By Judy Thorburn
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance
Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Unveils New Spring Exhibit
In celebration of spring, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has unveiled a spectacular floral exhibition filled with vivid blooms and a magnificent one-of-a-kind series of large-scale sculptural ants made entirely of bronze.
The dazzling exhibit features an oversize 8,500 queen ant resting below two towering yellow jonquils where visitors are welcome to climb onto her back for a photo opportunity. Steps away, three 10-foot-long ants are found at the mouth of a 15-foot-tall flower pot, overflowing with rainbow-hued blooms. A beautiful spring butterfly rests atop the oversized pot while a towering 28-foot spade stands nearby. Overhead, bumble bees made of preserved sunflowers pause in mid-flight. Nearby five giant mushrooms, ranging in size from 5 to 15 feet tall, provide a canopy for a pair of 6-feet-tall ants.
A “jardin à la française,” or French garden that includes a large anthill flanked by two water spheres, completes this fantasy botanical wonderland.
Throughout this mesmerizing exhibit, botany fans will be delighted to find 10 potted olive trees, each more than 100 years old. Over the years, these ancient trees have been carefully sculptured into oversized bonsai presentations.
The beautiful Spring exhibit is FREE to the public and will be on display from March 14 to May 9.