Hats off to East West Communities (again!)! Not only has their experience, hard work and diligence in developing Hallsley garnered recognition as the Best Master Planned Community in America, they also caught the eye of one of the nation's leading lifestyle brands, Southern Living.
Yes, that Southern Living, the one with the magazine that espouses everything about the southern way of life. And the one with the Grumpy Gardener (we had to throw that in, because he's one of our favorites).
Hallsley has been selected as a "Southern Living Inspired Community," giving it a validating stamp of approval for displaying charm, taste and Southern spirit all while embracing a pride of place and encouraging new traditions of living in the south. Pretty high praise indeed!
We'd like to congratulate our friends over at East West Communities on all their accolades, but just as importantly, we'd like to thank them for recognizing the unique opportunity to join forces with Southern Living to put on an event that will positively impact so many lives.
The Southern Living Inspired Community Street of Hope will take place in Hallsley between Oct. 21 - Nov. 5 and will raise money to fund cancer research grants at VCU Massey Cancer Center as well as fund a scholarship endowment for underprivileged youths.
The event will feature 8 designer homes, all Southern Living home plans and all fully furnished. Each will provide a unique twist on the latest interior decorating ideas, trends and innovations in new homes. Additionally, there's a complete schedule of events including concerts and the opportunity to taste some amazing food.
We hope you'll consider supporting this worthy cause.
Here's a little behind the scenes video of how this show came together (from our perspective).
Source: National Association of Landscape Professionals (The following are excerpts from the NALP)
NALP forecasts the following trends for fall and winter 2017:
Technologically advanced fire features. Fire features continue to be a top homeowner request, and during the fall in particular, fire pits and fireplaces are in high demand. In keeping with the home automation trend sweeping the nation, today’s fire features offer advanced technological capabilities, with the ability to be programmed to turn on/off at particular times or to be controlled from the indoors with a smartphone. This automation trend also extends to irrigation systems, which is especially useful during the typically wetter fall season, to prevent excess watering of laws and landscapes.
Contemporary twists on classic fall plantings. Flowers, shrubs and trees that highlight the rich, warm colors of the season and reach their peak blooming time in the fall and winter months, such as chrysanthemums, boxwood, and maples, are hallmarks of fall landscapes.
Increased focus on lighting up landscapes for safety. While developing landscapes so they can be safely enjoyed is always a top priority for landscape professionals, more and more design elements of landscapes, such as LED lighting, prioritize safety. Proper landscape lighting is especially important during the shorter fall and winter days, ensuring outdoor play areas are well-lit and walkways are easily accessible through the evening and nighttime hours.
Low-maintenance, natural-looking materials. The latest hardscape materials mimic the look of real wood and natural stone without the associated maintenance. Porcelain tiles are quickly becoming a material of choice, as they are less susceptible to degrading from harsh weather conditions, an especially desirable during fall and winter.
James River Nurseries is proud to sponsor this year's Southern Living Inspired Community Street of Hope. Money raised will help fund two incredibly worthy causes. One, cancer research grants at VCU Medical Cancer Center, and two, a scholarship endowment at the VCU School of Business for underprivileged Richmond area youths.
As a company serving the Richmond community for nearly 35 years, we don't take for granted all that we've been afforded. Our persistent effort to provide quality landscaping has been rewarded by the community, and that reward has allowed us to develop into one of the leading landscape companies in Central Virginia.
As such, we feel it's important to give back. The Southern Living Inspired Community Street of Hope gave us the perfect opportunity to do just that, and feel privileged to be in a position to contribute to an event which will positively impact so many lives.
We would like to extend our gratitude to our friends at East West Communities for all their hard work in making an event like this possible. They too have had a rich and rewarding track record in the Richmond market and it's clear they also place heavy value in giving back to the community.
We'll be posting additional information about this year's event in the coming weeks, but for now we'll let you know that it will take place in Hallsely between October 21st and November 5th and will feature 8 fully furnished designer homes.
Lastly, we would like recognize all the sponsors of this great event for their contribution. Below you will see that list (as posted on the Hallsley website).
James River Nurseries recently welcomed members of the Virginia Agribusiness Council for a tour of our facilities and to learn a little about the scope of our business operations. Their visit was part of the group's two-day annual meeting held at Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center September 13th and 14th.
The Virginia Agribusiness Council is a member organization committed to representing the agriculture and forestry industries. A recent study commissioned by the state found that Virginia's agriculture and forestry industries contribute 91 billion annually to the Commonwealth's economy, translating into 442,200 jobs and representing 9% of total employment in the state. When the employment and value-added impact of both industries are considered together, they make up 9.5% of Virginia's gross domestic product.
The Virginia Agribusiness Council strives not only to offer a unified voice for these industries, they also work hard to provide their members information about industry issues, activities, legislative proposals, regulatory details and other items impacting the Virginia agribusiness. Additionally, members of the Virginia Agribusiness Council receive representation throughout the year with the Virginia General Assembly, Governor's office and Congressional representatives as laws and regulations are developed.
James River Nurseries was honored to host such an important group for a tour of our facilities. We'd like to thank the Virginia Agribusiness Council for recognizing us as a company worthy of their time and interest.
At James River Nurseries, our philosophy is simple. Provide our clients quality plant material with expert installation at a fair price. That formula has allowed us to be a leading landscape contractor in Richmond and the surrounding counties for nearly 35 years.
Check out this video to see just a small sample of the quality plant material we provide.