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Grand Garden Ushers In The Holiday Season at MGM Grand Detroit


DETROIT Ė Just in time for Thanksgiving weekend, the holidays have a new home at MGM Grand Detroit where horticulture staff began changing out the propertyís Grand Garden display this past Saturday to transform the locale into the seasonís newest attraction.  The removal of the gardenís inaugural fall display of massive pumpkins and giant glass-fabricated leaves will make room for one giant, dramatic holiday ornament emerging from a blanket of seasonal holly.  Framed by two stands of 50-foot Canadian Birch trees aglow with festive lighting, this bold yet simple statement will draw the attention and awe of passersby.    


With a distinctive style all its own, the Grand Garden is a joint creation from Design Solutions, the imaginative artists renowned for holiday masterpieces in Rockefeller Center and the Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas; and Hamilton Anderson Associates, a Detroit-based architecture and landscape architecture firm.  A burst of color in holiday red, the over-scaled ornament is inspired by the work of renowned sculptor Claes Oldenburg and measures approximately 30 feet in diameter.  The single, impressive decoration is constructed of steel-reinforced fiberglass and topped off by a silver-leafed cap, hook and ring.  Ilex berries and oversized pinecones complete the garden creating swirls of color throughout the grand display. 


MGM Grand Detroitís Grand Garden is a distinctive environment located at the corner of Third Street and Bagley with dynamic lighting and flourishing plants and serves as a seasonal attraction for guests and the community.  The Grand Garden holiday exhibit is free to view and will be displayed from Thursday, November 22 through the New Year holiday.  Media are invited to photograph the Grand Garden by contacting Scott Grigg at


Open to the public as of October 2, 2007, MGM Grand Detroit is the first and only downtown hotel, gaming and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests can enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world's preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; 24-hour in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants; lounges, including a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan; and 30,000-square-feet of meeting space capable of hosting everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie engagements. Unique characteristics of the destination include a private entrance and lobby "Living Room" for hotel guests only, a concierge level with full-service lounge, 24-hour in-room service, 24-hour valet and complimentary covered self-parking. Room reservations are available via or (888) 646-3387.



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