Savage Gardens: Invasion of the Bug Snatchers

Savage Gardens: Invasion of the Bug Snatchers
Exhibit Gets Close to Carnivorous Plants

Something big has landed at the North Carolina Arboretum. It's green. And it's hungry.

A 9-foot sculpture of a Venus flytrap is one of four larger-than-life carnivorous plants on display as a part of the Savage Gardens exhibit that opened on May 23.

During the family-friendly exhibit, visitors to the N.C. Arboretum will have the opportunity to explore the fascinating and complex world of these deadly plants through the giant sculptures--you can even step inside a 10-foot tropical pitcher plant--as well as at interactive stations and other programming.

Savage Gardens demonstrates the many wonders of carnivorous plants and how they lure, catch, kill and digest insects as part of their feeding process. The American pitcher plant, for example, offers a narcotic nectar causing intoxicated patrons to take a clumsy tumble into a pool of digestive enzymes. Yikes!

The Arboretum will also have live carnivorous plants on display and will have Venus flytrap plants for sale as intriguing, and useful, living souvenirs.

The exhibit will be open daily through September 7th and is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($12 per personal motor vehicle). Visit the N.C. Arboretum's website for more information.

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