The 26th Annual Renewal & Remembrance Welcome Reception
YardScapes Landscape Professionals on The National Mall
Some of the 500+ professionals on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
On Monday, July 18, Shayne, along with sixteen staff members and approximately five hundred landscape industry professionals from across the country, gathered at Arlington National Cemetery and The Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall for the 26th year of Renewal & Remembrance.
This volunteer event is a National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) program and over the years, members have donated their unique skills and more than 50,000 hours of labor to put thousands of pounds of lime on the turf, protect more than one hundred historic trees with cabling and lightning protection, add landscaping, improve many irrigation systems, and perform other special projects.
YardScapes has participated in Renewal & Remembrance for 12 years. “Volunteer work is impactful and caring for someone else, or someplace else, is an honor,” said Shayne. “As landscape professionals, we recognize that green spaces have the power to heal and inspire. That is why the grounds at Arlington are so important – to help heal those who come to honor and visit loved ones who made that ultimate sacrifice for our country. “
The Lincoln Memorial is celebrating its 100-year anniversary and, in coordination with the National Park Service, volunteer projects included spreading 130,000 pounds of mulch to preserve the existing boxwoods, American Hollies, Southern Magnolia and yews, as well as assisting with general turf maintenance. At Arlington National Cemetery, NALP members conducted turf enhancement projects, irrigation repair and upgrades at the Columbarium, and installed lightning protection to six historic trees.