River City Referrals assists homeowners and tool-tinkerers looking for the appropriate contractor for a home-improvement project. Clients describe their project to River City Referrals, who then search its database of trusted contractors to produce a skilled, qualified handyman. These jacks-of-all-trades assist in a multitude of services ranging from painting and landscaping to window installation. After that, rates vary by contractor and project, but past projects have included washing-machine repair (about $250), ceiling patch and medallion installation ($275), and a lighting repair ($125).
Cross Creek Nursery helps shoppers spruce up gardens of all shapes and sizes with 10 acres’ worth of locally grown plants, trees, and garden décor. Three-gallon shrubs ($18.95) present a plethora of landscaping opportunities, and locally grown perennials ($6.49) provide dependable stability for backyards struggling with trust issues. Twenty-five-pound bags of Kentucky 31 grass seed ($39.95) or one-yard slices of sod ($4.95 each) create a lush swath of lawn for bare feet. Meanwhile, truckloads of mulch ($28/yd.) provide a soft basis for flowerbeds or serve as a handy alternative to living-room carpeting. Hostas ($8–$12), mums ($7–$20), and pansies ($3.49) infuse gardens and porches with splashes of color and provide a scenic backdrop for stone figures ($20+) depicting animals and Nobel laureates. A team of experienced horticulturists stands by to answer questions and polish faded green thumbs.
The licensed and insured team at Abstract Landscapes takes an artistic approach to helping each yard reach its full potential, using services that run the gamut from maintenance to landscaping and materials delivery. During free consultations, the landscapers will walk with you around your property to go over every detail of the yard's makeover and chat about your budget, color preferences, and how to turn grass clippings into a delicious summer salad. The crew will then work with local nurseries to acquire plants such as shrubs and flowering bushes, which will finally bring your landscaping designs to life. Abstract Landscapes' crew also helps lawns maintain their current beauty. They can cut grass, re-seed dead areas, and fertilize lawn gnomes until they grow into department store Santa Clauses.
Signature service: Landscape design and installation
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: We create site-specific landscape designs that benefit our clients and the environment, and we use native plants whenever possible.
Ashwood Gardens & Nursery is a family-owned-and-operated business offering a vast array of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. The majority of plants offered are raised and educated on Ashwood’s 2-acre, park-like land. Browse the greenhouse’s tropical plants, annuals, herbs, and beautiful hanging baskets, or stroll among 25,000 square feet of beds of shrubs and trees in the nursery section. Put your Groupon toward a flowering plant such as a 10-inch petunia basket ($15.99), a 3-gallon rhododendron ($32.99), or a 14-inch geranium tub ($34.99). Purchase an empty 14-inch ceramic pot to start your own planter or carnival beanbag toss game ($31.99). Ashwood Gardens & Nursery’s knowledgeable staff will help with questions about care, landscaping, and design.
At the age of 5, Helen Messenger decided to run away. It wasn't the lure of Hollywood stardom or the call of the big city that drew her: it was the gentle demeanor of a horse pulling a wagon full of goods for sale. After that first encounter, Messenger's passion for horses melded with her eventual career as a pediatric nurse working with children and adults with special needs. As the president and founder of Mesa Vista Therapeutics (MVT), she introduces people of all ages and abilities to the joys of horseback riding. Messenger has partnered with veterinarian Dr. Courtney Belden, equine enthusiast Caitlin Woolwine, and massage therapy and acupuncture practitioners who cater to the needs of both horses and humans.
At MVT's SAS Center—a riding facility with an outdoor arena, indoor ring, 20 stalls, and two viewing areas—instructors train people with and without conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, and spinal-cord injuries in the basics of riding. Therapeutic lessons help to improve riders' range of motion, muscle tone, balance, and self-confidence. The MVT program has participated in Special Olympics Virginia and Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia horse shows, and is a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association–certified center.
The team also offers advanced instruction in hunter-seat, dressage, and Western riding, as well as boarding services for horses or motorcycles with active imaginations. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the compassionate team relies upon the generosity of volunteers and community donors.