Awards & Recognition

Since our founding in 1989, Clearwater Landscape & Nursery has received numerous awards and extensive recognition as one of the premier landscaping companies in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metropolitan areas. To learn more about the many awards we’ve earned over the years, we invite you to explore the listings below.

2012 “Best Color Print Ad” Award of Excellence

  • Category: Media Marketing Division
  • By: Frederick County Building Industry Association

The FCBIA Media Marketing Awards of Excellence offer recognition in advertising based on concept, originality, design, and how it relates to the target market.

2012 Best Landscape Company of Frederick

  • By: Frederick Magazine

A big “thank you” to all of you who voted us “Best Landscape Company of Frederick” for the FOURTH consecutive year! We are thrilled to be recognized by such a great community! We will try our best and work our hardest to uphold this award. Do not hesitate to call us with any of your outdoor living needs. We look forward to discussing your landscape with you!

2012 Best of Remodeling Award

  • By: Houzz.com

In their first-ever survey and analysis of more than 1.2 million members, Houzz.com reveals top-rated professionals and current design trends from across the country. Clearwater is honored to have received a “Best of Remodeling Award” in the design category.

2012 “Best Outdoor Living Space”Award of Excellence

  • Project: The Frederick Residence
  • Category: Outdoor Living Division
  • By: Frederick County Building Industry Association

The FCBIA Outdoor Living Awards of Excellence offer recognition for creative and functional designs of outdoor spaces and landscaping, which enhance the home or community.

2011 Best Landscape Company of Frederick

  • By: Frederick Magazine

For the third consecutive year now, Clearwater Landscape was voted Best of Frederick in the landscape category by the readers of Frederick Magazine! Thank you again for your recognition! As always, we are honored to be able to continue serving all of your outdoor living needs.

2011 Best in Show

  • Event Frederick Home Show & Builder Olympics
  • By: Frederick County Builders Association

This year, Clearwater was awarded Best in Show at the Frederick Home Show—a step up from last year’s Best in Landscaping. Thanks to all of those that came and stopped by our booth!

LCA 2011 Award of Distinction

  • Project: Frederick, MD Residence
  • Category: Outdoor Living Area Design/Build

Standing in rural Frederick County, MD, overlooking the newly completed backyard of our client’s home, you get the feeling that you are visiting an exclusive resort. It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, the back yard of this property was nothing more than a steep hillside of lawn.

2011 Sales & Marketing Partnership Award

  • By: Toll Brothers, Maryland

2010 Best in Landscaping

  • Event Frederick Home Show & Builder Olympics
  • By: Frederick County Builders Association

This year, Clearwater was awarded Best in Landscaping at the Frederick Home Show—an award we are honored to have received. Thank you to the Frederick County Builders’ Association and of course all of those you came out to the home show!

LCA 2010 Award of Honorable Mention

  • Project: Greenbriar Preserve Residence, Potomac, MD
  • Category: Outdoor Living Area Design/Build

This design was prompted by the owners’ desire to enhance the rear yard of their newly constructed residence in Montgomery County, MD.

LCA 2010 Grand Award of Excellence

  • Project: Ijamsville, MD Residence
  • Category: Outdoor Living Area Design/Build

When the owners stumbled across this property, with its views of Sugarloaf Mountain and surrounding beautiful farmland, they saw the potential in the lot and instantly fell in love with the property. Upon completion of the construction of the home, the owners then turned to the exterior, with hopes of making the property as inviting as the interior.

2009 Best Landscape Company of Frederick

  • By: Frederick Magazine

Clearwater Landscape & Nursery would like to thank all of Frederick Magazine’s readers that voted us Best Landscape Company of Frederick. What an honor to be recognized by our home town! Frederick has many reputable landscape companies, which makes this an even greater honor.

2009 Inc. 5000 Company

  • By: Inc. 500|5000

The Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. Clearwater’s achievements have earned the rank of 4,487 on this year’s Inc. 5000 list. Read more about the criteria and ranking method and make sure to check out our profile on the Inc. 500|5000 website.

2010 Best Landscape Company of Frederick

  • By: Frederick Magazine

For the second consecutive year, Clearwater Landscape was voted Best of Frederick in the landscape category by the readers of Frederick Magazine! We thank you all for your continued support. We are honored to be able to continue serving all of your outdoor living needs.

LCA 2008 Award of Honorable Mention

  • Project: Residence at Potomac
  • Category: Outdoor Living Area

This design called for a warm and cozy space for outdoor dining and lounging. The natural stone caps, dry stack walls, and irregular flagstone patio harmonize with the cedar pergola, existing woodland, and custom planting beds to create a peaceful backyard retreat. A bubbling urn fountain was added as a decorative element as well as to create a pleasing sound through the space.

LCA 2008 Award of Distinction

  • Project: Outdoor Living Display Garden
  • Category: Outdoor Living Area

This outdoor living area was designed to have different levels of seating with varying degrees of style. The upper patio displays more formal seating and dining areas and features a stone fireplace and outdoor kitchen. The pond beside this upper patio falls with the natural grade of the site, leading to a larger lower pond beside a more relaxed seating area and firepit. The clearly separate spaces remain connected by the planting beds and water flow, in addition to the views from one to the other and their shared view of the distant hills.

2008 Top 100 Companies in the Green Industry

  • By: Landscape Management Magazine

After 20 years of custom landscapes, Clearwater Landscape & Nursery has been recognized in Landscape Management Magazine as one of the top 100 companies in the nation. Clearwater was established in 1989 by owner Michael Rempe. Starting out completely on his own, Michael catered to residential builders with small retaining walls and planting services. Over time, Clearwater has expanded to staff over 70 full-time employees at his 20-acre facility in Maryland. This integrated team of professionals includes landscape architects, designers, licensed horticulturalists, and certified technicians to provide custom design, installation, and maintenance services. Although the company has grown to have an extensive management team, Michael is still present at the office daily and keeps aware of all projects in progress. He takes pride in this award-winning operation, its great workmanship, and its superior customer service.

LCA 2007 Award of Honorable Mention

  • Project: Potomac, MD Residence
  • Category: Total Residential Contracting

This residential landscape was to include a formal front yard and entrance, which was achieved with a stone-walled courtyard and a focal specimen planter. The back yard includes an outdoor living area with room for a removable grill and plenty of room for seating and dining. The design also took advantage of the drainage swales by installing a river jack stream bed with accent plantings. Other features include a paver driveway, custom planting beds, and a tree screen around the property’s perimeter.

LCA 2007 Award of Honorable Mention

  • Project: Ohr Residence, Potomac, MD
  • Category: Total Residential Contracting

This client requested a full residential master plan. The front landscape includes a governor’s paver driveway lined with boxwoods and formal plantings at the house entrance. A steep grade change from the front to back yard required a sturdy, well-lit stairway for the client’s elderly in-laws. Other amenities in the backyard were to include a pool, pool deck, pergola, rinse shower, kitchen area, dining area, composite deck with trellis, a place for the children’s play equipment, and a tree screen from the neighbors.

LCA 2007 Award of Honorable Mention

  • Project: Residence at Bel Air, MD
  • Category: Outdoor Living Area

This outdoor room includes a stone fireplace and outdoor kitchen. The flagstone patio set in mortar is surrounded by natural stone seat-wall and planting beds to create a sense of enclosure for private dining and lounging. Other features include lighting and irrigation, as well as a lawn area around the room to enjoy the countryside view.

LCA 2007 Grand Award of Excellence

  • Project: Residence at Ellicott City, MD
  • Category: Outdoor Living Area

This design called for a composite deck, multi-level entertaining and gathering spaces, and a water feature. The designer incorporated the ornamental pools and waterfall with the space’s existing grade change to transition between the different levels of patio. It also creates a pleasant view from the lower french doors of the house. The decorative pergola acts as an eye stop for space enclosure, however, it also allows for views through to enjoy the countryside scenery.

 

They completed the job in a timely manner and were very professional. I can’t wait for spring to see it in full bloom.

— J. Carroll

Fantastic company to work with, they are very professional every step of the way. If something is not completed correctly or they don’t like the way it looks they will correct it without you needing to ask.

— J. Matrone

…very professional and has been very helpful with coming up with innovative ideas for a potential project.

— R. Duve

I would recommend them to anyone.

— Bob R.

We have worked with Clearwater Landscape for over five years and are always pleased with their work and their commitment to customer satisfaction. Clearwater designed and built our patio and pool area and we couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of the work and craftsmanship

— Melissa S.

I love the landscaping that Clearwater Landscape did in my front and back yards. I had a phenomenal experience with the landscape architect who worked with me.

— Valerie P.

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About Clearwater Landscape & Nursery

Clearwater Landscape & Nursery is an award-winning design-build company specializing in custom landscaping, outdoor living spaces, and maintenance. Based in Ijamsville, Maryland, we serve clients across the Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland metro areas.