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For 43 years, the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) has been bringing landscape and horticulture students together with industry manufacturers and suppliers to help launch careers and build long-term relationships.  Many students who participate in the event rate it as "one of the highlights of their college careers."

Billed as the largest Career Fair in the industry, this annual three-day event was to take place at Michigan State University in March,  but will now be held has a virtual event due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

At James River Nurseries, we understand the impact the NCLC has on the lives of so many horticulture students, and it's gratifying to know they will still be able to participate in this event, albeit in a much different setting.

We'd like to give a shout-out to to those who are making the efforts to ensure these students will have this experience.

The live, virtual event will take place April 7-8 from 1-4pm EST each day.

Next year's event will take place at Va. Tech.

Here at James River Nurseries, we firmly believe we work for some of the best builders and developers in Central Virginia.  The recent announcement of 2019 SMC MAME Award winners solidifies that belief.

The MAME Awards pay tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements by 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 (and recognize) winners we're proud to call clients.

Community of the Year (Development of 501+):  Magnolia Green 
Community of the Year (Development of 101-500):  Readers Branch 
Developer of the Year:  HHHunt Communities
Best Print Advertisement Community:  Harpers Mill
Best Website Community:  HHHunt Communities
Best Social Media Community:  RounTrey
Best Advertising Campaign Community:  Magnolia Green
Best Community Spirit:  HHHunt Corporation
Best Community Brochure:  Harpers Mill
Best Community Amenity:  HHHunt Communities
Best Marketed Community (Development of 501+):  Magnolia Green
Best Model Home Townhome/Condominium:  Eagle Construction of VA - Villas at Providence
Best Model Home Single Family Detached (350,001-500,000):  Eagle Construction of VA - Kenbrook at Harpers Mill

James River Nurseries recently began landscaping the 5,000 square-foot sales center for Avery Point, a senior housing community located in the Notch at West Creek.

Developed by Erickson Living, this $300 million dollar community will eventually consist of 14 buildings, housing a combination of both independent living apartments as well as assisted living.  Once completed, it's estimated Avery Point will have over 2 million square feet of living space as well as an impressive array of amenities and perks including (according to their website):  swimming pool, fitness center, theater room, classrooms, concierge, library, dining areas, as well as a full-time maintenance staff.

The first residents are projected to move in sometime in 2022.  If you'd like more information on this community, please visit:  Avery Point

James River Nurseries is proud to be selected hardscape contractor for the Ashland Train Station renovations.

"Amtrak has contracted with Railroad Construction Company of Paterson, N.J., to advance a series of improvements including the construction of two brick platforms, placement of two mobile lifts and accompanying canopy.  Mobile lifts will be placed on each platform and will benefit all customers including passengers with disabilities who use a wheeled mobility device or seniors and travelers with luggage and strollers."

Propelled by a need to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the design features of this project will enhance the accessibility for all travelers.  At James River Nurseries, we take great satisfaction knowing our work will play a role in helping more people enjoy the benefits of traveling by train.

We'd like to thank the folks at Railroad Construction Company, our client on the project, for selecting James River Nurseries to be your hardscape contractor.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2020.


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!