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According to the NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals), here are the top trends to influence outdoor spaces in 2019.

1.  Two-in-one landscape design
Functional elements are no longer a perk, but rather a necessity in today's landscapes.  Consumers desire stunning outdoor features that have been cleverly designed to serve a dual tactical purpose.  An edible vertical garden on a trellis that acts as a privacy fence, a retaining wall that includes built-in seating for entertaining, and colorful garden beds that divide properties all combine function and style.

2.  Automated lawn and landscape maintenance
The latest technology and equipment allow tasks to be more streamlined and environmentally efficient than ever before.  Robotic lawn mowers continue to rise in popularity among both homeowners and landscape professionals.  Also, programmable irrigation systems and advanced lighting and electrical systems help outdoor spaces become extensions of today's smart homes.  Homeowners relish knowing that these technological advancements give them more time to relax and enjoy their outdoor spaces.

3.  Pergolas
A staple of landscape design for years, pergolas constructed of wood or composite material are now becoming more sophisticated.  In fact, today they come with major upgrades, including roll down windows, space heaters, lighting and sound systems.  When paired with a luxury kitchen, seating area or fire feature, pergolas can become the iconic structure for outdoor sanctuaries.

4.  Pretty in Pink
Pops of coral and blush are anticipated to add a more feminine touch to landscape this year.  With Living Coral named the Color of the Year by Pantone, a leading provider of color systems and an infuencer on interior and exterior design, landscape professionals predict that this rich shade of pink could bring fresh blooms of roses, petunias, zinnias and hibiscus to flower beds.  Experts also anticipate light blush tones to become "the new neutral" and another option for hardscapes and stone selections.

5.  Mesmerizing Metals
Whether homeowners want a bold statement or whimsical touch, incorporating metals can bring new dimensions to landscape design.  Used for decorative art, water features or furniture and accessories, creative uses of metals including steel and iron can make a lovely accent or entire focal points.

James River Nurseries was proud to be selected landscape AND hardscape contractor for the new 29,000 American Civil War Museum.  Located at the Historic Tredegar Iron Works site, the new structure was built into the hillside, and incorporated ruins (dating back to before the Civil War) inside the glass-fronted lobby.  

The museum will be  a place that "conveys the scope and complexity of the vast war, why people fought and how we look back on it."  At the same time, it will tell a broader narrative of the Civil War experience from all sides:  Union and Confederate, soldiers and civilians, women and children, enslaved and free African-Americans.

"The new museum building, at roughly $25 million, will feature a 75-seat immersive 'experience theater' that greets visitors on the first floor that aims to tell the story, from all sides, of the war that almost pulled the United States apart.  Key themes will revolve around individual decisions and how they shaped events."

The grand opening of the museum is set for May 4, 2019. 

Below is a short video of us working on the projects


Here at James River Nurseries, we firmly believe we work for some of the best builders and developers in Central Virginia.  The recent list of 2018 SMC MAME Award winners solidifies that belief.

The MAME Awards pay tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements by individual professionals, home builders, developers, remodelers, real estate agents and other associate members.  We'd like to congratulate all of the winners and give a special shout-out to winners we're proud to call clients.

Best Print Advertisement Community:  RounTrey
Best Website Community:  Hallsley
Best Social Media Company:  Eagle Construction of Va.
Best Social Media Community:  Hallsley
Best Special Promotion Consumer/Public:  Chickahominy Falls
Best Special Promotion Brokerage/Agent:  Eagle Construction of Va.
Best Community Brochure:  Magnolia Green
Best Community Amenity:  Hallsley
Best Marketed Community (Development of 101-500):  Chickahominy Falls
Best Marketed Community (Development of 501+):  Harpers Mill
Community of the Year (Development of 100 or Less):  Ridgefield Green - HHHunt Communities
Community of the Year (Development of 101-500):  GreenGate - Eagle Construction of Va.
Community of the Year (Development of 501+):  Hallsley
Developer of the Year:  East West Communities
Best Design Center:  HHHunt Homes
Best Model Home Town/home/Condominium (Under $350,000):  HHHunt Homes - The Waverly
Marketing Excellence by a Builder (Builds 101+ Homes Annually):  Eagle Construction of Va.
Builder of the Year (Builds 150+ Homes Annually):  Main Street Homes

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."