Spring comes with a celebration of Japanese culture at the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a display now on view for free. This marks the first Japanese-inspired display for the 13,500-square-foot gardens, which feature more than 82,000 flowers.
Tulips, daffodils and snapdragons sit among bonsai trees and a 26-foot tall Japanese temple in a gold veneer, a nod to Kyoto’s Golden Temple. Rice paper Shoji screens dot the temple. A Japanese-inspired tea house made from bamboo, copper and natural logs stands 12-feet tall. Nearby, abstract pieces of stone art depict Mount Fuji, while stone lanterns light up this side of the garden.
An 18-foot tall cherry blossom tree features 300 acrylic leaves and blossoms, surrounded by 75 live Koi in a 12,000-gallon pond and a 16-foot waterfall.
Also find two topiaries made from 15,000 flowers. One takes the shape of a crane, and the other a turtle. Each is shaded by 35 hand-painted parasols.
Adding to the scene, musicians play Japanese songs on a floating platform daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The 24-hour display, a collaboration with master gardener Kanji Nomura from Nagoya, Japan, is on view through Monday, May 11, when the conservatory and botanical gardens switch over to a summer spread. On average, more than 20,000 people walk through Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens every day.
In the midst of this comes Japan’s Golden Week, starting April 29, and celebration of Constitution Day, Children’s Day and Greenery Day in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Info: Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, (702) 693-7111