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Ray Hunter Florist & Garden

Ray Hunter Florist and Garden is a family owned and operated business located in Southgate, Michigan. Since 1919 we have been the leading garden center and florist in the Downriver area. We take pride in our ability to provide each customer with the individual attention they deserve and a reputation for building relationships and providing expert garden advise.

Whether you are a beginner, experienced or master gardener, Ray Hunter Florist and Garden has the plants, products and knowledgeable staff to make your garden bloom.

Each spring, Mr. Hunter personally selects and grows over a hundred different varieties of tomato plants including heirlooms, old favorites such as Beefsteak and the latest hybrids. We also cultivate numerous varieties of Hybrid Geraniums. Visit us from May to September for a great selection of Annuals, Perennials and large Hanging Baskets from Proven Winners. We also feature many of the latest Blooming Shrubs such as Hydrangea, Lime Light Hydrangea and My Monet Wiegelia, from Proven Winners Color Choice Shrubs. Willoway Nursery is a featured supplier for Evergreen Shrubs, Ornamental and Dwarf Flowering Trees, Dwarf Fruit Trees, Flower Carpet Roses and Clematis Vines. Shop our selection early and choose from a wide variety of Hybrid Rose Bushes grown by Weeks, Jackson and Perkins and Conard Pyle’s Star Brand. We also have Shrub Roses and Rose Trees including Knock Out.

Our staff offers Free Garden Classes each season featuring expert advice on a wide variety garden subjects including; Perennial and Annual Gardening, “ Going Green” in the Garden with Organics, Hydrangeas and of course our Annual Tomato Seminar.

Many of the Insecticides, Herbicides, Mulches, Soils and Soil Amendments we offer are tested, used and recommended by both our staff and customers after years of use. Cocoa and Pine Mulch, Bumper Crop, Lite Way Top Soil, Espoma products including Holly Tone and Rose Tone and Tomato Maker are all proven products that we prescribe with confidence.


Are you bugged by mosquitos?  The wet spring and summer has produced a bumper crop of all kinds of pests.  It’s easy to protect your family with products from Ray Hunter Garden Shop.  Mosquito Beater from Bonide is easy to spray with your garden hose onto plants and foliage for long-lasting results.  Maggie’s Flea, Tick & Mosquito killer will keep annoying insects away so that you can enjoy the great outdoors!
We also carry a wide variety of great mosquito-repelling scented geraniums! Stop by our Southgate Garden Center to check them out!


Protect your garden from the Viburnum Leaf Beetle this summer! The viburnum leaf beetle, Pyrrhalta viburni (Paykull), is an invasive, non-native beetle that first appeared in New York along Lake Ontario in 1996, and has steadily spread. It is a voracious eater that can defoliate viburnum shrubs entirely. Plants may die after two or three years of heavy infestation. Learn more about these beetles here. Ray Hunter carries a wide variety of products to help eliminate these pests, including Bonide Brand Japanese Beetle Killer, Ferti-Lome Borer, Bagworm, Tent Caterpillar & Leafminer Spray, and Ferti-Lome Systemic Insect Spray. Stop by our Garden Center today to stock up and protect your garden!


This spring we will also be carrying a delicious line of Homegrown Gourmet vegetables and seeds. Add a little zest to your next culinary creation with herbs freshly picked from your own garden. Or create a naturally delicious side dish of sun-ripened vegetables that you have grown yourself. There’s nothing more gratifying than enjoying the naturally fresh flavor of homegrown cooking.



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