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At James River Nurseries, we believe the ability to accommodate the requests of our clients is one of our greatest strengths. From residential to commercial projects, no matter the scope of the work, it is our knowledge, skills & resources that allows us to continually meet or exceed expectations, no matter the task.

Recently, we once again had the opportunity to demonstrate that ability. Our client, Stewart/HG, an engineering and landscape architecture firm, needed a mature tree planted in an area with an existing hardscape feature which necessitated special care and equipment in order to navigate the challenges of getting such a large tree into the space.

Below is a short video showing the installation of the tree.

Our hardscapes division recently completed a bit of a backyard transformation which included the addition of a patio and retaining wall.  We hope you enjoy watching as we take an ordinary outdoor space and create a functional outdoor living space.

On April 21, 2015, the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE) held their 14th annual Commercial Real Estate Awards banquet.  GRACRE is an organization that "provides opportunities for professionals in all disciplines relating to commercial real estate to network and socialize.  GRACRE is the only organization in Richmond whose primary mission is to be an advocate for commercial property owners, developers, and related professionals.  GRACRE proactively addresses issues effecting the commercial real estate industry in Richmond."

James River Nurseries was selected to be the landscape contractor for several of this year's award winners and we would like to recognize those projects:

Project of the Year:  Libbie Mill
Libbie Mill is a 79.5 acre mixed-use neighborhood being developed by Gumenick Properties.  Once complete, it will feature homes, apartments, shops, restaurants and offices.  It has been called the "largest revitalization project in the 400-year history of Henrico County."

Best industrial:  Lumber Liquidators East Coast
Lumber Liquidators East Coast is a new 1-million square foot distribution center in eastern Henrico Count.  The new warehouse is part of the company's national distribution initiative and is designed to help consolidate and enhance its East Coast operation.

Best suburban multi-family:  Marshall Springs at Gayton West
Marshall Springs at Gayton West is an apartment community offering an extensive amenity package including outdoor cabanas with fireplaces, outdoor grill area, dog park with watering station, resort-style pool, coffee bar, state-of-the-art media center, billiards room, bocce ball court, and fitness center.

Driven by a desire to exceed their customer’s expectations for craftsmanship and overall experience throughout the construction process, Southern Traditions strengthens their reputation for delivering a quality product with every home they build.

Founded in 2003 by Robert (Rob) and Megan Carter, Southern Traditions is a residential construction company best described using adjectives such as detail-oriented, knowledgeable, dependable, reliable and hands-on.  As such, they make it look easy doing something that in home building is often difficult…and that is, they earn the respect of their customers.

By keeping their customers involved and informed throughout the building process and setting high standards for everyone involved including employees, suppliers and subcontractors, the end result is simply a reflection of the effort put in.

James River Nurseries takes pride in working for builders who sets such high standards for themselves and work hard to make sure we uphold our end of the bargain.

We recently landscaped a home built by Southern Traditions dubbed “Rustic Refuge” which is one of the homes that will be on display during the 2015 Homearama. As a regular participant in the event, Southern Traditions never disappoints with the creativity and uniqueness demonstrated by their entry and we would be surprised if they don’t take home an award for the “Rustic Refuge.” If you attend this year’s event, be sure to look for their house, we think you’ll like what you see.

To learn more about this builder, please go to:  Southern Traditions
To learn more about this year's event, including dates, times and location, please go to:  2015 Homearama

James River Nurseries makes a conscious effort to stay informed and knowledgeable about popular outdoor design trends and each year we look forward to reading the Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

This year, the ASLA surveyed 581 landscape architects from across the country who specialize in residential design, and asked them to rate the expected popularity of residential design elements.

Here are just a few of those results:

Outdoor Design Elements (ranked in expected order of popularity)
Fire pits/fireplaces - 78%
Lighting - 72%
Grills - 63%
Outdoor furniture - 63%
Seating/dining ares - 63%
Wireless/internet connectivity - 60%
Planters, sculptures, garden accessories - 55%
Counter space - 53%
Outdoor heaters - 46%
Stereo systems - 45%
Movie/TV/video theater - 38%
Utility storage - 38%
Sinks - 37%
Refrigerators - 35%

Landscape/Garden Elements (ranked in expected order of popularity)
Native Plants - 85%
Food/vegetable gardens (including orchards, vineyards, etc.) - 79%
Low-maintenance landscapes - 78%
Rain gardens - 74%
Water-saving xeriscape or dry gardens - 71%
Organic gardens - 68%
Plant walls/vertical gardens - 61%
Decorative water elements - 57%
(ornamental pools, fountains, splash pools, waterfalls, grottos, water runnels)
Rooftop gardens - 56%

To read the survey in its entirety, please go to:  2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey