From the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden inside the beautiful Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Mitzi discusses the amount of team work and effort that goes into unveiling a new seasonal botancical theme. As the 2010 Chinese New Year, Year of the Tiger,  botanical exhibit closes, horticultural experts work diligently to reveal the 2010 Spring theme. 

Throughout the year the incredible indoor Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are recreated to depict different themes.  As one theme ends, another is put in place, stunningly arranged with beautiful plants, flowers, trees and unique features all enhanced with spectacular lighting. If you were not there when the change in theme occurs you might think it is completely seamless– yet it actually takes a team of 140 expert horticulturists to ensure that the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens maintain their splendor throughout the year. 

Oh and speaking of feasts, there are several excellent restaurants throughout the hotel to satisfy even the most discriminating foodie.   For vegan and vegetarian foodies,  the Cafe Bellagio, overlooking the Conservatory and Gardens is an excellent choice, with a few  vegan and vegetarian items on the menu.  Try the Portobello Mushroom Sandwich.  Be sure to take a friend or ask for leftovers to be wrapped up to take with you, as this is one enormous sandwich and comes with fries or coleslaw.  The chef is happy to leave off the cheese and make it vegan, and also substitute a green salad for coleslaw.  Delicious and good value for a luxury 5-star hotel.  The other good thing about Cafe Bellagio is that while it is open 24 hours a day, it does not have that funky open-24-hours-a-day feel that some other places do — places where you just wish they would close and have a good cleaning. 

The Bellagio is an outstanding hotel with excellent service.  Staying there is a treat.  Even if you are not a huge fan of Vegas, but happen to find yourself there for a business event or convention, the beautiful Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, not to mention the stunning outside fountains, can really make your stay special.