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Education Center

The Education Center was originally designed by architect Alden B. Dow in 1948 as the home of Macauley and Helen (Dow) Whiting, the granddaughter of Herbert and Grace Dow. The couple lived in this home for thirty years and raised six children. This mid-century modern building now serves as office space, a group tour entrance, and a beautiful environment for offering enriching public programs and educational opportunities.

This concludes the Dow Gardens Audio Tour. We thank you for spending time with us today and sharing in this legacy of beauty. As Herbert H. Dow once said, “the gardens never pretend to be a finished idea.” Dow Gardens changes seasonally, so there is always something new to discover. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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