Envision Polson! Beautification Committee Launches Another Successful “1st Annual” Event

Ten Polson community members received recognition from the “Polson Community in Bloom” contest organized by the Beautification Committee of Envision Polson! Judging took place Tuesday, Aug. 30, by four Polson area gardeners, of which three are certified Master Gardeners.

Berl Tiskus, Valley Journal

Berl Tiskus, Valley Journal

Polson Community in Bloom winners are:

  • Balconies & window boxes: Olivia Bertsch
  • Business: Hawthorne House
  • Residence: Kari Wise & Kathy Shore
  • Vegetable: John Kelly
  • Containers: Marshell Fox
  • Mobile home: Sotero Muniz
  • Perennial: Charles Bertsch
  • Volunteers: Betty Bjork and Penny Jarecki, who plant and care for Triangle Park on Hwy. 93 and 7th St. near Ducharme Park.


Judging criteria focused on “curb appeal” which included color, combinations of flowers and color, and uniqueness or creativity. Fifty nominations were received by the Beautification Committee of Envision Polson! A church category was initially included, however, no nominations were received and the category was replaced by perennial gardens. Garden volunteers were also added to the recognition.

“We want to recognize the people in our community who are making a difference,” said Jackie Cripe, chairperson for the Beautification Committee. “Without these people creating and caring about their gardens,” she said, “Polson would not be the great place that it is.”

The Polson Community in Bloom recognition is the second Beautification Committee project this year. The Clean Up! Green Up! Project held in the spring will continue as a long-term effort to encourage residences and businesses in Polson to clean up debris and weeds from their property and surroundings. Contact Jackie Cripe at 883-5800 for more information or to become involved with the Beautification Committee.