Dow Gardens

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Facility:Dow Gardens
Description:Come discover 110 acres of identified trees and flowers growing in a beautiful and educational mid-Michigan garden. Growin' Gardeners Kids come weekly to work their 3' x 5' plot w/ kid tools, listen to a story, and fill out a garden journal. A different gardening topic will be covered each week. Enjoy a harvest all summer long. Choose from Wednes or Thur from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Plot Fee: $22/plot.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:1018 West Main Street
Address 2:
City:Midland
State/Province:MI
Zip Code:48640
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Open year round from 9 a.m. until about one hour before sunset. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Please call for exact closing times.
Admission:Adults $5.00; Ages 6-17 or student w/ ID $1.00. Children five and under are free.
Telephone:(800) 362-4874
Website:Visit Website
R E V I E W S
Leah S., Co-op Member
We attended the Butterflies in Bloom festival at Dow Gardens that runs from March to mid-April. The Conservatory was full of butterflies, birds, flowers, frogs and plants that my children found interesting. Fun activities were planned for the children and employees were willing and able to answer the questions my children had. Dow Gardens is small, but in my opinion, it is the perfect size for young children. It is large enough to keep their interest for hours, but small enough to not be overwhelming. There are lots of things to explore-a children's garden, ponds, numerous plants and trees, a small waterfall, several different trails, etc.

Admission to Dow Gardens also allows you to visit Whiting Forest, which is a just a little way down the road. Whiting Forest has 7 different types of forests, forts for the children to play in along the trails, and a huge lookout tower. In the main building, there is lots of information explaining the different forests and the importance of planting native plants and trees. You can also watch honey bees as they fly in and out of the building in a see through, enclosed hive.
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