James River Nurseries is proud to sponsor a team of students from Virginia Tech who will be competing in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) being held March 18-21, 2020, at Michigan State University. The annual three-day event is billed as the largest Career Fair in the industry and draws top landscape and horticulture students as well as companies, manufacturers and suppliers from within the industry.
During the event, an estimated 800 students compete in events to demonstrate their skills in everything from 3D Exterior Landscape Design to Hardscape Installation to Robotics & Technology in Landscape Design (as well as numerous categories in between). "Many students who attend and compete at the NCLC rate the event as one of the highlights of their college careers. The tough competition and interaction with so many facets of the industry help frame possibilities for future careers."
In order for the Virginia Tech team to participate, they raised money to cover expenses for travel, hotel rooms and workshops. James River Nurseries was happy to make a donation in order to help the team reach their fund raising goal.
In 2019, Virginia Tech finished 8th place out of 64 schools participating in the NCLC! Pretty impressive!
We wish them the best of luck for another great showing at this year's event!
At James River Nurseries, we never get tired of hearing kind words from our clients. Here's a note we recieve regarding a few of our guys in our hardscape division.
John and Patrick did an amazing job! Everyone that walks by our alley stops and comments about how great the patio looks! Kudos to them. I ABSOLUTELY have and will continue to sing their praises and recommend them - they are they best!
Your on-site crew is phenomenal too. They are extremely considerate, diligent, hard-working and competent! They totally completed the experience we had with ya'll - perfect from start to finish! Many, many years with good times and great friends will be made on our new patio! Thank you!
We're proud to announce that Dan Hildebrand, part owner and V.P. of James River Nurseries, has achieved certification of the Landscape Industry Certified Manager designation from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).
In order to earn this designation, Dan was required to pass an exam covering a wide range of topics. The final exam consisted of seven sections: 1) Corporate Management 2) Exterior Operations & Horticulture 3) Human Resources 4) Leadership and Corporate Citizenship 5) Marketing and Sales Management 6) Risk Law and Contracts 7) Strategic Planning.
We applaud Dan for his commitment & dedication to our industry, and congratulate him on being among a select few, approximately 1% of all landscape professionals working in the United States, to carry this designation. Wow, way to go, Dan! That's quite an achievement!
James River Nurseries recently installed a porcelain (that's right, PORCELAIN) paver patio.
Advances in manufacturing techniques have allowed porcelain pavers, which had been used primarily for interior tiling purposes, to be made in much greater thickness and size, enabling them to now be used for exterior applications.
The porcelain pavers are great for entranceways, patios, driveways, steps, pool decks, rooftops, walkways and terraces. Combining beauty and durability, these pavers are sure to make a lasting impression, wherever they are installed.
Check out this short video on the benefits of porcelain pavers.
Like the look of grass but don't enjoy the maintenance needed to keep it looking good? Easy Turf, a synthetic grass system, might be the answer. Synthetic grass offers several obvious benefits: no cutting or edging, no watering, no fertilizing, and it maintains a green healthy appearance year round.
Check out this short video of us installing EasyTurf at a local shopping center.