Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes the arrival of fall with scenery, scents and sounds that celebrate the crisp season (Pictured: Talking Tree).
On display through November 30, the harvest show features fall favorites including pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, oversized orange-yellow leaves as well as more than 51,000 seasonal flowers.
The centerpiece of the harvest display, a 40-foot-tall watermill creates a soothing environment as it pumps water into the pond below. Nearby, a 10-foot-tall papa bear and 6-foot-tall baby bear frolic in a pumpkin patch alongside two oversized floral apples, each made with more than 1,200 red carnations. Each bear’s “fur” is coated in reindeer moss while colorful hydrangeas and yarrow adorn their vests.
Creating a stunning pathway and photo opportunity for guests at the entrance of the Conservatory, two glittering pergolas are complemented by twinkling birch trees and water arches illuminated with fall colors.
In the North Garden, a 28-foot-tall enchanted talking tree welcomes guests to the Conservatory. Decorated with autumn leaves and oversized acorns, the tree’s branches and roots provide a home for a few playful animated squirrels. An elegant trough with colorful dancing water and flowers sits amongst the roots as two horses, comprised of floral hydrangeas, yarrow and dune grass, rest nearby.
Guests will encounter a 12-foot-tall harvest basket abundant with seasonal delights along with pumpkins ranging in size from 450 to 1,200 pounds in the South Garden. Two mystical wooden forest creatures stand guard over the basket, tending to the pumpkin harvest that spills out to the garden. Nearby another mythical figure, standing 10 feet tall, beckons guests closer to the gathering.
Two live 45-minute musical performances take place daily from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. and 5:45 – 6:30 p.m., filling Bellagio’s Conservatory with sounds of violins, harps and flutes. Guests will enjoy a violin solo Sunday through Thursday and a flute and harp duo Fridays and Saturdays.
In conjunction with the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s exhibit “Painting Women,” the Conservatory has created a floral interpretation of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Tree, Yellow Sky using 1,200 mixed cut flowers. Located in the Giardini corner, the recreated painting is fitted within a 6-foot-tall elaborately carved frame.
On view through November 30, the harvest display at Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary to the public.
2014 Harvest Show Fast Facts:
Display Dates: Through Nov. 30
Total flowers on display per week: 8,100
Total flowers on display for duration of the exhibit: 51,000
Total shrubs on display: 850
Total trees on display: 27
Height: 40 feet
Width: 33 feet
Height: 10 feet
Height: 6 feet
Height: 12 feet
Length: 12 feet
Width: 12 feet
Height: 10 feet
Width: 5 feet
Height: 28 feet
Width: 20 feet