Saturday, March 30, 2019

RonnieAdventure #0353 - Bellagio 2019 Spring Display

The Bellagio 2019 Spring display features a Japanese Garden and a replica of the Osaka Castle. The entrance sign states: "As in Japanese tradition, the teahouse and garden serve as utensils to awaken consciousness and to realize with humility our relationship with our surroundings and with the universe itself."

The two Conservatory entrance gates stand 25-feet tall and are adorned with flowers across the top beams. Birds and butterflies fly overhead near the glass ceiling.

A walkway between the gates is designed to be in harmony with the traditional Japanese Garden theme.

Cherry trees are found throughout the conservatory; the largest tree being about 30 feet in height.

The garden focal point is a replica of Osaka Castle. To ensure accuracy of the gardens, the Bellagio horticulture team worked closely with Noriko Minai from Dentsu Live Inc. to design the spring display.

The Bellagio gardeners were trained to use specific rakes to shape over 8 tons of small rock pebbles into various designs.

The two cranes near the garden entrance are covered with thousands of real feathers and stand over 18-feet in height. The wings and heads of the cranes move in various directions

Floating in the ponds are 4.5 foot diameter Lotus Flowers that are made of natural materials. A display sign states: "In Japan the Lotus Flower is considered honorable for its ability to rise up through murky water to become a pure and picturesque blossom. This implies that the purification process brings enlightenment."

Two custom designed bird cages stand 6-feet high and are filled with beautiful finches on loan from Southwest Aviary Birds and Supplies.

In one corner of the conservatory are beautiful water containers, a cherry tree, is a small waterfall, and a pond that contains various colored Koi.

"Pleasure" Tulips (Tulipa)

Tulip Teletubby (Tulipa)

'Doberman' Tulips (Tulipa)

Tulips - purple (Tulipa)

Cyclamen Purple (Cycamen persicum)

Yellow Bush Lily (Clivia miniata)

Bonsai trees are found on both sides of the walkway beneath the two gates. The art of making bonsai trees dates back over 1000 years in the Japanese culture.

Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem')

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum var. dissectum)

Bellagio lobbies, hallways, and ceilings. 

Artist Dale Chihuly's "Fiori Di Como" in the Bellagio lobby always produces beautiful pictures.