Botanical Gardens Abound

Bellagio ConservatoryCredit: Tracy S. MorrisIf you have a green thumb, chances are that Las Vegas would not be your first choice for vacation. Not only is it in a desert, but the famous Las Vegas strip is an urban jungle of paved parking lots, concrete sidewalks and neon.

But both the Las Vegas strip and surrounding areas have a few surprisingly lush pockets that will appeal to any gardener. So if you are on your way to Vegas, pack your camera and plan to visit these attractions.

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Bellagio employs 140 people year round to keep their botanical garden and conservatory in tip-top shape. The displays change five times a year, with displays that reflect the four seasons and Chinese New Year.  Gardeners rotate potted plants into and out of the displays so that there is never a wilted flower in sight. The botanical gardens include gazebos, water features, ponds and bridges. During one visit to the garden, a person may see a carousel and butterfly house, while they may see a floral archway or a gazebo on the next visit.

Secret GardenCredit: Tracy S. MorrisSigfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

The illusionist duo of Sigfried and Roy have rarely performed on stage since Roy’s 2003 accident. But the pair’s love for animals continues through the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Here visitors can see rare tropical plants as well as dolphins, white tigers, white lions and leopards.

North Las Vegas Desert Demonstration Garden

Over 75 species of plants native to the desert surrounding Las Vegas are on display in this 1 acre, water-efficient garden. Visitors can also see shrubs that are native to water-barren lands around the globe. Attractions include a sensory garden, walking paths and places to stop and rest.

Garden SignCredit: Tracy S. MorrisLas Vegas Springs Preserve

The Springs Preserve is located on 180 acres 3 miles west of Downtown Las Vegas. It is built around the original springs that provided water for Las Vegas. Features include botanical gardens, wetland habitats, walking paths, museums, galleries and concert venues.  Gardens include a cactus garden, rose garden, palm oasis, herb garden, vegetable and fruit garden that includes cooking demonstrations using fruits and vegetables as well as herbs harvested from the herb garden, an enabling garden that provides options for disabled persons to garden and areas that show the different types of grasses, soils and mulches available to local gardeners.