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HARDSCAPE HERO: Trey Watford, Williams Landscape & Design, Inc.


Congratulations to February’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Trey Watford of Williams Landscape & Design, Inc. Trey has four years of professional hardscape experience, and he has been interested in landscaping and landscape design since he was a child. “I’ve been into art and the outdoors ever since I was young. I loved doing art projects and… Read more »



Second Look Stories: Shane Vent


Shane Vent became a HARDSCAPE HERO in September of 2016. We recently caught up with him again to see how he was doing. “Having won the award gives me a sense of pride. It’s great knowing all of the people who saw my job and voted for me think it’s exceptional work,” Vent says. Every… Read more »



Sweet as Honey: The Benefits of Backyard Beekeeping


Keeping a hive of bees in your backyard may not be something that’s ever crossed your mind. If it has, it may have seemed a bit intimidating. Backyard beekeeping is actually no more difficult than maintaining a garden, and it comes with some serious benefits. Bee Basics First, bear in mind that bees can travel… Read more »



Eagle Bay 2017 Dealer Day


Earlier this month, we hosted our annual Dealer Day at the Hilton Richmond Short Pump Hotel and Spa. Dealers from all over the region joined us to learn about market trends, our VizTerra Design Studio, and new products and colors. The day started with Greg Kirkman, Director of Sales, giving an in-depth presentation on dealer… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Matt Daly and Ellis Wiltshire, Rock Creek Innovations


Congratulations to January’s HARDSCAPE HERO winners, Matt Daly and Ellis Wiltshire of Rock Creek Innovations. Matt brings six years of experience to the Rock Creek Innovations team, and Ellis is a recent HARDSCAPE HERO, having won in July 2015. Matt worked closely with the clients to design the winning project, which includes a pool, an… Read more »



Plants With a Purpose-What to Grow This Spring


Spring planting season is almost here, and you’re probably starting to think about how to bring some color back into your yard. What you may not be thinking about is how plants can best serve your outdoor area and will help improve it year after year. These plants do more than just look good; they’ll… Read more »



Introducing the Brisa Freestanding Wall from Eagle Bay


The Lab at Eagle Bay has been busy creating new colors and products this Winter. We recently announced two new colors, Mocha and Potomac, and now we’re proud to announce Brisa, a new freestanding wall from Eagle Bay. The Brisa Freestanding Wall mimics the look of natural stone and is ideal for straight or curved… Read more »



The Science of Dust: The Lab at Eagle Bay


Within the heart of the churning production facility at Eagle Bay Headquarters sits a quiet room. This room is lined with test tubes of aggregate, sand, concrete and color. Drawers are stacked high with color samples of the same paver rendered over and over and over again. There’s a machine for sifting, a pool for… Read more »



ASLA Merit Award Recipient: Devil’s Backbone Brewery Basecamp


Photo by Windridge Landscaping Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Devil’s Backbone Basecamp is a sprawling facility centered on a beautiful beer garden. David Anhold of Anhold and Associates, PLC, designed the facility to fulfill the vision of Steve and Heidi Crandall, the owners. The Crandalls traveled to several European biergartens and… Read more »



Brock Environmental Center Receives Virginia ASLA Commendation


Photo by Hourigan Construction The Brock Environmental Center (BEC) located at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, VA, is a one-of-a-kind building, completed in part thanks to SWM PAVE Permeable Pavers. What makes the BEC unique is its status as a Living Building and that it holds a LEED Platinum certification. To achieve this, the… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Mike Halliday, Bluehill Landscapes


Congratulations to December’s Hardscape Hero, Mike Halliday of Bluehill Landscapes. Mike is a previous Hardscape Hero, having won in January 2015. Mike brings 15 years of experience to hardscape projects in and around Charlottesville, VA. He loves wakeboarding and says “I take my kids and my friends any time I can and try to spend… Read more »



Pour Winter Cocktails Like The Pros


Seasonal cocktails are an excellent way to round out an evening around your fire pit, or on your patio with friends. We recently sat down with Preston Tran, bartender at the VMFA’s Amuse Restaurant, to talk about his three favorite Winter beverages. Preston’s been tending bar at Amuse for almost two years and has been bartending… Read more »



Get Out! The Best Outdoor Heaters For Your Patio


Outdoor heaters are a great way to get more usage out of your patio during the Winter months. They’re also a great addition to installing a fire pit. Outdoor heaters are generally smaller and will burn cleaner. What To Look For There are a few primary types of outdoor heaters available. When shopping, you can… Read more »



5 Tasty Recipes For Your Fire Pit


Nothing is more comforting than the smell of wood smoke and the slow crackle of a warm fire under a clear blue Winter sky. Make your Eagle Bay Fire Pit pull double duty and get some cooking done as well. These filling fire pit recipes are the perfect way to fill your stomach on a… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Josh Goff and Chris Johannsen, Commonwealth Curb Appeal


Congratulations to November’s Hardscape Heroes, Josh Goff and Chris Johannsen of Commonwealth Curb Appeal. The team are repeat winners, having won the competition in August. We spoke with Chris again about their latest winning project, a beautiful patio and fireplace installation. The last time we spoke, Chris told us how much the entire Commonwealth Curb… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year: Donald Sherbeyn, Sherbeyn’s Lawn & Landscape


Congratulations to Donald Sherbeyn of Sherbeyn’s Lawn and Landscape who was selected as the first Eagle Bay Hardscape Hero of the Year. The annual Hardscape Hero of the Year award is designed to showcase the work of a contractor who has exhibited truly exceptional work. Sherbeyn was chosen from 2016’s monthly Hardscape Hero winners and… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO of The Year Awards Dinner Recap


This year marked our first annual Hardscape Hero of the Year awards dinner. We invited Hardscape Hero winners from the last three years to join us in Richmond at the Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing for a night of dinner, drinks and recognition of hard work. A select panel of architects and other hardscape and landscape… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Dave Moore, Permanent Paving and Sealing


Congratulations to October’s Hardscape Hero and former winner, Dave Moore of Permanent Paving and Sealing. Dave brings decades of paving experience to his work and 12 years of paver specific experience. Along with his work as a contractor, Dave is also an artist, specializing in sculpture and woodcarving. On the job site, Dave often marries… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Shane Vent, Vent’s Landscaping


Congratulations to September’s Hardscape Hero, Shane Vent of Vent’s Landscaping. We recently spoke to Shane, who has 22 years of experience in hardscaping. Shane specializes in hardscapes but says that Vent’s Landscaping also has tons of expertise in excavation and green scaping. When possible, Shane prefers to design packages for his clients that can include… Read more »



S’mores Galore; 5 Creative Recipes for a Tasty Fall Treat


Fall is here, which means you’re probably starting to spend more time around your cozy fireplace. Nothing compliments a night around the fire like making s’mores. Here are some recipes that will take your fireplace treat making to the next level. Slow Cooked Perfection Called ‘the ultimate s’more’ this slow cooked beauty is a no-mess… Read more »