Classes & Events

The garden is open year round, and we have a ton of great events lined up for 2014.  Keep checking back to learn more about what's happening here at Dow Gardens!  Make sure you also visit the  EVENTS FOR KIDS PAGE

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Winter Walking Club

October 13th - February 28th


Register today to join the Dow Gardens winter walking club!  Each time you walk (more than 10 minutes) you'll receive 1% off of your gift shop purchases. Participants may accumulate a total of 20% before working on subsequent discounts.  Gift shop items include Michigan-made candles, sweaters, hats, gloves, toys, books, and gardening products. Learn more by downloading the brochure (pdf.) 






Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival

November 7th thru 12th, 2014


The Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival is a triennial celebration of the Pulitzer-winning poet Theodore Roethke featuring various events throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. In celebration of Roethke's family business and love of nature, Tim Seibles will be reading select poetry in the Dow Gardens' conservatory from 3:30PM until 5:00PM on Monday, November 10th.  For more information visit





Savor, Sip, and Save!

November 19th, 2014  1:00PM - 6:00PM


Beat the holiday rush and relax in the comfort of The Dow Garden's Visitor's Center. Sip on free samples of Tea Forte and savor complimentary chocolate. You'll receive an in-store coupon valuing up to 30% off your purchases. Unique gifts include glasswork by artist Craig Mitchell Smith, all-nature soaps and lotions, jewelry, candles, sweatshirts, books, t-shirts, gardening specialty items, and a wide assortment of Michigan-made products.





2014 Christmas Walk

December 11th, 12th, and 13th  and Silent Nights (no music) December 19th, 20th


Don't miss the annual light display in Dow Gardens! Stroll through the pathways lined with luminaries. See trees and bridges beautifully illuminated. Listen to choirs and musical ensembles perform Christmas music. Activities include a visit from real live reindeer. 


This is a free family event and is the garden's gift to the community each year via The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.  



Spend a Day with Santa's Reindeer

December 11th, and 12th, 2014


Bring family and friends for a visit with real live reindeer Thursday and Friday December 11th and 12th. Don't forget your camera! 


This event coincides with the annual Christmas Walk. There is no charge for admission.


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Glass Blowing Demonstration

December 19th, 2014


Stop by on December 19th, during the 2014 annual Christmas walk. Tim Drier, glass artist, will be giving visitors a live Christmas ornament glass blowing demonstration in the Dow Gardens visitor's center.  A select number of pieces will be available for purchase. 


This event coincides with the annual Christmas Walk. There is no charge for admission.