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At James River Nurseries, one of the most gratifying aspects of our work, aside from getting to meet so many wonderful people, is the ability to visit past projects and see not only how the plants we installed are thriving, but also to see their impact on the surrounding environment.

Recently a group of JRN employees particitpated in a walking tour of the Low Line to see its progress and to hear more of the backstory on the Low Line.

If you're not familiar with the Low Line, it's a 5.5-acre space along the James River and Kanawha Canal running from Great Shiplock Park to Richmond's Canal Walk.  Prior to becoming the Low Line, this area was neglected and overrun with weeds and invasive plants.  Capital Trees, the organization spearheading the project, took note of this derelict, yet rich in history, piece of property and decided to do something about it.

The Low Line was designed to be developed in three phases, Low Line Gardens (phase one), the Low Line Park (phase two) and the Passage (phase three).  James River Nurseries was honored to be selected landscape contractor for the Low Line Gardens.  That phase of the Low Line was completed in November of 2016 and that same year was designated a "Virginia Treasure" by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Capital Trees, a non-profit dedicated to a mission designed to "transform Richmond into a greener, more beautiful, more livable city," is currently raising money to fund the next phase of the project, the Low Line Park.

We hope you'll check out their website, and better yet, plan a visit to the Low Line and learn about all the wonderful work this organization is doing.


This short video shows the transformaton of the first phase of the Low Line from an area that was overgrown and neglected to what it has become today, the Low Line Gardens.

Here at James River Nurseries, we love hearing from our clients.  Recently we recieved a letter regarding work performed by our hardscape division and it served as a reminder of why we work so hard each day to deliver our clients the results they deserve.


I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you to share our appreciation for the excellent work that was recently executed on our project.  We had an existing patio that we loved to use until it literally began to sink and separate due to the incredibly poor work that the original contractor performed.  After interviewing and speaking with at least a dozen other Contractors, it was our conversation with John and Dean that gave us confidence that James River Nurseries would be able to correct the multiple issues and rebuild the patio correctly.

Dean had asked us to wait until Richard Johnson was available as he was the right person fo lead and execute the work.  All I can say is, it was worth the wait!  Richard was incredibly knowledgeable, and great to work with along with Thomas Fernandez, and Sergio Mendiola, they were incredible.  The other contractor took over six months to complete the original project, and although Richard and Thomas did not have to replace the entire patio, the areas they repaired were the most complex, and they completed the work in about three weeks.


My wife, Tammy and I loved our patio and when it began to fail, we essentially quit using it.  It was at the point that it would irritate us to no end when we did go out and see the outcome of the extremely poor original work.  With the solutions approach and the attention to detail from Richard, Thomas, and crew, we are now back on the patio and loving it!

Many thanks to Dean, Richard, Thomas, and the rest of the team that did an awesome job and brought our patio back to the oasis that we always wanted it to be.

Kind Regards,
Mark and Tammy

Here at James River Nurseries, safety on the job is serious business, and we work hard each day to keep it a "top of mind" priority.

Thanks to Eddie Mann, our in-house safety director, we continually work to make sure our job sites are safe and ensure each employee makes it home at the end of the day without injury.

Strides toward those objectives are made by conducting regular safety meetings, on-site training of best practices and procedures, twice weekly checks on our vehicles, as well as making sure our employees have access to appropriate safety gear.

Additionally, as incentive to our employees, we routinely reward those who exemplify safe workplace practices.

We do these things for several reasons, but two reasons stand above the rest.  One, we believe protecting our employees' best interest is the right thing to do.  And two, by implementing these safety programs, we are able to lower the chance of injury, thereby guarding against workers' comp claims which can result in significant hikes in insurance rates.  Avoiding such costs allows us to offer the same great service at competitive prices.

At James River Nurseries, taking responsibility for the safety of ourselves and those around us is not something we take lightly and is a concept which serves our company and our clients very well.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently released their 2018 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey.  The survey, which (this year) includes the opinions of 808 landscape architects, provides insight into the expected popularity of a variety of outdoor elements.  

Here are just a few of their findings.  (Rankings are listed in order of expected popularity)

Outdoor Design Elements
Fire pits/fireplaces - 66%
Lighting - 65.4%
Seating/dining areas - 64%
Outdoor furniture - 59.1%
Outdoor kitchens - 58.8%
Decking - 53%
Grills - 50%
Movie/TV/video theaters, wireless/internet, stereo systems - 48%

Landscape/Garden Elements
Native plants - 83%
Low-maintenance landscapes - 80%
Rain gardens - 71.2%
Food/vegetable gardens (including orchards,vineyards, etc.) - 70.6%
Water-saving xeriscape or dry gardens - 65.9%
Organic gardens - 59.6%
Rooftop gardens - 59.6%
Plant walls/vertical gardens - 53.0%
Planters, sculptures, garden accessories - 48.4%

James River Nurseries is proud to be a sponsor of this year's Garden Gala put on by the Hahn Horticulture Garden.  Consisting of nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens, the Hahn Horticulture Garden serves students and the local community as a learning resource for plant material, landscaping concepts, and environmental awareness.

Here's a little information about the event (in their own words):
Although the Garden is located on the Virginia Tech campus, we receive no operational funds from the university.  Therefore, we are very dependent on fund raising activities and the Garden Gala is our largest single fundraiser each year.  The Gala is an evening for friends and fellow garden enthusiasts to gather in support of Garden improvements and on-going maintenance.  This year's Gala will feature food and drink by Blue Ridge Catering, live music by Vinyl Tap, and a live and silent auction which will feature unique plants, original artwork by local artists, trips and garden furniture.

This year's event will take place June 9th (5:30PM - 9:00PM).  If you would be interested in attending, please go to:  Garden Gala

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