Bellagio's Botanical Gardens - Spring Celebration

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Carousel Horses
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This spring's exhibit was made up of 8,283 tulips, azaleas, hibiscus, lilies and other flowers, many stocked fresh every week, over 80,000 flowers in all for the season. All spread around a Dutch village full of bright primary colors. The exhibit includes a 20-foot tall windmill and a carousel (Figs. 01 & 04)) with dancing horses. The ceiling is adorned with dozens of hanging, hand-painted parasols (Fig. 06) openly saying spring is in the air. These thoughtfully arranged plants, flowers and trees are breathtakingly designed with minute attention to detail by 140 local, expert staff horticulturists, led by Andres Garcia, executive director of horticulture for the Conservatory who has worked with the Bellagio since 1998.
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This exhibit is just breathtaking. There are two ponds, one (Fig. 02 above) is next to the windmill and contains a 24-foot long stone bridge, and a huge mother swan and her two cygnets (made of 5,000 feathers and simulated fur). Another (Fig. 03 below) with a waterfall and a boat that appears to be just waiting to take on passengers and whisk them away to an afternoon of colorful serenity.
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Off in the distance, on the opposite side of the space is a spinning 11-foot tall carousel (Fig. 04). Weighing more than 8,600 pounds, this carnival favorite is adorned with 330 clear bulbs and is topped with colorful acrylic balloons with murals depicting Italian scenes. With seven horses freely bobbing up-and-down, waiting to take the imagination of a young child on a fantasyland adventure.
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To the rear, making its debut at Bellagio, is a 26-foot-tall windmill (Fig. 05) (36-feet tall with its blades) that weighs approximately 9,000 pounds. It lures visitors into a captivating garden surrounded by magnolia, weeping willow, bottle and plum trees.

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To view additional flower pictures of Delft Blue Hyacinth(Hyacinthus orientalis), Iceland Poppies (Papaver nudicaule), Eugene Chrysanthemum(Dendranthema x grandiflorum), Hybrid Lily (Lilium Red Planet), Tulips, and more, plus other shots from this exhibit, check out the slideshow below.

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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 29 pictures that were taken at the Bellagio Conservatory’s 2012 Spring Celebration exhibit.