Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island

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Garden · Educational Site
The Quad City Botanical Center is a set of botanical gardens located next to the Mississippi River at 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois. It is open daily except major holidays; an admission fee is charged.

The center opened on June 20, 1998. Its gardens include:

Sun Garden conservatory (6,444 square feet) - includes sweet acacia, allspice, arrowhead, bamboo, banana, bird of paradise, bromeliads, cacao, cardamom, cassava, coconut, coffee, ferns, frangipani, Arabian jasmine, lychee, orchids, palms, papaya, papyrus, pineapple, sapodilla, vanilla, and ylang-ylang, as well as a 14-foot (4.3 m) waterfall, reflecting pools with koi, and a 70-foot (21 m) skylight.

Scott County Regional Authority Conifer Garden (established 2001) - over 40 conifers from the collection of Justin C. Harper, including cultivars such as Ginkgo biloba 'Todd's Broom', Taxus cuspidate 'Fastigiate Aurea', and Thuja standishii.

Physically Challenged Garden (established July 2003) - planting beds at varying heights for gardeners with physical limitations.

Scrambled Alphabet Garden - for children.
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  • You can never go wrong visiting a botanical garden. Everything changes from season to season. We will return the very next time we are in the area.  more »
  • This is a lovely facility in a relatively small space used to great advantage. There are peaceful indoor and outdoor gardens with plants well labelled , as well as pools with hungry fish! Children.....  more »
  • Really enjoyed our visit! We could have easily stayed longer in the children’s garden, but we were hungry for lunch. We are so glad we utilized the kids scavenger hunt sheet and educational backpack for my nephews. It gave us a reason to look closer for specific animals and plants! Definitely recommend for families to visit!
  • This is a beautiful facility. The children's garden area is great with lots of activities. Several student tours were going on and the staff was great with the classes. Make sure to buy fish food, they're hungry!

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