MGM National Harbor To Feature Spectacular Floral Attraction As Resort's Centerpiece

September 29, 2016
Acclaimed Designer Ed Libby Tapped to Create Exquisite Displays in Stunning Two-Story Conservatory
Acclaimed designer Ed Libby will bring his expertise and artistic touch to The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor with a series of seasonal displays through 2017.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As guests step into MGM National Harbor later this year, they'll be greeted by a vibrant horticultural scene that immediately engages all of the senses. Envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby, the MGM National Harbor Conservatory is certain to become a must-visit destination in the Capital Region.

Acclaimed designer Ed Libby will bring his expertise and artistic touch to The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor with a series of seasonal displays through 2017.

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. 

About MGM National Harbor
The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) portfolio, MGM National Harbor's unrivaled setting offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion resort 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 will feature 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; 53,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. MGM National Harbor is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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. 

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  MGM National Harbor has based these statements on management's current expectations and assumptions and not on historical facts. Examples of these statements include statements regarding the expected opening date of the casino resort and scope of the amenities to be offered. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements, including effects of economic and market conditions, competition with other destination travel locations throughout the United States and the world, and the design, timing and costs of the projects and risks relating to permits, licenses, financings, approvals and other contingencies and additional risks and uncertainties described in the MGM Resorts International Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports (including all amendments to those reports) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In providing forward-looking statements, MGM National Harbor is not undertaking any duty or obligation to update these statements publicly as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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