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Dow Gardens

1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640-2641
+1 800-362-4874
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Nice place to talk a stroll

We stopped here with friends after ice cream and it was such a relaxing place for a walk. We were... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amy K
Marlborough, Connecticut
via mobile
Beautiful place to visit!

Great for all ages and is handicapped accessible. Beautiful paved walkways or take to the grassy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lynne G
Clinton Township, 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 5 days 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Scenic walk around garden. Lots of different trees and flowers. Great place to take kids. Butterflies in March-April. Summer picnics and occasional movie night on Friday.

Thank Bones C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in the heart of Midland Michigan, there are plenty of trails to walk and events occurring to see during the year. The Butterfly house to the Christmas walk.

Thank kdhennig
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Midland is in general a sad little company town. There are several bright spots and Dow Gardens is one of the brightest. Beautifully maintained grounds with a variety of great photo spots. Summer, Fall, and around Christmas when they hold an evening walk with many...More

Thank k4mconsulting
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Within the Dow Gardens is located the home of the founder of the Dow Chemical Company. By calling ahead, and for an extra charge, you can make arrangements to tour this remarkable home of a remarkable family. Even though I grew up in Midland this...More

1  Thank Ted O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This 100-plus acre garden is a lovely place to spend a few hours or more. Great signage on trees and other plants for identification, enough space so that your are not in a crowd, a meandering stream through the property adds to the charm. $5...More

Thank ellie1162016
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Our family joined hundreds of other families taking prom photos. We were able to capture the moments our prom goers joined their friends for large group photos and find the perfect spots to take photos of couples. Having over 100 sprawling acres of pines, birches,...More

Thank MidlandBooster
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is the Alden Dow Home decorated for Christmas and available for tours
5 December 2016|
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Response from Charlain M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the Alden B House and Studio is decorated for Christmas and is open to the public for tours, but reservations are needed. It will be closed the month of January, 2017.
Larry K
what is the entrance fee for the gardens?
20 August 2015|
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Response from RJVlier | Reviewed this property |
$5.00 for adults, $1.00 child
Robert R
Are dogs allowed?
11 July 2015|
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Response from Tina G | Reviewed this property |
No, only service animals.