|Acclaimed designer Ed Libby lookin at plans for The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor|
Whimsical yet elegant, the 15,000-square-foot, two-story Conservatory at MGM National Harbor will be a floral showcase of the sights and colors of winter, spring, summer and fall - along with a special display in celebration of Chinese New Year. The Conservatory, which sits within a stunning glass-topped atrium, will be flooded with natural light by day and mingle with the stars by night, offering two distinct experiences for guests.
"From art to architecture, beauty and style are at the core of MGM National Harbor, which is why we designed the entire resort around this magnificent botanical vision," said Bill Boasberg, general manager of MGM National Harbor. "With Ed Libby's unbridled creativity and impeccable taste, the Conservatory will wow guests from around the world, introducing an attraction unlike anything on the East Coast."
The resort's inaugural winter exhibit, "Holiday Reflections," will elicit feelings of whimsy steeped within a sense of modern glamour. Created with more than 70,000 white carnations, poinsettias, orchids, hydrangea and kalanchoes, this sophisticated winter wonderland will feature a frozen bridge leading to a contemporary forest filled with a series of geometric, glass-mirrored holiday trees ranging from eight to 60 feet in height; deconstructed wreaths; mirrored gift boxes; and oversized, glittering ornaments suspended from The Conservatory's glass ceiling.
For three decades, Ed Libby & Company Events has been designing majestic floral and crystal compositions for prominent recording artists, actors and companies across the United States including the "Wall Street Concert Series" featuring artists like Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé and Kanye West. The company also has created multiple installations for the annual Macy's Flower Show in Herald Square, and now Libby will bring his expertise and artistic touch to MGM National Harbor with a series of seasonal displays through 2017.
Libby said, "Every display will be a feast for the senses. My intention is to take traditional elements that evoke the feelings of each season and use them in non-traditional ways: the holidays without evergreens, springtime in Washington without cherry blossom trees - or at least not in the style one might expect. The idea is to create a series of seasonal installations that require a cerebral interpretation, while maintaining the glamorous and thoughtful aesthetic synonymous with MGM National Harbor."
While many travelers may be familiar with the celebrated Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the Conservatory at MGM National Harbor will dazzle visitors with a completely unique experience that captures the sensibility of the region. With artful elegance and a touch of grandeur, it will become a must-see destination along the Eastern seaboard.
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