Bellagio Conservatory, Summer 2013

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I have a handful of attractions in Las Vegas that I recommend to all first-time visitors, and the Bellagio Conservatory is one of them. Truth is, even after a dozen or so visits to the city myself, I still revisit the Conservatory on every trip. I mean, why not? It’s free, and it’s attractive. I love the fact that it changes by season and enjoy seeing what sort of creative vision the horticulture folks at the Bellagio have dreamed up this time out.

Bellagio Conservatory, Summer 2013

Bellagio Conservatory, Summer 2013

One thing I’ve been noticing, though, is that they tend to recycle certain elements¬† from year to year. There were a couple of summers when they recycled a ferris wheel and carousel. This year, they’ve recycled a lighthouse (painted a different color), a bridge, rowboat, and treehouse. Giant (fake) sunflowers have been used many times. Every single summer, you will see U.S. flags draping down from overhead, in a nod to the Fourth of July holiday. This repetition is the downside to being a return visitor, and for always visiting during the same season of the year.

Bridge falls

I’ve seen that bridge. . .and that rowboat. . .and those falls before.

Luckily, they always throw in some new element to change things up a bit. This year, they’ve got giant snails whose shells are made of roses (beautiful!), a greenhouse filled with (live) birds as well as birds made of flowers, and an olive tree.

Olive Tree

But I don’t remember seeing this olive tree before.

I’m really looking forward to going back to Las Vegas in October this year. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen what they can do, theme-wise, with the Conservatory in the fall. I can’t wait to see what that looks like. In the meantime, if summer is not the season you usually visit, here are a few of my favorite photos from this year’s display for you to enjoy vicariously.


The greenhouse with live birds was a nice touch this year.



For some reason, these giant sunflowers remind me of Little Shop of Horrors….



I loved the snails made out of roses.



See? Roses



Red Azalea Rhododendrons (or so the sign said–I wouldn’t have a clue)






People have been tossing coins–and poker chips!–in the pond for good luck.



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