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Meet Our Staff: Brandi

Pictured above is Brandi Mc.   Meet Brandi Mc. Brandi is a Texas Tech graduate with a B. S. in Environmental Conservation. She has seven years’ experience in horticulture.  Brandi joined the fine gardening team at J. W. Townsend Landscapes two days after she and her husband relocated to Charlottesville from Texas in June 2014.  In her time away from work,...

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JWT Helps Jackson Via Improve City Schoolyard Garden

JWT employees teamed up with Building Goodness and Piedmont Landscape Association (PLA) for City Schoolyard Garden to improve the garden site at Jackson-Via Elementary School by adding varmint protection.  The team came out to volunteer their time and know-how on Sunday, November 2.   Jackson-Via Elementary has one of the longest standing gardens of the six...

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Mini Gardening – Fun is NOT Optional

  If you have a passion about plants, as many of us do, making a garden with miniature plants is different and challenging.  Call it a 'fairy garden' or 'miniature gardening,' regardless of the name its FUN! Real life gardens have a set shape and pattern - sidewalks, paths, walls, houses, etc. are what we fashion our gardens around.  Mini-gardens are...

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Caterpillar Appreciation 101

Caterpillar Appreciation 101 by Brandi McFadden, JW Townsend Horticulturist Sometimes we, as professional horticulturists, remember to stop and smell the roses, but forget to appreciate the ‘bugs and bunnies.’  Our job is to focus on the health of the landscape, especially the plants.  It can be hard to remember those bugs and bunnies are an integral part of the...

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The Hardy Cyclamen

Hardy Cyclamen Blooms Pictured Above. Hardy cyclamen ('sick-le-men') are a virtually unknown and underused autumn blooming perennial.  Not to be confused with their cousins, the florists' cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum), hardy cyclamen grow outdoors in the garden and bloom from late summer through autumn or winter to early spring.  They are easy to grow, spread slowly,...

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Japanese Beetle Deterrents

Introduction The Japanese Beetle, Popillia Japonica, is a voracious garden pest with the potential to cause extensive damage to landscapes.  Common throughout most of the Eastern United States, it can damage turf grasses, shrubs and trees.  Fortunately, there are environmental and man-made deterrents and controls at our disposal. Background and Information Location:...

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