Polly’s Planting & Plucking’s Timeline

From a simple idea of taking better care of the flowers at a prominent business, to becoming a highly sought after Garden Services company, to opening a retail Garden Center. Take a little scroll down memory lane for a bit of Polly’s history.

1983 Polly's Began

Polly back in the day

Yes, there is a ‘Polly’ behind Polly’s Planting & Plucking. Polly Hudson-Cummings started the company in 1983 after heading to meet some friends and noticed that the Pier’s flowers were in dire need of better care. Soon thereafter, Polly was working out of her station wagon with a wicker basket full of small tools and Polly’s Planting & Plucking was born.


Kim back in the day

Kim (Maguire) Buntin came aboard in 1984 to help Polly with her quickly growing new business. Kim acted as general manager of maintenance, scheduling, and staff training.

During those early years, the ‘Pluckers’ met at Polly’s kitchen table and drove their own vehicles.


Polly making the Pier look good

It wasn’t long before we had the Pier looking GOOD!


Polly's at the 2nd State Rd location

After a few seasons, we needed more space; the fleet was increasing, along with the staff, to keep pace with growth. We moved to rental space in Franklin Park.


Construction of the office in 1996

By ’95 it was time to commit to a more permanent location.

Polly constructed the office where we still operate today.


First season at the M119 office

Up until this point, we still purchased the bulk of our plants from local nurseries. With our new space, we began direct-buying flowers for our garden services.


Kim and Bob 1997

In 1996, Polly decided to retire. Kim had taken a leave of absence in 1994 to raise her young children but Polly knew she would be the right person to take over Polly’s P&P. So she turned to Kim with an offer to take on the business as owner. Kim and Bob Buntin purchased Polly’s in July of 1997.


First greenhouse under construction spring 1998

The flowers needed a better place to live so we built our first greenhouse in the spring of 1998.


Grand opening ribbon cutting 2001

People kept seeing our vans around the area bringing beautiful flowers and asked if they could buy them.
Following the closures of several local nurseries, we decided to fill that void and open for Retail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony!

First year garden center annuals

We started with flowers on a few simple benches on blocks…from you know where 😉

First year garden center annuals

And a small shade house for those impatiens. Watch your head.

2001 Retail checkout counter

The early days with a simple cash register in the garage converted to our retail space.


2003 Greenhouse 2 construction

2003 was a busy construction year. We added three retail greenhouses starting with Greenhouse #2. You can see the beginnings of Greenhouse #3 (our shade perennial house) to the right.

2003 Greenhouse 4 construction

The ‘bones’ of GH4 going up between April (snow) showers.

2003 Shade structure construction

We also added a shade structure to reduce the solar tax on our perennials.


2004 painting the path

Our resident artist of the day (TS) designed and painted a beautiful path through the store.


2006 Pole Barn Construction

Needing more storage and vehicle parking, we added our pole barn in late 2006.

2006 Pole Barn Construction


2009 plant plastic recycle day

Polly’s has always been a big proponent of recycling. In 2009 we worked with Emmet County Recycling and East Jordan Plastics to host a Plant Plastic Recycling Day. In this one morning, we collected enough plant plastic (pots, trays, cell-packs, tags, etc.) to completely fill a semi-trailer. All of which went back to EJ Plastics to become new pots! Today you can recycle your plant plastic at Emmet County Recycling’s Pleasantview Rd drop-off location April 1 through November 1 annually.


2010 Rainbow over Polly's

Just a cool photo 😎


2011 Pergola construction

It was time to dress up the front parking gardens by adding a pergola.


2017 Concord field trip

We occasionally host groups for educational activities. This was a group of young students from Concord Academy learning how to pot their own flowers.


Pollys entry gardens

We look forward to seeing you at the Garden Center soon!

Polly’s is Community Minded!

Each year, Polly’s Planting & Plucking, Inc. earmarks 1% of its earnings for donations to a variety of organizations and individuals. We choose those near and dear to our hearts and minds with Local, National, and Global ties.

Thank You for supporting Polly’s so that we may give to the following:

Jeffrey P. Bodzick Scholarship Foundation

Doctors Without Borders

Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan

Harbor Springs Track

Harbor Springs Area Firefighters

Bear River Crawl to benefit Northern Michigan Cancer Crusaders

Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity

Blissfest Music Organization

Northern Avalanche Travel Hockey

Latitude 45-Twisted Stone Racing Team Member – Christopher Benson

Charlevoix Area Garden Club

American Cancer Society

The First Tee Northern Michigan

American Legion Post #281 – Harbor Springs

Multiple Local & Individual Benefits & Fundraisers

Kudos from Happy Customers

“I went into your store with a couple of questions and received an education from LETA. She was soooo helpful and knowledgeable.”

Shirlee K.

“Great place to just wander around & look at all the flowers & plants. Very friendly staff with a relaxed atmosphere. Easy in & out with plenty of parking.”

Mark T.

“Love this Nursery. Excellent, healthy veggies and flowers with incredible prices. I am a customer for life! Excellent people working there too.”

Eric S.