Facilities: 112 acres of grounds, arboretum, conservatory, children’s garden, herb garden, maze, perennial garden, rock garden, rose garden, sensory garden, test garden, wildflower garden, Herbert Henry Dow House, Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, Whiting Forest, library, classroom, reading room, gift shop
|Herbert H. Dow|
|Grace A. & Herbert H. Dow|
|The original Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI in the 1890's|
|Dow's home before the gardens were added.|
|Dow Gardens 2011|
|Dow Gardens 2011|
The Dow’s other son, Alden (b.1904-d.1983), had no interest in chemicals. In 1933, Alden went to school and studied under Frank Lloyd Wright to become an architect. Alden also became very interested in the Dow Gardens. In 1973 Alden redesigned much of the Dow Garden grounds. He enlarged the ponds, added a small stream and waterfall, added the 2 red bridges and the white bridge. He also designed and built the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio on the grounds. This unique house became a National Historic Landmark in 1989. The house and gardens can be toured to this day.
Today, the garden is primarily funded and run by the trustees of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation with additional support form volunteers. According to the foundation website, "The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation is the sixth largest foundation in Michigan, and since its establishment, has granted over $477 million to worthy programs and projects in Michigan." Many of the changes and additions made to the garden since Herbert Dow's time were made via the foundation. These include additions such as the children's garden as well as the continued experimentation in the trial gardens.
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|Alden B. Dow Home & Studio|
|Water fall added by Alden Dow in 1973|
|Bridge added by Alden Dow in 1973|
For more information about Herbert Dow, his family and his gardens please check out the following (works cited):
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The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Website - History. Active 1/1/15.