Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gearing up for a Tropical Holiday Adventure

Thanks to Chattanooga photographer David Humber for this gorgeous image of "Amy," one of the Aquarium's hyacinth macaws. These birds really stand out from the lush green setting of the Tropical Cove and their playfulness attracts a ton of attention. Many visitors will also spend some extra time enjoying the beautiful blooms of the orchids inside the Ocean Journey building. Right now the Aquarium horticulture staff is on a mission to add to this colorful display by selecting more orchid species to showcase in the Tropical Cove. The new plants will bloom at various times throughout the year, some species several times each year, ensuring guests have more vivid hues to gaze upon. So get ready to relax and enjoy "Santa" divers, special animal encounters, a daily lineup of keeper talks and special programs during the Aquarium's Tropical Holiday Adventure November 20th through January 3rd. The new orchids will help add some color to this fun-filled event. Here's a sneak peak:

According to horticulturist Charlene Nash, these plants are not as difficult to care for as most people think. So if you'd like to liven up your home with a brightly colored orchid, or give an orchid as a gift, here's a great event for you.

Tropical Holiday Adventure Orchid Preview
Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Fees: $5/Member; $15/Non-Member

This special evening includes admission to Ocean Journey with an opportunity to view our new display of exotic and rare orchids in the beautiful Tropical Cove as you enjoy complimentary light appetizers and a cash bar. Aquarium horticulturist Charlene Nash will be available to provide insight about these colorful new blooms and you will have an opportunity to purchase one for your own home or as a unique holiday gift before they are made available to the general public on November 20. Proceeds will benefit the horticulture department at the Tennessee Aquarium. Click Events at http://www.tnaqua.org/ to register. No refunds will be available.

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