The seasons are changing and so is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens display. The new arrangement is called “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.” While the Lunar New Year display focused on Asian culture, these floral creations represent springtime celebrations in The Netherlands, England, Thailand, and the United States.
This presentation at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has plenty of blooming spring flowers, cherry blossom trees, hummingbirds, and butterflies throughout the Conservatory. This is all meant to represent growth, resilience, and the dawning of a new season. That’s right, Spring is here!
Designer Ed Libby and Bellagio’s horticulture team designed “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.” The new display brings spring traditions from different cultures to life right here in Las Vegas.
“As we leave the dreary winter months behind, we spring forward with our beautiful new Conservatory exhibit, celebrating renewal and growth,” said Libby. “Guests will be compelled at every turn by numerous blooming floral displays that reflect how the world celebrates spring.”
Let’s take a virtual walk through “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.”
Entering The Gardens
“Springtime Celebrations Around the World” begins in England. The West Bed inside the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens pays homage to the Chelsea Flower Show. This is a beloved annual spring event in England.
The space is framed by two oversized hummingbirds. The garden bed is full of roses, daffodils, and clovers – the United Kingdom’s national flowers. A large custom-built greenhouse is home to hundreds of live domestic butterflies. Artistic sculptures of butterflies fly overhead.
This symbolizes a new voyage into spring. Also in this area is a boat that floats nearby in a bed of water carrying pink, purple, and blue floral arrangements. Oversized garden lanterns add a little light the scene.
This part of the display features a recreation of the Keukenhof Festival in Holland, Netherlands. This is the centerpiece of this part of the exhibition.
A large windmill turns and symbolizes strength and a promising future for all. Tulips, daffodils, and fragrant hyacinths line the garden alongside large flower sculptures created out of brightly colored preserved roses.
A pair of hand-painted wooden clogs, a Netherlands staple, branded with the iconic Bellagio “B” highlight the rest of this section.
“Springtime Celebrations Around the World” continues into the United States. The East Bed is similar to the Cherry Blossom Festival held annually in Washington D.C.
Ten cherry blossom trees with their beautiful white and light pink buds fill this garden. There’s a walkway surrounded by hundreds of blooming roses. This leads guests through an architectural element reminiscent of Washington D.C.’s history.
A stylized replica American flag made of red, white, and blue flowers and white butterfly sculptures represents the stars are above this passage.
On The Way Out
The North Bed pays tribute to Thailand’s Songkran Water Festival. This is a unique celebration where people take to the streets and splash water on each other. This is a way of people purifying themselves for the beginning of the Buddhist New Year.
In this part of the display, Thai umbrellas hang over an opulent temple with a Buddha statue at its center. The water fountain is surrounded by hand-blown blue glass flowers with copper stems and a golden elephant, paying tribute to important elements of Thai culture.
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