Vander Veer Botanical Park, Davenport

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The Vander Veer Botanical Park is a 33acre botanical garden in the Vander Veer Park Historic District of Davenport, Iowa. It is believed to be one of the first botanical parks west of the Mississippi River. The park was listed on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties on August 4, 1993.HistoryVander Veer Park was established in 1885. The city of Davenport purchased the land for $13,000. The park was built on the old Scott County Fairgrounds land and modeled after New York City’s Central Park. Vander Veer was originally named Central Park. In 1912 the park was renamed after the first secretary of the Davenport Park Board of Commissioners, A.W. Vander Veer. A conservatory, music pavilion, and decorative fountains were added after World War I.The park is currently maintained by a nonprofit organization, The Friends of Vander Veer.
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  • Lush and beautiful plants filled the conservatory. Although it is not a large building, It offers a variety of plants, lots of photographic opportunities. Most plants are labeled and many have added i...  more »
  • They have decorated for Christmas, was very pretty . Was nothing over the top but was worth checking out.  more »
  • This park is equally stunning in the fall with the leaves changing color, as in the summer with everything in full bloom. A local yoga studio offers yoga in the park during the summer and there are of...  more »
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  • It is absolutely beautiful here! The flowers,plants and trees are a must see and i think the #1 attraction us the fountain that lights up at nite! Its peaceful enough to take a book and read in one if the benches or take a blanket and read on the grass! Its ideal for anyone from 8 months to 80yrs old!! I love it!
  • The Conservatory is wonderful, and open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm. With over 100 years experience they have rotating displays, with Poinsettias in Winter, Spring Azaleas, Summer tropicals, and Fall Chrysanthemum Festival. There is the Grand Allee leading to the Stone Fountain, the Lagoon, and a variety of gardens (Rose, Hosta, Old World).
  • Very cool Park! Right in the middle of Davenport. Lots of room to walk and lots of flowers in the summer.
  • Very nice public park for a stroll, lovely trees, and excellent seasonal gardens. Nice little gift shop in the greenhouse, with small seasonal displays year round, and a small mature tropical display. Nice park for the community and so well maintained. Pond for ducks and geese, and ice skating. An old and beautiful Davenport asset.
  • I love the neighborhood. The park is a safe place to bring your kids & pets.

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