Dow Gardens Audio Tour

Herbert Dow began developing this 110-acre landscape, comprised of an estate, garden, and forest, over a century ago. While Herbert used his property to grow a variety of crops and maintain his orchard, he also developed an interesting ornamental landscape based on one simple philosophy, to “never reveal the gardens’ whole beauty at first glance.” For Herbert, the gardens were never a finished idea. He believed that there was always room for improvement. Our talented team of horticulturists continue to honor his philosophy with their innovative garden designs.

As a private residence, the Dow family spent countless hours in the gardens, learning, playing, and exploring together. Today, Dow Gardens welcomes over 300,000 guests per year to share in this legacy of beauty.

As you walk through the doors of the Visitor Center you are entering the back of Herbert and Grace Dow’s property. We encourage you to step off the paved pathway, walk on the grass, and truly experience the spaces around you. There are many exciting things to discover! 

Dow Gardens Audio Tour
  1. Visitor Center & Gift Shop
  2. Birch Grove
  3. Boulder Pass & Waterfall
  4. Streamside
  5. Conservatory
  6. Secret Garden
  7. Herb Garden
  8. Sun Bridge
  9. The Pines
  10. The Yew Maze
  11. Willow Wedding Site
  12. Red Bridge Overlook & The Maze
  13. Founders' Circle
  14. The Bumps
  15. Observation Island
  16. Wedding Peninsula
  17. Rhododendron Trail
  18. Children's Garden
  19. Rose Garden & Trial Beds
  20. Rose Garden Bridge
  21. Orange Bridge Overlook & The Snake Creek Floodplain
  22. Orchard
  23. Mini Pines
  24. Wildflower Meadow
  25. Playground
  26. Forest Trails
  27. Covered Bridge
  28. Canopy Walk
  29. Education Center