A coordinated open house of leading young plant producers of ornamentals and MSU. The objective of the Tour is to educate growers and industry professionals about new and existing plant selections and how they perform in different settings.

2018 Tour dates: July 30 to August 10

Welcome to the 15th 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 settings.

Greenhouse growers, landscapers, garden center operators, and nurserymen are invited to visit each of these participating Tour sites during a 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 conditions, both in the ground and in containers. 

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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

Some Tour sites offer special events, see below.  More information is on the site pages.  Many participating companies also offer a light lunch and/or refreshments during the entire 2-week Tour.

  • July 26th-27th: The Connection at Raker-Roberta's. This two-day event features conversation, food, concerts, greenhouse tours, and kids' activities.
  • August 7th: 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.Visit our event page for complete information.

Contact Information

For additional, general information on the Michigan Garden Plant Tour, please contact the Tour coordinators:

Highlights From Previous Years

Articles about the 2016 Tour

Michigan MVPs by Tim Hodson, GPN magazine (August, 2016)

Making the connection by Chris Manning, Greenhouse Management magazine (September, 2016)

Videos from the 2015 Tour

The GIE Media team (which includes Greenhouse Management magazine, Garden Center magazine, and others) visited participating Tour companies in 2015, and below is a sampling of their video content. Additional videos can be viewed online at the Greenhouse Management video webpage.

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