Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Celebrates The Year of the Pig with Stunning Lunar New Year Display
LAS VEGAS (January 22, 2019) – Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests to celebrate the Year of the Pig with a captivating Lunar New Year display open through March 9. Designed to bring prosperity and good fortune to all who visit, the gardens radiate hues of red and gold with 32,000 flowers, silk-lantern chandeliers and a special display celebrating Macau, a market with special significance for MGM Resorts as it is home to two of the company’s luxurious international resorts – MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI.
The result of collaborative efforts between designer Ed Libby, Bellagio’s horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau, the intricate creation is layered with meaningful features honoring The Year of the Pig. Each Lunar New Year, Master Yau works alongside Libby and the horticulture team to create a serene environment guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui – the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy. Represented throughout the display, the theme “East Meets West” is signified by the blending of elements from Asian culture and Western ideology.
The pig, the 12th animal in the Asian zodiac, serves as a symbol of wealth, honesty and prosperity. Four golden pigs welcome guests in the East Garden as they enter the Conservatory through breathtaking 20-foot jade medallions. Regarded as one of the most valuable and precious stones in Asian culture, jade signifies benevolence, righteousness, wisdom, bravery, honesty and cleanliness. Five pendants crown the top of the pavilion, each decorated with a gilded dragon.
At the center of the Conservatory is a family of pigs surrounded by the riches of nature. Nine piglets are seen frolicking through fields of fruit and corn. Two grand 18-foot cherry blossom trees stand tall on both sides of the garden to symbolize love and passion. Completing the West Garden, two sacred ding pots burn incense to protect against bad fortune.
Nearby, the North Bed depicts notable landmarks of Macau, including the Golden Lotus sculpture. The original sculpture marks the return of the sovereignty of Macau to China, marking its 20th anniversary this year. The display also features the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, the world’s longest sea crossing connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai. At the left and right of the bed, a representation of the traditional Lunar New Year lion dance brings good luck as children dressed in colorful floral regalia convey joy and prosperity throughout the Conservatory. Whimsical water features draw the elements together with a signature Bellagio touch.
A 32-foot-tall replica of the Temple of Six Banyan Trees, a Buddhist temple in Guangzhou, China, towers over the South Garden closely guarded by two Chinese Fu Dogs. Giant red lanterns strung with fire crackers brighten the gardens overhead while koi fish swim in the tranquil pond below. Children dance on both sides of the bed, holding festive lanterns and fire crackers in celebration of their blessings of the past year and the coming year.
The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary to the public.
Lunar New Year Display By the Numbers
- 32,000: Total number of flowers on display throughout the exhibit
- 115: Team members involved in the display’s assembly
- 1,700: Number of flowers used to create the children
- 15: Number of total pigs in the display
- 20 feet: Height of jade medallions
- 12 feet: Height of the West Bed’s largest pig
- 9: Number of hanging Chinese lanterns
- 2: Number of Cherry Blossom Trees