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Centennial Garden in Bettendorf, Iowa Photography Session (Winter 2017)

Decagon of Honor in the Centennial Garden - Middle Park, Bettendorf, Iowa (Winter 2017) - Photograph by Adria Black

 

Atizle and I often go on road trips when nap time is approaching.  Driving along in the car is one of the only sure-fire ways for her to get a nap anymore.  We discovered the Centennial Garden at Middle Park in Bettendorf, Iowa during one of these driving-around-hoping-for-a-nap days.  Despite being in the middle of winter, this garden was still beautiful to walk through and was quite awesome in the design and landscaping.

 

Arch to the Decade Gardens in Centennial Garden - Middle Park, Bettendorf, Iowa (Winter 2017) - Photograph by Adria Black
Arch to the Decade Gardens in Centennial Garden – Middle Park, Bettendorf, Iowa (Winter 2017) – Photograph by Adria Black

History of the Centennial Garden

The Centennial Garden was developed to celebrate Bettendorf’s Centennial in 2003.  According to a Quad Cities Times’ article, Sue Laimans came up with the idea for the Centennial Garden at Middle Park, while she was serving as the Beautification Committee Chairman, because Mayor Ann Hutchinson wanted to create something permanent to mark the city’s milestone.  The idea was to fill the garden with plants that were popular during each of the decades of the city’s first century.

Winding Path to Decade Gardens - - Centennial Garden, Middle Park, Bettendorf, IA - Photograph by Adria Black
Winding Path to Decade Gardens –  Centennial Garden, Middle Park, Bettendorf, IA – Photograph by Adria Black

The Landscape Architect, Todd Wiebenga of Aunt Rhodies Design Studio, created the garden in a flower shape so that each petal of the flower would represent a decade in Bettendorf’s history.  Each petal has been planted with perennials that were introduced or available during that specific decade.  There are 228 different species in the Centennial Garden, so the flowers in the garden are constantly changing throughout the seasons as the different perennials bloom.

Choose A Path - Centennial Garden, Middle Park - Bettendorf, Iowa - Photograph by Adria Black
Choose A Path – Centennial Garden, Middle Park – Bettendorf, Iowa – Photograph by Adria Black

The center portion of the garden is dedicated to the 2000’s and hosts the memory stones, which individuals or businesses could purchase to commemorate a special event or person .  A gorgeous metal structure called the Decagon of Honor encloses the 2000’s garden and shelters the memory stones.  Another unique feature of the Centennial Garden is the Steps of Progress that have all of Bettendorf’s Mayors names and term dates engraved on them.

Memory Stones - Centennial Garden at Middle Park in Bettendorf, Iowa - Photograph by Adria Black
Memory Stones – Centennial Garden at Middle Park in Bettendorf, Iowa – Photograph by Adria Black

Highlights from the Centennial Garden

The Decagon of Honor is a really cool, unique feature to this garden.  It adds such an interesting design element to the garden that I tried to capture it in a variety of ways while we were there.  It also contrasted with the brown of the plants in winter in a really interesting way.  Atizle loved the memory stones, as well as the Steps of Progress.  It was another grey, wet, rainy day that we were out photographing, and it gave the stones throughout the Centennial Garden a really cool look in the photographs.

Decagon of Honor in the Centennial Garden - Middle Park, Bettendorf, Iowa (Winter 2017) - Photograph by Adria Black
Decagon of Honor in the Centennial Garden – Middle Park, Bettendorf, Iowa (Winter 2017) – Photograph by Adria Black

We will definitely be returning to the Centennial Garden again once the flowers start to bloom!  Have you been to the Centennial Garden at Middle Park in Bettendorf, Iowa?  Let me know in the comments below what your favorite parts of it were!

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