When you think of landscaping, you might not immediately think of energy efficiency, but experts agree, a well-designed landscape can help lower your home's energy bill.
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, "landscaping may be your best long-term investment for reducing heating and cooling costs."
Here are a couple of points they make:
Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a household's energy consumption for heating and cooling. Computer models devised by the U.S. Department of Energy predict that the proper placement of only three trees will save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually.
On average, a well-designed landscape provides enough energy savings to return your initial investment in less than 8 years. An 8-foot (2.4 meter) deciduous (leaf shedding) tress, for example, costs about as much as an awning for one large window and can ultimately save your household hundreds of dollars in reduced cooling costs, yet still admit some winter sunshine to reduce heating and lighting costs. Landscaping can same you money in summer and winter.
Shading and evapotranspiration (the process by which a plant actively moves and releases water vaper) from trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures as much as 9 degrees F (5 degrees C). Because cool air settles near the ground, air temperatures directly under trees can be as much as 25 degrees F (14 degrees C) cooler than air temperatures above nearby blacktop.
In April 2018, legislation was passed legalizing Historical Horse Racing (HHR) in Virginia, allowing players to wager on previously contested races. "The machines look and feel like traditional slot machines. But instead of using random numbers, they're powered by an archive of horse races that have already been run, combining players' money into pools under the same pari-mutuel wagering system used in live horse racing."
Located on Midlothian Turnpike, just east of Chippenham, in the old Kmart, Rosie's Gaming Emporium is an off track betting site and will offer gamblers the ability to bet on live horse races, but the main attraction will no doubt be the 700 historical horse racing terminals.
James River Nurseries was proud to be selected landscape contractor for the new Rosie's Gaming Emporium on Midlothian and wish the best of luck to all players who enter the doors to this facility!
Move over golf course and make room for the working farm. That's the growing sentiment across the country as developers embrace the working farm as a differentiating amenity for a new category of community known as "agrihoods." An agrihood is defined as a single-family, multifamily, or mixed-use community built with a working farm or community garden as a focus.
James River Nurseries is excited to be a landscape contractor at Central Virginia's first 55+ agrihood, Chickahominy Falls.
Chickahominy Falls is an active adult community that will consist of 400 homes and a full functioning farm called Woodside Farms (barn included - fittingly called, "The Barn"). Additionally, the community will have a clubhouse with outdoor pool, fitness center, game room, library, and kitchen. There will also be miles of walking trails, fishing ponds, tot lots for when family comes to visit, and a farmer's market area.
Encouraging social engagement and creating a sense of community through farm-centered events is the hallmark of the new agrihood. And at Chickahominy Falls, it's no different. The Barn, which includes a kitchen, will be a place where the homeowners, local chefs and caterers can enjoy the space to host cooking demonstrations, mingle with fellow neighbors at leisurely happy hours and more. It will be a place where homeowners can "roll up (their) sleeves and help with the harvest" or "kick back and relax by the outdoor fireplace."
We'd like to give a shout-out to the Cresent Group, developers of Chickahominy Falls, for having the vision to bring the agrihood concept to Central Virginia. Their dedication and hard work to make Chickahominy Falls a reality has been handsomely rewarded through record sales volume. We'd like to wish them continued success and thank them for inviting James River Nurseries along on the journey as they introduce this new concept to the local market.
James River Nurseries recently completed a landscape installation project at the Faison Center.
Established in 1999, the Faison Center's mission is "to give children & adults with autism and related challenges the best opportunity to improve their life's journey through experienced-based practices."
Using evidence based treatment, research, and community education, Faison serves as a "learning center where the most effective autism therapies are used, taught, and shared."
At James River Nurseries, we believe everyone benefits from a strong community, and the Faison Center is an important component of our community's strength. By serving those with autism, as well as their families, they help them not only navigate the associated obstacles and challenges, but provide the tools and support that allow them to thrive, and that is a great service indeed.
If you would like to learn more about the Faison Center or would like to help them either by donating or volunteering, please visit their website.
James River Nurseries would like to congratulate Robbie Layne, a valued employee, for passing the exam to become a Virginia Certified Horticulturist (VCH). This rigorous four-hour exam typically takes up to 6 months to prepare for and covers a broad range of horticulture subjects including basic botany, soils and fertilization, diseases, pesticides, plant propagation, trees and shrubs, perennials and annuals, landscape design as well as many other related topics.
"The VCH designation offers many benefits to businesses and consumers as well. Consumers are assured they will receive professional services from a capable associate and the confidence that any business employing a VCH certified employee is a credible source for their nursery or landscaping needs."
The designation symbolizes the recipients desire to be informed on the latest developments in the industry allowing them to be well positioned to provide their clients with accurate and reliable information.
Here at James River Nurseries, we appreciate Robbie's continued interest in honing his skill and congratulate him on passing the exam to become a Virginia Certified Horticulturist!