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Meet the Staff: Phil Ofrias

Pictured above is Phil Ofrias Meet Phil Ofrias Phil has just celebrated his 24th anniversary with J. W. Townsend Landscapes! What is your middle name?    James Where are you from?  North Fork of Long Island How long have you worked for JWT?  24 years Favorite book?  Executive Orders-Tom Clancy Favorite Movie?  Blazing Saddles Place you've...

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To water… or not to water

Perhaps the most critical element contributing to plant growth is water.  A gardener's quest to find the equilibrium between too much and too little water can be never-ending.  Variance in water needs from plant to plant, soil to soil, and season to season can make for a real challenge in getting it just right.  Keeping in mind three simple rules can help even the...

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Containerized Color

It's almost spring again and after a long, cold winter, many people are craving some color for their gardens.  The best and quickest way to 'scratch that itch' is with container gardens.  Containers can add color, a focal point and interest in areas that generally offer challenges for the gardener.  They can be seasonally planted with annuals or planted with...

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A Cure For Winter Blues

Pictured above is an Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' from our nursery at JW Townsend. Who’s ready for winter to be over?  Not too many people are thinking about gardening when there’s a winter wonderland outside, but as long as the ground is not too frozen solid, this is a great time of year for planting deciduous trees.  Everyone knows the bulbs and shrubs like...

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Designs on Winter

Designs on Winter - Landscaping in the "Off" Season Even though winter is the part of the year when we spend most of our time indoors, gardens are still part of our life.  Winter is a time for contemplation about last season's beauty and planning for the seasons to come.  Consequently, our Central Virginia gardens are often best designed when they are at their most...

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Landscape Plant Availability Update

Looking towards 2015 we are excited about the prospect of an economy on the mend.  We are hopeful that the next several years will bring many residential and commercial construction projects and the landscape installations that accompany them. Unfortunately, the nursery world – the backbone of our business – is one of the least nimble sectors of the construction...

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