Gee Farms is Michigan’s largest retail nursery, under one location. We specialize in rare and unusual conifers and decidious trees and shrubs. However, you will also find your more common plants. We cater to the general public and to the wholesale trade (with required documentation).
Gee Farms originated as an apple orchard in the mid 1800’s till the early 1900’s. We raised long horn cattle and Shropshire sheep before Gary and Gary’s father, Wendell, switched to dairy production. While in high school Gary was a member of the FFA program and started raising pumpkins and other various vegetables. In the late 60’s Gary married his wife Kaye, and started raising pickling cukes and peppers for commericial processing companys. The Gee’s started dealing with nursery stock in the 1980’s, and from then on we have blossomed into what we are today.
At the present, we have planted close to 300 acres of trees and shrubs, with another 200 acres in grain crops and vegetable production. Gary is a world renowned grafter, grafting almost 20,000 conifer and decidious plants per year. Being activly involved in the American Conifer Society and other conifer societys around the world, he has become not just a nurseryman, but a full fledge conifer addict. Searching out brooms and sports of trees has become an obsessive past time.
Spring time at Gee Farms is always busy as we have 23 greenhouses bursting with color. We sell vegetable plants and bedding plants as well as a wide selection of nursery specimens.Our newly built market carries all of your gardening needs, complete with our bakery which makes bread and home made donuts. We carry a variety of fruits and vegetables 9 months of the year and feature our own home grown vegetables when in season. Not many people walk away without one of our hand-dipped ice cream cones from our ice cream parlour.
Last year we add a full service pastry and cake department to our bakery. Laura’s Sweets & Treats now offers a full menu of cakes, pies, pastries and gourmet cup cakes. Laura specializes in beautiful wedding cakes and gluten & dairy free desserts. All of her desserts are made from scratch with only high quality ingredients right here in our newly remodeled kitchen.
The farms have been owned by the Gee family since 1849, arriving in America from England our name is unchanged. Every generation has managed to produce a son except Gary who has 4 daughters, two of which are still actively involved in the farming operation. The others always wander back to the farm to lend a hand during the busy season. During the summer months several grandchildren can be found working on the farm, and one grandchild is now there working full time. We are very lucky to have 3 of the 8 generations still working together on this Sesquicentennial farm.