About Beautiful RVA
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is incubating Beautiful RVA, a regional coalition of public and private agencies and organizations all invested in improving the quality of life in greater Richmond through public horticulture, urban greening, and beautiful place-making initiatives. Visit the new Beautiful RVA website.
OUR VISION — Beautiful RVA engages and empowers citizens to foster an improved quality of life for all in greater Richmond through public horticulture, urban greening, and community-based beautification.
Beautiful RVA is developing a compendium of useful resources — the Community Greening ToolKit — compiled collaboratively by urban greening advocates, with support from The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia. Visit the Beautiful RVA Green Map to see some of our work!
Planning, Design, and Green Industry Resources
Budgeting Template (PDF) – another tool furnished by The Timmons Group to help you itemize all the possible expenses and unit costs of a landscape project
Landscape Plants for Four Season Interest – this list compiled by public garden designer Lynden Miller cites plants that have been endurance-tested in urban growing conditions
Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration, and Landscaping – the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program offers downloadable brochures listing plants by regions in Virginia, including the Coastal Plain and Piedmont, as well as nurseries that stock these plants
City of Richmond
The Community Foundation
Richmond Region Tourism
Virginia Commonwealth University
HandsOn Greater Richmond
Alliance for the Cheapeake Bay
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
University of Richmond
Richmond Community Tool Bank
Richmond Tree Stewards
We’ll do a “what have we learned? what lies ahead?” debrief, reflect on the progress we’ve made in harnessing energy around community greening and beautification, and handle some tools in the Community Greening ToolKit. This is a big tent event—reach out to your networks and friends, and let’s fill the space. Think about it: the Richmond Garden Trail is tapping the garden tourism market; activity along the Virginia Capital Trail confirms how eager we were for a bike- and pedestrian-friendly corridor; and the Low Line, a several-phased project of Capital Trees, is looking great in its first autumn. There is so much more that we can accomplish, and it’s important to be inspired by the successes, acknowledge the challenges, and plan together “when,” NOT “if.” RSVP to RandeeH @lewisginter.org
Meetings are held every other month and are open to anyone who would like to attend. Follow the discussion on Twitter at #BeautifulRVA.