A Legacy of Beauty

Established in 1899 as a home for Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow and family, Dow Gardens now welcomes over 300,000 guests per year. Experience a dazzling 110-acre display of annuals and perennials punctuated by distinctive bridges, an award-winning children’s garden, towering pines, and delightful water features.

VISITOR CENTER
& GIFT SHOP

BOULDER PASS
& WATERFALL

STREAM WALK

ESTATE GARDEN

Color Garden

Pineside

Exploration Garden

The Pines

110 Acres
Experience art, music, and architecture within 110 acres of natural beauty.
3 Miles
Approximate amount of ADA Accessible hard-surface pathways within the Gardens and Forest.
22,000 Bulbs
Spring ushers in a riot of color as 22,000 flowering bulbs appear. Landscapes are refreshed annually.
35,000 Annuals
During the spring/summer months the Garden is home to over 35,000 annuals

Property History

The Gardens began as a secure and loving home for entrepreneur Herbert H. Dow, his wife (teacher and philanthropist) Grace A. Dow, and their seven children. Experiments with changing the landscape, discovering which flowers, shrubs, and trees would grow well in the sandy soil, and developing new methods for fruit culture all provided another outlet for Herbert's far-reaching talents. Upon his passing, Grace Dow established The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, which has charter goals to improve the ­educational, religious, economic, and cultural lives of Michigan’s people. Dow Gardens is a signature gift of The Foundation as the family shares the estate with the community and its visitors.

 

Framed photo of Grace A, Dow

Recent Accolades

2019
Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Award of Merit
2019
AIA Tri-State Architectural Excellence in Design Bronze Award
2019
Bette R. Tollar Civic Commitment Award
2019
Midland Business Alliance
Heritage Award
2018
Keep Michigan Beautiful President's Award
2018
TripAdvisor Certificate of
Excellence
2017
AAS Landscape Design Challenge Winner