Maple Ridge Nursery
At Maple Ridge Nursery we believe in integrity in all aspects of our business. We put customer service first as we try to deliver the best possible Japanese maple or conifer to our customers. Our mission is to make the world a more beautiful place with Japanese maples and conifers. We believe that there is room in every landscape for a Japanese maple.
Maple Ridge Nursery has been serving the Atlanta area for over 30 years. Over this time, it has evolved into one of the largest growers of Japanese maples and conifers in the United States. At Maple Ridge Nursery, we are obsessed with growth as we aim to grow our reach far beyond the metro Atlanta area. Our goal is to be one of the largest online retailers of Japanese maples and conifers while being the only place in Atlanta people want to go to for their Japanese maples.
Career Launch Program
The goal of the Maple Ridge Nursery Career Launch Program is to get your start in the wonderful world of horticulture. Through this program you will learn the basics of every aspect of the nursery. These skills will help prepare you for a career in horticulture whether that be with us or somewhere else. The Maple Ridge Nursery Career Launch Program is a paid internship program that lasts 3 months with the potential for a full time job offer upon completion.
- Applying pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides where applicable
- Daily upkeep of young Japanese maples
- Grafting Japanese maples (seasonal)
- Rooting Conifers (seasonal)
- Labeling trees
- Learn about the different varieties of Japanese Maples and Conifers
- General upkeep of the nursery
- Helping customers pick out a tree
- Other Miscellaneous tasks
Necessary Skills and Qualifications
- Must be willing to work outside in both hot and cold conditions
- Must have a desire for the hard work that comes with working with plants
- Basic plant knowledge
- Willingness to learn and work hard
- Basic communication and people skills to deliver quality customer service
- Must be able to work independently as well as with a team
Preferred Skills and Qualifications
- Horticultural experience, education, or a desire to attain such experience
- Customer service skills/experience
- Sales skills/experience
- Experience or willingness working in hot, outdoor environments
The culture at Maple Ridge Nursery is very laid back and easy going. We just want work done quickly and properly. It is not usually a high pace work environment except on busy days like Saturdays. We expect anyone who works at Maple Ridge Nursery to get their work done in a timely manner. As long as you get your work done it will be a pretty laid-back environment. We are all very easy-going people. There will be a schedule every day for different jobs and how long to spend working on them to eliminate any monotony. Each day should be a little different. Most work will probably be independently done, but there will be some collaborative projects. Employees will report to either Michael or Christy. This is outdoor work for the most part so depending on the time of year it can be quite hot or quite cold. We strongly recommend dressing and hydrating appropriately.
The Maple Ridge Nursery Career Launch Program is a 3 month internship program with a performance review at the end of each month. Interns may receive a full time job offer at the end of the program.
A Japanese maple textbook will be issued to each intern and you will be quizzed weekly on the text. Interns will also be required to write a blog once per month on a myriad of topics concerning Japanese maples.
This is a paid internship with pay being determined by experience. Interns will be required to work 20 hours per week. Interns will work 5 hour days 4 days per week.
Full Time Position Details
The full time position will be required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and can work a maximum of 48 hours per week. 1.5x overtime pay will be issued for anymore than 40 hours worked in a week. Employees are only allowed to work a maximum of 8 overtime hours per week.
Full time position will get a pay increase depending on quality of work. Employees will have performance reviews every 3 months. Pay increases will be possible after every performance review but are not guaranteed. Pay increases will range from $.25 to $1.00 per hour. Employees will get one day of Paid Time Off every 3 months. PTO days can be accrued and will never expire.
Employees will still be quizzed weekly on Japanese maple and conifer texts and will be required to maintain the monthly blogs. Full time employees will immediately become integral parts of the Maple Ridge Nursery foundation.
To apply please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Let customers speak for us
Acer palmatum 'Nishiki gawa' Rough Bark Japanese Maple
I’am so glad I finally found a company that sells Happy Frog fertilizer, as I had difficulty with another seller to get it. I always want the best product for my trees & plants, I just got a young Japanese Maple tree last year, and so far my tree looks very good, I’am sure the Happy Frog fertilizer is helping it.
Both mini-trees are doing great - too cold here to put them outside, but I put them in pots and have a grow lite that I use for all my plants - since potting them, they are already growing and it has only been a few days! Could not be happier!
Lovely little maple. Rich green leaves, looks to be a keeper.
Fast safe shipping and beautifuly grown trees .....highly recommend
My mugo pumilio arrived vigorous and covered with tiny cones. Very beautiful. Also received two "Louis" pinus strobus. Much bigger than expected, and also very healthy
Will be a repeat customer. Thank you!
Four years of wedded bliss. I planted them today so he can see them every morning. Your store is wonderful
After much online research for a reputable Japanese maple nursery, we ordered 3 varieties of Japanese maple trees from Maple Ridge Nursery. The Oshio Beni was the smallest one at 1 gallon, but that didn’t mean it isn’t as beautiful or as big as the other two 3 gallon maples we purchased. The Oshio Beni maple came sturdily strapped inside a tall cardboard box, and the planting bucket was wrapped & tapped to prevent soil loss during shipment. Upon arrival it was the smallest maple tree of the three with fuzzy leaf buds starting to form. I say “was” the smallest, because after a few days the fuzzy buds leafed out revealing beautiful broad light purple colored leaves. (We planted our maples within a few days of receipt). And, it definitely sprouted up some in a matter of weeks-we have had this tree for about 3 weeks now. While the tree trunk is slimmer than the 3 gallon varieties we also purchased (both are mounding dwarf varieties), the Oshio Beni has almost caught up in spread and height to one of the other red lace leaf Japanese maple purchased at the same time. We couldn’t be happier that we received such beautiful and healthy maples from Maple Ridge Nursery. Thank you so much for our lovely maples!
The plant was nicely packaged for shipping. All of my plants arrived healthy and well strapped in their shipping boxes.
This dwarf variety is awesome, it has shorter green needles and compact and dense branches! It has been placed in a bonsai pot and is doing well so far!
Great packaging. You tell lots of thought went into the shipping.
Trees arrived in 2 days after shipment in excellent shape and very healthy. Very pleased and excited to receive. 3 gal size is about 3’ in height. Wished the 7 gal could be shipped. Called in the order and customer service was great. Thank you. Would not hesitate to order again from Maple Ridge Nursery.
Acer palmatum 'Hubb's Red Willow' Thread Leaf Japanese Maple
The green cascade arrived healthy. The number of leaves has increased and they are all open forming a nice canopy. Very pleased with the purchase.
Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen' Red Dwarf Japanese Maple