Special Events


Many of our programs are included with general admission to the gardens: Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00, Youth (6-15 yrs) $4.00 Children (2-5yrs) $2.00, Children under 2 and Members of the Quad City Botanical Center free
Winter hours begin November 1 - March 31
Monday - Saturday 10-4 / Sunday 11-4  Open Late Tuesday nights until 7pm\

January – April 2014 - Art Exhibit - Megan Crandall Cooper.   View the beautiful artwork of Megan Crandall Cooper on exhibit at the Quad City Botanical Center, January through February 2014.  Feel the breath of spring with her magical creations.  Fairy dresses, wings and other enchanting items will be for sale during her exhibit.  Cost to view the exhibit is Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00, Youth (6-15 yrs.), $4.00 Children (2-5yrs) $2.00, Children under 2 and members of the Botanical Center are free.

Art Exhibit- Now – May, 2014 The Sculptures of Sheilah Wigant-McGee.

On Exhibit in the Sun Garden Conservatory of the Quad City Botanical Center.  About the Artist, Sheilah Wigant-McGee, this Illinois native has been a prolific sculptor since graduating from Illinois State University in 1993 with a Bachelors Degree in Art. As a professional artist, she has received commissions for over 7 sculptures. Recent life-size commissions include a "Holy Family" created as a memorial for a prominent family in Davenport, Iowa and a larger than life-size Sakajawea for Wildlife Prairie State Park in Peoria, Illinois. Many of her works, in a variety of media, are in galleries and public and private collections across the country. Though she primarily creates works on commission, Sheilah also creates pieces out of an inner need for expression. She works in many styles, but her art always seeks to incorporate a spiritual element that reveals the intrinsic nature of the subject. Sheilah will often re-work a piece many times to capture that elusive notion of "self". It is her sincere desire that her work brings a sense of peace and happiness to those who share that which she creates.

Summer Hours Begin April 1
Monday - Saturday 10-5 / Sunday 11-5
Open Late Tuesday until 7pm

Sunday, April 20, 2014-Easter Egg Hunt – Doors open Easter Sunday at 12:00. 12:30- Egg Hunt for Children 2 – 5 years old / 1:00- Egg Hunt for Children 6-10 years old.  Help us celebrate Easter with our botanical egg hunt.  We will have 2 hunts for 2 age groups.  Children will be able find plastic eggs containing candy, toys or seeds!  Children will be able to plant the seeds in take home containers.  If your children are planning on participating, please make sure you arrive early for the Easter egg hunts, they are over in a flash.  Planting and other fun family activities will go on until 2pm.  The Botanical Center will close at 3pm on Easter Sunday. The Easter Egg Hunt is included in the price of admission:  Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00, Youth (6-15 yrs.) $4.00, Children (2-5 yrs.) $2.00, Children under 2 and Members of the Quad City Botanical Center Free.
Sponsor: RDA

Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:00 pm- Make Your Own Fairy Garden or Miniature Garden. Create your own fairy/miniature garden and learn about gardening in miniature with Kathryn Newman of MiniatureGardenShoppe.com.  Bring a container of your choice (no more than 15" in any dimension).  Registration fee includes potting soil, 3 plants, a miniature garden bench, and gravel.  Additional plants, furniture and accessories to personalize your garden will be available for purchase. Price for workshop is $30 for QCBC non-members and $25 for QCBC members. Call or e-mail Ellen to register. Space is limited so register today! (309)794-0991 x208 edu@qcgardens.com.

Bus Trip: Thursday, May 29, 2014.  
Explore Historic Nauvoo, IL.  The cost of this extraordinary day trip is $119.00. Members of the Quad City Botanical Center will receive a $20.00 discount on the trip as part of their benefits!  Start your day off with breakfast snacks, juice and coffee at the Botanical Center departing for the remarkable village of Nauvoo, IL.   In 1839, early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—called “Mormons”—established this place of peace and beauty on a great bend in the Mississippi.  Today, Nauvoo is one of America’s premier historic communities. Visitors can explore historic sites from the 1840 time period. Lunch will be at Grandpa John’s Café in Nauvoo.  Dinner is at the Drake Restaurant in Burlington, IA.  Lunch and dinner is included in the price of your trip.  Please call 309-794-0991 x 203 to reserve your seat today!

Bus Trip: Thursday, June 26, 2014.  The Villages of Van Buren County, IA.  The cost of this memorable day trip is $149.00.  Members of the Quad City Botanical Center receive a $20.00 discount on the trip as part of their benefits!  Begin your day with breakfast snacks, juice and coffee at the Botanical before departing on your journey through the sites of Van Buren County, IA.  Our first stop will in Farmington, IA where we will pick up our step-on bus guide to help us on our excursion.  The guide will navigate us to eight fascinating sites including a home-raised and cooked lunch at an Amish home.  Our other stops include the Indian Artifact Museum, National Historic District and Rose Garden in Keosauqua, IA; a drive through Lacey-Keosauqua Sate Park, the Dutchman’s Store in Cantril, IA, Milton Creamery in Milton, IA and Millard’s Turtle Farm in Birmingham, IA.  On the way home we will stop in Burlington, IA for dinner at Big Muddy’s Restaurant.  Lunch, Dinner and all tour fees are included in the price of this trip!  Please call 309-794-0991 x 203 to reserve your seat! 

  April's Sunday Family events are sponsored in part by