It’s not officially fall unless the Bellagio has unveiled its fall display, and that it has.
The fall 2018 display is called “Falling Asleep,” although, we can’t imagine why.
Bellagio has pulled out all the stops for its latest free feast for the eyes.
The exhibit was inspired by “the mythology of the goddess of harvest.”
The slumbering goddess is 38 feet tall and 28 feet long. She is fashioned from natural materials like hydrangeas and oak leaves.
In Greek mythology, the goddess of the harvest is Demeter. It’s also an answer to the question, “What’s a fundamental unit of length in the metric system?”
Oh, like you’re even reading this blog post at this point. You’re just here for the photos.
The fall, sorry “harvest,” display at Bellagio runs through Nov. 24, 2018, then it’s on to the Conservatory’s popular holiday extravaganza, Dec. 1 to Jan. 6, 2018.
Bellagio maintains an impressive 120 people on its horticulture staff and they were all kept busy with the fall display.
The fall exhibit boasts foxes frolicking with acorns. It’s a fun game trying to decide which is a genetic mutation, the foxes or the acorns.
Here’s one of their mutant fox friends.
The exhibit also features two 10-foot-tall tigers, each covered with more than 290 pounds of seeds.
Bellagio always has its eye on Asian guests (who are often very enthusiastic gamblers), so it’s likely the inclusion of foxes and tigers in the fall display isn’t a coincidence.
There’s a famous Chinese idiom, “a fox exploits a tiger’s might,” which tells the tale of a fox about to be devoured by a tiger. The fox convinces the tiger to follow him around to show what a bigshot he is, and everyone runs away. The tiger is duly impressed and lets the fox live, never realizing people were fleeing from him, not the fox. The fox had just assumed the tiger’s majesty.
We’re fairly sure the horticulturalists at Bellagio would say, “Bro, you’re reading way too much into this.”
Bellagio’s latest effort brings back a crowd favorite, the enchanted talking tree.
Yes, it’s actually fairly creepy, but we’re going with “crowd favorite” just in case Bellagio sees our story and wants to share it.
The eyes of the enchanted tree move, and you’d swear they have somebody behind the scenes making the eyes follow you.
There are photo ops everywhere at the Bellagio Conservatory, including larger-than-life peacocks, dragon flies and autumnal leaves.
It’s interesting to note photos of the fall exhibit on Bellagio’s Web site don’t actually reflect what’s in the exhibit. The photos show two massive peacocks where the sleeping goddess is.
We suspect the peacocks asked for more money, and poof, mulch.
Bellagio has truly outdone itself this time, and the Conservatory remains one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas other than watching women in short skirts on a windy day.
Oh, crap, this is so not getting shared by Bellagio.
Just one more look at this beautiful fall odyssey.
The Bellagio Conservatory is a must-do every time you’re here, because it’s the most Las Vegas thing you can do that doesn’t involve dice or sequins.