This past week Tom and I got to Travel to the motor city for a wonderful GCA Detroit Garden Tour. For those you that don’t know the Detroit and surrounding area houses some of the most state of the art greenhouses, growing facilities, and retail locations in the United States. Below i have posted a brief discription of the places we visited, along with a lot of pictures. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. ENJOY!

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Tuesday, June 26th 2012 – Day 1

Bordine’s, Grand Blanc – Ranked No. 18 in IGC Retailer’s 100 report with an estimated $24 million in sales, Bordine’s installed a biomass boiler at its Grand Blanc growing facility, decreasing the heating system’s reliance on fossil fuels by more than 60 percent.

Farmer John’s Greenhouse, Farmington Hills – You’ll feel like you’re stepping into a scene from the Old West at this family business, where three generations direct operations.

Plymouth Nursery Home & Garden Showplace, Plymouth – The store’s recent renovation introduced a brand new 12,000-square-foot greenhouse and a 5,000-square-foot glass atrium for more space, wider aisles, higher ceilings, improved entries and better checkouts

Four Star Greenhouse, Carleton – This wholesale Proven Winners greenhouse’s expansive display gardens, hanging baskets and upright displays showcase new varieties for 2013 as well as ongoing favorites.

Wednesday June 27th 2012 – Day 2

Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield – This new build features 11,000 square feet of boutique retail, showcasing unique botanicals in a spectacular enclosed European glass conservatory.

Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake – Named one of America’s top 25 garden stores by Garden Design magazine, buyers travel the world sourcing garden ornamentation for the garden center.

English Gardens, Royal Oak – Ranked No. 14 in IGC Retailer’s 100 reportwith $28.6 million in sales, English Gardens designed this flagship store after European garden stores. It is one of the largest in the Midwest.

Thursday June 28th 2012 – Day 3

Bordine’s, Rochester Hills – This flagship location features the Garden Store, a modern home and garden lifestyle showcase, designed with hardwood flooring and high black ceilings with exposed ductwork.the largest in the Midwest.

Ray Wiegand’s Nursery & Garden Center, Macomb – Ranked No. 93 in IGC Retailer’s 100 report with $5.8 million in sales, this single-store operation has been a mainstay in the community for almost 70 years.

Ray Wiegand’s – Macomb, MI, a set on Flickr.

Deneweth’s Garden Center, Macomb – The store highlights local Michigan-made offerings, including speciality foods, body care products and artwork.

Deneweth’s – Macomb, MI, a set on Flickr.

English Gardens, Clinton Township – The store added a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse seven years ago, housing green goods and seasonal decor.