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The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor Celebrates Spring Awakening with a Cherry Blossom-Inspired Display

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.(March 27, 2017)  – Welcoming the arrival of a new season, The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor’s spring display celebrates the iconic and cherished cherry blossom trees synonymous with the Capital Region.
 
Curated by renowned event designer Ed Libby, “Hope Springs Eternal: A Spring Awakening” offers an unforgettable fairytale experience with whimsical splendor, sparkling with a multitude of pearl white, pink and lavender floral décor.
 
The display comes to life through three distinct flower beds, each reflecting all that is beautiful about spring, while highlighting the “blossoming” of love through the reemergence of nature.
 
“Each year in the nation’s Capital, the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the arrival of spring are much-anticipated events,” said Libby. “In imagining our springtime creation, I wanted to take a romantic and whimsical approach, so each garden would be thought-provoking and give guests a playful, emotional experience.”
 
Suspended from the 85-foot glass-topped atrium are three 30-foot artistically crafted cherry blossom branches, covered with three feet of leaves and over 20 cherry blossoms. These oversized branches give a nod to the artwork seen throughout the resort, and serve as a beautiful entryway into the magical display that waits below.
 
Stepping down from the grand staircase into the Conservatory, guests are greeted by an iconic fabled character, familiar to young children and the young at heart. Crouching beneath the
36-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, atop an 8-foot-wide emerald lily pad, sits a spectacular 6-foot pink floral frog. Complete with a gilded crown, he sits with puckered lips awaiting a lucky guest to turn him into a prince with a gentle kiss. A babbling pond is closeby featuring a 12-foot-long bridge.
 
Visitors will embrace the charming sentiment of the season as they cast their eyes on a 24–foot-wide floral wreath, created with 300 flowers sculpted by hand, accompanied by a spectacular
8-foot-wide swing. Just above the swing, an 8-foot butterfly with wings that resemble stained glass windows, can be seen here resting gently atop the floral wreath, while below an oriole topiary sips water from an oversized bird bath.
 
As Conservatory visitors continue their journey through the display of spring sights and sounds, they will encounter another floral masterpiece -- a 5-foot butterfly perched atop the branch of a 40–foot-tall cherry blossom tree. Beneath the tree, a beautifully designed oversized blossom made of 14,000 pink carnations appears to sprout from the earth. The grand abstract flower, accompanied by another 24-foot cherry blossom tree, becomes even more awe-inspiring when seen upstairs from the resort’s lobby.
 
To complete the spectacular display, gentle melodies of jazz ballads and woodland sound effects envelop guests, allowing them to immerse themselves in the elegance of spring.
Melwood, a local nonprofit workforce development organization for people with differing abilities, supplied more than 9,000 flowers for The Conservatory’s spring display as part of its ongoing partnership with the resort. Headquartered in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Melwood provides employment, career training, life skills improvement and recreational services to more than 2,000 individuals each year.

MGM National Harbor is also a Sakura Sponsor for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival taking place in Washington, D.C.  Each year this celebration takes place in commemoration of the 3,000 cherry blossom trees gifted to Washington, D.C. in 1912.  As a part of the sponsorship, MGM National Harbor will participate in the annual parade with a 25-foot float featuring Grammy-nominated R&B singer Blu Cantrell as its entertainment. They will also debut a 40-foot long helium balloon in the shape of the iconic MGM lion, which will require 32 people to escort it through the parade route.

The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary to the public.
 
Display Fast Facts:
Display dates: March 18 – mid-May
 
Total flowers on display
100,000
Wreath of “Eternal Love”
Diameter: 26 feet
Width: 6 feet
 
Frog Prince  
Height: 6.5 feet
Width: 4 feet
Flowers: 8000 Pink Carnations
 
Oriole
Width: 8 feet
Height: 4 feet
 
Butterflies
Width:  6.75
Height: 9 feet
 
 

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About MGM National Harbor 
The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) portfolio, MGM National Harbor has an unrivaled setting offering stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion LEED® Gold Certified resort, which opened December 8, 2016, sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington's Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia. The 24-story, 308-room resort features premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic casino with over 125,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. For more information, visit mgmnationalharbor.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
 
About Ed Libby & Company Events
What began in a small workspace in his home 30 years ago, Ed Libby & Company Events has blossomed into a design studio built on creativity, hard work and flowers, still an essential element of all Ed Libby designs. Libby has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, incorporating influences from his travels into each design. He has designed multiple installations for the annual Macy’s Flower Show in Herald Square, the “Wall Street Concert Series” featuring artists like Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé and Kanye West, and has made guest appearances on popular television shows such as NBC’s TODAY, TLC’s Cake Boss and America’s Next Top Model to name a few. 
 
Media Contact:
Malik Husser
MGM National Harbor 
(301) 971-6212
mhusser@mgmnationalharbor.com

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