Dave Rogers’ Big Bugs Invade Powell Gardens

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Dave Rogers’ Big Bugs Invade Powell Gardens

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Want a sneak peek into the operation to set up Big Bugs?  We’ve got it!


Get ready for an invasion of epic proportion as 11 dinosaur-sized bugs make their home at Powell Gardens from May 29 through Oct. 3.
Dave Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit includes 11 huge insect sculptures of all natural materials. Rogers creates the sculptures using combinations of whole trees found standing or fallen dead, cut green willow saplings, dry branches, fungi and other forest materials. Like the real thing, his bugs can be found on grass, in trees, near shrubs and flowers and hovering above water throughout Powell Gardens. 

Opening Day Festivities: Saturday, May 29 

Celebrate the grand opening with these special activities:
Dave Rogers
Dave Rogers

 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

 Meet the Artist: Talk with Dave Rogers about his techniques, inspiration  and materials. 

 Catch & Release Insect Safari: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Grab a net and explore insect life at Powell Gardens with our youth educators.

Bee Creative Art Stations: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tour the Big Bugs then create your own work of art from natural materials, paint a pot to take home ($3) and help us fill in our giant sidewalk chalk caterpillar! 


 Get to know more about a bug’s life with activity guides and scavenger hunts, plus extra play and exploration stops available every day of the exhibit. Inside the Visitor Center, get up close to live creepy crawlies with the Crawleseum in the lab and pick up your activity guides.

Along the path to the Island Garden, you’ll find the “I Dig Bugs” sand pit, a child-sized ant hill and a fun photo stop. 

Fun stops in the Heartland Harvest Garden include an oversized caterpillar, Good Bug, Bad Bug Hopscotch and two bug sculptures you can climb on!