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James River Nurseries recently had an encounter with it's very own Christmas magic and without revealing any specific individual or individuals, we would like to share it with you in celebration of the spirit of the season.

Fortunately, not everyone must endure the painful series of events that Ebenezer Scrooge did in order to understand that the true spirit of the season is found in the magic of giving.  Recently we were fortunate to witness this magic come to life right before our eyes (well, really only one of us witnessed it first hand, but the story was brought back to us and we were all equally touched by the gesture).  It came in the form of a completely unexpected display of generosity.

It's not everyday that an innocuous conversation regarding the plight of a handful of people results in someone handing over a large sum of money on the spot to be given to them.  There was no hype, no expectation of recognition, no fanfare, just an expression of human compassion and the simple request to make sure that they got the money.

And though we have not mentioned this generous individual by name (a client we have had the privilege of working with for many, many years) you can be sure that we at James River Nurseries are well aware of who he is and are deeply appreciative of this incredibly unselfish and generous act that will be remembered for some time to come.

It is our hope that over this holiday season everyone has the opportunity to experience the feeling of knowing exactly how special and wonderful the magic of giving can be.

The folks over at Higgins & Gerstenmaier Landscape Architects are getting into the holiday season big time!  What better way to celebrate the first year in their new digs than to display the spirit of the season by lighting a Christmas tree for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

Just after Thanksgiving of 2012, Dave Gerstenmaier took on the task of overseeing a renovation that by all accounts was done in nearly record time (they moved into the new space Jan. 2, 2013).  The extensiveness of the project (renovating an approximately 100-year-old structure that stood vacant for a year) is a bit lenghty to describe here, but let's just say that walls were knocked down and layers of flooring were pulled up.  Just as with any old structure, little gems of the past were uncovered.  Among them, the original hardwood floors and two sets of old windows (original glass still intact) that had been walled over for who knows how many years.

Higgins & Gerstenmair is Virginia's oldest, native single-disciplined landscape firm.  Over the years James River Nurseries has had the privilege of working with them on some of the areas most successful projects and though this Christmas tree project will never be listed among those, we were happy to be invited to participate and do our part in helping H&G celebrate the season.

So if you are in their neighborhood, on Grove Avenue just east of Libbie, and you see a big Christmas tree lit up on the corner, we hope that you will enjoy it and know that H&G and JRN wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

To view a Before & After gallery of this project, please go to: Christmas Tree
For additional information on Higgins & Gerstenmaier Landscape Architects, please go to:  H&G

We don't know about you guys, but here at James River Nurseries we are getting in the holiday spirit.  In keeping with our holiday tradition, the tree on our front lawn is adorned with Christmas tree lights.  Dan & Brian did a great job.  It's beautiful!

If you are driving down Ashland Road near where it intersects with Cedar Lane you can't miss it.

Happy Holidays!

In a recent article in Worth publication Mattew Kransberg details the top 10 customizations that add value to a property.  Numer one on the list, Paint and Landscaping.

He writes:
"When it comes to return on investment, it's hard to beat a fresh coat of paint - and not just because it boosts curb appeal, accoring to Bennett Carr of Sotheby's in Beverly Hills. Calif., but because it also make buyers more confident that the infrastructure is sound.  'If something looks poorly maintained, it makes buyers very suspicious about the underlying condition of the house,' Carr says.  Next:  Bring on the boxwoods.  The other essential project is landscaping.  'People make more money on paint and landscaping than on anything else.'"

To read more of this article...  http://www.worth.com/index.php/component/content/article/3-grow/5867-the-top-10-ways-to-add-value-to-your-house


Way to go guys!  Congratulations to Paul, Doug, Dean, Phil and John for winning ABC's Annual Bowling Tournament.  This year 16 teams competed for this coveted trophy.  The teams from Hourigan Construction and S. B. Cox put up a valiant effort coming in 2nd & 3rd place respectively.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry related firms.  We would like to give a special "Thank You" to Darlene Hart, Member Services & Education Director - Virginia Chapter, for putting on such a well run, fun event!

We look forward to defending our title next year!