The Michigan Garden Plant Tour is a coordinated open house of leading young plant producers and Michigan State University. The Tour educates growers and industry professionals about plant selections and their garden performance.

2020 Tour dates: July 27 to August 7

Welcome to the 17th annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour, which is a free, coordinated open house of leading young plant producers of ornamentals and Michigan State University.  The objective of the Tour is to educate growers and industry professionals about new and existing plant selections and how they perform in different outdoor settings.

Greenhouse growers, landscapers, garden center operators, and nurserymen are invited to visit each of these participating Tour sites during this two-week period.

Expect to learn about a wide range of ornamental crops, including popular commercial brands of annuals and perennials. This is a terrific way to observe plant performance at different locations and grown under various landscape conditions, both in the ground and in containers.

This site contains information about the 2019 Tour.  Please return in the spring for updated information on the 2020 Tour.

FB-f-Logo__blue_57  Visit our Facebook page to see participating company photos and get the latest scoop on their Tour preparations!

The Michigan Garden Plant Tour Map

Take a day trip to visit a couple of sites, or complete the entire loop for the full tour.  The Michigan Garden Plant Tour is completely free, but growers would appreciate a call ahead to know you'll be coming.  Use the map above to help locate the sites and plan your route.

Special Events During 2019 Tour

In addition to tours. some Tour sites offer special events, which are highlighted below.  More information is on the site pages.  Many participating companies also offer a light lunch and/or refreshments during the entire two-week Tour.

  • July: 25: The Connection at Raker-Roberta's. This two-day event features conversation, food, concerts, greenhouse tours, and kids' activities.
  • July 30: Landscaper Field Event at Walters Gardens. This event focuses on new perennials and their landscape uses, and supplements other tours offered that day and throughout the Tour.
  • August 6: The MSU Plant Trial Field Day. This half-day program features presentations from MSU faculty and staff about a range of production topics and garden plant performance. Click here to learn more and register.

Contact Information

If you have general questions about the Michigan Garden Plant Tour, please contact the Tour coordinators:

Highlights From Past Tours

Below are articles and photos about the Michigan Garden Plant Tour in 2018:

Michigan Garden Plant Tour explores new variety possibilities by Janeen Wright, Greenhouse Grower magazine (Nov. 2018)

Annuals and perennials on display at the 2018 Michigan Garden Plant Tour by Janeen Wright, Greenhouse Grower magazine (Oct. 2018)

 

Highlights of the 2015 Tour were captured on video by the editors of GIE Media:

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