My husband and I just got back from a fantastic vacation in Las Vegas. I know Vegas isn’t the dream destination for everyone, but before we had children, we would frequent Vegas sometimes twice a year. From all the conversations I’ve had with people over the years, it seems you either love it or you hate it. We love it so much we stay for at least a week each and every trip.
One of the free sights never to be missed is the garden display at the Bellagio. Since fall is now upon us, the gardens were decked out in hues of red, orange, yellow, green, brown and purple with beautiful stained glass leaves and pinecones dangling from the ceiling. We were surrounded by pumpkins, gourds and mums, as well as a couple of interesting and curious creatures I’m dying to introduce you to.
As you entered the gardens, the fall colors were so welcoming.
A scarecrow greeted passersby with a friendly smile and brought even more interest to the twisted tree in the background.
The pumpkins and gourds were magnificent. They ranged in size from tiny to gigantic gourds weighing several hundred pounds.
This display brought a whole new meaning to the word “cornucopia.” This was definitely a basket of plenty and the mix of colors was so beautiful.
Here’s a view stepping back a bit from the basket to see the beauty that surrounded it.
This was one of my favorite parts of the garden. This serenity pool with a dock and rowboat. I seriously wanted to climb into that boat. I stood and looked at this for what seemed like hours to my husband. LOL. It was just breath-taking to me.
This was another one of my favorites. The waterwheel feature was just to the left of the serenity pool and it was mesmerizing to watch it. It doesn’t take much to thrill me, people. I don’t get out much.
And of course, what would a Bellagio garden display be without the dancing water? It amazes me how precise the arches are and the pressure that must be behind the stream that makes it so perfect.
This “creature” was definitely one of the most interesting and intriguing pieces in the garden. His limbs were created to mimic long growing roots. The design was so intricate and his expression was so gentle. Just looking into his eyes made you feel like this creature had been around for thousands of years and his wisdom was well beyond anything you could ever imagine. Really cool.
And then we met another wise fellow, but this one was more of a prankster. The tree was animatronic and its eyes would move back and forth while he talked to visitors in a low, low voice that seemed to echo through the garden. Just imagine how a wise, old tree would talk and that’s exactly what he sounded like.
Here’s a close-up. Doesn’t it look like he was just waiting for “me” to take his picture? I would have to say that he was one of the main attractions. He definitely drew in the children, that’s for sure. A very magical addition to the garden, indeed.
On our way out of the garden I stopped to snap a photo of this beautiful planter box. Everything was just packed with color. I tried looking for a “dead head” on some of the mums and couldn’t find a one! This, no doubt, was all the inspiration I needed to go home and start decorating my own home for fall. Although I won’t have any thousand-year-old creatures or talking trees in my front yard, I have the inspiration I need to create something beautiful of my own. What inspired you to begin decorating for fall this year?
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