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Founded in 1983, James River Nurseries is a full service, turn-key design/build landscape company serving Central Virginia.

Many things have changed since the early years of James River Nurseries, but our philosophy remains as steadfast today as it was when we began.

Simply put, we adhere to three primary commitments:

- A commitment to 100% customer satisfaction
- A commitment to offering quality plant material at a fair price
- A commitment to always providing courteous and dependable service

From the largest developers to individual homeowners, these commitments have been the foundation for our company.

Through the years, we have been chosen landscape contractor for some of the area's most successful builders, general contractors and developers.  At the same time, we have had the pleasure of helping thousands of individual homeowners with their landscaping needs.

If you are looking for a quality landscape contractor for your next project, give us a call, we'd be happy to help!

James River Nurseries would like to congratulate all of the 2018 Golden Hammer Award winners.

The Golden Hammer Awards, which started in 2000, honor excellence in renovation throughout the Richmond area.  The awards recognize professionals working in neighborhood revitalization, blight reduction and historic preservation in the region.

We would like to give special recognition to three award winners we are proud to have in our portfolio of work:

Best Adaptive Reuse
1717 Innovation Center
Owner|Developer:  Capital One 
Architect|Designer:  SMBW, PLLC
Contractor:  Gilbane Building Company

"A 100 year-old tobacco warehouse rehabilitated and adaptively reused to house a magnet for entrepreneurial activity in the place where our city began.  The 1717 Innovation Center is a business incubator, housing the non-profit Start-Up Virginia.  This 5 story heavy-timber tobacco warehouse in Shockoe Bottom is home to Capital One's Future Edge program, which facilitates investment in local businesses and mentoring opportunities to start-ups."


Best Placemaking
Monroe Park
Owner|Developer:  City of Richmond, Monroe Park Conservancy
Landscape Architect:  3north

"One of Richmond's oldest parks, was renovated through a partnership among the City of Richmond, the Monroe Park Conservancy, and the people of Richmond.  The renovation included comprehensive upgrades to the Park's underground infrastructure and significant improvements to the Park's surface amenities."


Best Restoration
Main Street Station Train Shed
Owner|Developer:  City of Richmond
Architect:  Beyer Blinder Belle and SMBW, PLLC
Engineer:  HCYU and Silman
Landscape Architect:  Timmons

"Originally open air, the train shed was built in 1901 and is a National Historic Landmark, important - in its own right - on a national basis for its design and construction.

These days we think of big buildings as no big deal.  We can build anything from football stadiums to airports with big roofs covering large expanses.  But in 1901, building a massive open air train shed to shield six to eight trains shoulder to shoulder, together with their passenger platforms, was a design and construction challenge.  Richmond's Train Shed was viewed at its time as quite progressive."

A couple of our guys recently spent the day lending a helping hand removing invasive plants from Belle Isle, part of the James River Park System (JRPS).

Here's a little background:
The JRPS is a nearly 600-acre park in the heart of Richmond. Comprised of multiple sections of property from Huguenot Flatwater to Ancarrow's Landing, this local gem has attracted millions of vistors.  Visitors are able to enjoy a variety of activities including biking, running, walking, boating, rock climbing, rock climbing and sightseeing.

But just like many areas throughout the country, this park is not without the problem of non-native invasive plants.  If work is not done to remove, or at the very least tame these invasive plants, the results would be devastating.  "Invasive species can dramatically alter natural ecosystems by decreasiing biodiversity.  They can be aggressive and can crowd out native plants, increase tree mortality, alter soil composition, and reduce habitat, including food sources for native birds, mammals, amphibians and insects."

Fortunately, there are a number of citizen groups within our city that take seriously the responsibility to help ensure the health of this natural gem.

We were honored to be in a position to lend a helping hand to these folks and enjoyed working with them to help tame the invasive plant problem on Belle Isle.

But there's still lots of work to do!  And they're always eager for extra help.  If you think you might be able to spare some time (and a little elbow grease!), they'd appreciate your help!

James River Nurseries would like to congratulate our friends at Waterstreet Studio, landscape architects of one of our projects, the Low Line, for receiving a 2018 Merit Award from the VA ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) under the General Design Category for their work on the Low Line.

The goal of the VA ASLA Professional and Student Awards is "to recognize Excellence, Exemplary Performance, and Significant Contributions within the landscape architecture profession of the Commonwealth of Virginia; to encourage the application of landscape architectural solutions to the issues, problems and opportunities challenging us today;  and to provide a forum for the review and evaluation of work currently shaping our environment."

The Merit Award recognizes functional solutions that achieve project purposes and exhibit a high standard of achievement in such a manner deserving state-wide recognition.

Congratulations, Waterstreet Studio!

James River Nurseries was proud to be selected landscape and hardscape contractor for the new 200,000 square-foot mixed use development known as the Sauer Center.

The Sauer Center, located on the site of the former Pleasants Hardware building at 2024 W. Broad Street, is bordered by W. Broad Street and Hermitage Road to the south & east, the DMV headquarters building to the west and Richmond Fire Station No. 10 to the north.

The development will be anchored by the region's second Whole Foods Market store.  The project also includes the renovation of the the headquarters of C.F. Sauer Co., a Richmond-based global food manufacturer.

If you would like additional information on the this project, please visit:  The Sauer Center