In 1980, Ralph's son, current owner, Bill Wyatt, took over management of the greenhouse after completing his degree in Horticulture at Michigan State University. The greenhouse's focus gradually transferred from wholesale plant production to the local retail garden center it is today.
Now, over a hundred years later, the original barns and family farmhouse still stand on the property. We're known for our signature giant petunia hanging baskets, which you can see as you drive by, and for our two chocolate labs, Janie (R.I.P.) and Sadie. The business is in its fourth generation of family ownership and has blossomed into a customer-focused, local supplier of high-quality annuals, perennials, and garden products with loyal neighborhood customers.
The seed of Wyatt's Greenhouse was planted more than a century ago when our Great Grandfather Cole, the original homesteader, farmed the property. He began selling produce from the farm out of a horse-drawn wagon on the corner of Lakeshore Blvd. and Route 306.
As the farm grew and evolved, Ralph Wyatt Sr., his son-in-law, erected the first greenhouses, which he purchased and moved from Pennsylvania in the early 1940's. The business continued to take root as he first started by growing tomato plants. He soon became known for the large variety of geraniums he grew and mainly sold wholesale to area garden centers.