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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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  • This is especially beautiful now. We went on Saturday and they were having outdoor yoga on the great lawn. There are many water features as well as a rose garden, hosta garden and conservatory. It's f...  more »
  • This is a nice green area between the one way streets, I think it is Brady and Harrison. It is near the campus of St Ambrose and Assumption, and is very popular with students and others for running an...  more »
  • We went there because it was advertised online as having a "Spring Flower Show". When we arrived, the "show" was you walking the park to see what Spring flowers had popped up...really? Furthermore, ev...  more »
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  • Vander veer Park has been a staple in Davenport for as long as I can remember. It has something for everybody; walking or jogging the perimeter, fishing or remote boating in the lagoon during the summer and ice skating in the winter, identifying the various species of labled trees, enjoying the ever changing botanical displays in the conservatory or simply the solitude it offers... and last, but not least, just spending time around the fountain, particularly in the evening watching the colors change. Just a heads up, I talked to the technicians working on the fountain this afternoon and it sound like the fountain will be running next week for Prom pictures. It never gets old... Can't wait!
  • This park and botanical center is very peaceful. Its landscape is relaxing to walk through and sitting by the pond gives you the feeling of simpler times. The fountain is a fun addition for young and old alike. The botanical center always has plants and flowers that are pleasing to the eye.
  • Has many varieties of trees in such a most beautiful park. Very clean. Very serene and tranquil environment.
  • Photogenic park with free outdoor events during the summer and a warm greenhouse to escape the winter months. Also a great place for Pokémon hunting and battling :)
  • I always love coming to Vander Veer because they keep great care of their grounds