Spring Vacation of Color & Texture at Vander Veer

Spring is an energizer for me. I am ready to start working in the garden and to start searching for bulbs popping up under the remnants of fall leaves. So with the onset of spring, I decided to head over to the Vander Veer Conservatory in Davenport to get motivated for the planting season.

tree made of annual plants

The new spring display takes you on a mini vacation through a wonderland of color, texture and scents. It is a perfect place to be inspired for future art endeavors, to get ideas for your home garden design and to take your family. Children love the animal topiaries!

conservatory interior 2

Vander Veer Botanical Park and Conservatory

215 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport, IA.

Conservatory hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park store is open weekends.3 succulent:annual wreaths

Admission to the Conservatory is $1 for adults ages 16 and older, free for ages 15 and under. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is FREE on Tuesdays.

Visitor Services at the Park Store: 563-326-7818

The park has a lagoon with water birds, a rose garden, walking paths, a fountain, playground areas and roads for biking.planter and bulbs


About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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14 comments on “Spring Vacation of Color & Texture at Vander Veer

  1. Thanks, Abby. I’m so glad that you liked my first blog. Be sure to visit the Vander Veer Conservatory and Park to see the display for yourself!

  2. Beautiful pictures – can’t wait to get out in my garden. Great first post Deb, looking forward to reading more!

    1. Thanks, Diana…all the way in Minnesota! I think we are all in the gardening mood. Be sure to stop by Vander Veer Park when you are in town.

  3. Gorgeous photos that remind everyone of this underutilized gem! I loved the fragrance of the moist earth in the propagation rooms too.

    1. Thanks, Marilyn, for suggesting visiting the conservatory that day. It’s nice to have master gardeners as friends!

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