10+ Gardens to Visit This Spring | In & Around the QCA


This list includes arboretums, botanical gardens, and conservatories in and around the Quad Cities Area – some you may have been to already and some you may haven’t heard of yet!

We’ve also included plant sales happening this spring. Check them out!


Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

3800 Arboretum Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 556-2100

56-acre Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens features more than 60 different types of gardens; open from 7:00a to dusk, 365 days a year and there is no admission fee!

Vander Veer Botanical Park & Conservatory

215 W Central Park Ave, Davenport, IA 52803
(563) 326-7812

The Grand Allée, a prominent walkway of trees and gardens leads to the popular Stone Fountain: a fountain of dancing, billowing Grand Allée water, and changing lights. The Conservatory is famous for its 100-year tradition of providing gardens under glass. Spring flowers in the Conservatory include azaleas and flowering bulbs, lilies, daisies, and fuchsia. The greenhouses at Vander Veer are open to the public for strolling and enjoying the production side of the conservatory display.

Stampe Lilac Garden

3300 E Locust St, Davenport, IA 52803
(563) 328-7275

Located within Duck Creek Park, the Stampe is an outdoor garden, gazebo, full sun, limited bench seating, and can be reserved for special events.

Muscatine Arboretum

3300 Cedar St, Muscatine, IA 52761
(563) 260-5807

The Muscatine Arboretum can be described as a “living tree museum”. This 13-acre feature in Discovery Park showcases a variety of native and ornamental trees and shrubs. The arboretum also offers demonstration gardens with hostas and ornamental grasses. In addition, it surrounds a reconstructed prairie wetland.

Morgan Creek Arboretum
The entrance to the Arboretum is east of the family campground entrance off Worcester Road. A one-mile crushed limestone trail loops and winds through over 250 species of trees and shrubs. The collections include native and exotic shade trees; ornamental trees and shrubs; prairie grasses and forbs; crab apples; lilacs; and the butterfly garden.

Bickelhaupt Arboretum

340 S 14th St, Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 242-4771

Bickelhaupt Arboretum is a 14-acre gem located in the heart of Clinton, Iowa. The outdoor museum is the home of select labeled trees, shrubs, groundcovers, perennials, and annual flowers. The arboretum is open to everyone, free of charge, 365 days a year, from sunup to sundown.


Quad City Botanical Center

2525 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 794-0991

Adjacent to the Mississippi River in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, the Quad City Botanical Center is comprised of an indoor tropical atrium, outdoor gardens including a Children’s Garden with water feature, a G-Scale garden train exhibit (seasonal), an educational greenhouse, a three-season event canopy, indoor banquet facility, and gift shop.

Longview Park Conservatory and Gardens

1699 18th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 732-7275

Longview Park features a conservatory, flower gardens, green space, and a greenhouse located centrally in Rock Island in a city park.

The Hauberg Estate Gardens

1300 24th St, Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 732-7666

The landscape Jensen designed for the Hauberg Estate is in sections: the Terraced Garden, an open meadow, a woodland forest, and a formal rose garden. The landscape combines the elements of sky, sun, clouds, wind, water, native flowers, shrubs, trees, and organic structures to create a living landscape that is beautiful, understandable, and ongoing.

Riverside Garden Center

5th Ave At 34th St, Moline, IL 61265
(309) 764-7213

Riverside Greenhouse and Gardens is adjacent to the Moline Garden Center located at 3450 5th Avenue. The greenhouse was built in 2007 and is designed to offer year-round activities and gardening opportunities.

Corn Crib Nursery
(309) 799-3745
Over 6 acres of trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers for that special spot in your garden or landscape. There is also a large selection of garden art, fountains, pottery, and bulk mulch & rock. Within the onsite Greenhouses, there are thousands of varieties of edible plants, vegetables, seasonal annual flowers, and perennial flowers.

George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden

2520 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 681-3506

Spread across over 5 acres in Glen Oak Park, Luthy is home to a tropical conservatory, a theme garden, and seasonal shows, including the Poinsettia Show throughout November and December.  The sprawling garden is also a beautiful background for weddings, showers, or your next corporate event!

Plant Sales

Vander Veer Conservatory
April 28 | 1:00p – 6:00p
April 29 | 10:00a – 3:00p
April 30 | 10:00a – 2:00p

Luthy Botanical Garden
May 5 -7 | 10:00a – 5:00p

QC Botanical Center
Mar 10 – Apr 8

Riverside Garden Center
Date TBA | Time TBA

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