The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is one of the best and most beautiful free attractions in Las Vegas. The casino recently installed its Autumn display. This is an experience that frequent visitors to Las Vegas should recognize. This installation brings guests “Into The Woods” for an adventure highlighted by a magical forest and its cast of floral creatures. Yes – the tree with eyes that follows guests is back!
Visitors will find themselves in the center of a forest in the current display. The experience features floral mushrooms, a canopy of oversized oak leaves, autumn foliage, and large dragonflies dancing overhead. This display is open through November 28, 2020. After this show is over, the theme will turn to the holiday season.
“Into The Woods is filled with inspirations of transformation, reflection and empowerment told through magnificent floral creations,” Libby said. “Our fall display has been months in the making from conceptualization and design and has been brought to life by the extraordinary horticulture team.”
Walking Into The Woods At Bellagio
Guests will enter the conservatory by its West Bed. A family of foxes playing deep in the forest beneath a floral-embellished, hand-hewn treehouse with colorful stained-glass dragonfly windows greets all guests.
The dragonfly is a symbol of transformation and adaptability. This is also on the ship’s head of the Botanical Bellagio sailboat which guides the foxes’ water journey through the forest.
Moving Deeper Into The Woods At Bellagio
The North Garden features four enchanted fairies who spend the fall afternoons beside a tranquil reflecting pond. The fairy house completely uses botanical ingredients. The gorgeous home features a roof constructed of oversized sunflowers and the same stained-glass windows used in the foxes’ treehouse.
Each fairy is wearing its own individually designed ball gown. As you’d imagine the gowns use colorful flowers and natural embellishments.
The centerpiece of the display is a stunning pathway into the heart of the Bellagio Conservatory. The large hollow tree guides guests deeper ‘into the woods.’ Above the tree is a canopy of leaves with several dragonflies buzzing overhead. Colorful floral mushrooms accompany acorn-shaped lanterns as well as pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, colors, and sizes.
Leaving The Woods At Bellagio
The final section of the Autumn display is Bellagio’s infamous (and creepy) 28-foot tall talking tree. This majestic (and creepy) tree provides shelter for a family of bears preparing for hibernation. The tree shares a large pot of honey made by several honeybees. In this display, the bees represent a sense of duty, wealth, and prosperity.
They all sit harmoniously with the bears in the South Bed as they prepare for their long winter nap. Guest will continue out of the conservatory to enjoy everything else Bellagio has to offer.
Health & Safety At The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Health and safety protocols are only useful if visitors follow the rules. Guests were respectful of each other’s space the last time I walked through the conservatory.
The following Health & Safety measures have been implemented by MGM Resorts for the Conservatory:
- All guests will enter The Conservatory through a dedicated entryway. Floor markers and Bellagio employees will guide guests through the correct path.
- Bellagio operations and security will monitor the number of guests inside The Conservatory. When the space reaches capacity, guests will wait for their opportunity to enter. This is a nice change as the display can get very busy.
- The Bellagio team stationed within The Conservatory will encourage guests to continue moving through the space. They will try to move guests along at the end so more visitors can enter.
- The display has a single path. The walkway has floor markers, indicating the path guests can take to explore The Conservatory.
- There is only one path within The Conservatory for guests accessing the restaurants that sit within the space to allow them direct access
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