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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Garden of Autumnal Splendor

It’s that time of year again ~all my favorite blogs start showcasing their fall finds and I turn orange with envy. It hard to envision fall when the temperature is still 100 degrees plus here in Phoenix. 

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Thankfully I just got back from attending my cousin Sarah’s wedding in Las Vegas. We arrived a day early and since I am not a gambler I headed to one of my favorite spots, The Bellagio Conservatory.

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Every season talented gardeners and florists create a magical wonderland. I was so lucky to arrive on the day the “Fall Harvest” display made its debut.

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Upon entering the conservatory there is a covered bridge similar to what you would find on a Vermont country road.

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The flora and fauna is absolutely incredible and the attention to detail is astounding.

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Gorgeous plants, flowers and trees in autumnal hues are thoughtfully arranged to inspire full splendor.

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Here is a close up of the pumpkin made of orange carnations. You could create something similar on a smaller scale for a lovely centerpiece.

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The water feature for the Fall display is amazing.

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It even has a running watermill.

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It was so realistic I almost expected to see fish swimming in the pond.

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The “talking” tree made me smile.

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He was surrounded by lovely cornucopia's.

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The cornucopias appeared to be made from twigs or grapevine that was manipulated into a cone shape wired together and then filled with oversized faux fruits and vegetables. If you recreated something similar it would make for a stunning lawn display.

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Overhead large scaled leaves captured the light. While they had the appearance of stained glass I believe that they were created from a lightweight resin material.

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Large pinecones also hung from clear fishing line. It was a breathtaking effect.

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I adored this display that featured a wine press and several large wooden crates. For a split second I thought about my portable potager. :)

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Of course every autumnal display needs a scarecrow. This happy fellow made my heart smile.

The free exhibit is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The Fall Harvest display goes through November 24th. The Winter Holiday display will begin on December 2 and runs through January 5, 2013.

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Come back for Favorite Pin Friday ~ I am going to reveal my buffet!



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Teresa said...

I've never seen such creativity on display.
It humbles and marvels you in the same ammount.
Amazing. Thank you for sharing!

Maple Lane said...

Very beautiful and unique decorations. Oh, how I love fall.

chris mckinley said...

What lovely fall decorations!! Thanks for sharing!


Cindy said...

Wow...who knew such a thing was being exhibited in Vegas!? Sooo pretty. I'm lucky to see lots of Fall prettiness in Michigan, too. Thanks for sharing -- great pics!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

That is MY ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE place to visit in Vegas!! I swear I take at least 400 pics in there EVERY time I go!!! Thanks for sharing these!!!!!

Kelley Highway said...

You were so sweet to take us along to the Bellagio Conservatory with you, my friend. We had a blast and our pictures turned out great... thanks to you. *wink*

Can't wait to see your buffet!

Q: What makes a buffet a buffet? And a silent butler a butler?

Linda said...

Gorgeous!! I love all of the seasonal displays. Especially fond of those fluttering/suspended leaves.

Though Autumn doesn't officially arrive until Saturday, it's very much Autumn weather now in Illinois. It was in the upper 30s overnight.

Love, Linda

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What beautiful displays, Laura! You could get lots of inspiration from this. After I put my decorations out, the temps dropped here and we have been having some wonderful weather. The mornings have been crisp with a chill in the air and it warms up just enough during the day. I'm loving it!

Bonnie said...

Thank you so much for telling us about this. I have family there and I don't believe they know about it. I will check it out next time I visit!

It is amazing and open 24 hours daily. That is over the top!

I don't believe this. It is awesome! Thanks for the inspiration.

Vicki said...

How beautiful! I could probably stand and look at those displays for hours. Thank you for taking us with you to that gorgeous location.

Dawna (Stitches from the Tub) said...

Laura, thank you for the visit. I have been lucky enough to be at the Bellagio for a spring theme and a Christmas theme, but never a fall extravaganza. I am always ammazed at all the attention to detail.

ImagiMeri said...

Wow, I had no idea that they changed it out per season. I'd love to go see it for Christmas. When I went there it was nighttime and the theme must have been summer, but even in the evening it's stunning.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everything looks amazing. Gorgeous pictures. I havn't been in years, would be a great trip. Hugs, Marty

openid said...

I'm so happy that you were able to get your fix of autumn this year. The only thing missing was a road side stand selling pumpkins, pies, doughnuts and cider! Thank you for sharing this magnificent display. I have never been.
Your Friend,

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Wow! What great pictures! Thanks for taking us along!

Jane said...

Oh, that's so beautiful - all of it! Thanks so much for sharing with us! That pumpkin made of carnations must be huge! Just love it all!

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

Laura, these pics are fabulous and so full of inspiration! Love them all!
Thank you for sharing!!!

Erin~Just*Grand said...

I have never really wanted to go to Vegas before, but now I think I might! This is utterly amazing.
Thanks for sharing!

Vel Criste said...

oooh, i love this! Was there in the spring abd the decor was equally gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

Maria Elena said...

How gorgeous! What a stunning display! Having been in Vegas since the mid 90's. Would love to go back!

Lisa @ akawest said...

Very pretty!
My kind of fall involves pumpkins and high temps!

Louise said...

Oh, much, much better than the slot machines!

bobbie said...


Also ~ yes, Duncan was a (standard) LH dachsie. As are the 3 hooligans we have now!

Sweetest dogs evah!!!

Jen said...

How absolutely beautiful! What a gorgeous place to visit, and talk about getting you in the mood for fall! Your pictures are so pretty!

Thanks for sharing this beautiful place!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The displays are simply beautiful! I love all the shades of orange & green with a little white thrown in. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

When ever we are in Vegas...the Bellagio is on my list...there was a TV show about the changing conservatory....they are constantly changing out anything that gets old looking...I haven't been there for the Fall....but the New's Year's one is fantastic also!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

What loveliness! I'd love to see it in person someday!

The Boston Lady said...

It's my favorite thing in Vegas! And you do have those orange cabinets... Although I don't think they look orange, but you keep saying... Thanks for sharing all those Bellagio pictures. Makes me want to go there... Ann

Karen said...

Wow that place is amazing. I think I would have thought I died and went to heaven, so much creativity it's mind boggling.

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Wow, what a treat! My favourite (besides that ginormous pumpkin) are those amazing leaves! Thanks for taking us along! :)

Sandy said...

Stunning displays! Those leaves floating in midair are amazing. What a bonus to your trip.

Connie said...

These shots are breathtaking . . . so much autumn warmth and excitement. I was totally surprised and honored to have you visit my little blog. Have a wonderful day, Connie :)

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love this post! So much fall inspiration! That pumpkin made out of orange carnations is such a fun idea!

Thanks for inspiring me today!

Deb Hrabik said...

Now that's a punch of fall color!

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

That carnation pumpkin is just lovely! I love the beauty of the natural changes in seasons!

Chubby Chieque said...

Hi Laura,
This is an amazing displays. Bellagio really knows how to entertain.

I was in Bellagio 4 yrs ago and I drooled and it feels I was in wonderland (by that time, the hotel was just opened). How much more now.

Creative people live in The US.

Happy day,

Carol said...

What an enchanting place! I enjoyed seeing all the autumn eye candy!

I'm following you on Facebook now.


Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

wow! thank you so much for all of the fall eye candy, i love all of the layers of fall elements!

April said...

These pictures totally get me in the spirit of fall! Thanks for sharing and commenting on my post.

Aimee - said...

Wow! This is positively perfect! I love the water feature and the carnation pumpkin so much! Thanks for sharing! Xo, Aimee

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

These displays are gorgeous! This certainly gets me in the mood for Fall. It's so hot in Georgia still, so it's been a little difficult to want to decorate for Fall. The tree, with carvings, is fascinating! The leaves are incredible! Thank you for dropping by my blog, so I could come visit yours!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

These displays are gorgeous! This certainly gets me in the mood for Fall. It's so hot in Georgia still, so it's been a little difficult to want to decorate for Fall. The tree, with carvings, is fascinating! The leaves are incredible! Thank you for dropping by my blog, so I could come visit yours!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Wow, what a wonderful place to visit. My daughter lives in Phoenix, may have to make a side trip next time we're out there!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, What gorgeous fall splendor! Such a great tip!!!! I LOVE those falling leaves. Thanks for taking us on this over-the-top field trip and thanks for bringing it to TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Oh wow Laura! Thank you so much for sharing this with us...what a gorgeous display! Your pics are beautiful too! Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment! Have a wonderful weekend! Angie xo

The French Hutch said...

I'm late getting my fall inspiration! Should have come here with you. Wow, so many beautiful displays! Beautiful photographs.

the French Hutch

Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...

What a beautiful, enchanted place! I don't think I've ever seen such a grand display of autumn's beauty before (nature aside!). Thank you for sharing this gem :)

CAS said...

Now a visit to this lovely place might be a good enough and only reason to go to Vegas!

Mary said...

Ohhhh ... beautiful... what a fun visit you had!

Debra said...

absolutely breathtaking....

Nancy said...

What strikes me about these displays is the abundance. I think that is the secret to their eye-catching beauty. And I think I will incorporate that element into my fall decor as well. How fortunate you were to go to Vegas and how generous of you to share. Thank you.

Karen said...

We were there last week also when they opened the fall display and it is just as fabulous as you say. I loved the talking tree, something right out of Disney!!!!

Mimi said...

It is a MUST VISIT for me I think I have seen every season except Christmas....they have re-cycled some buildings and the talking tree...I have seen this one before.....not all of it was used in the fall display I saw 2 or 3 years ago...but I have similar pics....maybe to save money they recycle every couple of years!!!it is beautiful to say the least!!!

Auntie Em said...

Why would anyone bother going to gamble when they could enjoy the beauty of this amazing display? I love the overhead leaves and the amazing displays of all the flowers. It must have smelled so wonderful.
Thank-you so much for sharing this lovely tour! :)

Katie Riedel said...

So pretty! I love the colors throughout all of it.

Katie @ Horrific Knits

Sherry said...

A really gorgeous place! Thank you for joining HSH!