Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is ready for fall. The Gardens is celebrating autumn with a brand-new display that takes guests inside the beauty and culture of India.
Indian Summer brings to life India’s culture, folklore and festivities through floral and botanical art. The exhibit is open through November 30, and is a departure for the usual seasonal displays at the Gardens.
“This season we incorporate multiple elements from my recent trips to India that showcase the celebration, pageantry and traditions of this vibrant culture,” said designer Ed Libby in a statement. “We reimagined the usual expectations of the season with colorful additions that celebrate the glamour of fall, adding colors rich in gemstone hues and exploring new themes. We are excited to occasionally break from tradition to offer new experiences for Bellagio’s guests.”
The stunning exhibit starts at the entrance of the Conservatory with two glittering 24-foot floral arches adorned with rose petals and botanical foliage and ornamented with flames, as fire is considered a purifying and sustaining life force in Indian culture. The arcs lead to a mandap, a structure traditionally used for Indian weddings, made from thousands of red, yellow and orange carnations. A bed of pumpkins, and four fountains line the walkway’s edge.
At the center of the display are two 14-foot Asian elephants spouting water from their trunks. The elephants even move with blinking eyes and moving tails. They are adorned with colorful blankets made from 20,000 pink and purple roses. A waterfall fairy dances in front of the pachyderms while two Hanuman deities, a part-human and part-monkey Hindu God known for energy and strength, gather a harvest in intricate hand-painted, wooden carts. Up above chandeliers resembling Kalire, umbrella-shaped ornaments worn by brides during Indian wedding ceremonies, offer a peaceful glow.
In the North Garden, two 25-foot tigers made from yellow lentils, red and black cargo rice and caraway seeds keep an eye over the garden. A gentle rain curtain pours over a fallen log, where a tiger stands watch. Birds of paradise and cattails hide a Bengal, who is peeking through. Three floral sculptures made from more than 2,000 vibrant roses rest on the edge of the pond.
Over in the South Garden, a 28-foot talking tree takes over the space with colorful peacocks beneath, calling to one another and fluffing their feathers. At the base of the trunk is a family of foxes perched on top of a magical carpet. A blue and gold decorated lamp and dragonflies flutter overhead.
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary to the public.