Tours

A variety of tours are available to fit your needs and group size! Give us a call to customize your visit.

WILDFLOWER TOURS

Celebrate the wildflowers of Dow Gardens with Horticulturists Chuck Martin and Trent Bowen! Learn about sun-loving wildflowers, beautiful meadow plants, and wetland species in the rain gardens. Then, head into the forest to learn about shade-loving species.

Tours are offered

July 6 from 1–2:30 p.m. and 6–7:30 p.m.

HERBERT DOW'S
GARDEN TOURS

Join us for a stroll back in time! Visitors will meet on the porch of The Pines, the home of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow, and partake in a guided walking tour through the gardens.

$15.00 for adults, Kids (6-18) $7.00, Kids (5 and under) $5.00. Includes admission to Dow Gardens.  Capacity is limited, and reservations are required. Participants are asked to arrive at least fifteen minutes early to allow for the walk back to the home.

GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS

Dow Gardens was established in 1899 as a private garden for the Dow family.

Herbert Dow believed that the gardens are never a finished idea. This legacy continues each year through the use of unique plant varieties and innovated bed designs.

On this guided tour, guests will experience the horticultural beauty of Dow Gardens while learning the story of how this once private estate transitioned into a beloved botanical garden.

Guided Group
Forest Tours

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens was originally purchased by Herbert Dow in 1905 to establish his apple orchard.

During this guided tour, guests will have the opportunity to walk through the heirloom apple orchard, stand high among the trees on the nation’s longest canopy walk, and learn the exciting history of this 54–acre Dow Gardens property.

Pines Home TOURS

Immerse yourself in the world that Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow sought to create within the home they helped design. The Pines offers a wide array of programs to help bring the story of the Dow family to life.

Golf Cart Tours

Experience the beauty of the Gardens from the comfort of a golf cart. Golf Cart Tours of Dow Gardens are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Self-Guided Tours

Interested in going solo? Check out our Interactive GIS Map with data pertaining to the Gardens collection of perennials and shrubs as well as curated walking tours. Or dial 989.484.9064 on your mobile device, and enter an item number on the map, followed by the pound key, for the audio tour.

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