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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dow Gardens in Midland

Midland's Dow Gardens were started by Herbert Dow back in 1899 on eight flat acres. Son Alden Dow, an architect, continued to develop the landscaping and his son, Herbert II, is involved today. The gardens are a popular attraction with their winding paths, a butterfly-filled conservatory, hills, a waterfall and ponds that extend over 110 acres. The Pines, home of Herbert and Grace Dow and also built in 1899, is hidden within the garden. Reservations can be made to tour it. Don't forget to see the statue called The Leaping Gazelle by Marshall Fredicks and take a stroll through The Maze. What a serene spot to hold Yoga classes -- held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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