Las Vegas typically conjures up images of winning it big at gambling, over-the-top parties and shows, and decadent behaviors. However, tucked in among the usual sights and sounds is a gorgeous seasonal showcase at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden. With each changing season, the multi-talented designers and horticulturalists transform the 14,000-square-foot area into a showstopping display that is distinct to the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons, along with a special display for Chinese New Year.
This year marks the Year of the Monkey and the Bellagio is celebrating with a stunning exhibit at the conservatory through March 12. The display’s centerpiece features a garden of monkeys and their natural habitat. A family of 12 Macaque monkeys can be seen atop a 14-foot mountain working together and using their intelligence and creativity to reach the peaches descending from the sky. Monkeys can be found in the pond and on the mountain gathering the fallen peaches as the water cascades down a picturesque waterfall. Four traditional ding pots adorn the four corners of the West Garden. As a side note, according to Chinese culture, the monkey occupies the ninth position in the Chinese Zodiac and is known for being playful, curious and intelligent. Individuals born in the Year of the Monkey tend to be intellectual, creative and enjoy a good challenge.
For this must-see on your next visit to Las Vegas, go to www.bellagio.com.
All images taken by Sara McLean