New Milford’s YardScapes volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall

On Monday, July 18, Shayne Newman, owner of YardScapes Landscape Professionals in New Milford, CT, along with sixteen staff members and approximately five hundred landscape industry professionals from across the country, gathered at Arlington National Cemetery and at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. for the 26e year of renewal and remembrance.

This volunteer event is a program of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and over the years members have donated their unique skills and over 50,000 man hours to put thousands of pounds of lime on the lawn, protecting more than a hundred historic trees. with wiring and lightning protection, add landscaping, upgrade many irrigation systems and complete other special projects.

YardScapes has been participating in Renewal & Remembrance for 12 years. “Volunteer work has an impact and caring for someone else, or for that matter, is an honor,” Shayne said. “As landscape professionals, we recognize that green spaces have the power to heal and inspire. This is why the grounds of Arlington are so important – to help heal those who come to honor and visit loved ones who have made this ultimate sacrifice for our country. “

The Lincoln Memorial is celebrating its 100th anniversary and, in coordination with the National Park Service, volunteer projects included spreading 130,000 pounds of mulch to preserve existing boxwood, American holly, southern magnolia and yew, as well as help with general lawn maintenance. . At Arlington National Cemetery, NALP members conducted turf improvement projects, columbarium irrigation repairs and upgrades, and installed lightning protection on six historic trees.

YardScapes Landscape Professionals is in New Milford, CT celebrating 32 years. For more information about YardScapes landscape professionals and their backgrounds in volunteerism and community service, visit

Larry D. Stahl