Classes & Events

The garden is open year round, and we have a ton of great events lined up!  Keep checking back to learn more about what's happening!


Growin Gardeners

Choose from four class times in this 10-week summer program!


Don't miss this award-winning program! Children visit each week to learn about the wonderful world of gardening. Topics include: insects, weeds, worms, the water cycle, and plant identification. LEARN MORE >


Online registration begins February 3rd at:

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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.) 





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Woodlot Management Series

Sunday, February 15  | Saturday, March 14 |  Friday, April 17   9:30AM - 3:30PM at Whiting Forest


Brought to you by the Dow Gardens Whiting Forest, Little Forks Conservancy, and the Michigan Forestry Association! Join us to discover the potential for your woodlot. All three of these classes include an outdoor component so be sure to dress to go outside. Speakers will include Dow Gardens Whiting Forest staff, Soil and Water Conservation Foresters, guest lecturers from the Michigan DNR, and more! 


$25.00 per session or $60.00 for the series.  Lunch is included.  Call 989.631.2677 to register!


Sunday, February 15

In this class you’ll learn how to lay the framework for a forest management plan. You’ll discover how to do a property health assessment and learn what resources are available to you. The day will also include a guided tour of Whiting Forest and discussion on how to improve your woodlot for  wildlife habitat.


Saturday, March 14

At the second part in the series you’ll go deeper and learn woodlot management strategies including philosophies, techniques, and practices. You’ll also learn about Invasive species control.  A tour of Whiting Forest will include tree and plant identification with retired Dow Gardens Arborist Dan Veresh. In the afternoon the class will listen to a Soil & Water Conservation Forester share about identifying and scaling small lot timber.  


Friday, April 17

On the last day in the series you’ll discover the world of urban forest products and learn about timber harvesting. In the afternoon you’ll experience an exciting on-site milling demonstration and learn about forest resource utilization.  


Know and Grow Seminar

Saturday, February 21st 2015


Make plans to attend The Dow Gardens Know and Grow Seminar! You'll hear from top-notch speakers, right here in Mid Michigan, and spend a winter day dreaming of spring. 


For more information, or to register, click below! To download and/or print the brochure CLICK HERE (pdf).


Online registration is closed. Call (989) 631-2677 for more information. 



Butterflies in Bloom

Begins February 27th, 2015


This interactive exhibit features thousands of brilliantly-colored butteflies, from countries around the world, emerging from their chrysalis, feeding, and flying all within the tropical environment of the Dow Gardens conservatory.


Included with admission or purchase of 2015 annual pass (just $10.00 for the year.)








Friday Storytime

Fridays at 10:00AM Beginning May 1st, 2015!


Join us in the Children’s Garden and listen to fun stories. Then, busy yourself with exciting activities like running through a sprinkler, harvesting vegetables, or showing off your fairy or superhero costumes!​ Fall/Winter storytime is held in our visitor's center.


Storytime resumes May 1st, 2015!