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Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – What You Need to Know

First time at the Bellagio Conservatory Botanical Gardens? Here’s what you need to know.

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is one of the iconic Vegas things to do on the Strip. We visit every season when they change their decor, and then again when we have visitors (and we get them a LOT. For some reason, people love visiting Vegas more than NY, CA, and OR combined).

Since we’ve been taking so many photos and videos of their seasonal displays, we decided to share them all in one place, along with our best local tips.

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Last Updated: January 10, 2023

About the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

The Bellagio Conservatory transforms the 14,000-square-foot space into a new imaginary world each season. I’m always impressed by how they keep all these plants alive and beautiful when I struggle with the few I have.

Bellagio has 120 gardeners alone, and then you add in the designers, engineers, and electricians, and you have a massive team.

How often does Bellagio Conservatory change?

The Horticulture and Engineering teams work on these massive displays five times a year. They also replant and repurpose the living plant materials as much as possible.

2022-2023 SEASONS

Lunar: January 9, 2023, to March 4, 2023
Spring: March 13, 2023, to May 20, 2023
Summer: May 28, 2023, to September 17, 2023

What are the DARK DAYS at the Bellagio Conservatory?

These are the days they are closed while switching to the new installations.

March 5-11, 2023
May 21-27, 2023

HOURS

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are open 24/7 (outside of the dark days).

How much does Bellagio Garden cost? Is Bellagio Conservatory free?

It is free to enter the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

See Related: 25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

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Where is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens?

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is easy to find. The lobby and front desk will be to your left as you go through the main entrance. You’ll pass under the Chihuly glass art sculpture on the ceiling and keep going straight. There will be an opening in front of you marked by a vast 50-foot glass ceiling. That entire area is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

Bellagio Hotel & Casino Address:
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109 (map)

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Recent Installations

LUNAR NEW YEAR Installation 2023 – Year of the Rabbit

The 2023 Lunar New Year display is called ‘Year of the Rabbit’ and features a massive 32-foot high medallion, a huge glowing moon, and more. They focused on creating a beautiful space of tranquility and cultural enlightenment. Learn more by reading the placards throughout the exhibit.

By the numbers:

  • 45,600: Flowers used to create the topiary children throughout the show
  • 10,000: Jewels on the Year of the Rabbit Medallion
  • 6,500: Plants on display throughout the exhibit
  • 1,065: Cherry blossom branches on the South Bed tree
  • 88: I-Ching coins on the gold money tree
  • 70: Koi fish in the North and South Beds, some second and third-generation fish that were born in the Conservatory
  • 56: Cloisonne-style cherry blossoms
  • 32 feet: Height of the Year of the Rabbit Medallion
  • 14 feet: Diameter of the Jade Rabbit Moon
  • 17 feet: Height of Caishen, God of Wealth
  • 12: Number of rabbit representations in the display
  • 4: Number of hanging jade talismans created with 3D printers
  • 4: Ding Vessels
  • 2: Red-crown cranes made of botanical materials
  • 1: Birdcage with live zebra finches
  • 1: Book of Knowledge
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Winter / Holiday Installation 2022 – Gingerbread Dreams →

The 2022 winter display is called ‘Gingerbread Dreams, A Holiday Confection.’ It features a 42-foot-tall fir tree with 10,000 lights and 8,700 ornaments and a life-sized gingerbread-style cottage.

By the numbers:

  • 140,000: Number of Poinsettias throughout the display
  • 110,000: Total number of energy-efficient light bulbs on all trees
  • 15,000: Total number of gingerbread men throughout the display
  • 13,250: Number of white carnations
  • 10,000: Number of energy-efficient lights on the 42′ holiday tree
  • 8,700: Number of ornaments on the holiday tree
  • 4,800: Total hand-applied preserved roses on all four giant Poinsettias
  • 2,000: Number of peppermints used throughout the display
  • 800: Pounds of faux white frosting used on the gingerbread cottage
  • 500: Number of chocolate hearts on the East Bed gingerbread cottage
  • 80: Number of team members who bring the display to life
  • 41: Number of fresh-cut white fir trees in the display
  • 25 Feet: Height of the gingerbread cottage in the East Bed
  • 18: Number of giant gingerbread and mirror snowflakes
  • 14 Feet: Height of Nutcracker soldiers rotating on drums
  • 6: Number of days to complete the change out
  • 6: Number of Bellagio elves
  • 5: Number of Coca-Cola Bears
  • 4: Number of nutcracker soldiers
  • 3: Number of pastry treats on display in the South Bed: Present, Bear, Tiered Cake
  • 1: Gingerbread cottage made by the Bellagio Pastry team with real gingerbread & treats in the North Bed

See the reel.

See Related: Christmas at the Bellagio

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Fall / Harvest Installation – Artfully Autumn

September 17 to November 12, 2022

The 2022 Fall / Harvest display is called “Artfully Autumn” and pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

This wasn’t my favorite autumn display they had, but if you’re on the Strip, it’s worth seeing. See our reel here.

By the numbers:

  • 600,000: Number of autumn-colored leaves in the North Bed
  • 32,000: Number of carnations used on the fresh floral acorn topiaries
  • 22,000: Number of plants that will be used in the display throughout the fall season
  • 3,000 pounds: Weight of the West Bed waterfall structure
  • 1,026 pounds: Weight of the largest giant pumpkin used in the display
  • 357: Number of pumpkins used in the display
  • 80: Team members involved in the display’s assembly
  • 31: Types of plant species
  • 20 feet: Height of each arch in the East Bed
  • 20 feet: Height of waterfall drop in the West Bed
  • 9: Number of illuminated acorns
  • 8: Number of fire-polished copper arches
  • 5: Number of flickering giant dragonflies
  • 4: Number of cornucopias
  • 1: Fairy
  • 1: Frank Lloyd Wright inspired structure
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Summer INstallation – Jungle of Dreams

May 23 to September 10, 2022

The 2022 Summer installation is called ‘Jungle of Dreams.’ It pays homage to the animal kingdom with 28 animal sculptures and close to 10,000 plants and flowers.

By the numbers:

  • 120,000 individually placed rose petals on the zebras
  • 9,275 plants on display
  • 2,500 preserved pampas plumes on the lion’s mane
  • 900 pounds of flax seeds were used to create the giraffes’ coats
  • 360 feet of palm tree trunks throughout the display
  • 50 palm trees
  • 28 animals
  • 9 golden pineapples
  • 5 species of birds
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Spring Installation – Flight of Fancy

March 12 to May 14, 2022

The 2022 Spring installation is called ‘Flight of Fancy.’ It celebrates the beauty and technology of flight, from fanciful hot air balloons to butterflies and hummingbirds. It also features the most variety of plants and flowers ever used in the Conservatory.

By the numbers:

  • 15,000 roses on the East Bed “Floating on Air” balloon
  • 8,000 hours to create the spring display
  • 1,400 pounds – the yellow daffodil hot air balloon
  • 80 artists, horticulturists, and engineers were involved in creating the display
  • 8 clouds made of baby’s breath and white hydrangeas
  • 7 hot air balloons within the display
  • 6 Bellagio “B” letters in the display
  • 2 giant hummingbirds
  • 1 vintage airship

See Related: Our Posts on Botanical Gardens

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Past Installations

Here are the past installations we loved.

Lunar New Year 2022 – Eye of the Tigerㅤ→

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Winter 2022 – Holiday Time

Fall 2021 – Deeper Into the Woods

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Summer 2021 – Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness

Spring 2021 – Springtime Celebrations Around the World

Lunar New Year 2021 – A Season of Love

Winter / Christmas 2020

Chinese New Year 2020 – The Year of the Rat

Spring 2019 – Japanese Spring

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Lunar New Year 2019 – Year of the Pig

Winter / Christmas 2014

Summer 2014

Summer 2007

This was the first time I stepped foot inside Bellagio Conservatory Botanical Gardens. I had only brought my long portrait lens, so close-up shots it is!

Tips for First-Time Visitors

  • The gardens can get quite crowded. The best time to visit is early morning when most people are still asleep.
  • Some installations look completely different during the day (natural light) and night (all lit up).
  • The exhibits are big. A wide lens is needed to capture the scale of everything.
  • The Giardini Garden Store, just around the corner, sells unique garden-themed gifts.

FAQ

  • How many gardens are in the Bellagio? There is one botanical garden.
  • Who owns the Bellagio? The Blackstone Group

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