Vander Veer Botanical Park

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Vander Veer Botanical Park
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The lagoon at Vander Veer Park
TypePublic park
LocationDavenport, Iowa
Coordinates41°32′37.68″N 90°34′30.72″W / 41.5438000°N 90.5752000°W / 41.5438000; -90.5752000
Area33-acre (0.13 km2)
Operated byDavenport Parks and Recreation
OpenAll year
DesignatedApril 9, 1985
Reference no.85000784[1]
DesignatedAugust 4, 1993[2]

The Vander Veer Botanical Park is a 33-acre (130,000 m2) botanical garden in the Vander Veer Park Historic District of Davenport, Iowa. It is believed to be one of the first botanical parks west of the Mississippi River. The park was listed on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties on August 4, 1993.[2]


Vander Veer Park was established in 1885. The city of Davenport purchased the land for $13,000 ($369922 in 2019 dollars).[3][4] The park was built on the old Scott County Fairgrounds land and modeled after New York City’s Central Park.[4] Vander Veer was originally named Central Park. In 1912 the park was renamed after the first secretary of the Davenport Park Board of Commissioners, A.W. Vander Veer.[4] A conservatory, music pavilion, and decorative fountains were added after World War I.[4]

The park is currently maintained by a nonprofit organization, The Friends of Vander Veer.


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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Historic Preservation Commission. "Davenport Register of Historic Properties" (PDF). City of Davenport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Vander Veer Botanical Park" (PDF). Davenport Public Library. Retrieved 2008-01-18.

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Coordinates: 41°32′38″N 90°34′31″W / 41.5438°N 90.5752°W / 41.5438; -90.5752