David Rogers' Big Bugs & Killer Plants

David Rogers' Big Bugs & Killer Plants

In 2007, the buzz began when enormous insects sculpted from wood thrilled visitors. David Rogers' Big Bugs popular exhibition provided a fun perspective on insect predators, pollinators and beneficial critters. 

To create his Big Bugs, sculptor David Rogers of Glenwood Landing, NY used willow, red cedar, black walnut and black locust woods, along with vines, bamboo, dried branches and shelf fungi. The 13 sculptures varied in weight from 300 to 1,200 pounds and ranged in size from seven feet to twenty-five feet in length. The Big Bugs demonstrated insect roles in pollination and predation.

In a stunning example of "turnabout is fair play," the Garden's renowned collection of living carniforous plants, or plants that "eat" bugs, (aka: killer plants!) also was highlighted in this outdoor exhibition. Pitcher Plants, Venus Fly Traps, Sundews, Bladderwort, Pinguicula and other plants native to wetlands and bogs across the Southeast U.S. were joined by beautiful tropical carnivorous plants inside the Fuqua Conservatory. These included tropical Pitcher Plants, Tropical Sun Pitchers, and Brocchinia.

The Garden is renowned for the largest public display of carnivorous plants in the world, and living wetland plants grow in the Conservation garden, Children's Garden, inside the Fuqua Conservatory and the Fuqua Orchid Center. These are dazzling examples of Nature's diversity. Because they grow in wet, nutrient-deficient soils, carnivorous plants must absorb nitrogen available in the trapped insect bodies in order to survive and thrive. The Atlanta Botanical Garden was selected national collection holder for the genus Sarracenia (pitcher plants) by the North American Plant Collections Consortium, quite an honor to the Garden.