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Big Bugs Are Flying into the Memphis Botanic Garden

National art installation featuring eight species will arrive on September 16

MEMPHIS, Tenn - August 22, 2017 - (BUSINESS WIRE) -The Memphis Botanic Garden is excited to announce the arrival of David Rogers’ Big Bugs at the Garden on September 16, 2017.

Representing eight different species, the traveling art exhibit, presented by Terminix®, will feature ten giant wooden bug sculptures towering up to 18 feet tall. Big Bugs will inhabit all 96 acres of the Botanic Garden through January 1, 2018.

The sculptures will be set around the Garden in environments where each insect would naturally be found. The exhibit will not include any fenced or blocked off areas, allowing guests an opportunity to experience the sculptures from all angles. Unique nighttime lighting and sculpture positioning promises to make this exhibit a truly visual experience.

“The Memphis Botanic Garden is hosting Big Bugs at the Garden in an effort to raise awareness of the Garden and our programs, to drive more attendance and increase membership ranks—particularly among families with young children,” said Mike Allen, executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden. “It’s the first traveling exhibit we’ve hosted, and the opportunity to work with Terminix made for a great partnership. We’re also appreciative of International Paper, The Speer Charitable Trust, Orion Federal Credit Union and AutoZone for their underwriting support.”

“The Big Bugs exhibit, in partnership with the Memphis Botanic Garden, is the perfect opportunity to support our local community and continue our commitment to the study and research of entomology,” said Marty Wick, chief operating officer at Terminix. “We are thrilled to welcome the exhibit to our city and participate in this unique educational program.”

The exhibit will also host local school field trips and a series of events to continue providing insect and science education. “There will be ‘date night’ activities, tram tours, ‘brown bag’ educational programs on home gardening, and a broad outreach to teachers and schoolchildren from all neighborhoods of Memphis and Shelby County,” said Gina Harris, director of education and events for the Botanic Garden. “There really is something for all insect enthusiasts.”

David Rogers’ Big Bugs has been touring public and private botanical gardens since 1994, educating on conservation and preservation of the planet. The exhibit has been featured at the United States National Arboretum, the United States Botanic Garden and Epcot® at Walt Disney World®.

Sullivan Branding (Memphis, Tenn.) has developed a multi-media marketing campaign to support the exhibit, which will launch September 1.

For more information on the exhibit and a full schedule of events, visit

About the Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to being an exemplary center for horticulture and environmental enrichment. Serving over 40,000 school-aged children annually, and hosting 225,000 visitors each year, Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature and increasing awareness and appreciation of our environment.

About Terminix

Terminix is the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Terminix services approximately 2.8 million residential and commercial customers in 47 states and 22 countries. Terminix provides pest control services and protection against termites, rodents and other pests. Terminix is a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. Terminix is the Official Pest Control Specialist of Minor League BaseballTM. To learn more about Terminix, visit

About ServiceMaster

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 8,000 company-owned locations and franchise and license agreements. The company’s portfolio of well-recognized brands includes American Home Shield (home warranties), AmeriSpec (home inspections), Furniture Medic (furniture repair), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration) and Terminix (termite and pest control). We serve residential and commercial customers through an employee base of approximately 13,000 company employees and a franchise network that independently employs an estimated 33,000 additional people. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. Go to for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at or


Jana Wilson
For the Memphis Botanic Garden

Tiffany Matthews
For Terminix

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