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The Dow Homestead, Gardens, and Whiting Forest have created an enduring landmark for the City of Midland and for the region.

Begin your journey at The Dow Garden's visitor's center and gift shop.  Find everything you need to start your trip, hats, umbrellas, drinks, t-shirts, books and gardening tools, locally-made gifts and more! Maps and annual passes are also available here.

Discover 110 acres of identified trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and flowers. Dow Gardens was established in 1899 by Herbert H. Dow for the enjoyment of his family, friends, and associates. Since then, the gardens have delighted hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. The Dow Gardens is owned and operated by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

Visit time: 1 hour to 1.5 hours depending on the route taken. 


The glass-walled building, designed by Alden B. Dow, provides year-round interest and warm respite from our cold Michigan winters.  It is home to many non-native species - banana plants, orchids, and Cyclamen among them.  Winter harbors a 13-foot poinsettia tree and spring entertains up to three thousand butterflies, feeding, emerging, and flying.

Arguably the earliest element of the garden, the former home of Herbert H. Dow, has stood witness to an ever-evolving landscape. Make yourself comfortable on the veranda, or schedule a guided tour with one of our historical interpreters.  


Founders Herbert & Grace Dow were strong supporters of the arts.  In keeping with this, the Gardens host both a summer and winter exhibitions of sculpture as well as permanent installations such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Water Nymph, nicknamed "Dora" and Marshall Fredericks' Leaping Gazelle.  


The Dow estate is a perfect destination for families.  Exploration is encouraged, so feel free to walk on the grass. You might just find a hidden pathway!  Story Time is offered on Fridays at 10:00AM, throughout the year, and Crafty Wednesdays during the summer months in the Children's Garden. Our nationally-recognized Growin Gardeners program gives families the opportunity to maintain their own plot, complete with their own silly scarecrow.

WHITING FOREST  (closed for construction) 

Experience the seven native forest plant communities of The Great Lakes Region! 2.5 miles of pathways meander through seven forest plant communities.Experience a bird's eye view of the forest from the thirty-foot tower reminiscent of early forest fire towers! The landscape also includes two large ponds and a covered bridge.

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