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You don't need a master's degree in architecture to appreciate the level of detail and planning Blackwood Development Company put into the development of Midlothian's newest mixed use community, Winterfield Crossing.

Located on the north side of Midlothian Turnpike, just west of Winterfield Road, Winterfield Crossing sits on 25-acres and will consist of 100,000 square-feet of retail and restaurant space, 30,000 square-feet of office and up to 240 age-restricted apartments.

From site planning, design and materials to landscaping, signage and pedestrian friendly features, Blackwood Development appears to have left no stone unturned when it comes to paying homage to the history Midlothian as well as ensuring an architectual design compatible with the surrounding environment. 

Inspired by elements associated with Midlothian (think mining industry and Tredegar Iron Works, to name a few), Winterfield Crossing's design features include "a blend of hip and gable roofs with a combination of brick and stone for building materials to give the entire project a post-industrial style, while incorporating the 21st Century amenities that millennials, young families and empty-nesters all demand."

Utilizing small-scale design techniques (detailed architecture making larger buildings appear smaller in scale), they have masterfully created an environment that feels more like a small village than a large scale commercial development.

James River Nurseries was proud to be selected landscape contractor on this uniquely creative development and applaud Blackwood Development on their attention to detail when it came to masterminding Winterfield Crossing.

James River Nurseries would like to congratulate all 2019 Golden Hammer Award winners!

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

We'd like to give special recognition to a project award winner we are proud to have in our portfolio of work:

American Civil War Museum
Golden Hammer Award:  Best Placemaking
3north:  Landscape Architect, Architect & Designer
Whiting-Turner:  Contractor

"This new $25 million American Civil War Museum opened in early May.  The 29,000 square-foot brick-and-glass building connects the existing buildings on the historic Tredegar Ironworks campus and the new museum."

James River Nurseries recently participated in a "Touch a Truck" event at Short Pump Elementary School.  The event, designed to be interactive, allowed the children to see, touch and explore vehicles in a safe environment.

For our part, we exhibited our water truck for the kids to see and learn about.  Our very own Dean Johnson did a great job sharing the benefits of a water truck and the role water plays in keeping trees and plants alive.

Other vehicles at the event included a mobile library van from Henrico County Public Library, Storm Rider 6 from WTVR CBS 6, 2 trucks from FedEx, and a police cruiser from Henrico County Police.

We'd like to thank all the good folks over at Short Pump Elementary for inviting James River Nurseries to participate in this fun event.

At James River Nurseries, we don't believe you need to spend much time on the campus of University of Richmond to discern the role of the inspiring physical setting (gothic architecture and loads of greenery) in creating the ideal atmosphere for academic pursuit.  We also imagine the attractive environment contributes to the tremendous sense of pride the students, alumni and faculty must have for their University.

With campus beauty being a defining characteristic (they can almost always be found in the rankings of the most beautiful college campuses in America...most recently they were ranked 5th on the Princeton Review's 2020 list of most beautiful campuses), their attention to detail, as it relates to curb appeal, should come as no surprise.  So when the hillside in front of the Queally Center was not up to their standards, they turned to us.

James River Nurseries was honored to be selected landscape contractor for a landscape renovation project at the Queally Center on the campus of University of Richmond.  The Queally Center "integrates the offices of admission, financial aid, and employer development under one roof, transforming the visitor experience and serving (our) students from acceptance letter to offer letter."


James River Nurseries would like to congratulate Doug Rodes, a valued employee, for passing the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) to become a licensed Landscape Architect.  The LARE is a four part exam designed to assess whether applicants for landscape architectural licensure possess "sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to provide services without endangering the health, safety and welfare of the public."

Each section of this rigorous exam is designed to challenge the candidate to use multiple elements of their knowledge in order to solve problems presented to them.  Candidates must pass all sections of the exam in order to become licensed.

Exam topics include:
Property and Construction Management
Inventory and Analysis
Grading, Drainage and Construction Documentation

At James River Nurseries, we understand the commitment, knowledge and skill it took for Doug to pass this exam, and applaud his dedication to the landscape profession.  Congratulations, Doug!  We're all extremely proud to have you as a member of our team!