NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., (January 23, 2017) – Guests from near and far who visit MGM National Harbor this Lunar New Year will be greeted by a rich and warm floral masterpiece celebrating the Year of the Rooster. Imagined and designed by renowned event designer Ed Libby, the Lunar New Year display at MGM National Harbor’s Conservatory delights guests with its rich palette of gold, red and orange and a multitude of flowers, now through March.
While visitors catch an overhead glimpse of The Conservatory from the hotel lobby, they will begin to immerse themselves within the display as they venture down the grand staircase. Standing at 30-feet tall, surrounded by variegated ivy, juniper topiaries and Chinese juniper bushes, a stately fire rooster made entirely of reflective glass and 60,000 persimmon and crimson roses and golden marigolds greets passersby with an enchanting gaze. Located beside this symbol of loyalty and responsibility, sits a golden money tree that not only brings good fortune to all, but lives as a representation of prosperity and positivity.
Inspired by the traditional architectural elements of Chinese gardens, the center of The Conservatory features a 7-foot fountain that lives beneath an oversized moon gate. Dressed in banners expressing “good luck” and “Happy New Year,” the moon gate is widely known across Asia as a symbol of class and beauty and serves as an entryway to the gardens beyond. Native to South Asia, a citrus tree overflowing with 12 floral kumquats made of 6,000 orange roses and leaves made of lentils, stands as a symbol of prosperity and good fortune.
Directly across from the moon gate, a foot bridge stretches over a pond accompanied by a 6-foot-tall lucky koi fish accented with golden fins and over 2,000 vibrant roses. Surrounded by lush greenery, begonias and azaleas and parallel to the auburn bridge, a soaring 24-foot-tall pagoda plays home to “Lady Luck,” the Chinese empress. Dressed in a floral robe of 14,500 persimmon, yellow and crimson roses accented with golden marigolds and bay leaves, she delicately beckons guests into The Conservatory while veiling her custom-carved face with a bewitching fan. Opposite the bridge stands a symbolic tangerine tree signifying wealth, filled with 7,000 orange roses and golden marigolds.
Above The Conservatory, stylized lighting effects complement the display throughout the evening. Suspended from the 85-foot glass-topped atrium, eight oversized Chinese lanterns accompanied by clusters of firecrackers dangle overhead to ward off evil spirits while a sense of warmth, created by the rich red, orange and gold palette inspired by the Year of the Rooster, floods The Conservatory.
The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary to the public.
Lunar New Year display Fast Facts:
Display dates: Now through March
Total flowers on display
Total Pounds of Lentils
Height: 30 feet
Height: 35 feet
Width: 22 feet
200 gold coins
Hanging Chinese Lanterns
Height: 6 feet
Width: 10 feet
Height: 24 feet
Width: 15 feet
Length: 6 feet