Posted Online: April 24, 2013, 1:53 pm

Quad City Botanical Center offers summer classes

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Press release submitted by the Quad City Botanical Center.

ROCK ISLAND -- The Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, will offer summer classes. For information or to register for any of the events, call 309-794-0991 x. 208.
Botanical Center general admission is $6, adults; $5, seniors; $4, youth, 6-15 years; $2, children, 2-5 years; free, children under 2 and Quad City Botanical Center members, but some special events have higher fees. Spring and summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday; open until 8 p.m., Tuesday.
Sunday. May 5 -- Fairy House Workshop, 1 p.m.. Create your very own fairy house. You will also learn about fairy gardens and themes. Each participant will make their very own little fairy house to take home. Cost is $100 per person (This cost also includes admission to the Quad City Botanical Center) Workshop is for adults and children 8 years and older.Reservation must be made before May 2.
Friday, May 10 -- Sunday, May 12 -- Plant sale. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. Quad City Botanical Center Members only preview 4-7 p.m., Thursday, May 9. Purchase a Plant it Pink planter at the QCBC plant sale (a portion of the sales from the Plant it Pink containers will support the Race for the Cure). Also for sale at the plant sale will be garden troughs container gardens created by the staff and volunteers of the Quad City Botanical Center.
Sunday, May 12 -- Mother's Day Extravaganza, 11 a..-2 p.m. Celebrate Mother's Day at the Quad City Botanical Center and decorate a terracotta planter and plant a plant. There will be refreshments and other whimsical Mother's Day activities. Your painted planter and plant will be on display in the gardens for the month of May for all visitors to enjoy. You will be able to pick up your planter at the end of the month. Admission is $20 per family (up to five family members). Registration is required.
Monday, May 13- - Saturday, May 18,- Plant Donation Days. Bring in an annual plant per person and receive free admission to the Quad City Botanical Center.
Thursday, May 16 -- Bus trip: Plant shopping with the Quad City Botanical Center's expert gardener. Cost: $119.00 for non- members of the Quad City Botanical Center / $99.00 for members.
Enjoy a spring day trip filled with fun stops. Your itinerary will include purchasing your plants in style at the Flower Factory in Stoughton, WI, Lunch at the BrouxNellie's Diner in Oregon, WI, a stop at Olbrich Gardens in Madison, WI and dinner at the Old Feed Mill Restaurant in Mazomaie, WI. All admissions, Lunch and Dinner are included. Call for reservations.
Sunday, June 16 -- Father's Day Birdhouse Bash - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Build and paint a birdhouse with dad this Father's Day at the Quad City Botanical Center. Also enjoy lawn games and refreshments along with other activities. Your painted birdhouse will be on display in the gardens for the month of June for all visitors to enjoy. You will be able to pick up your birdhouse at the end of the month. Admission is $20.00 per family (up to 5 family members). Reservations required.
Thursday, June 20 - Bus trip: June Garden Jaunt. Cost: $119 for non- members of the Quad City Botanical Center and $99 for members. This trip is for the garden and flower lover. First stop will be at the new jewel of Rockford, Nicholas Conservatory, after that onto the Rotary Gardens in Janesville, Wis., with lunch and tour the gardens, next a shopping visit at the Alp & Dell Cheese Store in Monroe, Wis. , and dinner at the Fieldstone Inn, Freeport. All admissions, lunch and dinner are included. Reservations required.
Thursday, June 27 -- The Garden Party. 6 p.m. Support the Botanical Center and help celebrate the 15th anniversary of the center at the signature fundraiser The Garden Party. This evening features sample dishes from the area's leading chefs, music, silent auction and more. Cost: $480 for a reserved table of up to eight guests. Call for reservations.
Art Exhibit: Belinda Grace & Margery Franklin - July - August, 2013
July 4 - August 1, 2013 -- Flamingo Follies (a wacky-tacky lawn art exhibit). The flock returns to the Quad City Botanical Center this summer. Area artists have artistically altered plastic pink lawn flamingos into works of art. The exhibit is open during regular Botanical Center hours. Join us for Flamingo Fun Family Programming every Sunday in July (additional fee may apply) visit for more information. *Ongoing event: Flamingo scavenger hunt with cool tropical prizes. Admission fees: Adults - $6, Seniors (60+) - $5, Youth (5-12) - $4, Kids (2-4) - $2. Members and children under 2 are always free.
Friday, August 2 -- Flamingo Fling (art auction and summer party) Doors open at 6:00pm - auction starts at 7:00. Cost $15.00 per adult guest / kids 15years and under $10.00. You saw the art exhibit Flamingo Follies and said to yourself. " Boy, I would love one of those for my own yard!" Well here's your chance. The very same flamingos that have been on exhibit in the gardens of the Botanical Center for the month of July will be auctioned off at the Flamingo Fling Friday, August 2 featuring a live art auction and entertainment. The tropical party includes: live band, live auction, cash bar, light appetizers, best dressed flamingo guest, raffle and much more. Call for tickets.