Community Service Spotlight: Robert McMonagle, Quad City Botanical Center

The Community Service Spotlight is an opportunity for us to shine light on our attorneys who volunteer with local nonprofits. This week, we talked with Robert McMonagle, a partner in our litigation practice, who is currently serving on the Quad City Botanical Center board.

The Quad City Botanical Center sits adjacent to the Mississippi River in downtown Rock Island, IL. It is comprised of an indoor tropical atrium, a spacious banquet room, a physically enabling garden, a G-Scale garden train exhibit which is seasonal, other thriving outdoor gardens, an educational greenhouse, a three-season event canopy, a resource library, and a gift shop.

Robert McMonagle’s involvement with the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island began a few years ago.  “What drew me to get involved with the QCBC is that it not only brings beauty to the Quad Cities, but it offers educational opportunities to people of all ages,” Robert shared.

QCBC is open to the public 360 days a year and serves the public in a multitude of ways. As an educational resource, they offer staff guided tours of their gardens, grounds and greenhouse. They also participate in outreach programs at school campuses and set up educational booths at various community expositions and special events as well educating 10,000 students annually on their field trips.

In its second year, QCBC has lit up the gardens with 82,000 glowing LED lights during their Winter Nights Winter Lights event. This event runs December 1st, 2018 – January 6th, 2019. The exhibit is a must see for families seeking traditional holiday fun with cocoa, crafts, and glowing lights.  It is also perfect for couples looking for the romance of the season.

To learn more about how you can support the Quad City Botanical Center, visit


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