On the first perfect fall day last week, I drove south on Harrison Street and decided to take a turn into Vander Veer Park in Davenport to see what the new season had brought to the botanical center. The park, established in 1885, and conservatory are a special place for me to gather my thoughts and to enjoy nature in the middle of the city.
The conservatory has always been a special place in the Quad Cities. People of all ages enjoy the greenhouses. What a wonderful way to spend part of a day. I especially like to visit on a cold or rainy day because it lifts your spirits and warms your soul.
There is no better place in the area to “stop and smell the roses.” The rose garden, established in 1948, is an All-American Rose Selections (AARS) garden, and it was in full bloom. There are hundreds of roses and all were in bloom as the first days of fall were warm with cool evenings. As soon as I entered the garden, the soft scent of roses surrounded me.
Vander Veer Park has many childhood memories for me. We would come as children to the park on Sunday to walk around the pond and enjoy the ducks. The pond still attracts families with children who feed the ducks, bicyclists who ride the roadway, people having picnics, and walkers who leisurely breathe in the scented air. The pond has always reminded me of my favorite painting at the Art Institute in Chicago,”A Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat.
Fall is my favorite time of the year and it is so nice to be able to enjoy it outside in one of the many parks in the Quad Cities. Take the time to tune in your senses to the changes in season. It will bring you peace in this crazy world.
215 West Central Park
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Sunday