Experience the 110 acre landscape Herbert Dow developed over a century ago right in his very own backyard.  

Located just outside the visitor center, the Pollinator Garden emphasizes the inter-relationships between plants and insects and the critical role of pollinators. Plantings include Milkweed, Bee Balm, and Butterfly Bush. 


This area is a great example of Herbert Dow’s philosophy to never reveal the entire garden at once.  In the spring months, historic paving stones are framed by an abundance of tulips while summer harbors over 20,000 annual varieties.


The plants  here were carefully chosen for their taste, aromatic value, and aesthetic appeal. The area is bordered by Green Mountain boxwood and features dwarf Korean lilacs in the center. The plot houses an artfully arranged rotation of basil, lavender, sage, and parsley of differing varieties.


A lively combination of flowers and herbaceous plants ensure color throughout the warmer months. The red bridge is the largest of four at Dow Gardens.  All were designed by Alden B. Dow, fifth child of Herbert & Grace Dow, and graduate of Columbia University. 


Many of the second growth Pines in this area predate the garden. The mixture includes Balsams, Hemlocks, Blue Spruce, Elm, and Birch trees. Secluded within a quiet grove sit a reflecting pool and Leaping Gazelle statue by artist Marshall Fredericks.


The Children's Garden is an interactive outdoor learning environment designed to educate children about plants.  Blow a few gigantic bubbles, splash into a jumping jewel, sample an organic vegetable or two, sweep the sidewalks, explore the forts, or simply rest in the shade with a picnic lunch.


This area includes a vast array of All American Rose Selection roses, hardy shrub roses, and species roses, chosen for their appearance, bloom length, and disease resistant qualities. 

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