Bellagio changes the display in the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens five times a year. Most of the displays are similar to prior years. The current display may be similar to previous years but the overall theme changes annually with the calendar. Guests can now experience “A Season of Love” at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Lunar New Year display is open through Saturday, March 6.
 
Each piece in the Year of the Ox display is designed to represent prosperity, strength, and tenacity in the new year. The exhibit honors the year taking inspiration from Asian art, architecture, and culture.
 
 

“This beautiful Lunar New Year display is specially designed to honor the Year of the Ox, focus on love and evoke inspiration in the new year,” said Designer Ed Libby. “This year, perhaps more than ever, we can all use an added dose of inspiration and love.”

The Lunar New Year display features four scenes. Each section of the Conservatory is layered with meaningful floral creations that convey messages of love for nature, commitment, tradition, children, and travel. The “A Season of Love” display was detailed and designed with Feng Shui. If you’re not familiar this is the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance, and positive life energy.
 
Let’s take a tour of the “A Season of Love” Lunar New Year display at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
 

South Bed

This is where guests will enter the Conservatory. Visitors will be greeted by two large Chinese Foo Dog water fountains. These are designed to ward off negative energy and welcome a positive new year.
 
This section of the garden features a colorful bird perched on top of a new peony sculpture sitting next to a wooden gazebo. There are large jade medallions that were created with 3D printers. These medallions are suspended over the flower bed symbolizing prosperity, good luck, and success.
 

West Bed

The West Bed is the centerpiece of the Lunar New Year presentation. This section features a majestic Jade Pavilion that has a Bonsai tree and a graceful willow tree to either side. Both tower over a flower bed filled with a selection of shrubs, dozens of metallic cattail plants, and copper Bonsai tree rain fountains. Each feature here has individually hand-stamped leaves.
 
Don’t forget to look up! There are two magpie birds above the bed’s floral arrangements. All of this is illuminated by the Ox symbol in the moon.
 

East Bed

The East Bed is the ¾ mark of the walk through the Lunar New Year display at Bellagio. While not the “centerpiece” this may be the highlight for many visitors. There are two golden Oxen standing atop a red and gold bridge running the length of the bed.
 
Traditionally, the Ox is known to be diligent, trustworthy, and strong. This symbolizes the strength to overcome any challenges in the new year. We could all use this in our lives right now.
 
There are oversized gold cherry blossom branches above the East Bed. These represent durability as well as rebirth. Bamboo trees placed at each end of the bridge and a pond filled with beautiful oversized Lotus flowers complete the scene.
 
We all have different tastes but this is probably my favorite part of the Lunar New Year display.
 

North Bed

The North Bed pays tribute to children and travel. Guests will find a tall flower Pagoda before exiting the display. This is a temple iconic to east and southeast Asian cultures. It sits at the center of the bed surrounded by Banyan trees and flowing water.
 
There are red lanterns hang from the ceiling while children created from fresh-cut flowers celebrate the blessings of the new year below. The highlight of this section might be the oversized Koi fish that leaps from the water. This represents the promise of good fortune in the coming year.
 
 
If you have ever wondered what goes into setting up the display, this video should help:


 

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