Trip Planner:   USA  /  Michigan  /  Midland  /  Parks  /  Dahlia Hill

Dahlia Hill, Midland

(4.4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
Dahlia Hill is both a protected garden area in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, encompassing 1.41acre of terraced gardens, and the a 501 non-profit educational organization that runs the garden. Located in the city of Midland, Michigan, they annually grow more than 3,000 dahlia plants.HistoryArtist and teacher Charles Breed and his wife Ester moved to Midland in 1950 because of Alden B. Dow's architecture. A gift of dahlia tubers to Ester from daughter Crisann on mother's day in 1966 began Charles Breed's fascination with dahlias. Twenty-five growing seasons later, Charles possessed 1,700 tubers. His design studio was located on West Main Street, next to a vacant lot on the corner of Main and Orchard Drive. Bill Fisher purchased that unimproved parcel in 1968, intending to build condominiums there. Breed declined to sell his property several times, recalling that Alden Dow had told him that the only hill in Midland should have a special purpose.In 1992, Breed was given permission from Bill Fisher to plant dahlias on the vacant hillside property. Fisher Contracting brought in 200 cubic yards of topsoil, and Charles began planting his tubers, establishing Dahlia Hill.Breed constructed a new design studio and gallery on his adjoining property in 1997, which included a work room and storage space for dahlias. Fisher put in an irrigation system and expanded the planting area.The Dahlia Hill Society of Midland was incorporated in 1998 and began fund-raising to acquire the land where the flower garden was located. Midland lawyer John Riecker donated his time over a two-year period to form the non-profit entity, and his wife Ranny wrote a check to cover the $20,000 shortfall when the property was purchased from Fisher Contracting in August, 2000 for $175,000.
Make Dahlia Hill a centerpiece of your Midland vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Midland tourist route planner.
Source
Create a full Midland itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Midland

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Midland by other users

2 days in Midland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Zion National Park & Midland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Lake Havasu City & Midland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Midland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Midland & Sevierville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in United States BY A USER FROM JAPAN December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA February, kids, relaxing, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in New York City & Midland BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Midland & New York City BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Daytona Beach, Fancy Gap & Midland BY A USER FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC September, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: September, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Midland, MI. has many very incredible places to visit. Dahlia Hill is just one. The Tridge over the Chippewa river is also worth the visit.  more »
  • Best viewing is mid-summer through the end of September. The variety of Dahlias is astonishing! Very well cared for.  more »
  • A quick stop lead to a lingering walk through the most beautiful flowers. As I climed the gentle slope among the terraces of thounds of dahlias I realized how devoted volunteers have given their lives...  more »
Google
  • Great space to spend some time, either on a lunch break, or just some free time. Very beautiful location when everything is in bloom!
  • Breath taking well grown Dahlias are an inspiration to all.
  • A beautiful place to take a lunch, hang out or just look at the flowers.