There have been floral displays in the park in Davenport since the first glass palm house was built in 1897. The park is known for its glorious outdoor gardens. One such is an accredited All-American Rose Selection garden. That section has more than 1,200 roses. Another area is a Hosta Glade with numerous varieties. In a separate part is an Exotic Vegetable Display; somewhere else one will find an accredited All-American Selections Annual Display Garden. The park planners have placed a lagoon near the gardens where ducks can make their home. The Botanical Center has changing displays all year long.
The children’s playground and lagoon area are favorite family spots for year-round activities of catch-and-release fishing and ice skating. Feeders provide grains for park visitors to feed the ducks during the spring and summer.
Conservatory admission is $1 for adults, free for children 16and under.
Weddings The Rose Garden and Conservatory at Vander Veer Botanical Park and the Stampe Lilac Garden Gazebo at Duck Creek Park offer the finest of nature’s settings for your wedding ceremony. Whether you desire the warmth of the sun or the fragrance from colorful flowers, the Rose Garden, Conservatory, or Lilac Garden Gazebo capture that special moment. For your wedding date, please check with the Davenport Parks and Recreation office for available dates, 326-7812. Fee: $120 for 2 hours.
Location: 215 West Central Park Davenport, IA 52801
Directions – turn west off of U. S. Highway 61, or Brady Street, onto West Central Park
Hours – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday
Credit Cards – None
Phone – (563)326-7818