A quiet stream gently meanders through this area of the gardens. Guests who stroll along this path in the spring will delight in a colorful display, featuring thousands of beautiful tulips and daffodils, many of which are imported directly from the Netherlands. In the summer, the garden beds transform into a vibrant collection of annuals. The combination of annuals and perennials ensures vibrant color throughout the entire season.
Feel free to step off the paved pathway and explore these artfully designed garden beds. Notice that you are actually moving through a series of distinct spaces, rather than one large garden. This area is a perfect example of Herbert Dow’s philosophy that no garden should ever be revealed all at once, or be confined to a simple form.
As you near the Conservatory, you will come to a fork in the path. From here, you may choose to walk across the multi-level red bridge or continue along the ADA accessible pathway. If you choose the accessible pathway, be sure to pause at the circular overlook for a panoramic view of the stream, red bridge, and the Conservatory.
While standing at the overlook you may also notice a beautiful Tudor-style home positioned just beyond the fence line. This was once the home of Willard H. Dow, the third child and eldest son of Herbert and Grace Dow, who would go on take over the Dow Chemical Company and the Dow Orchards. A bridge once connected the two properties together, allowing the families to come and go as they pleased.