Spring is in the air at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. This year’s Japanese-inspired display features 65,000 flowers and botanical materials, waterfalls, cherry blossoms and even a 26-foot whimsical woman welcoming guests.
Envisioned by designer Ed Libby and Bellagio’s Horticulture teams, the new display showcases Japanese culture with symbolic elements to honor the new season. One is the cherry blossoms, which are symbolic of the brevity of life and beauty.
Guests enter the gardens through the East Garden where two 25-foot Torii Gates decorated with pink and white flowers invite guests in. Eight cherry blossom trees line the pathway. At the edge of the garden are four potted bonsai trees and two paradise flycatchers soaring above.
The West Garden features a giant woman rising out of the waters. Her hair falls down into a curtain of water encompassing her entire head, which is adorned with Kanzashi, a formal ornamental hairpin. Made from two sticks and flowers, the hairpin is worn in Japanese culture as a good luck charm and wards off evil spirits. Wisteria, an ancient vine representing immortality and longevity, surrounds the woman as she holds a 12-foot-wide white pearl, symbolizing prosperity and beauty.
Encounter a 10-foot-tall stone Japanese lantern in the South Garden. The lantern is traditionally used to line and illuminate paths and the one on the garden rests upon a waterfall cascading into a shallow pond. Floating on the water are blooming pink lotus flowers, which are honored throughout Japanese culture for its ability to bloom from the mud of a murky pond. Thirteen hand-painted festival lanterns light up the garden as the sun goes down.
A Japanese tea house sits on the edge of a pond in the North Garden. The 12-foot-tall house is made of bamboo and ornamented with mineral copper accents. Another paradise flycatcher sits on a cherry blossom tree.
The Japanese inspired botanical garden is on display now through June 3. Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.