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Dow Gardens

1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640-2641
+1 800-362-4874
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Great gardens to walk thru

Loved the children gardens. Takes about 1.5 hrs to see everything. Great place for autumn walk... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
sheree e
Canton, Michigan
nice vgardens.

this was avery nice scenic garden for an afternoon walk. not as large as Meijer Garden but a nice... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Robert S
Monee, Illinois, United States
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Dow Gardens is truly a garden for all seasons and is open all year. The gardens were developed in 1899 by Herbert H. Dow, founder of The Dow Chemical Company. They include massed plantings of annuals and perennials, a system of ponds, and collections of flowering crabapples, roses, viburnums, and rhododendrons. More than 20,000 tulip and daffodil bulbs are planted in the fall for spring blooms.Famed architect, Alden B. Dow, son of Herbert, added many architectural elements to the gardens. He believed as did his father that the entire beauty of the garden should never be revealed in a single glance. A walk along streamside reveals a curving pathway bordered by lush annuals and a stream, leading to an historic red bridge which takes you to the conservatory.Other attractions include the award winning Children’s Garden, a maze, and a rockery of dwarf evergreens near the entrance. Special events include the annual Christmas Walk, concerts in the gardens, butterflies in the conservatory, outdoor movies, and tours of the estate home.
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1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640-2641
+1 800-362-4874
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved the children gardens. Takes about 1.5 hrs to see everything. Great place for autumn walk. Cost $5 very reasonable. No food or restaurant. Dow houses - 3. Reminds you of frank Lloyd wright. Younger Dow studied under Wright

Thank sheree e
Reviewed 4 days ago

this was avery nice scenic garden for an afternoon walk. not as large as Meijer Garden but a nice change.

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing stop in Midland. Great for walking, spending time with kids and/or grandkids. A real gem!

Thank TinkerbellWv
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a gorgeous afternoon strolling all the late season blooms. Loved the trails, ponds and bridges. The "mailbox" garden was my favorite...and impressed by the veggies etc in the children's area. A real deal for the $5 admission. Tried to get into the Dow house,...More

Thank khkski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dow Garden is a beautiful garden in michigan. Good for picnic, or just walking around. Every flower or tree is labeled. Highly recommend to see if you are around. Admission fee is $5 for adults.

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are wandering walks through a beautiful quiet garden with streams intersecting and wandering. It is well kept, you can walk on the grass and explore every part of the huge property. There special gardens like a secret garden, a greenhouse with orchids, and Japanese...More

Thank theresa h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a lovely garden to walk through and even the pre-teens with us enjoyed it; the streams and frogs were a good distraction. Various plants in bloom in many colors were beautiful as were the variety of each species.

Thank janicepk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well maintained park with mature varieties of many trees and plants as well as annual beds. Not so big that it takes over long to see. It has the tallest ginkgo tree I have ever seen. Very enjoyable for me as a...More

Thank Jill W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a gem that is not to be missed if you're anywhere in the area or even plan a day to intentionally visit. It takes about 3 good hours to go around the whole garden but if you stop at one of the...More

Thank Maryl0u43
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited a number of gardens this summer, most of them in Michigan. This was the most lush and beautiful of the ones we visited. The staff was friendly. The gardens are laid out so that each is within easy walking distance from the...More

Thank magisjim
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5 December 2016|
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Response from DowGardens | Property representative |
Hi, dgartside! The homestead of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow, the Pines (c.1899) is located within the garden. Tours are offered weekly throughout the year. The home of their son, architect Alden B. Dow, is viewable but not... More
Larry K
20 August 2015|
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Response from DowGardens | Property representative |
Hi, Larry! Adult admission is $5.00 daily (or $10.00 for an annual pass.) Kids 6-17 and students (with i.d.) are just $1.00. Kids 5 & under are FREE.
Robert R
11 July 2015|
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Response from Tina G | Reviewed this property |
No, only service animals.