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James River Nurseries was selected contractor to relocate an anchor from the Museum of the Confederacy on E. Clay Street to the new American Civil War Museum.  The move is part of thousands of items being moved over the next few months to the new $25 million American Civil War Museum which is set to open in spring of 2019.

The anchor was from the CSS Virginia, the "first steam-powered ironclad warship built by the Confederate State Navy during the first year of the American Civil War;  she was constructed as a casement ironclad using the raised and cut down original lower hull and engines of the scuttled steam frigate USS Merimack."

The anchor's provenance (according to the American Civil War Museum's website):  "The anchor of the CSS Virginia (USS Merrimac) dredged from the mouth of the James River in 1907 by the Lamberts Point Tow Boat Company, and identified by a member of the Lamberts Point Coal Piers Company, Mr. Curtis, who had been a ship's carpenter in the Confederate Navy Yard, identified the anchor as one he had worked on for the CSS Virginia."

James River Nurseries was proud to be entrusted to relocate this sizable artifact (estimated at over 10,000 pounds!) with such rich history.

'Tis the season, and we know what that means!  Time to load the truck with a beautiful tree for "Light Up the Tracks" festivities in Ashland, Va.

For the fourth year in a row, the good folks of Ashland are sharing their holiday spirit by "transforming Ashland into a mile-long holiday greeting card for train travelers, visitors and residents."  And just like past three years, James River Nurseries is providing the tree they decorate as part of the display.

As a business based in Ashland, we love being in a position to play a small role in what they call, "Light Up the Tracks," where trackside homes, businesses and Randolph Macon are strung with twinkling lights from one end of town to the other, and in the center of town (where Route 54 crosses the tracks), there is a community tree adorned with lights and decorations.

If you're looking to get into the holiday spirit, we suggest you pick an evening to stop by the Town of Ashland, maybe get a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, then take a stroll through town.  It's a beautiful sight!
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James River Nurseries recently completed construction of a new amphitheater at the Lodge at Hope Church.

The Lodge is a great place for the youth of Hope Church to gather, grow and feel part of a community as they navigate the sometimes rocky waters of adolescence.  

As described in a message from the church: "Our students have never had a place to call their own.  Students are already searching - they are searching for independence and significance and purpose.  They are searching for love.  By focusing on students, we focus our efforts on an entire generation who are seeking life - and we have the opportunity to introduce them to the only source of true life, Jesus Christ."

At James River Nurseries, we hope the new amphitheater will add to the richness of the experience these young people have at the Lodge! 

Here at James River Nurseries, we believe our clients are our best advertiment.  We thought we'd share an example of why we believe that to be true.

Dean, John,

This is to let you know just how pleased we are with the driveway apron job your team completed at our home today.

The final product is just outstanding.  Our expectations for it were quite high.  They have been exceeded.  It is a beautiful finished product which enhances the entrance dramatically.

You both have been responsive and professional.  Dean, you were a pleasure to work with as the project unfolded.

The crew of gentlemen you deployed to our site were hadworking, extremely thorough and conscientious, friendly and unobtrusive.  They made it evident they cared about their work as well as our project. They obviously take tremendous pride in their craft.  It was refreshing to watch unfold.

My wife and I can't presently imagine a scenario where we wouldn't quickly and emphatically recommend with high praise James River Nurseries for work of this type.  Please know there has been a steady cascade of neighbors both walking and driving by to check out our project.  Count on us to be loyal spokesperson for your company.

Thank you again.  We are delighted!

Wayne Slough

The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (a consortium of industry leaders who promote the benefits and value of horticulture) shared some fun facts.  Did you know...

Horticulture contributes 196 billion to the US economy across a diverse array of businesses.  But the story doesn't end there.  Horticulture benefits the wealth & health of every citizen & every community in the U.S.

A 25-foot tree reduces annual heating and cooling costs for a typical home by 8-12%.

1/4 of American homes grow berries, veggies, or fruit trees.

Improvements to your landscape pays off!  The return on investments for landscape upgrades is 109%.

Horticulture creates 2 million jobs across a diverse array of businesses.

Green roofs provide beauty and moderate rooftop temperatures, reducing heat loads and lowering energy costs.

Stores with landscaped areas have expanded sales resulting from longer shopping occasions and can charge more due to perceived quality.

America's public gardens are key tourist destinations and contribute 2.3 billion in community tourism spending.

There are 4 million miles of US roadways.  Street trees preserve paved surfaces.  Shaded roads save up to 60% of repaving costs.  Trees also improve driver safety and result in fewer traffic accidents.

Trails and greenways increase property values and make adjacent homes sell faster.