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Annual Art in The Garden is Aug. 7 at Botanical Center in Rock Island

July 29th, 2021
Annual Art in The Garden is Aug. 7 at Botanical Center in Rock Island

This year’s Art in the Garden is Saturday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island. The 5th-annual event features local and regional artists — including potters, painters, sculptors, jewelry makers and others who are inspired by nature to create. Their works will be exhibited and sold at this outdoor show. The handcrafted works will be on display in tents throughout the gardens and a variety of art price points will be offered. Pieces to be sold include sculpture, jewelry, pottery, quilts, paintings and painted objects, charcoal and pastel... Read More

BREAKING: Ryan Wille Named New Executive Director of Quad City Botanical Center

April 6th, 2021
BREAKING: Ryan Wille Named New Executive Director of Quad City Botanical Center

Ryan Wille, a former marketing manager of Quad City Botanical Center, has been chosen next executive director of the Rock Island-based nonprofit, succeeding Ami Porter. A 2009 graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Wille was the marketing manager at QCBC (2525 4th Ave., Rock Island) from March 2016 to October 2018, and since then has been development manager of the Humane Society of Scott County. “Ryan, he is a great leader. He is a wonderful person,” Porter said Tuesday morning. “He is very passionate about the gardens. He cares very much about the success of the gardens and he’s... Read More

Quad-Cities’ Folks Can Still Get That Holiday Feeling At Lighting Displays Up Around The Area

January 2nd, 2021
Quad-Cities' Folks Can Still Get That Holiday Feeling At Lighting Displays Up Around The Area

The holidays are over, but you can still get that fun feeling by checking out the beautiful light displays around the area! Winter Nights Winter Lights is lighting up the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island! From now to Jan. 10, every night from 4 to 9 p.m. the outdoor gardens will be in winter bloom with over 130,000 glowing lights. Showcasing our largest light display yet, new areas of our outdoor gardens will be lit, including the Children’s Garden. Explore the lawns, pond and pocket gardens of our outdoor light exhibit. Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and the night... Read More

Christmas Activities Abound In The Quad-Cities In This Week’s FUN10!

December 13th, 2020
Christmas Activities Abound In The Quad-Cities In This Week's FUN10!

It’s Sunday, and QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. FUN10 — ten ways for you to have fun in the Quad-Cities, this week and every week, running every Sunday, only on your site for fun, free, local... Read More

Winter Nights Winter Lights Lights Up Botanical Center

November 19th, 2020
Winter Nights Winter Lights Lights Up Botanical Center

Winter Nights Winter Lights begins lighting up the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, this weekend! From Nov. 19 to Jan. 10, every night from 4 to 9 p.m. the outdoor gardens will be in winter bloom with over 130,000 glowing lights. Showcasing our largest light display yet, new areas of our outdoor gardens will be lit, including the Children’s Garden. Explore the lawns, pond and pocket gardens of our outdoor light exhibit. Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and the night of New Year’s Day. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. A small processing fee will be added to all tickets. All... Read More

Your Month in Events for November 2020: Craft Shows, Comedy, Holiday Fun and MORE!

November 2nd, 2020
Your Month in Events for November 2020: Craft Shows, Comedy, Holiday Fun and MORE!

We at QuadCities.com are ALWAYS looking for cool new ways to bring you the best in local entertainment coverage in the Quad-Cities. And so we’re once again giving you our NEW feature — The Month In Events! It’s our way of giving you even MORE great coverage here on your site for the best arts and entertainment reporting in the area — your free, fun, local, award-winning QuadCities.com! QuadCities.com proudly presents Month in Events, a list of events happening in the Quad Cities this month, and every month! On the first of every month we will give you an exciting glimpse into the entertainment... Read More

Have Some Scarecrow Sunday Funday!

October 3rd, 2020
Have Some Scarecrow Sunday Funday!

Join the Quad City Botanical Center (2525 4th Avenue Rock Island) for some Sunday Funday: Scarecrow Building this Sunday Oct 4 from 1 – 3 p.m. Bring a bag of old clothes, hats and accessories to donate to the garden to create a scarecrow for their fall display. Scarecrows and clothing become the property of the Botanical Center and will be on display throughout October. Straw, cross arms, rope, burlap heads and fence posts will be provided as supplies last. Explore the gardens with the Pumpkin Extravaganza activity guide after your scarecrow is complete. ​Please read mask and distancing guidelines... Read More

10 Fun Things To Do Week of September 27th: Oktoberfestbier, Scarecrows, Transylvania and MORE!

September 27th, 2020
10 Fun Things To Do Week of September 27th: Oktoberfestbier, Scarecrows, Transylvania and MORE!

QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. As the current health situation in our country continues to force the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities, we are once again... Read More

Flamingo Follies Finale Flying In

July 30th, 2020
Flamingo Follies Finale Flying In

Flamingos have been flocking to the Quad City Botanical Center this past week and are ready to be judged. ​The Flamingo Follies exhibit will culminate at the QC Botanical Center’s (2525 4th Avenue Rock Island) Art in the Garden event this Saturday Aug 1 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission on closing day is included with admission to Art in the Garden, which is $10. The exhibit will be judged by Botanical Center guests. The three artist categories include adult, youth and professional. All flamingos in the adult and professional category will become a donation to the center and will be auctioned... Read More

10 Fun Things To Do Week of July 26th: Flamingo Follies, Jazz Fest, Meadstock and MORE!

July 26th, 2020
10 Fun Things To Do Week of July 26th: Flamingo Follies, Jazz Fest, Meadstock and MORE!

QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. As the current health situation in our country continues to force the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities, we are once again... Read More