Garden party

In April, the Morris Arboretum bursts into bloom, with a host of events to celebrate the season. First up on April 1 is the opening of the new exhibit, “Big Bugs,” a series of sculptures from artist David Rogers that will be spread throughout the 92-acre site. The 11 bugs on display include three ants, a praying mantis, and a spider with a web. On April 6, everyone is welcome at the exhibition opening event, which is free with admission, and runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are invited to dress as bugs, and there will be bug-inspired music, bug-themed crafts, and scavenger maps.

The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival returns to the Arboretum on April 13 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events include Hoh Daiko drummers, a zen archery demonstration, a kimono dressing demonstration, and a tour of the Arboretum’s Japanese garden elements. For more information on all events, go to