To a great number of Las Vegans, the number one destination during the holidays is the winter display at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Strollers, wheel chairs, young and old are amazed at the breathtaking display. To preserve the memory, almost everyone has a camera. The accompanying video, with background music by Domenick Allen and Clint Holmes, tells the story.
A few additional facts: Fourteen types of flowers are used in the 2011 winter display; the total number of flowers used is approximately 43,000. The 42-foot tree that is the centerpiece of the 2011 exhibit is a Shasta White Fir decorated with 1,800 gold and silver holiday ornaments and ablaze with more than 13,500 twinkling white lights. Overhead, 24 over-sized gold and silver bells hang from the Conservatory’s all-glass ceiling.
New to the display this year are a group of five animated penguins ice skating on a patch of arctic terrain among a life-like family of 34 adult and baby penguins.
Upon entering the Conservatory, a brick-lined path is surrounded by pink and red poinsettias, inviting guests to stroll underneath eight streams of dancing water and two pergolas adorned with sparkling white lights. A floral greeting card at the far end of the Conservatory is made of more than 3,000 carnations.
Inquisitive guests strolling through the Conservatory are invited to visit with Bellagio horticulturists designated as “Mr. and Mrs. Green Thumb” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. daily to receive holiday decorating tips along with additional information about the exhibit.
The winter exhibit will be on view, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, through January 2, 2012.