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Question About Bellagio's Gardens? They Have An App... No, A Human For That

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

Here's a little bit of VegasChatter insider knowledge that may have passed you by. Every day in Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, a rotating team of volunteers put on a name badge and answer the call of duty, fielding a myriad number of questions about the exceptional flora and fauna that draws thousands to this little oasis on The Strip. (Even though the current fauna on display happens to be red, blue and green dragons, you can still ask away. No. 1 answer? They're made of fiberglass.)

Bellagio changes their displays five times a year. One for each season, plus a bonus for the Chinese New Year. The team discovered early on that visitors were asking so many questions of the nice, eager to answer workers, that construction on the attractions would slow way down. So, the Mr. and Mrs. Green Thumb program was born.

Nine volunteers assume the identity of Mr. or Mrs. and are available to answer any queries you may have about the plants, construction or the Conservatory itself. (They have a handy fact sheet available for the number crunching answers.) All are trained, enthusiastic horticulturists and if you have a burning need to know, they're easy to track down.

This being Las Vegas, the calibre of some tourist's questions fall short of Jeopardy puzzlers. "Where's the Bellagio?" and "Where's the chocolate?" are two of the most frequent head scratchers.

You can find Mr. and Mrs. Green Thumb every day between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. They wear a name tag and are stationed next to a tasteful sign. Currently they are positioned in front of the pavilion for live Chinese music. And it's either a Mr. or a Mrs. Just one volunteer a day. So come back to complete the experience.

And to counter our profile of The Palazzo's fire breathing dragon here's the Bellagio's mechanical creation exhaling its own brand of smoke:

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Another popular question in the gardens...

"Can you take our photo?"

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