Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring is in the air

When we were recently playing "tourist" in Las Vegas, we ventured into the fancy Bellagio Hotel and Casino. We visited the box office to see about tickets to the Cirque de Soleil production "O". Since it would have been $350.00 to $500.00 for our family to attend, we decided against it; however, the trip to the Bellagio not a waste. As we exited the hotel, we were drawn to this sun filled room with a huge, soaring glass-domed ceiling. It was filled by what must be a giant's garden; almost like something out of a fairy tail. You see the over-sized garden trowel in the distance. Whoops, looks like someone tipped over a yellow clay pot and now the flowers are spilling out.

The garden is speckled with over-sized snails, mushrooms, bees, butterflies, and daffodils.

Water elegantly gushes over this globe. In the foreground, you can see huge flower boxes filled with bulbs. I would have loved the have been there when the tulips started to bloom. The scent would probably be amazing. The room is filled with these boxes of tulip bulbs on the verge of blooming. I noticed in some of these photos, you can see a few daffodils in bloom.

Flowers spilling out of the clay pot. I could not capture it in the photos, but there is a water-feature in this part of the garden. Random spurts or jets of water rocket out of the flowerbed and arc to a spot in the garden 4 or 5 feet away. It catches you by surprise and then a moment later, a spurt of water will jet off in another direction. Whimsical to say the least.
Something great to see from ever angle.

Working as a gardener at the Bellagio might be a fun job. Could you imagine how they decorate this space at Christmastime.

I was so distracted by the wonderful, sunny garden room, that I did not notice the floor until I was racing to catch up to my family. These are true, amazing, incredibly detailed mosaic-tile designs embedded in the floor. Both the floral designs and the geometric designs are made of very tiny 1/4 to 1/2 inch tiles. The Bellagio is all about the details!

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