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Dow Gardens Announces Renovation and Expansion of Conservatory

Midland, MI - July 1, 2021 - Dow Gardens announced the renovation and expansion of the 1975 Alden B. Dow-designed conservatory and unveiled preliminary design concepts. Saginaw-based WTA Architects have been selected to update the structure with the initial phase of construction beginning as early as July, 2021.

The design optimizes current spaces and provides flexibility for plant collections and special exhibits. It enlarges and opens up the main room, creating a light-filled space ideal for both engagement and reflection. This new layout will allow for intuitive guest flow with a brand new welcome area. Additional improvements include renovation of the restrooms and the creation of a dedicated butterfly "pinning room" with a public viewing window.

The goals of the project are threefold: to increase exhibit space and allow the Garden to explore programming in diverse and interdisciplinary ways, to provide visitors with a welcoming and intuitive experience, and to preserve the history and integrity of the original structure.

“Everything our guests value about the conservatory is going to be realized on a slightly larger scale. Our team has considered the nature of our collections, the history of the building, as well as the continued growth of our audience," said Dow Gardens Director, Elizabeth Lumbert. "The outcome of these discussions is a design that embodies the innovation and the history of our organization."

The project is slated for completion in February of 2022, just in time for Butterflies in Bloom (the conservatory will remain closed to the public during construction). The annual exhibit, which features butterflies from around the world, welcomes over 30,000 visitors per year.

For more information contact Dow Gardens Marketing Manager, Kristen Inman at inman@dowgardens.org.

About Dow Gardens

Since being established in 1899, as a home for Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow and family, the 110-acre Dow Gardens now welcomes more than 300,000 guests per year. Visitors are invited to leave the pathway and explore the uniquely-designed landscape, take a tour of the historic Pines Home, participate in one of many hands-on educational programs, stroll the nation’s longest canopy walk, and discover beautiful art and music in a relaxed setting.