Open Daily June 25 through October 3
Green Animals Topiary Garden will be buzzing this summer when David Rogers’ Big Bugs arrives. Even our famous green giraffe will be looking up at some of these gargantuan visitors!
Showcasing tiny pollinators on a massive scale, David Rogers’ Big Bugs includes a 10-foot tall Daddy Long Legs weighing 600 pounds, an 18-foot long Praying Mantis weighing 1,200 pounds, a 10-foot long Damselfly and an array of other massive bugs – nine total – placed in various locations around Green Animals. Learn about the world of insects, the role they play in the plant world, and how these little bugs help us in big ways.
These sculptures are created with various combinations of found or fallen trees, cut green saplings selectively harvested from the willow family, dry branches, and other sustainable forest materials. This work is one part landscape art, one part recycled art and two parts environmental art.
“When I go out into the forest, I am looking for shapes, colors, and textures,” David says of his process. “The inherent uniqueness of these materials, their different shapes, colors and textures, provide these sculptures with character, definition and a sense of motion.”
Don’t miss David Rogers’ Big Bugs at Green Animals Topiary Garden.
Additionally, there will be a colossal butterfly with a five-foot wing span in The Breakers Welcome Center.
Admission to David Rogers’ Big Bugs at Green Animals Topiary Garden is included with regular admission:
Stroll the Gardens & Grounds: $18 Adult $8 Youth (ages 6-17)
Includes admission any three of the following properties / GROUNDS ONLY - Green Animals Topiary Garden, The Breakers, Marble House OR The Elms
Newport Mansions Duo: $32 Adult $9 Youth (ages 6-17)
Includes admission to any two of the following properties / HOUSE & GROUNDS - The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms OR Green Animals Topiary Garden (GROUNDS ONLY).
Summer Passport: $42 Adult $12 Youth (ages 6-17)
Includes admission to any three of the following properties / HOUSE & GROUNDS - The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms OR Green Animals Topiary Garden (GROUNDS ONLY).
Preservation Society Members receive FREE ADMISSION to all properties.
About Green Animals
Located in Portsmouth, R.I., Green Animals Topiary Garden is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States. In addition to more than 80 topiaries in the shape of animals and geometric designs, it is home to a remarkable array of flowering bulbs, perennials, annuals and shrubs that bloom colorfully throughout the spring, summer and fall.
About David Rogers
With a devotion towards rustic design and all-natural materials, he began constructing various styles of rustic furnishings and garden structures employing different kinds of trees and techniques. He developed a very ornate bent-sapling construction style named “Victorian Rustic.”
It was in the fall of 1990, while staying on a cousin’s farm in Vermont’s Green Mountains, that he encountered a maple sapling bent over from previous winter’s ice storm. “There was something about the curvature and posture of this particularly ravaged tree – a backbone to a large beast, perhaps, that suggested a new life for the tree,” he recalled.
Using dried branches and different varieties of tree saplings a “dinosaur” sculpture emerged in twelve inspired days. This first large piece combined all of his earlier work and life experience, and forever changed his ideas of what he could build using materials found in nature. In 1991, he developed those ideas and early designs that would become David Rogers’ Big Bugs.
He built 10 sculptures and had his first show at the Dallas Arboretum in the summer of 1994. He has now exhibited in 40 states since that first show, and there are currently 40 sculptures in the collection.
To learn more about David Rogers' Big Bugs, visit DAVID ROGERS' BIG BUGS