Wednesday, July 9, 2008

WEEKEND PICK: Gigantic Bugs Invade Framingham on Saturday

Come to BIG BUGS at Garden in the Woods in Framingham on Saturday and get a bug’s eye view of the world when you stand nose to knee with a 18-foot, 1200-pound praying mantis and 12 other enormous and beautiful wood sculptures by New York artist David Rogers.
(The exhibit is in Framingham through Oct. 31) Enjoy a picnic and buzz over to the nursery to buy a butterfly garden and other cool native plants, gifts, books, and bug-themed toys. Take photos and share your images at
Saturday is the Grand opening celebration, featuring MEET THE BEATLES –with HELP! New England’s own Beatles Tribute Band, performing live in honor of BIG BUGS. Join in to make this the greatest celebration of rock history meeting natural history ever. All this takes place in a summer paradise filled with 1,500 native wildflower species and including 200 rare species at New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods, a world-renowned 45-acre botanical garden and living museum.
For nearly 20 years, "HELP!" has delighted audiences with its authentic Beatles sound, vintage costumes and instruments, and repertoire that spans the entire recording career of the "fab four." “We play Beatles music because we love it”, says Marc Hertzberg, Bandleader of ‘HELP!’, and dedicated conservationist. “Bringing the Beatles to the Beetles is an exciting way to support the plant conservation work of the Society and have a great party too.”
Families will thrill to meet live costumed characters “ANT MINI”, “ODO” the dragonfly, and “DANI” the monarch butterfly on garden walks, together with the enormous BIG BUGS on Saturday too. Opening day festivities begin at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m.
Which BIG BUG is also a beetle? Throughout the exhibit's run visitors will learn the answer and lots of exciting nature facts every day, and at theme weekends through the exhibit, with special family activities, buggy crafts, and a great time for everyone. There is a full roster of buzz worthy courses at the Society’s education programs throughout. New England Wild Flower Society's offers the largest native plant education program in the nation.
“Insects play a vital role in a garden, but are unnoticed, so I put them on such a large scale that you can’t help but notice them,” says Rogers. His popular exhibition is a smash hit across America and returns to New England in this exclusive showing.
Make BIG BUGS your summer’s centerpiece for a grand celebration of the Web of Life and enter the exciting world of plant and insect relationships with dozens of special events.
Learn more at about your visit, photo gallery, events, and bug-related classes.
See BIG BUGS July 12-September 1, 9-7 daily; September 2-October 31, 9-5 daily, rain or shine. Admission, including opening day concert and theme weekends is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with identification, $4 for children 3-18, and free for members and children under three. 508-877-7630,

PHOTO: BIG BUGS Spider and Web by David Rogers at Garden in the Woods. (c) New England Wild Flower Society/Lisa Mattei


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