About Beautiful RVA

Beautiful RVALewis 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!

Access the Community Greening ToolKit



Planning, Design, and Green Industry Resources

Landscape Design Templates – from The Chesapeake Club’s Plant More Plants stewardship campaign, try out these four simple, affordable and Bay-friendly landscape designs

Process + Timeline Template (PDF) – thanks to The Timmons Group for providing this overview of the design + build process

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

Native and Drought Tolerant Plants – this link provides a list of 122 native or naturalized species recommended for Virginia’s climate, compiled by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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

Executive Director Shane Tippett with volunteers working on the Broad Street beautifulcation
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.