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Vander Veer Botanical Park



The main roadway through the park is now one-way (see map below). Park users can still get to the Conservatory from either entrance/exit. The purpose of this change is to ease traffic congestion along the roadway during peak times when we have a lot of cars wanting to park along the sides of the roadway, especially at larger community events. Doing this will allow for cars to park on both sides of the roadway while still allowing free flow of traffic in the one direction. 
Vander Veer Updated Park Map

Since its establishment in 1885, gardens and floral displays have been a tradition at this beautiful 33 acre park, inviting visitors to stroll from the Conservatory to the Stone Fountain. The park grounds are home to an extensive collection of gardens and trees, including many planted during the early 1890s.

Park Features:

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.  Vander Veer is a popular place for walking, both on the Grand Allée and the outside perimeter. The outside perimeter walkway is busy day and night providing a .9 mile lap for fitness enthusiasts.

The Conservatory is famous for its 100-year tradition of providing gardens under glass. Rotating features on display annually in the Conservatory include: 
- Spring Azalea and flowering bulbs, lily, daisy and fuchsia
- Summer tropicals and foliage
- Fall color includes the Chrysanthemum Festival 
- Winter features the Poinsettia Lights Display

The Municipal Rose Garden, established in 1948, is an All-America Rose Selections (AARS) garden.

The Hosta Glade, established 1998, is an American Hosta Society Official National Display Garden.

The Old World Gardens and Fountain, circa 1900, is a display of carpet beds of the style popular in many European countries, including 19th century Germany are represented at the fountain. The stone fountain is the second fountain built in the park. The first was an iron Victorian fountain that was later removed. The stone fountain dates back to the 1930s and has been renovated in recent years. The fountain runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. May through October. The water shoots up at varying heights and colored lights change the color of the water making for some beautiful nights in Vander Veer Park.

The Children's Sculpture Garden, established in 1999, is a colorful yet peaceful setting for Amber, Adam, and Cole: Grammy's Flower Children by Ted McElhiney. Look for the giant Praying Mantis, a sculpture donated by Dick Southwick. 

All-America Selections Annual Display Garden - All-America Selections® is a nonprofit organization that tests new varieties and introduces those with superior performances as AAS winners.

Other collections and display gardens include the Shade Gardens and the Daylily Border and Grand Allée Teaching Beds. 

The Lagoon - The lagoon is stocked by the Iowa Vander Veer Lagoon Department of Natural Resources, with catch-and-release fishing.

Enabling Garden - The Enabling Garden is an accessible garden and features plantings that stimulate all the senses, and includes planting beds and containers raised for comfortable reach. This accessible garden can be used by persons of any age or ability and includes garden elements that appeal to all five senses. The gardens are designed to improve and maintain the physical mental and social health of everyone. The Enabling Garden eliminates physical barriers to gardening, creating an area where people of all ages and abilities can garden together. Key features of the garden are: accessible paths throughout, garden beds and containers at differing elevations, water feature, pergola, and a riot of color and textures.

Basic Information

 Location: Between Brady and Harrison Streets (Highway 61 North and South) just south of West Central Park Avenue in Davenport, Iowa. Vehicle entrances are off Central Park Avenue.

Conservatory Hours:

The Conservatory is open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays).
Holiday: The Conservatory will be closed Sunday, March 31 in observance of Easter.

Admission is free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Friends of Vander Veer Logo

The Friends of Vander Veer supports the memorial brick/bench program as well as the beautification and educational opportunities at Vander Veer Botanical Park.
The Friends of Vander Veer: (563) 323-3298
Mailing address 214 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport Iowa 52803-1503

Hosting Special Celebrations

Whether you want the warmth of the sun or floral fragrance, the Rose Garden, Hosta Glade area, or Enabling Garden each offer the finest of nature's settings for your special day. Call the Davenport Parks and Recreation office for availability or to reserve at 563-328-PARK (7275). Reservations can also be made online or in person at The River's Edge, 700 W River Dr.  All reservations fees must be paid at the time of booking.


Hosta Glade - $50 for 2 hours. Outdoor shaded hosta glade; no seating provided. No additional chairs allowed.

Rose Garden - $150 for 2 hours. Outdoor rose garden, limited bench seating. No additional chairs allowed.

Enabling Garden - $250 for 2 hours.  Outdoor seasonal flowers/plants in accessible garden; sound system, lighting and sink access.