17 h.h. dow ii reflecting pool and leaping gazelle

Founders' Circle

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.

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