Saturday, April 7, 2012

2012 SW Travel Destinations - BELLAGIO HOTEL BOTANICAL GARDENS - YEAR OF THE DRAGON

While renowned for gambling establishments and pure, unadulterated decadance (ah, how we love our Sin City shenanigans), there are a few lovely, and inspiringly serene spots to be found right on the Las Vegas Strip, believe it or not.  One of those is nestled away inside of the beautiful Bellagio Hotel and Casino, famed for its spectacular Fountains of Bellagio that so many of you are familiar with from television commercials, if nothing else.
Inspired by the Lake Como resort of Bellagio in Italy, Bellagio is famed for its elegance.  The hotel also contains a Conservatory and SPECTACULAR Botanical Gardens…and it’s one of the totally free attractions in the city, leaving more cash in your pockets for the tables – win win!
There are five seasonal themes that the Conservatory undergoes, each and every year: Chinese New Year, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  From January to mid-March, Chinese New Year is celebrated with a display dominated by gorgeous flowers (Bromeliads, Orchids, & Mandarin Oranges, to name a few), as well as the animal of that particular year that the Chinese Zodiac celebrates.
This year’s display featured six large fire-breathing dragons, two entwined in the center of the display; a large pond of beautiful Koi fish, huge pots of burning incense; and six delightful Chinese children statues, adorned in vibrant, floral clothing.  A second set of photos will follow in a few days…no more narrative, just enjoy the colors here...Happy Easter!












12 comments:

Createology said...

Lovely photos and incredible beauty for inside a "casino". I have seen this in person and it truly is this gorgeous. I also was entranced by the parasols at the Wynn but did not have my camera with me. You gotta love the diversity of Las Vegas! Easter blessings...

Ahl Cooped Up said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
Happy Easter to you and the family.

oldgreymare said...

Carole M will be so happy to see this <3 It's a good thing you show our city..someone should put a good spin on it...
xx
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Dorthe said...

Oh so incredible photoes you shows, dear friend- stunning ,and unbelivable,for me ,having never been close to such places.Thankyou.
Today In honour of Easter sunday, I will wear your most stunning necklace I purchased, it is still one of my most treasured pieces.
A very happy easter to you and yours,my dear Tanya.
Hugs,Dorthe

Susie@YLP said...

Absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for sharing these with us. Suxie

Colleen said...

Great history lesson and beautiful pictures!!!!!

Carole said...

Yes there is beauty in the desert isn't there even in Vegas. Lol I wish I could see how they work on such displays..... Maybe someday.
Happy Easter.

Carole

Jackie said...

I love to go there but I don't have anyone to go with..not the kinda thing my husband would want to see...

vicki said...

Stunning--- we love the Bellagio- and visiting the Conservitory there is definately one of the best attractions in Vegas. You've captured the beauty of the display perfectly in these amazing photos. The colors are magnificent!! I'm always blown away by the creations that they make with flowers!
Love
Vicki

Ronna said...

More awesome pictures!

Cindy said...

first...HAPPY BELATED EASTER!
What a great post! A feast for all the senses!! Love all the photos!

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

Just beautiful!! I would so love to come out and see all of these things!Someday!!