Centennial Celebration!

When O.D. Willson and his wife began selling cut flowers and house plants in 1921, they could never have imagined how those small seeds would grow. 

5 generations of Willsons have worked in the day to day operations of the garden center and often 3 generations work side by side today.  The 6th generation eagerly fills pots and rides on the golf cart while they tell about their favorite plant or fish in the pond.  Our family cherishes the memories of all the time spent together and with customers.  As we celebrate this season, please drop us a line or stop us in the greenhouse and share a cherished memory of your time at Willson's! 

Many things have changed in the last 100 years, but one thing has remained the same here at Willson's Garden Center; you, our customer, are the greatest asset we have. We are proud to serve you and bring beauty to our community.



Established in 1921, Willson’s Garden Center is a fifth generation garden center located in beautiful Petoskey, Michigan. The Willson family has provided the highest quality plants for your home and garden for over 100 years. As a visitor to Willson’s Garden Center, you will receive the best customer service from our knowledgeable staff as you browse a varitiy of annuals, trees, and shrubs specifically chosen to beautify your Northern Michigan home for a season or a lifetime. Come experience a Northern Michigan family tradition today!

Our Offerings

Premium Annuals

We are a Proven Winner’s certified greenhouse and carry a full line-up of premium annuals ready to beautify your porch, patio, or plantings.

Veggies and Herbs

Looking to plant a tasty summer garden? We’ve got all the varieties to help you conjure up amazing fresh flavors this summer.

Trees and Shrubs

From humble hostas to spectacular hydrangeas our nursery is stocked with hardy varieties ready to beautify your Northern Michigan home.

Seeds & Bulbs

Planting Fall bulbs will reward you with beautiful spring flowers. And our full line of Burpee seeds will help you create the perfect summer garden.


Our perennials are selected to be sturdy and reliable in your Northern Michigan garden. We grow them on site for a seamless transition from our pots to your garden.

Hard Goods

Every good garden is built on a foundation of good soils. We carry premium potting soil and the best fertilizers as well as many decorative pots and garden features for that finishing touch to your garden.

Can we send you something?

Love hydrangeas?

Can't remember when to prune certain varieties?

We've condensed our 100 years of gardening experience into an easy to read 24-page Hydrangea Planting Guide and we'd love to send it to you! Simply fill in your email address below and we'll send the guide straight to your inbox.

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Garden Center

Garden Center Hours

We are closed for the season,

We look forward to seeing you in the Spring!