Quad City Botanical Center Looks To Expand

Sep 19, 2018

The Quad City Botanical Center is expanding, and is asking people to help decide what to do next.

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Marketing Director Ryan Wille says the center emailed a survey last week, with a list of potential projects. The ideas came from suggestions made by guests over the years and conversations with botanical centers in other cities. 

The survey is one of several initiatives that will help celebrate its twentieth anniversary. 

"We kind of look at it as now we're real, we're here, we're not going anywhere," said Wille.  "So, let's figure out how people want to use their botanical gardens and make that happen for them. So we can continue to be a part of the cultural fabric here in the Quad Cities."

Potential projects include more children's exhibits, an outdoor kitchen, a vineyard and wine room, and a research greenhouse.  

The Quad City Botanical Center plans to start work on the most popular project as soon as one-thousand people respond. So far, the total is 350.