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According to the NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals), here are the top 5 trends predicted to influence outdoor spaces in 2020:

Ornate, geometric hardscaping
Professionals are noting an uptick in requests for intricate hardscaping patterns including waves, chevron, lattice and basket weave to sweep the country.  From walkways and patios to retaining walls and fire features, homeowners are looking to integrate popular home decor patterns into their hardscape designs.

Contemporary and transitional landscape design
Clients are seeking sleek, contemporary and simple landscape designs.  Whether opting for an elegant outdoor kitchen, contemporary sculpture or modern fire or water feature, professionals are seeking a shift toward simplistic designs.  Multi-season functionality is essential as more homeowners are selecting elements that can survive a range of temperatures, such as native plants, heat lamps and protective structures.

Bountiful shades of blue
Lanscape professionals anticipate rich tones of blue to make a striking impact in 2020.  With PPG naming Chinese Porcelain, a colbalt and moody blue, and Sherwin-Williams declaring Naval, a strong and calming dark blue, as their respective colors of the year, experts predict these tones will influence the design of outdoor spaces this year.  To add touches of the hue, homeowners could consider a blue sculpture or water feature.  To incorporate shades of blue into gardens, look to plants such as blue fortune, delphinium, hydrangea, globe thistle or grape hyacinth.

Your style, your garden design
Gardens serve as a relaxing escape for many across the country.  From creating edible gardens for farm-to-table dining to planting gardens that produce favorite fruits, vegetables or herbs, homeowners are more aware of the options that exist for installing gardens that meet their personal needs.

One-click, remote irrigation
Technology continues to be a staple of the lawn and landscape industry.  In 2020, homeowner demand will contribute to a rise in high-tech irrigation systems that deliver just the right amount of water to a lawn or landscape, conserving water and saving money in the long run. Today's irrigation systems are controllable from anywhere with WI-FI, Bluetooth and smartphone apps to help maximize efficiency.

James River Nurseries recently donated plants to Challenge Discovery Projects for the front entry courtyard of their adolescent outpatient emotional health and substance abuse clinic in the East End.

"Challenge Discovery Projects promotes social and emotional wellness for children and their families in Greater Richmond through school-based and community programs focusing on emotional health, bullying prevention, substance abuse and trauma.  Challenge Discovery Projects operates a state-licensed adolescent emotional health and substance abuse outpatient clinic in Richmond's East End, where quality health care is in considerable demand."

At James River Nurseries, we feel it's important to support organizations working to ensure a stronger community.  The services provided by Challenge Discovery Projects epitomize the concept of strengthening our community and we applaud them for all the good work they do.

 Wishing you happiness this holiday season    and throughout the coming year!
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James River Nurseries was proud to sponsor Richmond BizSense's last Hard Hat Happy Hour of 2019 hosted by The Sauer Center.  As the landscape and hardscape contractor for The Sauer Center, it was only natural to want to participate in this informative event.

To learn more about The Sauer Center, please check out this short video from Evanne Armour. 

James River Nurseries was honored to be presented a "You've Been Noticed" Award by the Downtown Ashland Association.  Designed as a vehicle of recognition, "You've Been Noticed" highlights individuals and companies who have in some way contributed to improving the downtown area.

For this particular "You've Been Noticed" Award, the Downtown Ashland Association and the Design Committee wanted to recognize and thank all those who participated in the removal of plant material from the train station platforms (currently being rebuilt) and subsequent installation at the Ashland Police Station.

Project participants included James River Nurseries, Ashland Garden Club, Town of Ashland Public Works and the Ashland Police Department.

James River Nurseries would like to say "Thank You" to the members of the Downtown Ashland Association and Design Committee for recognizing us in your "You've Been Noticed" program.  We were glad to help!