Return Visit: Early Fall at Vander Veer Botanical Park

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.

Inside The Conservatory
Inside The Conservatory
Golden Mums
Golden Mums
Leaves Against A Window
Leaves Against A Window
Pumpkin Among The Tropicals
Pumpkin Among The Tropicals
Interior View
Interior View
Monkey Topiary
Monkey Topiary

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.

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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.

View Of The Pond
View Of The Pond
The Grand Allee Leading To The Stone Fountain
The Grand Allee Leading To The Stone Fountain

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.

Vander Veer Botanical Park

215 West Central Park

Davenport, Iowa

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday through Sunday

Closed Monday

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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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