Growth at Whiting Forest, Chuck Martin named Grounds Manager

Midland, MI - April 12, 2017 - The Dow Gardens is pleased to announce the promotion of Senior Horticulturist Chuck Martin to the position of Grounds Manager of Whiting Forest. In his new role he will provide leadership and daily oversight of the facility's unique horticultural displays.

"Chuck's contributions, over the past 33 years, have been invaluable," said Director Elizabeth Lumbert. "His aptitude and vision will continue to enhance the growth of our organization."

The announcement comes as the facility moves toward expansion. Components include a new visitor's center, forest classroom, playground, and two-acre orchard. The project centerpiece is a 1400-foot canopy walk (the longest in the nation), reaching five stories high. A partial opening is scheduled for 2018. The grand opening will take place in 2019 with the addition of an amphitheater and two pedestrian bridges connecting both Dow Gardens and The Grace A. Dow Library.

Chuck joined the Dow Gardens team in 1978, as an intern, before becoming a full-time Horticulturist in 1984. He received his Bachelors Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northwood University.

Through his numerous lectures and presentations, many schools, gardening clubs and civic groups have been enriched by his passion and enthusiasm for his work in horticulture.

For more information please contact Kristen Inman, Marketing Manager, at 989.631.2677 or info@dowgardens.org.

Since being established in 1899, as a home for Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow and their seven children, the 160-acre Dow Gardens has welcomed more than 130,000 guests per year. Visitors are invited to leave the pathway and explore the uniquely-designed landscape, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Pines Home, participate in one of many hands-on educational programs, and discover beautiful art and music in a relaxed setting. The Dow Gardens is comprised of an Estate Garden, Exploration Garden, and the Whiting Forest which, upon completion, will take visitors five-stories high to stroll along the nation’s longest canopy walk.

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