ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (August 5, 2022) — The Quad City Botanical Center (2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201) is allowing guests to pay what they want for admission to the gardens August 7-13. By giving guests the chance to name their price of admission, we hope to allow every community member a chance to experience all the summer gardens have to offer.

The public is welcome to visit Sunday, 11AM-5PM, and Monday through Saturday, 10AM-5PM. Standard general admission is $9 for adults 16 and older, $6 for youth ages two to fifteen, and toddlers under age two receive free admission. Members always get in free.

Summer highlights at the Botanical Center include the adventurous water play-area in the Children’s Garden, colorful perennial and wildflower prairie gardens that attract butterflies, a whimsical fairy wonderland called Pat’s Garden, reflection ponds, and an indoor Tropical Sun Garden with a waterfall.

The garden train railway exhibit is open on Sunday 12-4PM.

Ask in guest services at the entrance about scavenger hunt lists. Most guests enjoy a visit of one hour. If visiting the Children’s Garden, most guests spend one to two hours interacting with the water feature.

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