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Dow Gardens

1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640-2641
+1 800-362-4874
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Beautiful and well-maintained garden

I live 100+ miles from Midland, but try to visit the garden at least annually. Lovingly... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Very nice as always

I really enjoyed walking around capturing photos of everything I want to try adding to my garden at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melissa G
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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 5 days ago

I live 100+ miles from Midland, but try to visit the garden at least annually. Lovingly maintained; charming and peaceful to visit.

Thank AnnDG_12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed walking around capturing photos of everything I want to try adding to my garden at home.

Thank Melissa G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dow Gardens is a great place to take a relaxing walk. The entire place is well groomed and cared for. The flowers are beautiful. Be sure to take your camera!

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dow Gardens change with the seasons. Always a treat to walk thru the gardens. Not to miss is Christmas carols by candlelight - usually 7-10 days before Christmas. Butterfly garden is also a wonderful experience. Changes as the flowers and butterflies go thru their cycles....More

Thank Dan H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have heard about the Dow Gardens for years and finally had an opportunity to visit. I expected it to beore of a botanical garden but instead was more like a park. Well maintained but some ares so full of mosquitos had to hurry on....More

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DowGardens, Manager at Dow Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Oma44. Thank you for taking the time to visit us! You are correct. Several weeks ago the Great Lakes Bay area experienced flood levels of nearly record-breaking proportion. Unfortunately, this created the ideal environment for our mosquito population. We understand what a nuisance this...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the gardens after touring the Dow House and Studio. Nice gardens, with comfortable and gentle walkways for a nice stroll. Gardens border the House and Studio so if gives you a different view of the house from other angles.

Thank kmc11_11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here with friends after ice cream and it was such a relaxing place for a walk. We were there during the dr Seuss display which the kids loved. Love hat people can buy a place to grow things as well.

Thank Amy K
Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

Great for all ages and is handicapped accessible. Beautiful paved walkways or take to the grassy areas. People can picnic or just walk around enjoying nature and gardens at their finest. Admission is very inexpensive and yearly passes are available and good until December 31st.

Thank Lynne G
Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

This is a staple in Midland. I can remember it used to be an apple orchard. What has been done is breath taking. A totally four seasons gem. Spring is marvelous with all the blooming, Summer is when all the flowers are at their height,...More

Thank Shirley L
Reviewed June 21, 2017

Wonderful place to walk and see all the beautiful flowers, handicapped accessible. Lots of walking but it's an easy walk with many places to sit. If you live close get the season pass for $10. It is also good when butterflies are there and Christmas...More

Thank Catherine C
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December 4, 2016|
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Response from DowGardens | Property representative |
To clarify, 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
August 20, 2015|
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Response from RJVlier | Reviewed this property |
$5.00 for adults, $1.00 child
Robert R
July 11, 2015|
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Response from Tina G | Reviewed this property |
No, only service animals.