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Mountain View Nursery utilizes local talent and resources in its award-winning landscaping

burniston.3.cmykBy Marlana Ward

A local company is garnering regional attention and praise from experts in landscape and horticulture fields throughout the Southeast.  Mountain View Nursery and Landscaping has been chosen from among numerous landscaping companies throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for their outstanding work in utilizing natural looking products offered by hardscape products manufacturer Belgard.  The company was recently bestowed the award for Best Natural Use of Belgard Products in a Project.
Belgard is a leader in natural looking hardscape products and takes very seriously who is chosen to represent their company as the best.  Mountain View’s Ricky Hansen completed intense training and inspection qualifications to achieve status as a certified Belgard contractor.
“It takes several years of installation experience, classes, and many driveway, wall and paver projects being inspected to achieve this elite certification,” stated Mountain View owner Harvey Burniston, Jr.
Mountain View has also been recognized for their work with water gardens and lighting projects.  “Our company was one of the first ten companies in the United States to be certified through Atlantic Water Gardens,” said Burniston.  “We also received a lighting award from Kichler Professional Lighting in 2012 for our projects in LED low voltage outdoor lighting.”
Mountain View Nursery and Landscaping is a family owned business with multiple personal connections to the Johnson County area.  Owner Harvey Burniston, Jr. first realized the potential of not only the local resources but also the talent of the students he taught while at Johnson County High School.
“I decided that I had a lot of good students who wanted to work and apply what they had learned in my classes so I began landscaping after school and on Saturdays,” Burniston explained the important role his students have played in his company’s formation and development.  “I have probably had hundreds of students working part time and some full time over the last 27 years.  Many have won FFA awards in different horticulture areas because of their great work with our company.”
A major driving force for the formation and expansion of Mountain View Landscaping into the nursery business was Burniston’s desire to have an operation his three daughters could be a part of.
“In 1998, when my oldest daughter Melissa was going into high school, we bought our first cold frame greenhouse to grow perennials,” he shared.  “I never had to tell my daughters to work.  They were self-motivated because they knew the more plants they potted up would be more money for them.  All three girls won numerous FFA awards because of their work ethics and achievements in the business.”
Mountain View’s strong family atmosphere is further evidenced with Burniston’s sons-in-law providing well-trained leadership to the company’s hard working teams.  Ricky Hansen heads Mountain View’s hardscape crew and Cody Graybeal manages the company’s landscape crew.
Mountain View’s staff consists of highly trained landscape and greenhouse technicians.
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