A Legacy of Beauty

Dow Gardens

Historic photo of Herbert H. Dow on bridge at Dow Gardens

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation’s signature gift, each year, is Dow Gardens as they share the family estate with the community and its visitors. The first focus of the property, established in 1899, was a homestead. However, Herbert H. Dow began to quickly expand and develop the grounds. Today, the land Dow saw as a creative outlet for his interest in agriculture and design reaches incredible heights through the work of staff and volunteers.

For Herbert H. Dow the Gardens and nature study were his hobby and his passion. Dow Gardens continues the tradition of diffusing knowledge into the region through its many programs and events. Learning opportunities include horticulture, entomology, floriculture as well as history and fine arts.

Dow Gardens offers a broad range of programs for all ages. Over 1,000 school-aged children are introduced to the world of entomology during exhibits like Butterflies in Bloom and through summer-long insect classes. Adults may choose fromĀ one of many hands-on educational programs. Additional learning opportunities include seasonal positions and a world-class internship program, which enable college students to become leaders in horticulture and related fields of study. Dow Gardens is comprised of an Estate Garden, Exploration Garden, and Whiting Forest, which is home to the nation’s longest forest canopy walk.