On the way to Pasadena to see family we stopped by a favorite place of ours – Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont CA- and they had this great exhibit of larger-than-life wood sculpture insects, David Rogers’ Big Bugs, which has been traveling since its 1994 debut in Dallas. It was so nice to see how popular it was with kids. As the exhibition guide says, it gives you a chance to imagine a world where insects (which outnumber us humans millions to one) gain a size advantage.
Here are some photos of our bug friends. Also some favorite plants that were in spectacular bloom, including a flannel bush (fremontodendron californica) that always amazes us with its size. Usually 8-10 feet tall, the photo shows it’s definitely taller than the upper range given for its hybrids (9-18 feet tall). We have a couple on our property, and the flowers are a vibrant yellow.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is dedicated to California native plants, and is a wonderful example of old-growth natives. Check your area for a arboretum or botanic center that features natives in your area.