Since 1998, landscape specialists Glenn and Donna Claeys of The Garden Outlet have shared their horticultural expertise with customers who want to bring the outdoors indoors while also beautifying their property. The duo operates throughout the year, tending to flowering annual and perennial plants, trees, shrubs, and vines, while also offering seasonal items such as Christmas trees and Halloween pumpkins, the latter of which must be plucked before they hatch into Thanksgiving turkeys. Though The Garden Outlet staff supplies customers with landscape materials and tools, they also professionally install plants, walkways, and patios. In addition, the gardening designers create elaborate arrangements for weddings and other formal events.
Jonathan Rigsbee, founder of GrowinGreen, keeps lawns looking lush while treating Mother Earth with respect. His crew utilizes environmentally friendly yard-care methods that lean less on chemicals and more on holistic, soil-based solutions. Staffers avoid pollution by abstaining from treatments right before a rainfall, and they never leave fertilizers where they might wash into someone's drinking water or whale-shark aquarium. GrowinGreen's team also knows that some problems can be treated without professional help, and it offers customers an online database of havoc-wreaking weeds, plant diseases, and insects. This list, complete with photographs, can help homeowners diagnose various greenery ailments, such as brown-patch-covered lawns caused by what the staff refers to as "humongous fungus" or by feeding the grass orange juice.
Oak Ridge ornaments needy lawnscapes with a bevy of dirt-dwelling trees, shrubs, flowers, nourishing soils, and garden accessories. Practiced tree huggers and lifelong brown thumbs alike will benefit from the staff’s 30 collective years of industry experience. Visitors can discuss fertilization techniques for new perennials, swap strategies for handling pesky infestations, or exchange favorite bedtime stories to read to hydrangeas. Nourish land with Daddy Pete's bagged organic products, such as mushroom soil, planting mix, and soil conditioner ($5.99–$6.99). Repeat blooms from Grandma’s yellow roses can make new spaces feel more like home ($29.99 for three gallons), while the Mardi Gras abelia inspires masked revelry with every sprouting ($27.99 for three gallons). The shop also helps reign in garden jungles with supplies and a range of path-paving gravel and stonework.
Wrights Nursery and Landscaping is owned and operated by Chris Wrights, a Lewisville native known for his knowledge and expertise of all things yard-related. In addition to gaining degrees in business and horticulture, he dug, planted, and planned until his thumbs turned a vibrant shade of green after 12 years spent working in the nursery and landscaping industry. Today, Wrights devotes his time and patience to managing a team that tends to area yards with variety of services including debris cleanup, licensed pesticide application, and grass cutting and fertilization. In addition to keeping home gardens fully stocked with a seasonal inventory of plants, the landscaping crew can also add character to green spaces or make front doors impenetrable through the building of stacked stone walls and design patios to customer specifications.
Sown since 1919, Johnson's Orchards' 200 fertile acres buttress the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills and checker the landscape with thousands of apple trees. Patrons hand-select 10 pounds of nearly 200 varieties of apples, ensuring the fruits suit specific standards for weight, hue and doctor-repelling abilities. After stocking up on apples, visitors are welcome to meander the foot trails cutting through the orchard, while tots encouragingly pat the heads of amiable farm animals. Visitors can also tipple cold cider straight from the press and weigh down restless hot air balloons with jellies, relishes, and 25 different fruit wines from the on-site winery. A picnic pavilion affords idyllic views and a space to dive into vitamin-packed feasts.
You could say Jason Focht's love for grass is rooted in his love for golf. He started playing the game in childhood, then went on to become captain of the golf team at Fluvanna County High School. After graduation, he pursued a double major in horticulture and turfgrass management at Virginia Tech. There, his two loves combined: he spent his summers working at high-end golf courses, and semesters honing his expertise at the university's Turfgrass Research Center. Today, Focht puts his experience to use as the head of Paradise Landscaping. He and his team focus on turfgrass, landscape planning, and ousting pests from greenery as they tend to lawns and gardens around Botetourt County.