Friday, December 11, 2009

Looking for a unique gift? Catch 'Orchid Fever' at the Tennessee Aquarium

Chilly days like today make me thankful for the opportunity to visit the Tennessee Aquarium's Tropical Cove and Butterfly Garden. It's nice to be surrounded by the warmth, hyacinth macaws, sharks, rays, butterflies, wood partridges and the new Palawan peacock-pheasant. This year visitors are in for a special treat, the Tropical Cove and Butterfly Garden are bursting with colorful and unusual orchids. It's amazing to see the dazzling hues and intricate shapes of the blooms. Guests will be surprised and delighted by this addition to the Aquarium's "Tropical Holiday Adventure." And if you know a plant lover, here's a chance to bring touch of the tropics into your home. The Aquarium has numerous varieties of orchids for sale right now.
Charlene Nash, Tennessee Aquarium horticulturist says orchids are great houseplants in spite of what you may have heard. Learn more by watching this video:

There are small plants in bloom starting at $8.99 and larger ones starting at 19.99 up to $40.00. There are also a few rare black orchids, in a very limited number, at $100.00. Remember, these are only available in the Ocean Journey Gift Shop!
Beth Cox and Geraldine Powell of The Orchid Gallery will be giving a free lecture and potting demonstration on December 19th and 20th. Their talk will be Orchids 101, providing some basic information on these spectacular plants. These talks are free with paid admission. The Tennessee Valley Orchid Society will have some of their members present to give talks in the Tropical Cove in Ocean Journey at various times during the next few weeks before Christmas.
Here's a video taste of what awaits you inside Ocean Journey:

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