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Applications for 2017 Civic Beautification Grants are being accepted. Due date is April 1, 2017. Please click the following link to download the guidelines for submission.

2017 TCGC Civic Beautification(1)

Since its inception, the Tri-City Garden Club has been involved in civic beautification.  Tens of thousands of dollars have been granted to public projects, non-profit organizations, and worthy causes over the history of the organization.

Some of the many historical contributions include… the 1922 membership raising enough money to furnish a shelf of garden literature in the Moline, Rock Island, and Davenport libraries.  In 1931 the Club sent a committee to the Davenport Park Board, requesting that a woman be placed on the board. In the 1940’s the Club contributed money to the campaign to eliminate ragweed in Iowa, cottonwood trees and unsightly billboard signs.  During the same era the Club was actively involved with the local park boards. They donated plants and promoted the labeling of plants and trees with common and botanical names as a means of educating the public.   In 1948 the organization donated 33 rose bushes to VanderVeer Park and 170 wildflowers to Black Hawk State Park.  In 1979 the Club received the Civic Improvement Award from Sears & Roebuck for the nine-year program of planting trees at many public school sites.

Most recently, beginning in 2014,  the club sponsored the beautification of the the Quad City Botanical Garden’s Children’s Garden gateway and multiple container gardens. In 2015, they helped support Project Renewal’s Summer Youth Program vegetable garden, flower planting, and yard art. They assisted Hamilton School in Moline, IL, begin production of an elevated garden for the outdoor learning center and joined the Hampton/Rapids City Garden Club in refurbishing the garden at entrance to the city.

Just last year, in 2016 they gave a grant that helped to provide plant materials for the family entrance and parking area at The Putnam Museum and Science Center.  The club also provided funds to build movable tower gardens in areas designated as “food deserts” for Rock Island Urban Gardeners.  The Nahant Marsh Education Center requested and received a grant for building materials for children’s playscape and garden areas and Skip Along Day Care received a grant for a vegetable and/or Butterfly Garden for one Illinois and one Iowa center.

Community Service

At the request of Mrs. William A. Hewitt in 1976, the Club undertook the care of the St. Francis Garden at St. Anthony’s Care Center in Rock Island.  Here began a tradition of community service.  Members were required to garden there two mornings each summer and continued with the responsibility until early 2000’s when the property was sold for development.

The idea of providing and maintaining gardens for the community was enlarged when TCGC members, Faye Waterman and Marj Kinsler in 2004, broke ground and planted the historically accurate garden to enhance the landscape surrounding the Colonel Davenport Home on Arsenal Island. 

Each active member is required to spend a minimum of five hours per year at either the Colonel Davenport Home or one of the community gardens listed below.

Davenport’s Vander Veer Botanical Park – Since its establishment in 1885 Vander Veer Park gardens and floral displays have been a tradition at the beautiful 33 acre park.

Centennial Garden at Middle Park – What started as one of several ways for the city of Bettendorf to mark its centennial,  Centennial Garden has blossomed into a popular spot for family walks, photos and gardening enthusiasts.

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Quad City Botanical Center – Quad City Botanical Center maintains hundreds of plants ranging from tropical varieties to regional zone five perennials.