The Garden Landscape Guide

Dow Gardens

The garden was started, in 1900, by the man who founded the Dow Chemical Company. It was then developed by his son, an architect who had studied with Frank Lloyd Wright. The garden is inventive and imaginative. Its red lacquered handrails and bridges remind one of Wright's enthusiasm for Japanese and Chinese design, but they are modern in conception (more influenced by Art Deco than Cubism).

West Street at Andrews and Eastman Avenue, Midland, Michigan, USA, MI 48640

All year. Daily except holidays. Open 9am to 6:30pm.

Adult $5

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  • almost 5 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Lovely gardens--when I moved to Michigan, I chose Midland & my home to be close to Dow Gardens--I walk a few times every week there & still stumble across new sections. A really nice children's section, rose garden, herb gardens & lots of perennials & annuals & flowering trees. Classes they offer have been enjoyable. Staff is friendly. I took friends from downstate when the tulips were in full bloom & they said it was prettier than going to Holland!
  • almost 6 years by Anonymous 3 / 5

    The website has no pictures! Why would anyone go out of the way to see this place with out some idea (pictures)that it is not a total pooper?
  • over 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    We visited the Dow Gardens in the spring of 2008 and they had a wonderful butterfly exhibit going on in the conservatory. The cost to walk the garden was only $5.00/adult and it included the butterfly exhibit. There were a lot of colorful tulips and beautiful bridges over the ponds. It's great place to walk and enjoy nature.

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Bridge, Dow Gardens Photograph © ~Jetta Girl~