Since 1945, this family-owned landscaping business and garden center has helped locals transform their yards into lush landscapes and bountiful gardens. The company's secret to longevity is enlisting a staff of passionate expert gardeners and cloning them to populate future generations. Among its members, the landscaping team shares almost 200 years of collective experience, with foremen holding between 12 and 20 years apiece. Company president James Campbell began cultivating his love of all things flora on a farm crew at age 14. In college, he studied ornamental horticulture and then spent four decades working at Campbell & Ferrara, ascending from crew member to foreman to president.
You might get lost in the meandering paths of the indoor-outdoor garden center with 8 acres of trees, shrubs, and seasonal flowers. Thankfully, horticulturists and garden experts roam the grounds, ready to offer you directions and advice. To deter pests, for example, they'll tell you to plant a border of marigolds or a handful of sacrificial Skittles. Hand them a picture of your yard, and they'll predict which plants and flowers will likely thrive there. They also make DIY-ing easy by arranging over 1,000 trees and shrubs into user-friendly categories such as privacy screening, Virginia natives, and four-season. For customers who prefer an expert's help, landscapers offer degrees of assistance, ranging from installing customer-selected plants to completely redesigning yards with putting greens, outdoor kitchens, or waterfalls.
Holly, Woods and Vines bedecks its year-round garden center with a blossoming bevy of annuals, perennials, shrubs, fruit trees, and berries. Gild rooftop gardens with a scented selection of herbs and vegetables ($2.99/pot) or peruse HWV's assortment of colorful pottery, from 6-inch ceramics to human-sized terra-cotta grub salesmen. Co-owners John and Vanessa also furnish their grounds with a floral flotilla of mandevilla vines ($17.99–$59.99), tropical hibiscus ($7.99–$59.99), and a diverse selection of Japanese maples ($79.99+). HWV's well-educated staff can offer shoppers a treasure trove of gardening knowledge, including advice on proper planting procedures, soil amendment tips, and bird and bee couples counseling.
Cravens Nursery's floral phenoms bring more than 30 years of experience to their verdant collection of nursery plants, pottery, and outdoor accoutrement. Cravens stocks two greenhouses full of colorful and custom pottery, from ceramic, fiberglass, and woodenwares to self-watering African violet pots. Peruse Cravens' canvas of botanical and blossoming goodies, from azaleas (currently on sale for $7.99/gallon) and orchids ($29.95+) to more than 100 varieties of herbs. Homeowners can also blanket backyards with heaps of double-shredded hardwood mulch ($2.89/2 cubic feet), or stock up on bulk mulch ($24.99/cubic yard) to cover local football fields, helipads, or football fields that have been used as helipads once or twice.
BB & Co. Construction takes all the cons out of construction with its fully licensed staff of insured contractors. Clients can solicit BB for interior or exterior painting or request more complicated tasks such as carpentry, plumbing, or sneaking a 6-foot party sub into a movie theater. When not rehabbing homes, BB contributes its materials and services to such charitable organizations as Toys for Tots and Children's Hospital.
True Value stocks shelves with tools, garden supplies, and other home-improving products for a plethora of abode augmentations. Barricade backyards against swing-set hogs with cedar espalier trellises, which train bushes to create protective walls ($17.99). Devoted DIYers can grab 32-ounce ball pein hammers ($20.99) to bang together scaffolding or use telescopic hedge shears ($29.99) to re-shape shrubbery into leafy, larger-than-life busts of Millard Fillmore. Or, acquire several solar-powered garden lights ($6.49 each) and fuse them together to form attractive, eco-friendly hanging lanterns.
Alston Landscaping ramps up curb appeal with its meticulous lawn-grooming services. Highly trained techs can edge unwieldy weeds from flower beds or retract yard growth with a swift mowing session. Homeowners may also solicit the company’s debris-cleanup services to remove unwanted organic debris from yards and driveways.