7/29/21 - WCSG Travelin' Together - Dow Botanical Gardens in Midland

Posted by: Becky Carlson | Thursday, July 29th, 2021 ( 6:00am)

Midland is home to the Dow Gardens.

110-acres of botanical gardens that contain over 17-hundred plants hardy in Michigan.

The ground display of annuals and perennials are highlighted by distinctive bridges, towering pines, and water features.  

Dow Gardens has over 3 miles of barrier-free hard-surfaced pathways.

The Gardens are primarily an outdoor experience but some features may be located up to a mile from the Visitor Center entrance.

Dow Gardens is home to the nation's longest canopy walk and have paths that connect with the Whiting Forest.

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens features 54 acres of woodlands, ponds, apple orchard, meadows, and stream. Guests of all ages and abilities are immersed in the forest on the nation's longest canopy walk, 1,400 feet long, soaring up to 40 feet above the ground. Other features include a playground, apple orchard, Cafe, and two pedestrian bridges.

A .7 mile walk is required to access Canopy Walk and Playground (from the Visitor Center).  Strollers and wagons are welcome and special parking accommodations can be made for those who may need them. 

Accessible restrooms are available in the Visitor Centers, The Children's Garden, The Historic Barn, and the Whiting Forest Cafe. 

One of the exhibits this summer is the Garden of Glass, which are glass gardens created by Craig Mitchell Smith.  He has created 31 large floral forms in kiln-fired glass. 

The Dow Gardens are open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.





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