Bellagio Conservatory Whips Out Its Impressive Autumnal Regalia

It’s fall, and the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are once again resplendent with all things seasonally-appropriate and whimsical, including pumpkins, mythical and woodland creatures, ample foliage and a big-ass watermill.

Bellagio Conservatory fall 2015

Before we get too far, we should say Autumnal Regalia would not be a bad band name.

The Bellagio Conservatory will sport its fall display through Nov. 27, 2015. The annual holiday display opens Dec. 3 and runs through Jan. 2, 2016.

Bellagio Conservatory fall 2015

The bridge is much like a covered bridge you’d find in Vermont, but with fewer people in Birkenstocks.

Some of the elements of this year’s fall display will be familiar to frequent visitors to the Conservatory, but it’s a must-see nonetheless. And not just because it’s free. But in case there were any question, it’s free.

Bellagio autumn 2015

It’s getting whimsical up in here.

At the center of Bellagio’s fall display is the aforementioned 33-foot-long bridge. We love aforementioning. Somebody has to do it.

Bellagio Conservatory bridge

It’s intesting to note the bridge is 33 feet long because that number is considered mystical in Chaldean and Pythagorean numerology, whatever those might actually be.

There’s also a talking tree, which is only creepy for a minute and the kids seem to love it.

Bellagio talking tree

Feeling guilty about your cutting board right about now, aren’t you?

New additions to the autumnal display are three larger-than-life dandelions. At least we think they’re new. We were fairly tanked during our last autumnal visit.

Bellagio Gardens fall 2015

The dandelions range in height between 14 and 18 feet. The scientific name for dandelions is “Taraxacum,” which sounds dirtier than it really is.

As with all the displays at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, there’s an incredible attention to detail and an enviable amount of creativity.

There’s a wagon overflowing with pumpkins, scarecrows, bales of hay and various water features. One of the pumpkins weighs 1,000 pounds, evidence even pumpkins can’t resist a delicious Las Vegas buffet.

Bellagio Conservatory 2015

Autumn is often marked by melancholic reflection. Which confirms this blog is a band name-generating machine.

And, of course, there are lots of flowers.

Over the course of the fall exhibit, about 45,000 flowers will be used (about 7,500 a week), and let’s not forget the shrubs. The shrubs never get any of the glory, but there are 1,950 of them. Shrubs should seriously think about unionizing. As the watermill would say, “What goes around comes around.”

Bellagio Conservatory

This watermill just got aforementioned, hard.

The mythical tree creatures, called Ents, are especially indignant about the shrubs being taken for granted. You tell them, Treebeard-looking dude.

Bellagio Gardens Ent creature

Ent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning “giant.” It’s annoying being forced to learn things, isn’t it?

Las Vegas visitors always look forward to seeing the latest display at the Bellagio Conservatory, and we rarely fail to miss one. While the there are signs Bellagio is starting to cut corners a bit (the polite term is “recycling”), the seasonal displays remain one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas.

Bellagio Conservatory  & Gardens

If it weren’t for the Bellagio Conservatory, residents of Las Vegas would honestly not know what season it is.

While we stopped by during the evening, it’s important to remember visits during the day and at night provide two very different experiences. So, do both. And gamble while you’re there. Autumnal regalia doesn’t come cheap, you know.

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  • boulder steve

    Thanks for the beautiful photos. The conservatory is a must see for all..locals and visitors alike. I was there 2 days before the fall exhibit opened so was unable to experience it in person. Will be returning in early November to check it out.

    • Thank you! Always appreciate the kind words.

      • Tek Che

        Thank you for the critiques, they will be useful for upcoming designs for the conservatory. Keep up the good work. =)

        • Are you involved with the Conservatory, Tek?

          • Tek Che

            Yes. I designed all of the 2015 displays for the conservatory.

          • Wow, Tek, you’re Las Vegas royalty! Thanks for leaving a note, and please excuse the occasional quibbles. If you’ve seen any of my coverage it’s obvious I’m a fan of the Conservatory and your work. I rarely miss a new display, and hope I do it some justice with my photos. I’m proud to help promote it to Las Vegas visitors, and it remains one of the best free attractions in Las Vegas. (The “Under the Sea” display was an all-time favorite.) Looking forward to seeing what’s next, and would love to interview you sometime!

          • Tek Che

            Thank you for your honest opinion and it’s helpful to us because we try to design to satisfy our viewers. Bellagio conservatory is one of our best attractions for our visitors from around the world and I am really fortunate to be apart of it. Sadly to tell you, I no longer work for that company, but I completed all of 2015 displays and some of 2016 Chinese New Year display before leaving. I wouldn’t mind doing an interview with you and I hope I can provide the information you want. If not, I can point you to the right direction on who to interview for this project.

            Also, any feedback on the Japanese theme display back in spring?

          • Enjoyed the spring display. No serious feedback, but the usual, predictable snark. Sorry about that!


            It would be great to learn more about how the displays happen, from the design to the execution. Lots of stories have been done, but I know it’s more complicated than it seems. I’ve never seen sketches or renderings, or plans or blueprints.

            Thanks again for stopping by and love the work, you should be extremely proud.

  • Rich Taylor

    Experienced it in person last week as well. I also think they are beginning to cut corners. I looked back at some photos from way back in 2008 and it was extremely similar, except, then, the bridge was covered in archways with pumpkins on them and water spouts went over the walk. It was really missing those kinds of touches.

    • Yeah, one notices most if they go to the back of the exhibit–for awhile they’d recreate some famous painting with flowers. Now, it’s typically a marketing message. Also, marketing is being included in the display itself. It’s still great, but one can see there are bean counters in the mix now. “)