five times a year: Chinese New Year, spring, summer, fall and winter. 

The Bellagio Conservatory team creates a full-blown floral production. For an entire week, the staff works 24 hours a day to transform the nearly 14,000-square-foot space with tens of thousands of flowers, trees, and plants. The horticulturalists, who are artists in their own right, create jaw-dropping displays that most people couldn't even make with paper, let alone flowers. It's pretty safe to say that they have more creativity in their pinky fingers than most of us do in our entire bodies. During the course of each seasonal exhibit, more than 10,000 potted flowers are hand-watered and switched out every two weeks. Don't worry, all the wilted flowers are reused and converted to mulch, in fact 90 percent of the conservatory is recycled. How's that for green? These creations are so impressive that more than 5 million visitors a year come to experience them.

The 1,500 gallon tank was designed by Acrylic Tank Manufacturing's Wayde King and Brett Raymer and featured on Animal Planet's hit show, Tanked.

Rocky ruins cascade behind this mermaid that stands 7 feet tall with a tail made of 1,500 flowers.

This sea turtle has approximately 500 stems of fresh cut Red Carnations and Yellow Fuji Mums, the outer shell is adorned with real seashells.

The Seahorses are made of EPS foam and hard coat. A metal armature and a 28" stand hold each of the 8 foot, 10 foot and 12 foot high seahorses in place.

The Bellagio also hosts a display of dancing lights in its outdoor pond.  Hundreds of people gather here nightly to watch the show. 

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