Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden “Artfully Autumn” display welcomes guests as they embark on a feast for the senses with dramatic sculptural pieces and an abundance of fall floral, foliage and pumpkins, all while being captivated by a new custom fragrance.
Open through November 12, this season’s masterpiece was envisioned by designer Ed Libby and Bellagio’s Horticulture team. The experience pays homage to modern architecture and artists such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Louis Comfort Tiffany, incorporating reverence to their designs in unexpected and imaginative ways.
Throughout the Conservatory journey, guests will enjoy botanical works of art nestled within a palette of rich golden hues and crisp oranges and reds as a new festive fall “cornucopia” scent fills the air with the aroma of cranberry and orange mixed with rich cinnamon, setting the mood for the season.
“’Artfully Autumn’ is an artistic representation of fall, inspired by art and architecture that reimagines seasonal designs in elegant and creative ways,” said Libby. “It’s been my dream to create a display that is not only visually appealing, but also speaks to works of art that touch the soul. This display achieves all this and more.”
Upon entering the Conservatory, guests are welcomed by a spectacular waterfall sculpture towering above the West Bed. The sculpture is a reinterpreted homage to the famed Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. To create the infinity waterfall basin, Bellagio engineers removed a portion of the Conservatory subfloor below, a first in the resort’s 24-year history.
Surrounding the waterfall are four bountiful cornucopias signifying prosperity and abundance filled with fruits and gourds. Flying high above is a graceful woodland fairy holding a golden challis to toast the new season.
Continuing to the North Bed, guests will encounter a series of gilded archways complemented by metallic copper-hued bonsai trees accented with colorful floral bases. Each tree, which is said to bring harmony and good luck, creates a couture approach to the ancient meditative practice of shaping nature into living works of art. State-of-the-art lighting accentuates the bonsai sculptures and gilded components, providing a warm glow for all who visit. Nearby LED screens bring the autumnal display to life with artfully interpreted scenes of falling leaves, cascading waterfalls and other moving botanical elements. The LEDs made their debut earlier this year, adding a new multimedia dimension to the Conservatory.
Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1935 architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, the reimagined design is the centerpiece of the South Bed and embraces the harmonious fusion of art and nature through architecture. To the right of the sculpture are two giant acorn topiaries, created with 32,000 orange carnations, representing the cycle and vitality of life. Flying high above the display are five flickering dragonflies, a symbol of wisdom, transformation and adaptability with wings inspired by glass work from Louis Comfort Tiffany.
The East Bed is inspired by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 2005 New York City popular orange fabric art installation, The Gates. Four 20-foot-tall, gilded archways adorned with vibrant multicolored flowers are shaded above by a giant oak tree branch with flickering acorns and giant hand-made orange leaves. Within each arch, a sheer descent of water creates a window for an artistic view of the Conservatory.
The water used in Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens comes from on-site underground wells that use rain and recycled water from the resort, avoiding the use of municipal potable water. The water in the Conservatory is also recycled throughout the exhibit and reused at the resort. Bellagio’s water conservation efforts are part of MGM Resort International’s overall sustainability commitment.
The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary and open to the public, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Artfully Autumn Display By The Numbers
- 600,000: Number of autumn-colored leaves in the North Bed
- 32,000: Number of carnations used on the fresh floral acorn topiaries
- 22,000: Number of plants that will be used in the display throughout the fall season
- 3,000 pounds: Weight of the West Bed waterfall structure
- 1,026 pounds: Weight of the largest giant pumpkin used in the display
- 357: Number of pumpkins used in the display
- 80: Team members involved in the display’s assembly
- 31: Types of plant species
- 20 feet: Height of each arch in the East Bed
- 20 feet: Height of waterfall drop in the West Bed
- 9: Number of illuminated acorns
- 8: Number of fire-polished copper arches
- 5: Number of flickering giant dragonflies
- 4: Number of cornucopias
- 1: Fairy
- 1: Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired structure
About Bellagio Resort & Casino
Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet. Award-winning dining, a world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning performance of “O” by Cirque du Soleil, a sumptuous spa and salon and exclusive luxury shopping all work together to compose the symphony that is Bellagio. Bellagio is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit bellagio.com, call toll free at (888) 987-6667 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.