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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.

Founded in 1983, James River Nurseries has proudly been providing professional residential and commercial landscaping services to clients in Richmond, Virginia.  We specialize in landscape design and installation, creative gardens, green roof systems, patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, entrance features, retaining walls and more.

Over the years, we've worked on thousands of amazing projects throughout the region and take pride knowing we offer quality plant material at a fair price with expert installation.  The reputation we've earned as a leading landscape contractor is not something we take lightly and strive to ensure that we meet or exceed the expectations of every client.  

So if you have a landscape project in future, we hope you'll give us a call!  We look forward to the opportunity of adding you to our ever-growing list of satisfied clients as we continue to serve families and businesses throughout Central Virginia.

For inspiration on your project, please visit our photo galleries.
Residential Landscaping
Residential Hardscapes

Commercial Landscaping 
Commercial Hardscapes

According to the NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals), here are the top 5 trends predicted to influence outdoor spaces in 2020:

Ornate, geometric hardscaping
Professionals are noting an uptick in requests for intricate hardscaping patterns including waves, chevron, lattice and basket weave to sweep the country.  From walkways and patios to retaining walls and fire features, homeowners are looking to integrate popular home decor patterns into their hardscape designs.

Contemporary and transitional landscape design
Clients are seeking sleek, contemporary and simple landscape designs.  Whether opting for an elegant outdoor kitchen, contemporary sculpture or modern fire or water feature, professionals are seeking a shift toward simplistic designs.  Multi-season functionality is essential as more homeowners are selecting elements that can survive a range of temperatures, such as native plants, heat lamps and protective structures.

Bountiful shades of blue
Lanscape professionals anticipate rich tones of blue to make a striking impact in 2020.  With PPG naming Chinese Porcelain, a colbalt and moody blue, and Sherwin-Williams declaring Naval, a strong and calming dark blue, as their respective colors of the year, experts predict these tones will influence the design of outdoor spaces this year.  To add touches of the hue, homeowners could consider a blue sculpture or water feature.  To incorporate shades of blue into gardens, look to plants such as blue fortune, delphinium, hydrangea, globe thistle or grape hyacinth.

Your style, your garden design
Gardens serve as a relaxing escape for many across the country.  From creating edible gardens for farm-to-table dining to planting gardens that produce favorite fruits, vegetables or herbs, homeowners are more aware of the options that exist for installing gardens that meet their personal needs.

One-click, remote irrigation
Technology continues to be a staple of the lawn and landscape industry.  In 2020, homeowner demand will contribute to a rise in high-tech irrigation systems that deliver just the right amount of water to a lawn or landscape, conserving water and saving money in the long run. Today's irrigation systems are controllable from anywhere with WI-FI, Bluetooth and smartphone apps to help maximize efficiency.