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Giant flowers and butterflies mark return of spring at Bellagio

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Steve Marcus

A view of the 2013 Spring exhibit at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in the Bellagio Monday, March 11, 2013.

Bellagio Conservatory Spring 2013 Time Lapse

The calendar may say spring is still a week away, but the season is in full bloom already at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Here is a time lapse video that captures the weeklong transformation from the previous Chinese New Year exhibit to the current spring one.

2013 Spring Exhibit at Bellagio

Lady bugs made of flowers are displayed during the 2013 Spring exhibit at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in the Bellagio Monday, March 11, 2013. Launch slideshow »

The calendar may say spring is still a week away, but the season is in full bloom already at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

Some of the flowers may have had a little too much fertilizer. A few of the tulips are 17 feet tall, and some daffodils reach 22 feet high. Another 8,203 regular-size (and real) flowers are also on display each week.

The exhibit also includes a 26-foot-tall windmill, complete with blades that reach another 10 feet into the air.

And spring doesn’t just mean flowers. There are also more than 800 live butterflies — some from faraway places such as Costa Rica, the Philippines and Kenya — inside a 36-foot-long greenhouse.

The display is open 24 hours per day through May 11, with live music performed from 5 to 6 p.m. daily.

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