Founders’ Circle is nestled within the area of the gardens known as Pineside. The Leaping Gazelle, a bronze sculpture by world-renowned sculptor, Marshall M. Fredericks, stands tall in this area. Initially sculpted in 1936 as part of the Levi M. Barbour Memorial Fountain on Belle Isle in Detroit, The Leaping Gazelle quickly became one of Fredericks’ best-loved pieces. This casting was installed at Dow Gardens in 1994.
The reflecting pool was added in memory of Herbert Dow II, who served as President of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation for over 25 years and led Dow Gardens through the transition from a family estate to a public garden. This reflecting pool continues to honor all past presidents of the Herbert. H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.
Grace A. Dow started The Foundation in 1936 to honor her late husband and continue the tradition of philanthropy they had begun together. Today, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation continues to “improve the educational, religious, economic and cultural lives of Michigan’s people.” Dow Gardens is a signature gift of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.