March 2013 Web Extra: Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

March 10, 2013 -  By

About a third of the 150 attendees of PLANET’s Green Industry Great Escape, held Feb. 20-23 in Las Vegas, signed up to tour the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, which highlighted the year of the snake during its annual Chinese New Year exhibit. The beautiful public space located in the Bellagio Las Vegas casino and hotel features five different exhibits per year: Chinese New Year, spring, summer, fall and holiday. (Watch a time-lapse video of the exhibit change-outs.)

Photo courtesy of MGM MIRAGE

Photo courtesy of MGM MIRAGE.

 

Because the garden is indoors in a sensitive hotel environment, its staff treats plants only with biological controls and minimal fertilizer, according to Patricia Streeter, manager of interior horticulture for the Bellagio. Most of the flowers are potted and sit on top of rubber mulch, chosen because it can be cleaned and reused. The beds drain into the garden’s basement, which features a sloped floor leading to gutters connected to storm drains. Most plants are hand watered daily by the Bellagio’s horticultural staff, about 115 members strong. Reuse and recycling is a theme at the Conservatory, Streeter says, noting that when an exhibit is taken down its plants are available for sale to Bellagio’s 8,500 employees. The proceeds support a fund established to help employees with hardships.

Bellagio’s Exterior Irrigation Manager Kent Gibson also spoke with tour attendees, sharing the property’s efforts to manage aphids with beneficial wasps the described as the “size of fungus gnats.” He prefers these to lady bugs, which he says often flee to neighboring properties rather than staying on site. Wasps don’t travel as far for food.

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About the Author:

Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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