For the sixth year in a row, we were honored to participate in the annual Renewal & Remembrance beautification project at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), the July 20 event drew more than 400 volunteers from across the United States to improve over a quarter of the cemetery’s historic grounds as part of the green industry’s largest day of public service.
Participants spent time mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling and installing lightning protection for the trees, pruning, planting, and liming and aerating the soil at the Arlington National Cemetery. This volunteer work provided an avenue for them to pay their respects to both those who’ve made personal sacrifices for our nation, as well as to those who mourn lost veterans and service members.
“We feel fortunate to be located so close to this historic landmark and have the ability to make an impact on its preservation,” said Eric Gilbey, PLA, landscape industry specialist at Nemetschek Vectorworks. “Every year, our participation is a humbling act of pulling up our sleeves to honor those who’ve fallen while defending our country.”
While some participants, like Gilbey, have long been passionate about the landscape industry, Renewal & Remembrance has allowed for others to cultivate their own green thumbs. Each year, more employees from Nemetschek Vectorworks volunteer, allowing them to give back to their community while simultaneously engaging with the landscape industry.
Reflecting on his six years of participation, Gilbey says, “It’s been great to watch more and more of my coworkers participate each year and grow to enjoy creating and nurturing green spaces. As a company supportive of green design, it’s so meaningful for us to be able to leave our mark on such sacred grounds.”