The Venetian And The Palazzo Las Vegas Wins 2014 Plantscape Institute Of America Diamond Award



Fall into ECO 360° design highlights sustainability efforts of The Venetian and The Palazzo

Diamond Plantscape

The floral and horticulture team at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas recently received the 2014 Diamond Plantscape Award from the Plantscape Institute of America (PIA), for the 2013 Fall Into ECO 360° installation. The annual awards program recognizes and celebrates excellence in the interiorscape community, including commercial enterprises with in-house horticulture departments and conservatory venues. Interior plantscaping is the practice of designing, installing, and caring for living plants in enclosed environments, including commercial and residential buildings.


The Fall Into ECO 360° installation highlights The Venetian and The Palazzo’s industry-leading sustainability efforts. The feature of the display, a 1934 Hudson car was transformed using succulents, lichen, moss, grapevine, and approximately 5,000 drought resistant plants. The car symbolizes the properties’ alternative transportation programs. Other sustainability efforts, including water reclamation, energy-efficient lighting, and recycling, are highlighted throughout the installation in various ways.


“We are excited to be recognized this way by our peers,” said Dana Beatty, director of floral and horticulture at The Venetian and The Palazzo. “Our vision was to provide a well-designed installation that showcases the resorts’ sustainability efforts and creates an environment for an enhanced guest experience.


A committee of PIA members determines the awards. Entries are judged on their own merit and not against each other, and must achieve specific scores to earn an award. This is the first time that The Venetian and The Palazzo have received recognition from the Plantscape Institute of America for its design.


The visually spectacular and eco-minded fall display fills The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens again this year. The picturesque scene, on display September 19 through November 10, honors the Sands ECO360° program, a strategy that was born at The Venetian and The Palazzo which drives the company’s environmental initiatives.


About The Venetian Las Vegas®

The Venetian Las Vegas is one of the world’s most iconic resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold-certified luxury resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish accommodations. In 2014, TripAdvisor named The Venetian the world’s most extraordinarily designed hotel. The Venetian‘s standard suite is nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room, prompting it to be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest standard hotel room in the world.” Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features extensive services for meetings and conventions, in addition to world-class leisure amenities, like Grand Canal Shoppes®, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers; the award-winning  Canyon Ranch SpaClub®; best-in-class casino gaming; exquisite restaurants; and a wide variety of entertainment including  the party musical “ROCK OF AGES,” Motown® headliners Human Nature, and the all-female comedy series LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, hold the distinction of being the first-ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at


About The Palazzo® Las Vegas

With more than 3,000 spacious suites, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment, the Silver LEED®-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights.  Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards,” the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York. Grand Canal Shoppes® at The Venetian and The Palazzo features  more than 160 luxury boutiques, specialty brands and world-class restaurants nestled around a charming and faithful reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal, complete with cobbled walkways, street side cafes and live entertainment. Signature brands include Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Kenneth Cole, Dooney & Bourke, Hervé Léger and Swarovski.  The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools.  The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include PANDA!, an unprecedented theatrical spectacle; the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo – an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Palazzo and its famed sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at, follow on Twitter @palazzovegas and interact on Facebook at


About PIA

The Plantscape Institute of America is the educational organization for professionals who design, install, and maintain plants in the interior environment. PIA’s mission is to advance the professionalism of interior plantscapers and industry affiliates through quality programs, educational material, and networking opportunities and to educate the general public on the benefits of indoor plants. PIA works in collaboration with plantscape associations, educational institutions, and professionals to increase awareness of the plantscape community, raise the level of professionalism within the community, advocate for horticulture as a career choice, and promote the inclusion of plants in the interior environment. For more information, visit

The Palazzo To Bring Traditional Lantern Festival To Las Vegas



Cultural Festival Celebrates End of Chinese New Year with Party; Promise of Fortune and ‘Everlasting’ Love

The Venetian and The Palazzo announce the first Las Vegas Lantern Festival, celebrating the end of Chinese New Year. Guests will be treated to a whimsical evening of traditions and fun, including promises of good fortune and love to those who attend.  The event, sometimes called “Chinese Moon Festival,” will feature traditional dim sum, Chinese-inspired cocktails, and entertainment.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Lantern Festival will take place under 28 majestic lanterns hanging throughout The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, among a traditional reflecting pool full of oranges. Guests will also be surrounded by the resort’s popular Chinese New Year art installation and décor.

Legend says the Lantern Festival is a time to celebrate and promote positive relationships between families and friends. The festival can also be a time for finding love and a lifelong companion.

“The Lantern Festival is a perfect opportunity for an evening of amazing food, drinks, and entertainment,” said Sebastien Silvestri, vice president of food and beverage at The Venetian and The Palazzo. “We are fortunate to have some of the world’s best restaurants and lounges at the resort, and Chinese New Year is a great time to highlight ZINE and our festive cocktails. Our stunning Waterfall Atrium is a gorgeous space and will make this event unforgettable.”

Throughout the atrium, several dim sum tables will showcase different varieties of the customary Lantern Festival rice balls, provided by the award-winning ZINE restaurant at The Palazzo. Some Asian cultures consume the rice ball in a savory soup as a meal, while others use them as small sweet snacks and desserts. The significance of the rice ball is its circular shape, signifying a never-ending line of family togetherness.

The night will feature four custom cocktails, including the signature Jaina. This cocktail was created by Fusion Latin Mixology Bar mixologists Wendy Verdel-Hodges and Cynthya Halog, who were inspired by a number of exotic ingredients after walking through an Asian market one night. Other signature cocktails include the Beautiful Flower, Sleeping Dragon, and the Sweet Song.

The Beijing Trio will be the featured entertainment of the night. The trio is known for their traditional Chinese music from ancient and folkloric to contemporary.

Tickets, which retail for $48.88, are on sale now at any Venetian | Palazzo box office, online at and or at the festival.



To commemorate the Year of the Snake, the resort’s floral and horticulture department worked with a team of 77 artists and artisans from around the world, and consulted with a Feng Shui master, to produce the massive animated art installation.  This colossal structure towers 38 feet above guests as they walk through the Waterfall Atrium, and features a giant peach tree and animated snake.

“Chinese New Year is such a special event to our guests, that constructing and designing something that’s not only authentic, but in grand Las Vegas fashion was important,” said Dana Beatty, director of floral and horticulture for The Venetian and The Palazzo. “We took into account specifics to bring luck in 2013, such as length, color, and gender of the snake, but made it a spectacle our guests will never forget.”

The art installation features Sophie Chow, a whimsical blue snake twisted throughout a giant peach tree. She is 98-feet long, with animated features including blinking eyes, a darting tongue and a head that moves side to side. Her face is intentionally juvenile to pay tribute to the birth of a new year.

Sophie’s home is a giant peach tree that towers over the atrium at 38-feet tall and 28-feet wide. There are 8,800 blossom vines on the tree, adorned with approximately 193,600 flowers. Hung throughout the tree are 28 custom dancing lanterns. Also, traditional I Ching coins, representing an abundance of wealth, sit amidst the snake and Lalique statues of The Palazzo.  According to the Feng Shui master, it is recommended that guests walk clockwise around the tree and snake display three times to bring blessings of Heaven, Earth, and Mankind upon them.

The west garden is complete with rocks, plants and metals, representing earth elements and the east garden embodies water to represent Yin and Yang, the ancient Chinese philosophy of polar opposites being interconnected and interdependent.

The gardens and entrances to both resorts are adorned with fresh bamboo, citrus trees, Coleus, maidenhair ferns, and peachy pink Calandivas to accent the color of the feature tree. Suspended from the atrium ceilings are six foot, hand-loomed brocade silk and jade gold and red lanterns, which signify the lives of those around them to always be bright.


Chef Simon To of ZINE Noodles Dim Sum has created a special, limited menu to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Guests will find a variety of authentic dishes on the special restaurant menu including Firecracker Manila Clams infused with Chinese white wine, fish paste, and spicy roasted pepper; and Winner’s Daily Soup, which is a must-have for all casino players.

The Jaina cocktail, served in a martini glass, mixes lemon grass-infused G Saki, Gogi Bery infused Absolut vodka, lotus root syrup, lemon juice, Chinese bitters and Dragon fruit, which was the inspiration for the cocktail’s name. The different infusions within the cocktail evoke the harmony between the earth and the fruit. The Jaina cocktail is only available at Fusion Latin Mixology Bar in The Palazzo throughout Chinese New Year.


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