The Quad City Botanical Center is one of our family’s favorite places to visit. We’ve recently discovered the KinderNature classes offered once a month and they are FANTASTIC!
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Just a short drive from the Quad Cities in Donahue, Iowa, is the most charming little eclectic flower farm business. Miss Effie’s Country Flowers has been in business since 2001. Lovingly run by Cathy and her husband, “Honey”, this farm on a hill invites you to return again and again. This time I returned for noodle and bread making classes.
We headed to Rock Island’s Longview Park this weekend – a favorite of ours going back to when my husband and I had our first date together playing disc golf – and confirmed, yet again, why this is one of our very favorite Quad Cities parks. If you have babies or toddlers, you MUST go and check out the Expression Swings!
The QCCA (Quad City Conservation Alliance) Expo Center is a finely constructed vintage building made of huge timbers from the mills that once were on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities. I always take the time to look up into the rafters to admire the size and workmanship of the support beams in the Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois. The center features a 60,000 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall and a 4,600 sq. ft. Auditorium with a seating capacity of 500.
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.
Sunday during the summer months is the a good day to go to Rock Island, Illinois, to spend several hours at Skeleton Key Art and Antiques and the Artists’ Market. The artists’ market is a new addition to the farmers market in the parking lot of the mall.
On Wednesday, June 16th I had the pleasure of attending my first Quad Cities Food Hub (QCFH) Local Roots Farm to Table Dinner. It was the sixth dinner that the QCFH has hosted in their upstairs event space, and I was beyond impressed. Not only was the food outstanding, but it also introduced me to a lot of cool, health-focused activity going on in and around the Freight House in downtown, Davenport.
Summer is the perfect start to healthy living. Warm weather and copious amounts of sunshine make it perfect to run, walk and bike the trails of the Quad Cities. It’s also perfect to get a jump start on that nutritious fresh farm food that is piled high at the Freight Farmer’s Market in Davenport, Iowa.
If you are looking for a short day trip for antique and plant shopping, I think that taking Route 6 east from Coal Valley, Illinois, to Atkinson, Illinois, is one perfect straight shot.
I started planting the large empty spaces of my property in town when I first purchased my house which has a large extra lot. The extra lot which was once a lawn is now wooded and full of flowers and ground cover along with deer, rabbits, squirrels, many species of birds, opossums, raccoons, chip monks, ground hogs, and an occasional fox. I have also heard the howling of coyotes in the ravines.
All the spring bulbs and early spring plants have begun to pop up all over my garden spaces…daffodils, hyacinths, bluebells, snow on the mountain, grape hyacinth, tulips, and blood root. With the first flowers I become anxious for the many opportunities in the Quad Cities to go shopping at spring plant sales that are scattered through out the spring months, as well as a few in the fall.
Being an avid gardener with several Master Gardner friends and being from three known generations of gardening addicts, my car should have a bumper sticker that states, “Stops for Plant Sales”! My trunk is always ready with boxes, plastic sheeting and a small shovel just in case a plant alert catches my eye.
There are many plant sales through out the surrounding area. Here are some of my favorite plant sale events in the Quad Cities. I hope that they entice you to start your gardening plans for this year: