Welcome!


Most of the information on this website is from the 2014 Tour.  Please stay tuned for information on the 2015 Tour next spring.  The 2015 Tour will be from July 27 to August 7.

Welcome to the 12th 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 the two-week period, from July 27 to August 7, 2015.

Expect to learn about a wide range of ornamental crops, including popular commercial brands of annuals, perennials, and shrubs. 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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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.

You are also invited to participate in the MSU Plant Trial Field Day in the Horticulture Gardens in East Lansing on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. More details will be posted in the spring.

For more information on the Michigan Garden Plant Tour, please contact Tour coordinators Jennifer Sweet (phone 517-355-5191 x1339) or Erik Runkle (phone 517-355-5191 x1350).

Highlights from recent years of the Michigan Garden Plant Tour

We conducted a post-Tour survey of participants of the 2013 Tour.  Here are some highlights of what they told us:

  • The displays and garden plant trials met or exceeded expectations for 97% of attendees
  • 98% of respondants indicated there were sufficient staff at each site to answer questions and provide guidance
  • As a result of participating in the Tour, 88% of producers planned to offer new varieties next year
  • 97% of attendees believed they increased their knowledge of new plants somewhat, considerably, or tremendously                                            
  • 85% of the Tour attendees in 2013 plan to attend again in 2014.


Mast Young Plants

Spring Meadow Nursery

Four Star Greenhouse

C. Raker & Sons
Tour de Michigan, from the November, 2012 issue
of Greenhouse Management magazine. By Kristy O'Hara.
Summer Trials - More from Michigan, from the November, 2010 issue
of GrowerTalks magazine. By Chris Beytes.

Michigan State University

Walters Gardens
These short videos were created by Garden Center Magazine and are from the 2012 Michigan Garden Plant Tour. Each opens into a new window.

 

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