Pre-Triple Tree: going back to his roots in Holland as an orchardist, Martin van der Pauw starts grafting fruit trees in his backyard in West Maple Ridge. His kids, Tom and Nico, (at the ripe age of 5 and 12, respectfully) start bringing them to the Auction Barn for sale (where Staples currently sits at the intersection of Lougheed and Dewdney (200th St.).
With his Auction Barn customers asking for more variety, on April 7th, Martin and his wife Bep van der Pauw open a small garden center out of a turkey barn at our current location.
His experience inspired our company name: when planting fruit trees you follow the “triple tree” rule: 2 trees for cross-pollination and 1 tree to protect the fruit from harsh winds. This was particularly true of orchards back in Holland where no hills or mountains exist to help buffer fruit trees from the winds pouring off the Atlantic.
Martin makes a risky move. All this time he’s been working another job at the Hammond Cedar Mill which has been supplying a steady income. Bep has been running Triple Tree almost single-handedly and she could use her husband’s help. He quits his good-paying mill job and focuses his efforts on building the Triple Tree family business.
First major expansion: brand new architecture is awarded the Park and Tilford Gardens of North Vancouver Beautification Award for an aesthetically pleasing storefront! This structure still exists – you’ll find it by entering the upper entrance and heading straight: it currently houses Vantage Pools and giftware display.
The 1st employee is hired! Until now, Triple Tree has been a “family business” in the strictest sense! Ray Nichol is the first to join the Triple Tree Team.
More building: this bout of building completes the West-wing (upstairs section) of Triple Tree as you see it today.
July 1st – Martin and Bep decide to pass on the business to the next generation. Brothers, Tom and Nico, partner to buy out their mom and dad and give them a well-deserved retirement!
New building completed! Major expansion 2 years in the planning and building – 16000 square feet of new retail building. This nearly completes the current building as you see it when you walk in the store today!
A large shade-house is built where you currently see our main greenhouse. This will stand for 14 years housing perennials and bedding plants. Did you know that our field of trees and shrubs used to surround the shade-house and come right out to our parking lot?
Tom and 4 independent Lower Mainland garden center owners team up to create a marketing and buying force that includes an exclusive line of quality garden products. They call themselves: Nurseryland! Today, Nurseryland Canada has expanded to include over 80 garden centers across Western Canada from Vancouver Island to Thunder Bay Ontario. With this affiliation, these independent and locally owned garden centers are now able to stay competitive with large box stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, and Costco.
Our upper glass Tropical Greenhouse which currently houses our famous Koi pond is built to add 8,000 square feet of display area to house indoor plants and our Pond Shop.
The last major building element is completed! The next time you’re going through our cashier, have a look at the floor…you’ll see the cement floor end and turn to brick pavers where our cash registers are placed – that’s because before 1984, that used to be outside the main building!
20,000 square foot show greenhouse replaces the shade-house for bedding plants, perennials, bulbs and Christmas displays!
As the business expanded so has our family. Nico decides to move his family to the interior and start a more seasonal business in Salmon Arm: Nico’s Nurseryland! This has made way for Tom’s kids Dayton and Rylan to come on board.
Annual Charitable donation implemented in memorial of Martin and Bep van der Pauw for Ridge-Meadows Hospital.
Whether it’s upgrades to our cashier system, creating display gardens, adding a fresh coat of paint, or laying new pavers for paths in our field, we operate year-round, which means that every year we have time during the off-season to add new features and keep our customers and staff excited about our business and our future!
In Our Community
All year long, we love to support local fundraisers for schools and community groups. As a family in the community, we’ve grown up participating in and enjoying minor sports – today we enjoy sponsoring minor sports in Maple Ridge on an annual basis!
Do you have an upcoming community event or charitable drive that you’re participating in or managing? Stop by with or email a letter explaining the event and Triple Tree will be happy to support your cause!
What 50 years of business means to us…
50 years has given us the opportunity to cement deep roots with people in our community.
We’ve had the pleasure of serving some families in Maple Ridge for up to 4 generations now! We’ve been put to the test through recessions, inflation, ever-changing regulations, Maple Ridge weather!, and countless challenges that have made us adapt and evolve into what we are today: a full service garden center specializing in unique conifers and Japanese maples, pond supplies, and high-end home decor that prides itself on good old-fashioned helpful and friendly customer service!