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Dow Gardens

1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640-2641
+1 800-362-4874
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Went to the Christmas Walk - Excellent!!!!

We went to the Dow Gardens Christmas Walk. It was excellent. Beautiful candle lit paths. Wonderful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago

I'ts a beautiful gardens. Nice to stroll around. Lots of activities all year long! Fun things... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda C
Auburn, Michigan
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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 4 days ago

We went to the Dow Gardens Christmas Walk. It was excellent. Beautiful candle lit paths. Wonderful performers: Delta Flute Choir, 2 different Brass groups... Nice greenhouse / conservatory with nice plants and lighting.

Thank seetheusainaford
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'ts a beautiful gardens. Nice to stroll around. Lots of activities all year long! Fun things offered for kids.

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recommend purchasing the yearly pass. It is an inexpensive way to enjoy the changing beauty of the varying seasonal blooms.

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This 110 acre garden has more variety and interesting displays than most gardens its size. I'm fortunate to live in the neighborhood and am never bored when I take a walk in Dow Gardens. The color ways and the presentation styles are always changing. The...More

Thank Karen2weave
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We would have liked to have spent more time in this lovely spot but it was so hot we were all melting! So many species of plants. I would love to be there in the spring when the butterflies are hatching out!

Thank mspgray
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Beautiful place for a leisurely stroll, especially when the weather is favorable. Not very crowded, Evan with three weddings and homecoming pictures being staged, it was not crowded at all. We visit i.e. dim the fall, so it must be spectacular when all the flowers...More

Thank travelers19772017
Reviewed 30 September 2017

What a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Enjoyed how quiet and peaceful it is. The wife was able to capture some stunning photos. If you are anywhere near Midland it is a must see

Thank RogerG-IA
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place to visit would like to visit again during the summer when the roses are blooming. Loved the painted mail boxes.

Thank 822SharonH
Reviewed 19 September 2017

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 17 September 2017

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

Thank Robert S
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Questions & Answers
4 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.