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Water Conservation & Xeric Gardening

All of the public gardens that we visited on our first company trip since 2019 to North Carolina took advantage of xeriscaping* and/or water conservation in one way or another. After the terribly dry summer that we’ve had this year, I was relieved to see such lush and varied solutions to some of the challenges our climate is throwing at us. Mary Duke Biddle Rose...

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JWT Field Trips: Philadelphia

Never Stop Learning Another season of gardening has come and gone, and despite a global pandemic, it was a great year! Fortunately, gardeners including us at J.W. Townsend could continue working outside while maintaining a safe distance from our peers and wearing masks. We have always considered ourselves to be lucky to work in a daily horticultural paradise, but the...

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A Friendly Message from JWT

Dear Clients, Family, and Friends, Happy Spring! This month, while the weather is warming, our gardens are awakening, and our teams are excitedly gearing up for spring, we are also keeping our eye on the bigger picture.  We have now, more than ever, turned our attention to helping each other and the greater Charlottesville community.  During these tough times, I...

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Storm Resistant Trees

Recently in central Virginia we experienced incredibly high winds and rain followed by downed trees, damaged property and lack of electrical power.  The storm caused widespread wreckage to limbs, branches and even entire trees.   Which brings us to the question:  Is there such a thing as a storm tolerant/resistant tree? When dealing with powerful winds, virtually no...

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Boxwood Blight – A Public Service Announcement

The Perfect Storm for Boxwood Blight   Temperatures are creating the perfect conditions for boxwood blight!  Find out what you can do to protect your landscape. Perfect Conditions for Blight Boxwood blight thrives during periods of high humidity and moisture. We are currently experiencing high humidity after a lot of rain; this has created the...

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Water Restrictions Update

Happy Fall!   We wanted to let everyone know that with the new mandatory water restrictions being implemented by the Albemarle County Service Authority and the City of Charlottesville, we can still water our plants!   For those living in Albemarle County, see statement below:   Plants may only be watered using a watering can or by a...

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