Grandma and Grandpa came over today and kidnapped Momma to go to the Garden in the Woods and see the Big Bugs. For those of you who live in Master Chew Sits, Garden in the Woods is run by the New England Wild Flower Society and is right here in my home town of Framingham. It covers 45 acres and displays 1500 native plants including 150 rare and endangered speices. They also have an invasive plant jail where you can learn about non-native plants that will eat the natives if you plant them.
Even though there are no dogs allowed, Momma says it is still worth visiting (plus, if you have any human pups, they have lots of exploration programs and activities that help them learn about nature).
In addition to be a nice place to walk around, they are currently displaying Big Bugs which are gigantic sculptures of, your guessed it, bugs!
Here's a butterfly. Its all done by combining different kinds of wood, most of which the sculptor, David Rogers, finds using fallen trees. The Garden is very peaceful and lush.This kittie lives in the garden and hunts mice and whatnot.
This spider was bigger than pee-wee!They don't let you get too close to the bugs, but here is Grandpa with a big old spider. I think he could have walked right under it.
There are just so many peaceful spots like this lily pond.Which just so happened to have a giant dragonfly in it.Looks like Momma was a little intimidated by the big ant.Guess it didn't phase Grandma.Each bug has a sign so that you can read all about it. This is one I hope I never meet. It sticks its big nose into its prey and then sucks its juices out.Ewwww!There are all different habitats in the garden (bog, swamp, meadow, pine barrens, moss garden) each maintained by dozens of volunteers. This one is most peculiar. Its a cactus garden right here in Master Chew Sits!Finally, Momma with the biggest bug of all. A 20 ft. tall preying mantis. EEEEK!Whilst Momma was away, one of the flowers on my observation deck spontaneously leapt from its pot.Here is where I tried unsuccessfully to put it back in.Of course, rather than accepting the obvious (that the flowers were making a break for it), Momma immediately thought that I, Mango, had somehow been involved and had actually (gasp) pulled the flowers up myself.
Nope, not me, come on, is this the face of a flower murderer?
She's unconvinced. Time to pull out the smoochie face.Mango Man! Oh yeah!