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Bookslady58
Feb 26, 2018 10:02 PM CST
Besides great customer service what plant info do I absolutely need to know about working in a small nursery/garden center?
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Calif_Sue
Feb 27, 2018 1:09 AM CST

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Welcome! to NGA!

It all depends which nursery I would think. Just some basic care knowledge for the plants they carry, also customers often ask for suggestions for certain locations in their gardens. I'm sure others will have more ideas.
Are you applying for somewhere locally? Kings Nursery? Emerisa? or somewhere like HD or OSH?
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sooby
Feb 27, 2018 6:12 AM CST
Welcome! As Sue said, it will depend on the nursery/garden centre. I would assume that they would include educational requirements in the job description. It may also involve working the cash. You may need to water the plants, so you would need to be able to water adequately and appropriately (which is actually quite difficult, and obviously from observation of the state of plants in some places, a lot of workers don't know how!).

There may be a need for some kind of certification or formal qualification. The hardest questions you will get from customers are likely to be related to plant problem identification and soil questions. Also which plants grow well in which environment etc.

You may need to know how to propagate plants, know their cultural requirements and so on. The jobs vary from not needing much knowledge at all, to requiring a horticulturist certificate/diploma/degree.
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WillC
Feb 27, 2018 10:22 AM CST
I have a blog post on this site about working for an indoor landscaping company. It is not the same as working in a nursery, but if you are looking for a job caring for plants, indoor landscaping work is a good possibility. No skills required and training is provided.
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Calif_Sue
Feb 27, 2018 10:31 AM CST

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Here is the link to the blog post Will referred to: https://garden.org/blogs/entry...
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WillC
Feb 27, 2018 5:35 PM CST
Thanks, Sue!
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DaisyI
Feb 27, 2018 8:34 PM CST
Most important for me, when I visit a nursery, is staff that either know what they are talking about or admit they don't but will find someone with the answer.
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Feb 27, 2018 9:56 PM CST
Great article, Will.
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sallyg
Feb 28, 2018 6:27 AM CST
If a big box store- customer service skills, (where is...?, and who can tell me..?) , cash register, and being able to haul heavy hoses around the plants for HOURS. If you also already garden or have indoor plants, you're way ahead of their minimum standards.
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RoseBlush1
Feb 28, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Of course, it depends on the size and location of the nursery you want to work in.

Here are a couple of links that describe the kind of work a nursery worker may be expected to perform:

http://www.jobmonkey.com/horti...

http://work.chron.com/nursery-...

http://careers.stateuniversity...

There are a lot more links on Google on how to write a resume and how to get a job in the green industry. It really doesn't matter if you are thinking of working in a small nursery or a large one. In a small nursery, you wear more hats ... Smiling
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