Dow Gardens is truly a garden for all seasons. 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 stream-side 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, tours of The Pines, the home of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow.
A new canopy walk at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens offers a 1,400-foot walk through the woods – up to four stories above the ground. The walkway is the longest in the nation and overlooks 54 acres of forest, ponds, and an apple orchard. Grand opening October of 2018.
Dow Gardens Hours
November 1 - April 14: 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
April 15 - Labor Day: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Day after Labor Day - October 31: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM