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Dappled by 22,000+ bulbs in spring and 35,000+ annuals each spring and summer, Dow Gardens is 110 acres of floral oasis. Stroll on peaceful streamside paths, watch for water features and architectural bridges (that make for perfect garden photo ops!) and enjoy the Color Garden, Estate Garden, an award-winning Children's Garden, and much more.
A quick half-mile jaunt from Dow Gardens and on display July through October, Dahlia Hill touts an eight-level terrace, covered in nearly 3,000 dahlias of 300 varieties. Visit for free, dawn to dusk, to see all 19 dahlia petal types, sprinkled in with sculpture on view year-round.Read More +
Situated in Downtown Bay City's waterfront Veterans Memorial Park, this 12-acre arboretum showcases multiple plantings meticulously cared for by local civic and private groups. After your tour of the blooms, enjoy a stroll along the Riverwalk that spans the full length of the park.Read More +
As if the artwork within this Georgian-Revival mansion weren't impressive enough on its own, the Saginaw Art Museum's Italianate gardens offer even more eye-candy. Wander through the beautifully hedged gardens (and watch for blooms like Japanese anemone) before exploring the Museum's permanent collection of art and rotating exhibitions.Read More +
The Jo Anne and Donald Petersen Sculpture Garden at Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum offers three feasts for the eyes: botanical beds, bronze sculpture, and a tranquil pool and fountain. Enjoy this outdoor treat before touring the rest of Fredericks' masterpieces inside the Museum!
Tucked along the banks of Lake Linton — and created as a symbol of friendship with Saginaw's sister city, Tokushima — these tranquil Japanese gardens are considered some of the most authentic in all of North America. Stroll the gardens at your own pace, enjoying the weeping cherries and water features, and make reservations for a Tea & Tour or Traditional Tea Ceremony.Read More +
Centered around a sparkling pool and fountain graced by the sculpture work of Marshall M. Fredericks, this manicured rose garden includes upwards of 200 vivid rose bushes, plus other beautiful flowering shrubs, trees, and plants. Watch for special annual events held here, like the Art & Garden Festival or Jazz in the Garden!Read More +
Stroll through Downtown Frankenmuth to eye up 240-plus hanging baskets, or cruise through Midland Blooms — a floral corridor that flanks both sides of Midland's Eastman Ave. in bright pops of color for a 2.5-mile stretch! You could also enjoy the elaborate gardens surrounding Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance, complete with comfortable benches and patio tables, a shaded pergola, and peaceful reflecting pool.
Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
120 Ezra Rust Drive
Saginaw, MI 48601