Growing Together Since 1950

Bay City, Michigan • 989.684.4210


Since 1950, the Begick Nursery and Garden Center has been designing, building and maintaining distinctive landscapes and gardens.

For over 70 years, we’ve been growing and nurturing Begick Nursery and Garden Center. 

For over 70 years, we have been growing and nurturing Begick Nursery and Garden Center. From a small landscaping business that started back in 1950 to the expansive garden center you see today, the Begick family has taken care of all the Saginaw Valley area’s lawn and garden needs. 

Back in 1950, brothers Vernon (Jim) and Lester Begick, a registered landscape architect, started a small landscape operation on Westside Saginaw Road selling nursery plants. The brothers got the idea for the business from experiences they had on the farm owned by their parents, Paul J.C., and Lydia Begick. They raised cows and chickens on the farm and Paul started growing spruce trees to be used as windbreaks. Lydia started a hobby farm, growing and selling gladiolas and cut flowers. This same farm is now where we grow some of our shade trees. Jim and Lester’s younger brother, Paul, joined the business in 1959 after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in horticulture. Paul served as Vice President and eventually President of the business until his passing in March 2021. 

The tiny, one-room building on Westside Saginaw Road that they started in has since become part of the sprawling main sales center of the business, still thriving at the same site. Since then, we have grown and diversified our business into what it is today.

Garden Center

Offering seasonal blooming plants and houseplants, plant and lawn care products, garden accessories, patio furniture and grills.


Showcasing the area’s finest selection and variety of landscape plants:  from annuals and vegetables, perennials, flowering shrubs, evergreens, to ornamental and shade trees.

Gift and Floral Center

Seasonal gifts for any occasion and an experienced floral staff to help you show your family and friends just how much you care. 

Power Equipment

Complete line of Stihl and Toro power equipment and a service department ready when you need it.

Landscape Installation and Services

Designing and building functional, beautiful, and award-winning landscapes and gardens and maintaining them with professional lawn and plant care services. 

Despite changes in the nursery and landscaping business through the years, Begick Nursery and Garden Center remains a family-oriented business. We are dedicated and committed to bringing you the very best products and services that you deserve.

Our Team

Jim Begick


Jim is Vernon’s son, and joined the business in 1969, and graduated from Eastern Michigan in 1975.  He is the President of the company.  He is a landscape architect and handles all the landscape design and the general operation of the landscape division.  Jim is also a trustee with Frankenlust Township, and involved with the Rotary Club of Bay City.

Ray Schwall

General Manager

Ray joined the business in 2001 as General Manager. He is largely responsible for our newest expansion/addition, including our diversification into home décor, outdoor living, and fresh floral services. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, buying all the product that we sell, marketing the business, and running the Garden Center. Ray is also very involved with the Saginaw Valley Nursery and Landscape Association and with the Garden Days side of the Home Builders Show at SVSU.

Mark Begick

Green Goods Buyer

Mark is Paul’s son and came aboard the business in 1992 after graduating from MSU with a degree in horticulture.  He purchases the hardy trees, shrubs, and perennials we sell, manages the Nursery yard, and is the wholesale manager. He is active in his church, St. Paul Lutheran Frankenlust, serving over the years as Financial Secretary.

Jean Begick

Office Manager

Jean is Paul’s daughter and joined the business in 2004 after a 10-year career in banking.  She graduated from Michigan State University in 1995 with a degree in Anthropology. Jean serves as the Office Manager, is responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of the business and works in the Garden Center.  She is actively involved in her church, St. Paul Lutheran Frankenlust, serving as Council Secretary and playing in the handbell choir.