Preserved Roses have been taken to incredible heights with the Bellagio Conservatory’s Autumn 2019 display, “Indian Summer.” The impressive showcase features over 20,000 preserved roses from Jet Fresh Flower Distributors that have been used for their long-lasting fall exhibit.
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden on the Las Vegas Strip opened their “Indian Summer” autumn display, on Saturday, September 14, 2019, and will run until November 30, 2019.
“Each season, the enormously talented horticulturalists and designers who make up the Bellagio Conservatory team transform this 14,000-square-foot floral playground into a showcase of the distinctive sights and colors of spring, summer, fall and winter—along with a special display for Chinese New Year. When the seasons turn and the displays rotate, 90 percent of the trees, flowers and plants in the conservatory are recycled, to further celebrate our commitment to the earth.” Bellagio
JFTV: Bellagio Conservatory’s Autumn 2019 Display “Indian summer”
Our Preserved Sales Specialist, Ellie “Bee” Betancourt had the pleasure of attending their debut where she was enraptured by its grandeur.
“I never imagined I would be blown away by my customer’s detailed work using preserved roses,” said Betancourt, who supplied them with 24,000 preserved roses in various colors and sizes from Rose Amor.
In this episode of JFTV, enjoy a detailed look at the preserved roses in use and the amazing details they created.
“Indian summer” Display
According to the Bellagio, “As guests enter the Conservatory they will be transported into a glamorous environment of color and pageantry. An elaborate series of bejeweled floral arches are magnificently embellished with timeless roses and botanical materials. These arches lead to a majestic Mandap, a structure traditionally used for Indian wedding ceremonies. Festive floral Kalire hang gracefully overhead as a blessing of bounty, wealth and prosperity.”
Timeless, preserved roses were used in various sections of their autumn display for their ability to last without any water. The attention-grabber: the royal elephants, were draped in preserved roses from to toe. The rose pattern were beautifully applied to emulate traditional, celebratory clothing for these magnificent, godly creatures.
According to Betancourt, the preserved roses were hot glued onto a weighted fabric that will hang on top of the elephants for the duration of their exhibit.
Art Director and Designer, Ed Libby brought this colorful vision to life with a team of talented artists, including our customer, Animal Makers. Animal Makers is known for making high-quality animal sculptures that are incredibly life-life and built to scale. Not only did they build the elephants, but they also designed the preserved roses creating gorgeous motifs using preserved roses.
“In 2017 Ed Libby took on the role of Art Director and Designer for the floral conservatories at MGM National Harbor just outside of Washington, DC and the world renowned Bellagio in Las Vegas, creating five seasonal floral displays per year at each location.” EdLibby.com
For Betancourt, witnessing the order come to life, in this scale, was amazing.
“Seeing Animal Maker’s creation with preserved roses was breathtaking,” said Betancourt. “This installation shows the wide range of use for preserved roses and flowers. I think the demand for this type of product will grow as more designers dare to experiment.”
The Bellagio Resort has a horticulture staff of 120 that maintain the Botanical Gardens and the entire grounds of Bellagio, led by Executive Director of Horticulture Jerry Bowlen.
Beneath the Conservatory is an intricate irrigation system that waters the trees and topiaries. However, they water the flowers and shrubs by hand. After a few weeks, flowers are recycled into mulch which is switched out after every show (to prevent insect infestations), and replaced. 10best.com
“With preserved flowers the amount of upkeep is greatly reduced. They should see incredible savings in both time and money,” said Betancourt.
“Libby, Bowlen and their team try to use as many natural materials as possible. They incorporate three to four new props in every show and repurpose some old ones,” according to 10best.com
“Our harvest displays have frequently featured our talking tree – it’s absolutely become a fan favorite,” said Bowlen. “Guests love to see it.” 10best.com
Additional images courtesy of VegasChanges.