Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Celebrates the
Year of the Rabbit with Spectacular Display
Exclusive Garden Table dining experience, nestled within the stunning gardens, features
Lunar New Year-inspired fare
In celebration of Lunar New Year, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens today unveiled its breathtaking new display, “Year of the Rabbit.” Through March 4, guests will be immersed in a space reflecting peace and tranquility, where Asian culture is celebrated and honored in thoughtful fashion.
Upon entering the Conservatory, visitors are invited to embrace what’s to come in the Year of the Rabbit with each bed welcoming new beginnings, layered with meaningful creations that convey messages of harmony, good luck, enlightenment and prosperity. Created by designer Ed Libby, in collaboration with Bellagio’s Horticulture team, the display honors the Black Water Rabbit, which signifies deep wisdom and a connection to Earth.
“We’ve designed a beautiful space of tranquility and cultural enlightenment where we hope guests will gather to usher in the Year of the Black Water Rabbit and embrace the good fortune it will bring,” said Libby. “We look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to enjoy the Conservatory as it delivers a symbol of hope and prosperity for the new year.”
Tucked within the West Bed is an elegantly sculpted, 32-foot-tall medallion honoring the Year of the Water Rabbit. Through its use of red-and-gold colored metallic and floral materials, the two-sided piece represents the dual masculinity and femininity of nature. Gorgeous cherry blossoms crafted from the ancient Eastern metalwork technique of cloisonné hang above a pair of fierce Fu Dogs guarding the Conservatory and its guests. Beneath twin bonsai trees, flowing waters signify the showering of riches and pay homage to the rabbit’s wisdom and connection to Earth, while gilded water lily fountains adorn a gorgeous pond.
The Temple of Six Banyan Trees sits at the heart of the North Bed where five floral topiary children made of carnations and botanical accents play amidst moving water to invoke symbolic messages of play, commerce, sustainability, celebration and enlightenment. Bringing guests good fortune and luck is the money tree set at the bed’s center, comprised of 88 gold I-Ching coins made of metallic material. Hanging high above the display are pomegranates and Chinese lanterns detailed with gold patterns, guiding guests to prosperity and peace. LED screens reflect fireworks and falling gold I-Ching coins while the unique and distinct ginger-and-amber scent “Serenity” fills the air.
Standing tall atop a trove of gold coins is a 17-foot-tall statue of Caishen, the benevolent Chinese god of wealth. Two pairs of jade talisman drape over the East Bed to showcase the brightness of the year ahead, while a family of eight golden rabbits, representing abundance and new beginnings, pose below. Finely detailed bronze ding pots, symbolizing a ritualistic offering to the heavens as a sign of gratitude and hope, are artfully placed across a 46-foot wooden garden bridge adorned with festive pink cherry blossoms and gold-crowned red railings.
Visitors can gaze upon a glowing moon of the jade rabbit as it smiles down upon them while listening to the happy chirps of live zebra finches, being cared for by an expert team of dedicated staff. Stretching across the South Bed, a majestic cherry blossom tree accompanies cranes and pink lunar moths crafted of botanical materials, symbolizing resilience, transformation and success. A gentle rabbit journeys across the steppingstones to the banquet of the Jade Emperor. Within this bed, guests will find a traditional tea house, representing hospitality, discipline and grace, where Bellagio is pleased to host The Garden Table, an immersive dining experience.
The Garden Table
Guests can enjoy an epicurean journey at The Garden Table, a one-of-a-kind, immersive dining experience set within the iconic Conservatory. In celebration of Lunar New Year, The Garden Table will be hosted in a traditional tea house setting, complemented by an indulgent dim sum lunch or dinner feast created by the talented culinary team at Noodles, Bellagio’s beloved Pan-Asian restaurant. Menu offerings include:
Eight Treasures Dim Sum Platter Lunch
- $88/pp prix fixe menu, exclusive of tax and gratuity
- Available seven days a week; reservations available at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. only
- Menu highlights include Abalone Shui Mai, Traditional Shrimp Har Gau, Barbeque Pork Buns, Pan-Fried Pot Stickers, among other specialties, along with dessert and select beverages. To view the entire menu, click here.
Feast of Prosperity Dinner
- $128/pp prix fixe menu, exclusive of tax and gratuity
- Available seven days a week; reservations available at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. only.
- Menu features Fortune Chilean Sea Bass, Healthy Poached Empress Chicken, Wealthy Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Joyful Pepper Beef and Longevity Noodles plus dessert and select beverages. To view the entire menu, click here.
The Garden Table experience can accommodate up to four guests and reservation time is limited to 1.5 hours. Guests are to check-in at the Noodles host stand. Reservations are required for lunch and dinner and can be made online or by calling 702.693.7317.
“Year of the Rabbit” Lunar New Year Display by the Numbers
- 45,600: Flowers used to create the topiary children throughout the show
- 10,000: Jewels on the Year of the Rabbit Medallion
- 6,500: Plants on display throughout the exhibit
- 1,065: Cherry blossom branches on the South Bed tree
- 88: I-Ching coins on the gold money tree
- 70: Koi fish in the North and South Beds, some second and third-generation fish that were born in the Conservatory
- 56: Cloisonne-style cherry blossoms
- 32 feet: Height of the Year of the Rabbit Medallion
- 14 feet: Diameter of the Jade Rabbit Moon
- 17 feet: Height of Caishen, God of Wealth
- 12: Number of rabbit representations in the display
- 4: Number of hanging jade talisman created with 3D printers
- 4: Ding Vessels
- 2: Red-crown cranes made of botanical materials
- 1: Birdcage with live zebra finches
- 1: Book of Knowledge
Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more, please visit Bellagio’s Newsroom.
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