Image courtesy of Philip Cannon, edited with picstitch

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is located inside the Bellagio hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.  The exhibit is changed five times a year; the Chinese New Year is open January 9th thru March 3rd.  Spring Celebration is open March 11 thru May 13th.  Summer Garden is open May 21st thru September 8th.  Fall Harvest is open September 16th thru November 24th.  Ending the year with Winter Holiday open December 2nd thru January 5th.

This is my favorite spot to visit in Las Vegas.  Every time I visit I am transfixed by the craftsmanship, beauty, and attention to detail.  Labels can be found near every display further explaining what kind of flowers are in the garden and their upkeep, pointing out key features, as well as giving some history.  For example this summer they have a lighthouse, on a small sunflower sign is an inscription, “The first lighthouses were built by the Egyptians as far back as 283 A.D. to guide ships away from the rocks and land and bring them safely into the harbor.  The first lighthouse in America was built in Boston Harbor in 1716 on Little Brewster Island.  Our 32ft. tall light house beckons you into the conservatory with a bit of east coast charm and a real working light on top.”  The conservatory is free to the public, open year round, 24 hours a day; with the exception on the dates between seasons during construction.  The conservatory is constructed and maintained by 140 expert horticulturalists.  Every day from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Green Thumb can be found in the conservatory to answer questions about the gardens.  Daily from 5 to 6 p.m. guests can be entertained by live musical performances.

I took all my pictures using one of the more basic Nikon models, the Nikon D3000.  I like the camera because it’s easy to use and the pictures always come out stunning, very rich in detail and color.  Click here to view additional pictures from my trip to the Conservatory.