Horticultural Trivia

What tree or shrub is virtually extinct?  It has not been seen in the wild since 1790. Answer: Franklinia alatamaha.  Apparently, this tree was discovered on the bank of the Altamaha River in Georgia in 1770 by John Bartram who collected a few for his garden, but this plant has not been seen in the wild since 1790.  According to Michael Dirr, the tree guru mentioned...


Storm Resistant Trees

In central Virginia five years ago, as well as other areas around the country, (June 29, 2012), we experienced the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest derecho with incredibly high winds and rain followed by downed trees, damaged property, and lack of electrical power - even loss of life.   The destructive storm was amazingly quick and efficient and almost totally shut down many...


Hotpots Container Gardening

Our hotpots division is comprised of expert container gardeners who put beauty and love into a planted container and deliver it right to your door or event.  Containers can be seasonally planted with annuals or perennials, small shrubs and dwarf trees and then augmented with seasonal annuls. Containers can be large with specimen plants or small with mixed plantings....


Steve Pekary – Young Professional of the Year

Congratulations to our very own Steve Pekary for being awarded Young Professional of the Year by the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association. Steve Pekary began working at J.W. Townsend Landscapes in March of 2003.  In June of 2007 he was promoted to VP and Maintenance Director at which time he had 6 employees. Today, his team is made up of 35 members and his...


Holiday Containers

Author Avery Ellis Hotpots Head Gardner   For many Virginia gardeners, the start of December brings a chance to breathe. The frosty mornings and early dark of winter signal a slowing of the pace, a moment to step back and rest after an autumn of hard work. But really, it’s not time to breathe yet! For Hotpots, the start of December is the start of...


Sow Seeds This Fall

Most of us do not think of planting seeds or plants in the fall as the traditional garden season is almost over, and the dreary prospect of a winter without fresh produce looms.  With care, however, there are many vegetable groups that can be encouraged to "over-winter" in your garden. Most greens will grow if planted in the fall and will provide delicious salads for...

Serving Virginia Since 1983

©2022 J.W. Townsend Landscapes