The Quad City Botanical Center has begun construction on a new Ability Garden. Construction is expected to last about 8 weeks.

The new Ability Garden concept plan was designed by Eric Hornig of Hitchcock Design Group and will be constructed by Outdoor Innovations. This concept plan will be referenced throughout the construction process, as the entire garden will be custom built throughout all the steps to ensure appropriate mobility. Ken Hoffman of Outdoor Innovations will be using modern design techniques and appropriate materials that include neutral color stone and softer stone material. Plants in the Ability Garden will be sensory friendly.

This six-figure investment into the gardens is made possible by the Linda Litt Legacy, Roy J. Carver Trust , Merck Pharmaceuticals, Regional Development Authority, and the Tri City Garden Club.

Illinois' Quad City Botanical Center Begins Construction On New Ability Garden

The Quad City Botanical Center is at 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island.

The Handicapped Development Center and Hand in Hand will plant flowers in the new beds and help to maintain this garden.

Located just outside the garden gates as part of the garden entrance, this unique garden provides a number of elevated garden beds accessible to guests who find bending to ground level difficult or impossible.

There will be no cost to visit the Ability Garden upon completion, as the garden is located outside the garden gates.

A ribbon cutting date will be announced at a later date.


Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM

Sunday, 11AM – 5PM



Members: FREE

Adults (16+): $9.00

Youth (ages 2-15): $6.00

Toddlers (under 2): FREE



Senior (65+): $8.00

Military: $8.00

College Student: $4.50

Museums for All: $2.00

Must show appropriate ID where applicable to receive

discount: Military ID, Student ID, EBT Card

Illinois' Quad City Botanical Center Begins Construction On New Ability Garden
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