At the entrance of the Conservatory, and new to the exhibit, a grass filled meadow is home to a family of three majestic hand-planted horse sculptures, comprised of more than 31,000 plants. Corralled in an old-fashioned post-and-rail fence, the impressive stallion and mare watch over their colt, resting lazily nearby.
Another first for the Conservatory, a 20-foot-tall cornucopia constructed of tightly woven willow branches, lies in the north garden. A symbol of the fall harvest, the colossal cornucopia overflows with pumpkins, gourds and exotic fruit. Nearby, a 15-foot-tall scarecrow stands guard over an enormous flowering pumpkin, made from 2,000 orange carnations and seven large half-shucked corn shapes, each made of 60 pieces of native Indian corn.
In the south garden, a 20-foot-tall fairytale talking apple tree welcomes guests with its gentle azure eyes and a whimsical smile. Near the base of the tree more than 3,400 fresh red roses take shape to form two delicious three-foot-tall apples. An authentic Newton high-wheel wagon, circa 1870, is adorned with horse harnesses awaiting their owners' return.
Rounding out this seasonal transformation is a towering 35-foot-tall cider mill powered by a gentle stream and surrounded by a bed of massive pumpkins, ranging in size from 300 to 1,000 pounds.
Located in the Giardini corner, the Conservatory team created a special moment in conjunction with Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art's exhibit "A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney." The interpretation of Vik Muniz's Seen from Montbriand (Montagne Sainte-Victorie), after Paul Cezanne (2006) uses a colorful array of flora to engage the visitor in this stunning imagery.
Inquisitive guests strolling through the Conservatory are invited to visit with Bellagio horticulturists designated as "Mr. and Mrs. Green Thumb" from 10:30 a.m. to noon daily to receive fall gardening tips along with additional information about the exhibit.
On view through November 27, the autumn display within Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
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