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Photo feature: Bellagio conservatory celebrates the beauty of fall


Every few months the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens changes its theme to celebrate the mood and colors of a new season in a fantasy of floral sculpture and arrangement. Each new display is eagerly anticipated, says Edward Libby, the Conservatory’s artistic director and designer.

“The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has become the go-to place on the Las Vegas Strip for people to come and see something that is completely removed and changed from anything else they’re expecting to see in Las Vegas,” he says. The autumnal theme is the Greek mythology-inspired “Falling Asleep,” visually telling the tale of summer’s transition into fall. At its centerpiece is a sleeping figure of Persephone, daughter of Greek gods Zeus and Demeter, adorned with 38-foot wings and a dress made from hydrangeas, roses and oak leaves. Watching over Persephone is a trio of 14-foot waterfall fairies.

Admission is free to the Conservatory, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and welcomes approximately 20,000 visitors daily. For the horticultural artists at the Bellagio there are countless details to keep track of. Here are several of them for the fall display, now showing in the Conservatory through Nov. 25:

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