ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (November 5, 2019) 

Winter Nights Winter Lights Exhibit

The gardens will be in winter bloom with over 100,000 glowing lights during the third annual Winter Nights Winter Lights.

Bundle up, stroll the gardens at night then warm up inside at the free hot chocolate bar. Bring the kids for crafts or plan your visit on one of our special event nights.

Visit Wednesday-Sunday December 4-January 4 and on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve or the night of New Year’s day.

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12.4.19-1.4.20

WED-SUN

4:30 PM–8:30 PM

$8 ADULTS

$4 KIDS 2-15

FREE FOR KIDS UNDER 2

$2 OFF FOR MEMBERS

NO RSVP REQUIRED

Winter Nights Winter Lights Opening Night

Be among the first to see the 2019 Winter Nights Winter Lights exhibit on opening night. Your RSVP includes indoor and outdoor lighted gardens stroll, appetizers, cash bar and a silent auction.

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with live music as you mingle with a holiday cocktail and shop The Garden Store for the adults and children on your gift list.

This is a 21 and older event.

RSVP

11.30.19

SAT

6–9PM

$50 COUPLE

$35 INDIVIDUALS

$200 TABLE OF 8

Winter Nights Winter Lights Members' Only Night

Members get a special sneak peek of the Winter Nights Winter Lights exhibit before the public opening on December 4.

Stroll the indoor and outdoor lighted gardens, enjoy the hot cocoa bar and snacks, play games, make a craft and take your own photos with Santa and Mrs Claus 5-7 PM. 

Use your member perk to save 20% in The Garden Store on all non-consignment merchandise.

BECOME A MEMBER

12.1.19

SUN

4:30–8:30PM

FREE FOR MEMBERS

Winter Nights Winter Lights Painting for a Purpose

Spend an evening painting a holiday scene on canvas that you can take home or give as a personalized gift.

Make it a Girls' Night Out holiday event or bring a young artist for a special night spent together. Your RSVP includes indoor and outdoor lighted gardens stroll and refreshments. All art supplies are provided. A different winter scene will be painted each week.

December 4: Dancing Trees RSVP

December 18: Holiday Lamp Post RSVP

WED

6–7:30PM

$25 PER PAINTER

Winter Nights Winter Lights Date Nights

Plan a date night with your sweetheart and enjoy the indoor and outdoor lights spectacular. 

Look for the mistletoe and steal a kiss from your loved one.

Enjoy live holiday music and seasonal cocktails at the cash bar.

12.5.19

12.19.19

THURS

4:30–8:30PM

$8 ADULTS

$6 ADULT MEMBERS

NO RSVP REQUIRED

Winter Nights Winter Lights Visits From Santa

Santa and Mrs Claus make a visit to Winter Nights Winter Lights for two nights before returning to the North Pole.

Take your own photos and share your Christmas wishes with Santa.

Stroll the indoor and outdoor lighted gardens, visit the hot cocoa bar, make a craft and enjoy the holiday music. 

The lights exhibit hours are 4:30-8:30PM.

12.13.19

12.14.19

FRI AND SAT

SANTA 5–8PM

$8 ADULTS

$4 KIDS 2-15

FREE FOR KIDS UNDER 2

$2 OFF FOR MEMBERS

NO RSVP REQUIRED

Winter Nights Winter Lights Champagne and Roses

Celebrate the end of 2019 as you give 2020 an early welcome at this New Year's Eve event. Enjoy champagne or sparkling cider, cupcakes and receive a red rose for your sweetheart.

The evening wraps up at 10:30 p.m. giving you time to watch the ball drop from home in your pajamas or connect with your kids or friends to officially ring in the new year at midnight.

The indoor and outdoor gardens are yours to explore during this Winter Nights Winter Lights special event.

This is a 21 and older event.

RSVP

12.31.19

TUES

8:30–10:30PM

$40 PER COUPLE

Wild Turkeys

Wild turkeys are native to North America and reside in every state except Alaska. Benjamin Franklin had actually wanted the turkey, and not the bald eagle, to be the symbol of the USA.

We’ll discuss a turkey’s lifestyle and make a craft worth hanging up at Thanksgiving, share story time and gobble up a snack, too.

KinderNature is for kids 3-5 and is held the first Tuesday of each month.

REGISTER

11.12.19

TUESDAY

10:30-11:30AM

$8 ADULT/CHILD PAIR

$4 ADDITIONAL CHILD

GENERAL ADMISSION FOR OTHER ADULTS

Train Garden Open through November 10

Visit on Sunday 12-4PM to see the train garden in the fall. Check Facebook for updates if weather prevents running the train.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dale

Dale's a train guy. In fact, he's our train guy and we are so grateful for all of the contributions he makes in our Train Garden and anywhere we need his help. Dale is what we call a volunteer veteran, having dedicated hundreds of hours to the Botanical Center since 2013.

Beyond the train, you can see Dale's meticulous work in Pat's Garden where he built the fence that has been painted with fairy wings.

Dale also donates many hours hanging lights for our Winter Nights Winter Lights exhibit.

It's safe to say our gardens would not be as whimsical and wonderful without his generous gifts of time and talent. Thank you, Dale!

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Host Your Holiday Luncheon Or Party

Dates are still available for holiday luncheons or evening events that can include admission for your guests to the Winter Nights Winter Lights exhibit.

CHECK DATES

Thanksgiving Plants

Learn how easy the Thanksgiving cactus and other fall favorites are to grow and discover how many colors and shapes ornamental gourds come in.

You can draw and color your own cornucopia to take home at this Sunday Funday family event.

11.3.19

SUNDAY

1-3PM

$7 ADULTS

$4 KIDS 2-15

FREE FOR KIDS

UNDER 2

FREE FOR MEMBERS

Bring your vocal group, ensemble, small band or bell choir to Winter Nights Winter Lights to perform for our guests and spread holiday cheer.

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Girl Scout Terrific Terrariums

Grow a green thumb! Come out to the Quad City Botanical Center and learn about the different types of habitat and needs for plants and ecosystems.

After learning the basics of habitats, make your very own terrarium to take home. Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes are invited. The Gardener badge opportunity is for Juniors. Badges can be purchased at any Girl Scout Shop or online. 

Sign up by November 6.

SIGN UP

11.9.19

SATURDAY

10AM-12PM

$25 PER GIRL

$3 PER ADULT

UPCOMING EVENT

THE DAISY FLOWER GARDEN

FOR DAISIES

2.22.20

Our Garden Store is seeking small, handcrafted holiday gifts and decorations made by local consignors to fill our shelves. Got what we’re looking for and eager to make a little extra holiday cash? Contact Ami 309.794.0991Ext 206.

UPCOMING EVENTS

11.3.19 | Sunday Funday Thanksgiving Plants 1-3PM

11.12.19 | KinderNature Turkeys 10:30AM-11:30AM

11.30.19 | Winter Nights A'Light 6-9PM

12.1.19 | Winter Nights Members' Only Party 5-8PM

12.4.19 | Winter Nights Opening Night 4:30-8:30PM

12.4.19 | Winter Nights Painting for a Purpose 5:30-7:30PM

12.5.19 | Winter Nights Date Night 4:30-8:30PM

12.13.19 | Winter Nights Visit From Santa 5-8PM

12.14.19 | Winter Nights Visit From Santa 5-8PM

12.18.19 | Winter Nights Painting for a Purpose 5:30-7:30PM

12.19.19 | Winter Nights Date Night 4:30-8:30PM

12.31.19 | Winter Nights Champagne and Roses 8:30-10:30PM

Ongoing | Yoga every Tuesday 5PM

Ongoing | Buddhist meditation every Tuesday 6:45PM

Ongoing | The gardens are open late every Tuesday until 7PM

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