Photos: The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Celebrate Spring

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Stop to smell the fresh tulips at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ spring display open to the public through May 11. The display features a greenhouse inhabited by live butterflies, a life-size windmill and vibrant displays of more than 8,200 flowers.

More than 800 live butterflies flutter inside the 36-foot-long greenhouse located in the East Garden. Around the perimeter of the greenhouse, four live monitors showcase the metamorphosis of the pupae living inside as they transform into beautiful butterflies. The assortment of butterfly species on display originates from around the world including Costa Rica, the Philippines and Kenya, among other locations.

In the West Garden, a 26-foot-tall windmill, weighing approximately 9,000 pounds, lures visitors into a captivating garden full of fresh tulips, mums and poppies as well as a larger-than-life display of 17-foot-tall tulips. Overhead, 40 oversized glistening-blue raindrops sprinkle spring showers throughout the garden.

The North Garden is a tranquil and serene scene with a mother swan and her two cygnets, made of 5,000 feathers and simulated fur, loafing in the cool pond amidst a bridge and waterfall. The pond is surrounded by a field of luminous tulips and three giant mushrooms. Hung overhead throughout the exhibit are 50 butterflies made from organic materials including green crushed Manzanita leaves, orange carrot flakes, lentils, radishes and rice.

Creating a true spring sanctuary, multiple live musical performances take place throughout the Conservatory each day. Through April 7, the Victorian Gazebo in the South Garden will stage the musical entertainment of a solo jazz guitarist Monday through Thursday, and a harp and flute duo Friday through Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. From April 8 through May 11, the harpist will perform solo Monday through Thursday while a guitar duo takes the stage Friday through Sunday. Surrounding the musicians are two oversized daffodils standing 22 feet tall and two floral ladybugs adorned with carnations.

In conjunction with the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s new exhibit “Warhol Out West,” the Conservatory has created a floral interpretation of Andy Warhol’s Diamond Dust Shoes. Located in the Giardini corner, the recreated painting is fitted within a 6-foot-tall elaborately carved frame.

The spring display within Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open daily, 24 hours a day.

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