NILES, MICHIGAN – The Low Family Foundation, created by Joseph N. and Rosemary E. Low in 2023, recently donated $50,000 to Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles, Michigan. Foundation Advisory Board Chairperson, John N. Low, presented a check to Fernwood’s Executive Director, Carol Line.

Fernwood was selected because of its commitment to excellence and significance to the community as a placemaker – a cultural resource and education center. Fernwood will celebrate its 60th anniversary as a public garden in 2024 with the mission to enrich people’s lives by awakening and deepening their appreciation of nature.

This generous grant will support Fernwood’s 60th-anniversary lecture series, the garden’s internship program for high school and college students, and summer camp scholarships for area children. It will also provide sponsorship support throughout the year for a number of special anniversary celebrations, including a June 2 garden party fundraiser. The grant will also help expand the garden’s annual LIGHTS at Fernwood event, which spans several weeks during the holiday season.

The Low Family Foundation has a mission to support not-for-profit charitable, educational, and religious organizations within a 100-mile radius of Niles, Michigan. Joseph and Rosemary Low were long-time residents of Niles, and the donation was made in memory of Wilma V. Low.


Established in 1964, Fernwood is a unique property in southwest Michigan with 105 acres of cultivated gardens and natural areas with woodlands, ravines, wetlands, and river frontage on the St. Joseph River. The property is minutes from Lake Michigan, a short distance north of the University of Notre Dame, and 90 minutes from Chicago. The
garden is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday, in Buchanan Township at 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Michigan. For more information, please visit