Monday, Feb. 21 – Largest trees go in after 1 p.m.,
depending on the weather conditions. (Crane will shut down
Crane and trees will be in your shot if you park on Riverfront
Parkway. If you want access to the fourth level of Ocean Journey,
where the trees will be placed, please call Turner Construction
@ 865-388-6193 (Tony Marks). Someone from the PR office or
Turner will need to escort you to the fourth level. Be advised
this is still a construction zone and great care should be
taken with hard hat and sturdy shoes. One of the peak windows
has been removed for the tree delivery. DO NOT VENTURE CLOSE
– within 6 feet -- TO THIS EDGE.
Dave Collins, curator of forests, or Christine Bock, lead
horticulturist, will be on the 4th level of Ocean Journey
installing the soil, plants and trees.
B&B Steel Erection of Chattanooga is at
the controls of the 150-ton, 19-story crane.
Turner Construction Company is the construction
manager on the $30 million addition to the Aquarium.
Installing the tall trees is just one aspect of creating Ocean
Journey’s new rainforest under glass and includes the
Butterfly Garden and Tropical Cove. There are only a handful
of forests under glass in the world. The rainforest is the
third: a tropical rainforest for the new Ocean Journey building.
Aquarium Horticulturists Christine Bock and
Charlene Nash are breaking new ground in designing, acquiring,
planting and learning about the lush Tropical Cove
and the Butterfly Garden in Ocean Journey.
Bock developed the landscape blueprint for
the new Butterfly Garden. The exhibit will overflow with flowering
plants and trees that offer nectar to dozens of species of
butterflies. She said one of her favorite areas in the exhibit
to design is a display gracing the waterfall, where she will
experiment with orchids.
Nash created the landscape for the Tropical
Cove in the expansion. An arched gateway will beckon visitors
to an area filled with lush plants and trees and the enticing
sounds of animal life in a tropical habitat. The 30-foot-high
sunlit space includes a shoreline where visitors touch stingrays
and visit with regal hyacinth macaws.
“The large plants will give the exhibits
age, height and character – elements that are difficult
to create with newly purchased plants,” Bock said. “Tropical
plants are exciting to horticulturists. They bloom and are
colorful year round, and there are so many different varieties.”
Other Forests of River Journey
The Cove Forest gallery reverberates with the rhythm and beauty
of the flora, fauna and four seasons of the Appalachian Mountains.
A serene sanctuary complete with burbling waterfall, the Cove
is a work of horticultural art. Level 4
The Mississippi Delta gallery
teems with the steamy life from the fertile swamplands of
the Louisiana Bayou. Complete with draping moss, alligators
and snapping turtles, all that’s missing in this swamp-scape
is a johnboat and Cajun accent. Level 3