Boston, Massachusetts — Six massive twenty foot plus Washingtonia Palms arrive at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo, courtesy of the Pliska Family, the owners of Planterra. “We are thrilled to have found such a perfect home for these specimen palms” says Shane Pliska, President of Planterra.
The palms wight over 1,000 pounds and were acclimated under shade for 7-months prior to the installation. They were shipped 1,500 from Homestead, Florida via semitruck.
The Franklin Park Zoo is “very enthusiastic about the development of the horticulture department and the tropical forest” says Mr. Stan Morris, Landscape Supervisor for the Tropical Forrest.
According to Mr. Morris, The trees “will enhance the looks of the tropical forest, will help filter the air and provide habitat for the birds.”
The trees are a 100% donation.
Planterra specializes in sourcing large and unusual tropical plants for building interiors, such as large public spaces at airports, hospitals, casinos or shopping centers.
Selecting, preparing, and acclimating trees for the indoors requires expertise and great care. Visit Planterra’s atrium and large project page for more information about these types of installations.