2009 Beautification Awards

Beautification Awards
September 2009
Chosen By: Bay County Historical Society


Dr. Steve and Deborah Ingersoll
1514 Center Avenue

This beautiful 1892 home is equally matched by its beautiful landscaping and garden areas.  The rear yard contains a planted area with fountains, trellises and small walking paths.  For a yard of this size, it is densely arranged with a variety of plants and flowers.

The Friends of Pine Ridge
Tuscola Road

The Friends groups have maintained oversight of the Pine Ridge cemetery for several years now and have contributed countless hours to help restore and preserve this once abandoned cemetery.  The group, and in particular, Dave Rogers, Marv Kusmierz, Alan Flood and Jim Petrimoulx worked to remove overgrown weeds and trees,  maintain the lawn areas, repair broken monuments, replace veteran’s headstones with new, planted flowers, coordinated public events  and worked with other volunteers to name only a few their efforts.  


State Bank
601 N. Madison

The bank is located on the edge of downtown and is beautifully landscaped that compliments other nicely landscaped sites in the area.  Located along a State Highway on Madison and Seventh Street it is visible to local traffic and visitors that pass through the city.  All landscaping in this area compliments the west entrance to the Center Avenue Historic Heritage Route.


Beautification Awards
August 2009
Chosen By: Northeastern Michigan Rosarians

Dale & Cathy Smith
1901 Raymond Street

A young garden, beautifully done, considering they work full time jobs.
The Smith’s purchased their home in 2003. Their roses now number around 120, out lining the home and Fenceline.
Other perennials such as phlox, peonies and hostas, are paired with the roses throughout the garden. A sandbox was reclaimed as a vegetable garden.
The Smiths commented, “Winning is a surprise”. “When we started, we asked a lot of questions, like what’s a weed and what’s a flower.”
They have certainly figured it out!


St. Mary’s Catholic Church
607 E. South Union St.

St. Mary’s Ground committee won its first award four years ago after adding landscaping to complement a new addition to the church and haven’t looked back. The group of men and women volunteer to kept the beds in pristine condition, which began with perennials and annuals for color. Plants off the alter also find their way into the gardens. A inspiring example of a well kept garden over time.

Two Men and a Truck
105 Garfield

The garden is a blend of native plants, such as goldenrod, boxwood, roses and ornamental grass. In the spring, the area, which was laid out by Bay Landscaping is filled with everything from tulips to daffodils. The gardens spruce up the surrounding area.


Beautification Awards
July 2009
Chosen By: Bay City Garden Club


Maier & Associates
5982 West Saginaw Road

The curb appeal of these flower beds is often unseen as drivers zip by at 50 nmiles per hour. It will take only a beif stop to enjoy what is missed.

There are several different grasses, roses, two types of variegated irese, and a variety of flowers; of speical interest, the variegated Bunnera.

The plants are arranged around the trees and business sign so that each side of the bed is different. Another bed at the west side of the parking lot continues with many of the same plants and flowers.

Bay Special Care Hospital
3250 East Midland Road

This new garden welcomes and wows visitors and patients. The gazebo and picnic tables offer places to sit and enjoy the view. There is an abundance of trees, shrubs and plants that bloom continually from spring to fall.

This handicap accessible garden is laid out with wide curving paths and rain water retaining swales that make the garden appear larger than it is. Stroll through, linger and enjoy over fifty different plants that delight the eye and soothe the soul. 


Bill & Cheryne Beiser
1900 Raymond Street

This is a charming English garden. Bill has incorporated plants and wild flowers in a unique way for the feel of an English Garden. The Beiser's have lived here for about 25 years. 

There are many different trees, shrubs and plants that give a pleasant view for passersby and yet afford the Beiser's a degree of privacy. They can relax on the hidden patio and enjoy the alluring beauty of this English Garden. 



Beautification Awards
June 2009
Chosen By: Bay City Rose Society

Mary Ellen Bluhm
2156 Fourth Street

We choose this garden because of the curb appeal, it's coordination with the home being a cottage style bungalow made the garden pop.  The rustic lit arbor draws your eye to the front of the property, and from there the incorporation of the flowers beds bring additional color and variety.  We could sense that a lot of love and labor was put into this particular garden.  The garden made us feel like we wanted to sit on the front porch with a glass of lemonade.


Gephardt Funeral Home

We choose this garden because the attractiveness was superior in the area.  We felt that they continue to upgrade their gardens and we are sure that their customers will enjoy the benefits of their serene surroundings.  We felt that they went over and above aesthetically.

Bay Metro

We choose this garden because of the continuous design flow of flowers and shrubs.  We also appreciated the efforts that they put in being so secluded in the area that they are located.  In talking to some of their employees, the concept of getting everyone involved in the beautification project by bringing and sharing their plants from their own homes help make this garden a truly joint effort of all employees.  The waterfall feature was a nice special touch.


Beautification Awards
May 2009
Chosen By: Citizens District Councils


Gary & Diane Ross
208 Marshall, Essexville

The front yard has much curb appeal, and it gets better as summer goes on.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
1705 Nebobish, Essexville

The grounds are well manicured and planted on three sides of the Church. 


McDonalds Restaurant
901 S. Euclid

A refreshing oasis in a sea of asphalt with their waterfall garden viewed from the drive through. 

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