David Rogers’ Big Bugs
June 3 – August 29
They’re BIG, they’re BUGGY, and they’re HERE at Tyler Arboretum for the summer!
Be awed and inspired by artist David Rogers’ Big Bugs, 10 gigantic insect sculptures on parade through the Arboretum. Made from natural materials, they remind us in a big way of the vital role insects play in the environment. So bring your friends and family, and explore the Arboretum as you track down these oversized inhabitants of the natural world.
Dotted along the 1.5 miles of the Arboretum’s Scenic Loop, David Rogers’ Big Bugs will amaze and delight visitors of all ages as it highlights the outsized role played by these tiny inhabitants of the natural world.
Featuring enormous garden sculptures made entirely from natural materials by the Long Island artist David Rogers, Big Bugs introduces visitors to 17-ft. long dragonfly, 4-ft. wide spider in a 15-ft. web, and invites you to picnics with 25 feet long ants!
David Rogers’ Big Bugs features ten, larger-than-life, anatomically accurate bug sculptures, accompanied by Education Stations designed to teach and inspire, and all installed among the flower-rich meadows and horticultural collections along Tyler’s paved, 1.5-mile Scenic Loop:
David Rogers’ Big Bugs features:
• 3 giant ants (25 ft. long) BIGGER THAN AN SUV!
• Daddy long legs (17 ft. high) TALLER THAN A SEMI TRACTOR!
• Praying mantis (18 ft. long) LONGER THAN AN F-150 PICK-UP!
• Spider and web (12 ft. wide) WIDER THAN MOST DRIVEWAYS!
• Dragonfly (17 ft. wide) WIDER THAN A MINIVAN!
• Assassin bug (7 ft. long) LONGER THAN A LOVE SEAT!
• Damsel fly (10 ft. long) WIDER THAN A KING-SIZED BED!
• Grasshopper (11 ft. long). LONGER THAN A POOL TABLE!
Join us for Big Bug late night Tuesdays.
On Tuesdays from June 20 – August 29, Tyler will be open until 8 pm. Bring the family and a picnic and enjoy a late summer stroll as you explore Big Bugs. For full details of events and activities during Big Bugs, check out our summer Programs Guide!
Friday, June 2, 5 – 8 pm
Pack a picnic, hop in the car, and come to Tyler for a special evening reserved exclusively for members! Get up close and personal with Big Bugs before it opens to the public. Meet David Rogers, the artist who created the giants. And enjoy a few members-only surprises too! FREE, for members only. Pre-registration required. Register online now or call 610-566-9134, ext 209.
Saturday, June 3, 9 am – 6 pm
Delight with our Big Bugs docent-led tours, hourly, 11 am – 2 pm; check out the Education Stations at every bug, grab a kids “Passport to the Bugs,” and enjoy a range of children’s crafts.
Big Bugs opening day events and activities:
- Grab a kids “Passport to the Bugs”
- Big Bugs docent led tours, hourly, 11 am – 2 pm
- Education Stations at every bug, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
- Children’s crafts, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Learn about the unique adaptations that have made insects so successful. Guided tours take place every Friday and Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm as listed below.
Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, Big Bugs
Fridays and Saturdays, June 3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24 and 30; July 1,
7/8, and 14/15, 11 am and 1 pm
Discover which insect species are the garden engineers and learn which species roamed the Earth 400 million years ago. Did you know that in the world of bugs, attracting a mate depends on being heard? And that spitting is a form of protection!
Plants, Pollinators, Predator and Prey
Fridays and Saturdays, July 21/22, 28/29; August 4/5, 11/12, 18/19
and 25/26, 11 am and 1 pm
Relationships occur in nature whether as predator and prey, survival partners, or seed dispersers. On this tour you will identify the signs of co-evolution. Which plant needs only the wind to help its seeds miles away? Which plant attracts ants to carry its seeds? And much more.
To learn more about all our events, activities, and programs for Big Bugs, check our calendar listing.
Big Bug opening times
Weekdays: 9 am – 5 pm • Weekends: 9 am -6 pm
OPEN LATE every Tuesday, June 20 – August 29: 9 am – 8 pm
Trail gates locking. Starting Monday, May 29, and throughout the time Big Bugs is on display at Tyler, our trail gates will be locked at closing every day. If you are visiting the Arboretum outside the fence, please be back inside the fence before closing. Please make sure your car is out of the parking lot by closing.
To learn more about the exhibit and the artist, click here.