Las Vegas: Bellagio conservatory celebrates summer with color

The always eye-catching Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio in Las Vegas is celebrating summer through Sept. 8 with giant sunflowers, multicolored kites and real birds.

The conservatory, an oasis in the desert, is bursting with such blooms as hydrangeas and chrysanthemums. Nearby, a dozen rosy Bourke’s parrots (sometimes classified as parakeets) and 50 finches flutter about a greenhouse, while larger-than-life birds made from seeds and other organic materials soar overhead.

The centerpiece of the West Bed is a 26-foot-tall red-and-white lighthouse topped with a working, rotating light. In the North Garden, a giant treehouse overlooks the flower beds that surround a tranquil pond featuring a brick footbridge.

Live musical performances are held 5-6 p.m. daily.

The display is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is free.

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