Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

What’s down that path?


Dow Gardens was started in 1899 by Herbert Dow, founder of The Dow Chemical Company. The Gardens, originally developed on eight acres of flat, sandy land, provided a creative outlet for Herbert Dow and his interest in agriculture and design. He created gardens, ponds and hills according to a simple philosophy that we still follow to this day: “never reveal the gardens’ whole beauty at first glance.” –from the Dow Gardens website.

When I left you last, during our Walktober, we were about to explore a winding path in the Dow Gardens.

A curvy stroll.

Didn’t you wonder where it went? It’s just one of many secret garden rooms at the Dow Gardens in Midland Michigan.

The elevated walkway we visited for our Walktober sits in Whiting Forest, right next door to the gardens, and in fact the $5 ticket to the elevated walkway also got us into the gardens. So of course we went, even though by then we had already walked a lot, and it was getting colder and wetter.

Not letting a little cold rain stop us!

And we were not disappointed, not at all. The first frosts of the winter season had already done their damage and the formal flower gardens were just memories, but this place is designed to intrigue even when flowers are no longer blooming.

The original land was flat and only eight acres, but the garden now has all sorts of hills and knolls, with pathways, bridges and ponds tucked into the landscape covering one hundred and ten acres.

Even cement bridges end up looking interesting. Don’t you want to go see what’s up those steps?

There’s a definite Asian influence in parts of the park…

I loved these round steps, and the red bridges.

…and lovely old trees everywhere.

The big heavy limbs of this tree were their own art.

Though the flower gardens were gone to frost, there was still color just about anywhere you looked.

A big old maple tree next to the herb garden where I spent time smelling lemon verbena. Heavenly.

There were ponds reflecting beautiful landscape…

Even on a rainy day this was stunning.

…and stairs leading to the next hidden glade.

This just begged to be climbed. So we did.

And then, just to add to the whole experience, there’s the house.

This is just one angle of it, there’s a whole lot of house you can’t see from here.

We know we’ll be back to take the tour of the house. It looks fascinating.

I’ve only shown you a fraction of what there is to see in these gardens. And you’re seeing it on a dreary cold dank day. Imagine it when the sun is shining. Or in the spring when the flowering trees are in bloom, or in midsummer when the secret gardens are at peak. Or in winter when the trees hiding their secrets show off their profiles as a distraction.

It’s only an hour from me, but even if you’re further away, it’s worth a trip. Come on up and visit Michigan and while you’re here, stop for a few hours or an entire day at Dow Gardens!

No matter the season you, like us, won’t be disappointed.

There’s a few statutes too.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

13 thoughts on “What’s down that path?

  1. Such beautiful photos, Dawn. I always come away from gardens like this wishing I could transform my backyard into something even remotely resembling this….


  2. An absolutely beautiful garden, and I love the term Walktober! We usually drive around the Great Smoky Mountains, but when we park and walk the paths, we are truly rewarded with great close-ups and the experience of “being there.”


  3. I love the trees. Seeing it in the spring with flowers blooming I might not notice the trees as much. Really beautiful. Sorry I missed it when I was there.


    • Well, I didn’t see any dogs there, so I’m guessing they aren’t allowed….though they would have LOVED this park! So it probably wouldn’t have ended up on your list of places to visit anyway. Hope you and Blue are doing well!


  4. Wow, these are stunning! Thank you for providing “the rest of the story,” Dawn. I love those Asian influences and the round steps.


    • I loved those too. We just had to go up those round steps. All that was at the top was a little bench for sitting, but it was pretty. There are so many pretty things in this garden, even in late fall.


  5. I love public gardens, and this one looks superb. If I ever get out that way, I’ll make sure it’ll be on my list!


  6. Lovely glimpse into the gardens, it will be nice to come back again in spring, without the rain. 😊 😊

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