The garden is open year round, and we have a ton of great events lined up for 2013. Keep checking back to learn more about what's happening here at Dow Gardens! Make sure you also visit the EVENTS FOR KIDS PAGE >
October 14th, 2013 thru February 28th, 2014
Stop by the visitor's center gift shop and register for The Dow Gardens Winter Walking Club. Participants receive 1% off of their gift shop purchases each time they walk more than 10 minutes. You can accumulate up to 20%! Please check in with the gift shop attendant, each time you walk, to receive your credit.
For rules and restrictions, click below (pdf).
December 12th, 13th 5:00PM - 7:30PM
Bring your little ones to the first two evenings of The Dow Gardens Christmas Walk to get an up-close, in-person view of Santa's reindeer.
After you've finished meeting the reindeer you can walk the luminary-lined pathways of the garden, view the holiday lights, and listen to the variety of carolers and musical ensembles.
See below for additional Christmas Walk dates (no reindeer.) The Christmas Walk is an annual free family event!
December 12th, 13th, and 14th | Silent Nights (lights only) December 20th, and 21st 5:00PM - 7:30PM
Stroll through the Dow Gardens on pathways lined with luminaries. See trees and bridges beautifully illuminated. Listen to choirs and musical ensembles perform Christmas music. The first two evenings feature visits from real live reindeer!
The second weekend will be silently illuminated. This is a free, family event!
Photo by: Jerry Meier
December 12th 5:00PM - 7:30PM
Dow Gardens will be hosting children's author Denise Brennan-Nelson for a book signing Thursday, December 12th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm in our visitor's center gift shop.
Denise wrote her first children’s book, Buzzy the Bumblebee, after discovering that aeronautically, bumblebees should not be able to fly. She felt it was a wonderful way to inspire people to “bee-lieve” in themselves and their dreams. Nelson's book Willow was chosen for Oprah's Book Club for Kids list in 2010.
Select titles will be available for purchase.
December 14th and December 21st, Moment of Reflection 4:15PM , Service of Remembrance 4:30PM
You are invited to join together, with friends and family, for a special ceremony (December 14th and December 21st) to recognize MidMichigan Home Care patients and community members who have passed away. Participants join together for readings, music, and a remembrance of all who our named.
For more information contact MidMichigan Home Care (800) 862-5000.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 - 8:15AM, Early registration fee: $60.00, After February 7th, 2014 $75.00
Make plans to attend the Dow Gardens Know & Grow Seminar. You'll hear from top-notch speakers right here in Mid-Michigan and spend a winter day dreaming of spring. The conference will be held at The Bullock Creek High School Auditorium, 1420 Badour Rd. Midland, MI 48640. The Midland Master Gardeners will again host an array of vendors from across the state to create a one-of-a-kind gardening marketplace.
Lunch is included. For more information, or to register online, click below! 2014 Know & Grow Brochure (pdf)
February 28th, 2014 thru April 20th, 2014
You’re invited to experience thousands of colorful butterflies, from around the world, in the Dow Gardens Conservatory. See them emerge from their chrysalids and take their first flights. This amazing exhibit features over 150 species of butterflies and moths from around the globe.
Check back for the full schedule of events!
2014 annual pass applies. TEACHERS CLICK HERE >