Villager Nursery "Blog"

  • Christmas Tree "Business"

    12/24 - 1:00PM - I just closed the gate and put the last few Silvertips out by the gate. It is MY tradition to come down her on Christmas Eve, if we have a few trees left and help the last-minute arrivals to Truckee find a tree for the family decorations. 

    My very first job, when I was 11 or 12, was working for an apple orchard / Christmas tree farm in Pollock Pines, just after we'd moved there from the Peninsula. My job was to know the different trees, to show folks where they grew, to carry the bow saw, to ensure that we saved the lowest branches for "turn-ups" (stump-culture) and to help carry the tree back to the office. I loved tromping through the woods, helping people find their trees.  I worked at Harris Tree Farm for several Christmas seasons and then started working at Santa's Acres, a little further away (my mom had to drive me).  I later worked there in the summers, shearing (with a machette) and shaping the trees in spring and summer, removing weeds, repairing irrigation and eradicating 1000's (upon 1000's) of gophers. - I think there might have been two winters, while in college, where I did not help folks with Christmas trees...  Everyone is happy when they come to get a tree and I have a blast.  

    We care deeply about the quality of our trees. We cut some, as late as possible, often risking life and limb driving crazy places in blizzards, because we wait as long as possible so our clients have the freshest possible trees.  We order trees from growers who love the industry and who use sustainable practices. One of our favorite growers only uses compost teas and measures his brix ° to ensure their sugar is as high and thus their water holding capacity is as high as possible.  Then we keep the trees wrapped, and covered in the shade, essentially refrigerated (or frozen) so they stay as fresh as possible, only bringing a few at a time out into the sun.

    The ONLY part of Christmas tree sales I have any distaste for is the wooden stands.  I feel like, we go to all these lengths to cut late, and protect the trees.  It is like being a florist with beautiful fresh-cut flowers, lovingly grown and kept fresh in water being sold to someone who will be putting it in a dry vase.  Other than that.  I LOVE helping folks with Christmas trees and I hope you've enjoyed any trees you've picked-up from us.  Merry Christmas.  Happy Solstice.  All the best to everyone for a hopeful and better New Year.

  • Christmas Tree Permits Still Available

    Obviously, we sell Christmas Trees and it is very hard and very fun work harvesting, transporting, storing, moving, and snow-clearing. AND, we would never want to deprive a family of the adventure of going out in the forest and harvesting their own wild tree from OUR public lands under the Department of Agriculture (harvest-oriented by design).  Everyone should do it (at least once). The Tahoe basin and the Truckee Ranger district of the Tahoe NF are sold-out of permits this year but just an hour north of Truckee in the southern end of the Plumas National Forest, you can still get permits for $10 at the Beckwourth Ranger District office in Blairsden @ 23 Mohawk Hwy. (530) 836-2575. See the link above. PLEASE don't poach, the fines are huge and most of the time it defaces the beauty of our forests.

  • Christmas Time is Here

    It is the Holidays. Thanks has been given (Thanksgiven), we are enjoying turkey left-overs and the focus is Christmas decorations. For decades, Villager was closed this weekend after Thanksgiving as we had no one interested in trees. The last few years, however there has been a big shift and MANY people come in early and pick-out or pick-up our freshly cut Christmas trees, wreaths of ALL sizes and beautiful lush garland.  

    We WERE able to get trees this year, from 4 different growers and they look excellent.  The news is out that there is a shortage of fresh trees and we can confirm that. Our favorite grower of Noble fir let us know 3 months ago that he would not have enough trees for us this winter or next and we scrambled and searched for 2 months to find 3 new growers who happened to have cancellations. 

    The reasons for the shortages, as I've understood them are several: After the banking / housing-bubble crash and recession starting in '08-'09 people began purchasing more artificial trees or skipping Christmas trees and there was a glut, an overabundance, of trees in Oregon and Washington farms. In the PNW, they harvest by clearing whole blocks and then replanting and they did not harvest or replant many plots for 2-3 years. There is now a hole in the crop rotations and a shortage of 6-9' trees of those ages.  On top of that, 5 years of drier than normal weather slowed tree growth. The economy recovered over the past 7-8 years. And there was a dock-workers strike last winter that left 1000's of containers of Christmas Trees (bound for over-seas) to rot on the docks and very tragically put 100's of small growers out-of-business. 

    We do have Fraser Fir, Nordmann Fir, Noble Fir, Red Fir and White Fir along with a variety of living potted trees.

    Fresh Cut Tree Types

    Silvertip, Red Fir, Abies magnifica: Local Native with very strong open and symmetrical layered branching. Strong fragrance. Silver-blue tips on green foliage. Excellent needle retention. Easy to decorate. You can appreciate lights and ornaments on the opposite side or see a mountain view through the tree.

    Concolor, White Fir, Abies concolor: Local nativevery similar to Silvertip. Branches strong, often with many internodal branches. Green / Blue-green longer softer needles. Citrus-like fragrance. Excellent needle retention. Easy to decorate. Lights and ornaments visible through the tree.

    Fraser Fir, Abies fraseri: Native to the Appalachian Mountains of VA & NC at elevations up to the summit of Mount Mitchell (the highest point east of the Mississippi) at 6,683 feet. Loved for their up-turned branches, full look and strong fragrance.

    Nordmann Fir, Caucasian Fir, Abies nordmanniana: Native to the mountain "forest refugia" of the Russian Caucasus to over 7,000ft. It has attractive deep glossy green foliage and soft needles. Europe's favorite with perhaps the best needle retention of all Christmas Trees.

    Noble Fir, Abies procera: From the Cascades and the Coast Range CA to WA and occasionally up to treeline. Noble Fir are Intensively managed and pruned to a dense symmetrical taper and neat shape. Very full, slightly layered. Very strong branches. Excellent fragrance. Rich green needle color. Superior needle retention. Holds the many ornaments, and you get a glimpse of trunk. (We have only 10-12' Noble in 2017).

    Living Potted Tree Types

    Colorado Blue Spruce (the state tree of Utah), Picea pungens: Trees in the wild Rockies vary from green to bright silvery-blue. Baby Blue Blue Spruce is a very blue variety grown from seed. Ours have been managed and pruned to produce the compact Christmas Tree shape you see but they can grow 18”-24” (or more) each season easily when planted correctly and fertilized regularly.

    Black Hills White Spruce, Picea glauca var. densata: This geographical variety of the widespread northern white spruce tends to be dense and have great tolerance of drying winter winds. The foliage is greener than blue spruce with only the slightest waxy coating. In both species the blue color is a protective wax produced on the needles that helps prevent sun damage and moisture loss. Black Hills spruce is one of the best trees for surviving in a container.

    Engelmann spruce, Picea engelmannii: Native to mountains of western North America (Cascades and Rockies), from central British Columbia, Alberta, to northern California and southeast to Arizona and New Mexico and northern Mexico. It is a high elevation species often reaching tree-line up to 11,980 ft. Ours are from seed we collected over 9K ft. in SW Colorado (Ironton).

    Kellogg's compost special offer with each purchase of a live tree >$30: One 2cf bag of Bumper Crop and 1 lb Biosol fertilizer for 8.99

    Large saucers for under live trees $4-$15 ea.... Or use a sledding saucer we sell for $16 for larger trees… durable, reusable, fun.

  • "Shoulder Season"

    "Shoulder Season" in the travel industry came to mean the periods between high season and low season. In Truckee, since we have high season and high season, it should maybe be called "waist" season. The lake seems to experience this between seasons lul more than Truckee does these days. In the nursery, our busiest season is spring. We rapidly ramp-up from late April until early July when our business slowly tapers off into fall when, because FALL IS FOR PLANTING, we have a little bump in activity that quickly fades into the shoulder season: October and November when folks are otherwise occupied (gathering acorns or maybe wood). We reduce our hours and close on Sundays (we have to gather acorns too).  We still have planting projects and many landscapers are still active until the soils freeze or deep snow makes it impractical to dig. We plant a lot of bulbs and wildflower seed and the shoulder season is the best time for non-irrigated restoration / revegetation work.  The autumnal thermal overturn is just around the corner when soils begin to freeze and stay frozen (the perfect time to spread Biosol...everywhere). 

    "Ecology books speak of the "autumnal thermal overturn" when the average air temperature stays colder than the average soil temperature.  We hope for a good deep frost before the snows come because it is makes digging harder for voles.  'If ice skating is good the voles won't be as bad next spring'.  Deep in the soil the earth is consistently warm and once the blanket of insulating snow covers it, the soil begins to thaw allowing roots to continue expanding".  Wildflower seeding on top of the first 3" of snow is a technique that has worked very well for many."

    Winterizing the gardens and tying-up young plantings also occupies a bit of time in the shoulder season. Fall lawn care is essential. We stake and wrap the lower branches of trees and shrubs for the first 2-3 winters to protect their important "photosynthetic potential" (energy producing leaf surfaces) that feed the trunk to improve caliper and help develop good taper.

    Now is still a great time for planting all sorts of plants, we usually have some daily or weekly specials we post to FB or the chalkboard based on something we notice that we have a LOT of or that's just cool or interesting.  We ave begun to put the nursery away for the winter, tucking the pots into shade, giving them an anti-transpirant and tossing around plant-skydd animal repellent. Rob and crew will be out wrapping trees and shrubs once leaves fall and after that, we'll go cut a few Christmas trees.

  • October Winterizing and Fall Planting Blow-Out Specials

    Late October Nursery Sale thru 10/31

    Check-out the latest newsletter, for those on the e-mail list.

    Details enclosed.  There are some really great deals. Really.  Check it out for coupons but some of the specials are here:

    October Sale Details   (all discounts are off regular individual prices)
    50% Off: Honeyberry, Twinberry, Mock Orange, Sumac and Oaks
    50% Off: Botanical Interests packets of vegetable and flower seeds
    40% Off: 4" and quart wildflowers & perennials.  Hardy vines including hop & clematis.
    30% Off: Woody trees* and shrubs including many spring flowering and fall coloring plants plus all sizes of perennials and groundcovers larger than quart pots. 
    30% Off: Outdoor pottery, birdbaths and redwood planters
    20% Off: *Quaking Aspen (full truck-load arriving this week).
    20% Off: All G&B Lawn (and others) and Dr.Earth fertilizers (apply with BIOSOL).
    10% Off: Hardy bulbs (excludes bulk bags and crates always @ 20% off)
    10% Off: Winterizing Tree Tape (Villager-Brown 1"x150'x8mil. plus others up to 20mil)

    Visit our Facebook page, our website References page and come by the nursery soon to shop the sale for the best choices.  If you found this newsletter on-line or via Facebook, sign-up to receive your very own.

    FALL PLANT SALE 9/15 - 10/15/2017
    Right NOW is the sweet-spot for mountain gardeners: Villager Nursery has a huge, fresh selection, the plants are on sale AND it's the best time for planting everything AND its the most comfortable time for planting.  Visit our Facebook page, our website Referencespage and come by the nursery soon to shop the sale for the best choices.  If you found this newsletter on-line or via Facebook, sign-up to receive your very own.

  • August 2017

    August is the doldrums in the nursery. The days are hot, the plants are thirsty and business is pretty slow. In August we try to catch-up on planting projects and home-visits we couldn't get to earlier in the season. If you have lots of questions, August is a great time to catch us in the nursery, we can usually give you our undivided attention for as long as you need. August is a good time for hedging. It is important to feed your tom

  • July 2017

    July came and went in a bang. It was 4th of July and a moment later it's July 31. It was hotter than July, certainly hotter than our "normal" July.  I have to say, the nights were absurdly pleasant in spite of the mosquitoes. We are seeing the final repercussions of this past winter's ravages. Plants we thought "might" survive have succumbed by now and I'm removing the final dead plants and broken limbs.  

    Lawns suffered interesting dead patches that we can only attribute to suffocation and anaerobic digestion or fermentation as it seems to have left large areas nearly toxic to reseeding efforts.  (The ice lenses that formed along with the abundant rains created oxygen-free conditions for weeks or months).  I've found that if I slice the soil with a nori-hori or old knife  and aerate the area with a spading fork before reseeding, adding organic lawn food and topper - The seeds germinate and it comes back.  Clover (I've always been a big fan of clover) seems to do nest in those areas and helps remediate the soil to create more hospitable conditions for the grass to reestablish itself.

    August is time for a second summer pruning of shrubs being grown for screening. It is also time to fertilize again, those same screening shrubs, and the rest of the garden as the vigorous growth of spring uses loads of nutrients.

    Our "Frost-Free-Period", "less than 15% chance of frost" is July 15 to August 15 so right now, we are dead-center in the middle of the "growing season".  The reality is that the soils  are MUCH warmer now than in the spring and it is more and more advantageous for planting as the soils continue to gain heat.  You might have to water a tad more now but the days are slowly shortening and that offsets the water demand. Now is a great time for planting!

    Finally, there's still a bit of snow and the wildflowers this season have been PHENOMENAL!  Get out there and see some.

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Love's Labour's Lost - Shakespeare @ Sand Harbor 7/8-8/27-2017

Love's Labour Lost
Plant Select Logo

Plant Select® is a collection of plants designed to thrive in the cold, dry intermountain regions and the high plains. Many of the plants thrive in the High Sierra and many are from much higher elevations. The program began in 1997, a collaboration between Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and nursery professionals. We started trying a few of their selections in 1998 by way of Central Coast Growers.  New plants (<10) are introduced each year. The inductees must pass a five-year, 7-point smart selection process:

  • • Thrive in broad range of conditions
  • • Flourish with less water
  • • Tough and resilient in challenging climates
  • • One of a kind/unique
  • • Disease/insect resistance
  • • Long-lasting beauty 
  • • Non-invasive 

 Smart plant features include: 

  • • Beauty
  • • Durability
  • • Adaptability
  • • Drought-Tolerance
  • • Reliable propagation and uniformity
  • • Lower negative environmental impact and higher positive impact
  • • Endurance, allure and easy care, all at the same time

Seed Starting In and Out

Needless to say, we are a REAL nursery.  It is still VERY early season and we have a large selection of seeds we select for this climate.  We've been landscaping already.  Planting aspen and spiraea.  We have loads of nice hardy perennials that have over-wintered and are hoping to go into the ground ASAP.  We're setting up a few benches this week and opening the greenhouse.  We have hardy veggie starts and some of the hardiest flooming plants arriving next week. (for perspective, I used to fill planter box, in front of our old florist shop, for Valentines Day every year... pansys, violas, primrose, Dianthus, Calendula, English daisy and others can take 10°F - NO problem.)

Truckee Tradition: Sweet Peas.  Soak over night in clean water. Sprout on a moist paper towel in a plastic bag for 3 days. Plant in April 1st.  Still a little early for snow or snap peas.  Plant beets and radish through the snow if you still have any.  Lots of seeds need to be started indoors NOW.

Later Winter / Early Spring Weather, Usually. (4/16)

"Usually" is problematic when used to describe our weather. Averages here are based on WIDELY varying data points of moisture, snow-depth and temperatures and the average lines really seem to be shifting.  The 20th century was "the wettest of the past millennium, when Americans built civilizations in the desert".  Our "spring" has always been elusive.  We have had "false springs" frequently over the years in February or March and they USUALLY end when we went back to winter in March or April and the genuine warming trend began in ernest come May.  That is our mind-set and our experience. We have seen the nursery blanketed in snow every month of the year including July and August and in 1993 we had 6 nights above freezing ALL summer. Frost is part of gardening in Truckee, we have low relative humidity and that allows our temperatures to really dip (excepting Donner lake and the Tahoe basin of course). 

Winters 2012-2016 were dry and that usually means freeze-drying of many plants. 15-16 winter was not that cold and we did have several storms that gave us measurable precipitation in the form of rain, keeping the soils (and roots) moist.  We are not seeing excessive drying this year, even in the containers, though to be fair, we've watered 5 times this winter... unprecedented.

 Most plants emerged early and/or broke dormancy weeks or even a month earlier than "usual".



Lawn Question

Q: I would like to know what are the best organic lawn fertilizers and what are the prices?

A: It depends, to some extent, on your original soil preparation and your type of grass but GENERALLY:
At snow-melt we top-dress with a very light layer of fine compost, Kellogg's Topper  (8.99 / 2cf / 200 sq.ft. and we often have it on sale 20-25% off) It is hard to believe that small amount helps but it makes a HUGE difference.  At the same time we use Dr.Earth Supernatural Lawn Fertilizer (44.99 / 40lb / 4000sq.ft.) (and depending on the soil - a summer application might also be warranted)   Then we use BIOSOL fertilizer in fall, as late as possible ($54.99 / 50lb / 1800sq.ft. and we often offer a $-off coupon in a fall newsletter).  They are both great organic fertilizers by themselves but when used together or alternately, the results are phenomenal (for lawns, gardens, orchards, raised beds, herbs, vegetables, etc..).   We started using Biosol back in the mid 90's because it is pretty effective at repelling voles under the snow, BUT, the first year I used it, my lawn recovered from winter faster than ever before and the lawn remained green and lush all the next summer (I did not fertilize again until the following October).  Dr.Earth has a fat compliment of beneficial microbes along with organic materials for them to eat.  Biosol is made from dead Penicillium fungus and dead bacteria and what appears to happen is that the Dr.Earth microbes love eating Biosol and so improve its release of nutrients.
If you have been using chemical fertilizers then the soil will be more / or completely / sterile and it can take some time (months / year) to build-up the populations of beneficial microbes.
Consider this: Plants take in CO2 to build cells and produce sugars and over 80% of those sugars are moved into the root system and a large percentage of those are actually exuded from the roots into the evolutionary strategy to feed and promote the beneficial microbes around the root system that, in turn, help feed and protect the roots.    Lawn Handout

Q: What are your thoughts are on bothering to take the time to aerate a lawn this late in the season? I haven't aerated my lawn in several years. I wanted to do it earlier this summer but never found the time. Should I bother now or just wait until next spring?

A: If golf courses know anything about lawns, you could follow their lead and aerate agressively late in fall.  Since MOST of OUR microbial decomp. occurs in winter, under snow, it is a time of nutrient cycling.  Late October: Aerate (back, forth, diagonally, repeat), fertilize w/ a little Dr.Earth and a lot of BIOSOL, topdress with a little fine compost, wait for snow, wait for spring... If it is a sod lawn, aerate twice a year.  (and if it were my lawn, I'd overseed with a little more clover and plant more Scilla bulbs in it for snow-melt spring color).

Big Springs Gardens

For a beautiful drive, an amazing setting, a beautiful ornamental garden that blends seemlessly into an awesome natural garden and for an incredible lunch, brunch or BBQ you really should not miss Big Springs Gardens this summer.  About 1 hour north of the nursery, through the Sierra Valley, over Yuba Pass and down toward Sierra City you pull off 49 onto the frontage road and into paradise.  When you first walk into the garden you see the lake with blooming water lilies and the Sierra Buttes in the background (and reflected in the lake).

Big Springs Bridge & Iris"Nicknamed 'Monet in the Mountains', Big Spring Gardens has attracted more than 20,000 visitors up Highway 49 for brunch or barbecue and a stroll through 113 acres of amazing gardens and Sierra forest. Its beauty draws many painters who -- like legendary French impressionist Claude Monet -- find unmatched inspiration in the mix of flowers and water. With the 8,600-foot Sierra Buttes as a backdrop, its high country setting just makes it more precious." - By Debbie Arrington, The Sacramento Bee

Don Phillips, the inspired and energetic creator of the gardens (who turned 88 last October) said, "The way the world is going, we need some tranquil places where people can come and relax and enjoy natural beauty", "And I'm having fun."

Big Springs Gardens offers not only a natural spring, streams and waterfalls, thousands of plants and flowers, two miles of walking trails, gourmet food and even a replica of Monet's famous bridge. Big Springs Gardens is open June 15 through September 30, 2012. Gardens open at 10:00 AM and there is an admission fee of $12 per adult and $8 for children ages 6 through 12. Children 5 and under are free.

With 132 seats on the restaurant terrace overlooking the gardens, reservations are limited and now being accepted through August. Go online to or call (530) 862-1333.

The BEST street tree in downtown Truckee

The best street tree in Truckee is an accident.  At the far west-end of commercial row, next to Spring St. and in front of Heather River's new BeSpoke, is a beautiful multi-trunked cherry tree.  It was originally a half-hardy ornamental flowering cherry but that died and the rootstock grew(that's how many trees are grown: hardy vigorous rootstock with a wimpy showy scion atop it).  The hardy vigorous rootstock, Prunus avium 'Mazzard' took off.   

Prunus avium means "bird cherry" in Latin (though the common name "Bird cherry" usually refers to Prunus padus, a tough-as-nails chokecherry-like tree).  Prunus avium is a wild cherry throughout Europe from Great Britan and Norway to Morocco, Turkey and Iran.  It is a common landscape tree in northern Europe.

The cultivated variety (cultivar, c.v.) 'Mazzard' is self-fertile and this occasionally has fruit (it blooms fairly early in this warm location and the blooms likely frost).  We asked one of our growers 2 years ago to cut down some of their trees in the field and let the "Mazzard" cherry "suckers" come up. Those SHOULD be ready mid July but this initial crop will be small (pre-orders available.)

We were on Cottonwood's deck last night (after taking this picture) and the waiter told me that a man had offered him a $20 tip if he could tell him the name of the flowering tree at the end of commercial row. I told him that including myself and most of the Villager staff, there was no-one else in town who would have a clue.  Now all three of you that see post this will know as well.


The 27th annual Far West Nordic Auction/Raffle Party was held at the Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley.   This is Far West Nordic’s largest fundraiser for its Junior Nordic Programs.

THANK YOU to everyone who attended and especially... To everyone who purchased tickets from Katrin or in Katrin's name.  Thank You, Thank You.  

The Party was a blast, as always.  The food was great, the Black Diamond and Great Basin Brews were refreshing and the excellent wines from Truckee River Winery and Coppola Wines went well with the meal.

There were a TON of raffle prizes and an amazing array of silent auction goodies...  I bid on quite a few and won only one, myself.  Mark Nadell did his usual awesome job as the Snow Queen Auctioneer and there were some incredible get-aways and equipment to bid on.

Nordic folks are good people. I'm so glad I was there.

May in the Nursery

Topper Special Continues.  It makes the lawn look good right now.  Getting a few more class hand-outs into the references section every few days. Trying to repair, replace, renovate, recycle, re-purpose, reduce and reuse benches, tools, plants... after the ravages of yet another winter.  More to come.  Get your veggie gardens started! Attend some gardening seminars and workshops and have fun in your yards.

 The Orphanage will be up and running, ebbing and flowing for the next couple of weeks.  Check it out. (May Day Newsletter)

2011 Nordic Junior Olympics

The 2011 Junior Olympics

The USSA Junior Olympics serve as the national championships for cross country skiers ages 15-20. There are three age classes of competitors: J2, ages 15-16; J1, ages 17-18; and  OJ, ages 19-20.

Katrin Larusson achieved an 8th, a 9th and a 12th place finish

June at the Villager 2010

June 11, our first busy day.  We are all looking over our shoulders expecting a huge dark cloud to slap another foot of snow and icy wind at us.  "Gun Shy" is really what we are.  I went hiking / fishing on the north fork of the American river a few years back (the last time I went) and we saw or almost stepped on some 20+ rattlesnakes in 2 days - my nerves were fried to the point that I'd jump every time I heard a grasshopper or a twig snap.  I kind-of feel that way this spring.  BTW - this is Erica earlier in the month - and this is why I grow tulips.  They are GREAT annual cut flowers.  If the deer eat them after I cut the blooms, I don't care.

April at the Villager

In April, we are like big wave surfers.  We have to get up to full speed before the wave arrives.  Our busy season is May and June.  We'll be helping all of our wonderful (I mean that with ALL sincerity) clients who'll need us and great plants.  We endured all the new transplants to Truckee coming by in March, as they do every year, asking "Where are all your plants?"... "It's spring". We patiently explain that March is winter; they leave thinking what a sad little nursery we are.  

Thank goodness it snows after the false our spring (almost) every March and April.  We actually have some hardy annual color, hardy vegetables, strawberries, groundcovers and perennials available.  Believe it or not, April IS a great time for planting.  Deciduous trees and shrubs (woody plants), put on roughly 80% of their annual root expansion in the fall, after the leaves fall.  The other 20%, or so, occurs before leaves emerge in spring... that would be now.  Conifers (like spruce, pine, Modoc cypress, Microbiota decussata, that sort of thing) put on root expansion primarily in the spring with a little in late summer.  Planting conifers now gives you a tremendous advantage over planting later in the season.

OK, one last April note: Plant wildflower seed now.  Mix your seed with organic fertilizer and Topper compost then toss it down over the last few inches of snow.  Don't forget to water a little when the snow does melt.

July-August 2010

In the Mountain Nursery business the season starts when it starts: when the snow melts and we've had a reasonable period of time to recover from the last hard frost or heavy snow (usually early May to mid-May).  The busy season goes until the 4th of July when the rush to get things planted wanes and we all want to get out and enjoy this beautiful place we live in. 

The lights are still on and we have a whole tribe of very devoted and kind clients and friends.  Thank you to all of you who gave up a day on the lake to plant a few perennials, you'll be happy you did when they bloom next spring.  The water in the west slope rivers is still cold!  Not too much hail (thank you) but we were ready with our frost protecting floating row cover - it works great for hail protection, letting the water through but absorbing the shock of the ice.  We cover our thimbleberries and dogwoods especially.

August is sunflowers, black-eyed susans, Siberian catmint, Russian sage, and hollyhock... Big-ol' plants with rich colors.  Mid-season is August 1st. Check-out the NOAA Freeze Frost MapsFreeze Frost Probabilities info.  Our frost free period (less than 10% chance of 32°F or less) is July 15-August 15.  So we still have September, October and sometimes, part-of, November to get plants in the ground to rage next spring

these guys were munching Lupine in the off-ramp landscape after a Truckee Thursday in mid-July.

Cart-Load Sale

August 20-21. This Weekend Only, Saturday and Sunday, You get 25% off of all the plants you can fit on a blue Villager 3-wheel cart.  Really, ALL the plants you can balance, stack or pile on ONE cart... trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, fruits, vegetables, seeds, statuary, gifts or soils. Go for it!  Load-up. Bring your friends. Have fun with it. One cart per newsletter recipient.  One time only please. Offer not valid with any other coupons or discounts.  Feel free to forward your newsletter to friends.

This was a hoot when we did it last year... People were very clever in the way they stacked the plants and some of the carts were downright dangerous.  These are the 3-wheel carts only

Customer Appreciation Party - August 2010

Customer Appreciation Party Was A BLAST!

Thanks to everyone who RSVP's and those who just stopped by and those who brought friends and those who brought delicious treats and thanks to Jose and Celina for the Super-awesombroso Carne e condimentos delicioso...  (best guess Español).  And thanks to Johnny and Chuck for the great music, we won't do another party without live tunes.  (Sorry for the "rookie move" placing the beer and margueritas so far from the music).  note to self for next time: raffle for visitors, beer and food by music, lights, heater.

Labor Day Weekend Specials*

Check Here for the Newsletter

20% OFF ALL Hardy Trees and Shrubs including evergreens, aspen, lilacs, mountain ash, apples, blueberries and all the rest.

30% OFF ALL Herbaceous Perennials  including peonies, poppies, asters, daisies, sedums, and a wide array of native wildflowers (except bulbs...they're just arriving).

*Sorry, not valid on special orders / no holds / limited to stock on hand / good thru 9/5/11


We are expecting snow and very cold nights 10/4-10/8.  We have 10x12' sheets of 1.5oz Frost Protection Fabric, reg. 16.99 on SALE for 12.99.  It works extremely well and we could not operate our nursery without it.  I have been trying to send an e-mail all day but the program servers are down.


FALL SALE and Road Construction Clearance 9/23-10/10*

20% Off Our Hardiest Woody Trees and Shrubs including Aspen, Birch, Alder, Mountain Ash, Serviceberry, Lilac, Spruce, Spiraea, Apples and Berries.

30% Off Our Huge Selection of Herbaceous Perennial wildflowers, cutting flowers, boarder flowers and groundcovers... including all grasses, water plants and hardy vines. (not dormant bulbs...they're just arriving).

Many tender perennials (perennial in low-lands but not cold-hardy) are 50% off or more.  

FRESH (3 deliveries this week) hardy bedding color to refresh your planters (not on sale).

30% Off Outdoor Garden Art and Statuary and Redwood Pots.

50% OFF RED-TAG Trees and Shrubs. Jose, Rob and Eric are tagging woody plants that need pruning or have a singed leaves or just look a little funky. They are healthy trees and shrubs, perfect for screening or a shelter-belt but just not quite up to snuff... aesthetically. Look for RED TAGS that say: "50% OFF"

Road Construction Clearance Specials Every Few Days:
This Weeks Clearance:

All #5g. Native Jeffrey Pines (reg. 34-39.99) THIS Week Only: $19.99, (limit 6/person. 9/23-9/30 only)

All #5g. Native (and cultivated varieties thereof) Flowering Bush Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa), (reg 29.99-34.99) THIS Week Only: $19.99 (limit 6/person. 9/30-9/27 only)

*Sorry, not valid on special orders / no holds / limited to stock on hand / good thru 10/10/11

February 2012

Fresh Cut Flowers for Valentines Day, fresh houseplants, seeds from six sources arriving, seed starting supplies in stock, longer days, gradual warming, panic over so much to do before spring arrives, planning for the best summer ever in the nursery.  New growers, new cultivars, new species to try in our landscape.... I gotta go.

We try to run down to Chico each February to enjoy the almond orchards in full bloom and a spring hike in upper park. Right around the 20th of the month is usually prime.  The fragrance is sweet, the bees are humming, the grass is green and it gives you that sense of renewal that only spring can offer.

January 2012 Newsletter

January 2012 nursery news, wildflower seed, Biosol coupon, Potting Soil special and more.

Ice Skating

The Consolation Prize (as our friend Ivan says) of this dry winter is ICE.   If you have not been out, you are missing the best "ice season" in many years.  People are locally enjoying Serene Lakes, Coldstream Ponds, Martis Lake, Dry Lake, and Prossor Lake as well as some of the smaller creeks (watch out for beaver dams). Check out the local Truckee/Tahoe Area Lake Ice Skating Facebook Page and for more photos see the Eastern Sierra Backcountry Ice Skating Page. I'm amazed by how many people still call or come by to ask if we have used skates (I think we had them from 2000-2003 and a year like this makes us wish we could still provide them).  The other major bonus of a long ice season is that the vole populations usually decline.  Without the protection, insulation and plentiful food that a snowpack preserves, the voles can't eat and can't hide from their numerous predators... let's hope. 

April 2012


"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
 You know how it is with an April day
 When the sun is out and the wind is still,
 You're one month on in the middle of May.
 But if you so much as dare to speak,
 A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
 A wind comes off a frozen peak,
 And you're two months back in the middle of March."



I'm not really sure what happened to March.  I managed a few Villager Facebook Page posts reminding anyone out there (I think we have 30 "LIKE"s) that the second Tuesday in March (New England's Town Meeting Day) is THE day to start planting Tomato, Pepper and Eggplant seeds.  It's still fine now but sooner rather than later is good.  For more seeding times check here: Truckee Veggies.  We are finishing up our Class / Seminar / Event Calendar for 2012, so PLEASE check back.  The 2012 schedule will be on the Calendar page.  The 2011 calendar is still lurking there.  The small Narcissus have been blooming rain, freeze, snow, WHATEVER, since early March. Who, in their right mind wouldn't plant these in their garden. Pest-free, NOTHING eats them, they grow in ANY weather and they need no summer water.  Really, it is not too good to be true. 

April 1 is the traditional date to plant sweet pea seeds outdoors.  Pick a sunny spot. Soak the peas over night.  Put them in a wet paper towel in a sandwich bag for a few more days.  When the root tip is JUST emerging, plant them two inches deep in a trench amended with Amend compost, lime and Gardener&Bloome organic fertilizer.  Bury them just one inch deep and let the trench fill in over the spring.

I love this poem for so many reasons.  I had an incredible year-long class at HSU.  It was team taught by an English professor (Gage) and a Philosophy professor (Drew).  The title was something like Nature & Human Nature and we explored every permutation we could in a year while reading a wonderful selection of literature and study from Greeks, Locke, Rousseau, Faulkner and Lewis Thomas.  We read the Frost poem below and it really stuck with me and I have felt fortunate in my life to: " unite, My avocation and my vocation,  As my two eyes make one in sight."

Happy spring.  If you get too anxious too soon remember that our weather is AT LEAST six weeks behind Reno's.  Go ahead and plant wildflower seeds ASAP.  Plant any plants that you (or we) have overwintered and are dormant.  Deciduous trees and shrubs will put on significant root system expansion before their leaves emerge.

We obviously have a huge selection of seeds and seed starting supplies (soils, trays, pots, pads, feeds).  


by Robert Frost

Out of the mud two strangers came
 And caught me splitting wood in the yard,
 And one of them put me off my aim
 By hailing cheerily "Hit them hard!"
 I knew pretty well why he had dropped behind
 And let the other go on a way.
 I knew pretty well what he had in mind:
 He wanted to take my job for pay.

Good blocks of oak it was I split,
 As large around as the chopping block;
 And every piece I squarely hit
 Fell splinterless as a cloven rock.
 The blows that a life of self-control
 Spares to strike for the common good,
 That day, giving a loose my soul,
 I spent on the unimportant wood.

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
 You know how it is with an April day
 When the sun is out and the wind is still,
 You're one month on in the middle of May.
 But if you so much as dare to speak,
 A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
 A wind comes off a frozen peak,
 And you're two months back in the middle of March.

A bluebird comes tenderly up to alight
 And turns to the wind to unruffle a plume,
 His song so pitched as not to excite
 A single flower as yet to bloom.
 It is snowing a flake; and he half knew
 Winter was only playing possum.
 Except in color he isn't blue,
 But he wouldn't advise a thing to blossom.

The water for which we may have to look
 In summertime with a witching wand,
 In every wheelrut's now a brook,
 In every print of a hoof a pond.
 Be glad of water, but don't forget
 The lurking frost in the earth beneath
 That will steal forth after the sun is set
 And show on the water its crystal teeth.

The time when most I loved my task
 The two must make me love it more
 By coming with what they came to ask.
 You'd think I never had felt before
 The weight of an ax-head poised aloft,
 The grip of earth on outspread feet,
 The life of muscles rocking soft
 And smooth and moist in vernal heat.

Out of the wood two hulking tramps
 (From sleeping God knows where last night,
 But not long since in the lumber camps).
 They thought all chopping was theirs of right.
 Men of the woods and lumberjacks,
 They judged me by their appropriate tool.
 Except as a fellow handled an ax
 They had no way of knowing a fool.

Nothing on either side was said.
 They knew they had but to stay their stay
 And all their logic would fill my head:
 As that I had no right to play
 With what was another man's work for gain.
 My right might be love but theirs was need.
 And where the two exist in twain
 Theirs was the better right--agreed.

But yield who will to their separation,
 My object in living is to unite
 My avocation and my vocation
 As my two eyes make one in sight.
 Only where love and need are one,
 And the work is play for mortal stakes,
 Is the deed ever really done
 For Heaven and the future's sakes.

Hydroponics Rack: 50% Off

Hydroponics Rack:  50% Off 

We have a rack FULL of indoor gardening and hydropinics supplies - all for 50% off.

Ask about Hydroponics Parts - Many 50% 0ff

Ebb-Flow systems, Trays, Reservoirs, Fittings, Drains, Pumps, Air Stones, PH Solutions, Farm Kits, Active-Air 2&3-way Meters, Hydro drain and fill fittings...

Fall is in the Air Nursery-Wide Sale

Fall is in the Air Nursery-Wide Sale

September 13-22, 2013

Why Plant NOW!

There seem to be two extreme camps of gardeners visiting the nursery lately with very few in the moderate middle.  We have new folks stopping in asking "where are all the plants" because "it's OBVIOUSLY spring" and others, "informed" by horticulturally savvy neighbors,  who think they need to wait until late June to start gardening.  April IS a winter month in Truckee and Tahoe that happens to have BEAUTIFUL spring-like days... and we WILL have more snow AND we will have MANY more nights well below freezing AND it is a great time to start planting MANY hardy plants.  

Most conifers (spruce, pine, giant Sequoia) put on as much as 80% of their annual root-system expansion in early spring before top-growth begins.  Deciduous, woody trees and shrubs put on 20% or more of their root expansion in spring, as well, before leaves emerge.  Many hardy perennials that overwintered at Villager Nursery are a season larger and ready to bloom this spring on OUR schedule.  The advantages of early planting are TREMENDOUS.  Plant growth and success always boils down to the size and vigor of the root system.  Plant now, have bigger roots before spring really arrives.

Mid-March through Early May

As soon as the ground is thawed and workable (not muddy) plant asparagus, horseradish, ostrich fern, and lovage and rhubarb plants.  Starts of Swiss chard, spinach, caouliflower, Brussel sprouts, cabage and kale can be planted snow with a little row-cover protection.  Try eary seedings of beets, leaf lettuce, parsnips, radish, rhubarb, rutabaga, spinach, and Swiss chard. Don't forget to include calendula, dianthus, and viola for edible flowers. Cover the entire garden with n-sulate floating row cover to help plants harden and to protect from the hardest frosts.   Seed potatoes are arriving in late April, closer to the time for planting.

Garden Tour Ticket Earns 20% Off

Lake of the Sky Garden Tour

This year "The" Garden Tour is is in Incline Village on Saturday 7/27 from 10-4 and it sold-out more than a week ago.  Rob and Eric will be out there enjoying the creations, asking questions (and answering a few), listening to what you love and wonder at, and learning from everyone there.  The proceeds from ticket sales benefit local gardens and garden projects as well as funding scholarships for botanical and horticultural studies.
In support of the garden tour fund-raising, the Villager traditionally offers a one time 20% Off discount (any one purchase) to anyone who shows their ticket, on Saturday and Sunday, and we will again.

Garden Monkshood Sale:   Aconitum  napellus:  buy 2, get 1 Free, #1g size,  (of equal or lesser value) - through July31...  dumbledore's delight, garden wolf's bane, common aconite, devil's helmet or monkshood.  Aconitum is a genus with over 250 species native to much of the northern hemisphere.  Our most common and easy to grow species is Aconitum napellus, a Garden Monkshood, which is a frequent garden plant in cold locations throughout North America and Europe.  I have divided mine several times and the plants grow to 6' tall and 2' wide with dozens of flowering stalks.  Where the irrigation blasts them they often fall over if not staked but out of the spray, they seem to stand on their own.  They are very long lived. Like a shade loving delphinium with beautiful purple flowers. A. napellus prefers open woodland shade and moist well-drained soil.  We also have a few Autumn Monkshood that prefer more sun and bloom much later.

Villager Newsletter 7/25

  • Dumbledore's delight
  • Dumbledore's delight

Hot August Shade Sale thru 8/11

Hot August Shade Sale, through August 11. (see flier) or (sign-up for future notices)

25% OFF Trees and Shrubs:  any deciduous Tree or Tall Shrub that will grow ≥6’ tall (and give some shade)   (Conifers are all excluded as are the small Spiraea, Potentilla, Currants, Thimbleberry and woody groundcovers.“Deciduous” often equates to great fall color!

- OR -
If you buy 2 of the same species and size, you get the 3rd (of the same species and size) FREE (that's 33.3% off!).  If it is not the same, It is still 25% off.
We have an incredible selection of the hardiest trees and shrubs for shading, flowering, screening and for fruiting.  Among others, the sale includes Aspen, Maples, Hawthorne, Mountain Ash, Willow, Chokecherry, Apples, Apricots, Pears, Cherries, Elderberry, Ninebark, Viburnum, Twinberry, Serviceberry, Chokeberry, Dogwood, Roses (except ‘Nearly Wild’), TALL Spiraeas like: Spiraea douglasii, S. vanhoutii and S. ‘Halward’s Silver’, Tall Snowberry, Mt. Mahogany, Buckbrush and Buddlea.

75% off ALL remaining vegetables including Asparagus, Kitchen Rhubarb, Tomato, Pepper, Lettuce & all the other Veggies.  ALSO:  All ANNUAL herbs including tender perennials like rosemary.  (excludes thymes, mints, chives, sage...)

Blue Ribbon Blend Potting Soil:  OMRI listed, HIGH quality, organic materials w/ nutrients and beneficial mycorrhiza to promote vigor and fight disease. Excellent aeration, drainage AND moisture holding capacity.
1.5 cu.ft. bags.       Regular Price: $12.99        Sale Price: $10.99

Tomato Growing Kits...  for now or next summer  (Sorry OUR sample garden is not for sale).
Hydrofarm self-watering "Tomato Barrel" with tomato-support (and your choice of 3, 4" tomatoes) - $29.99  (a few newly potted-up pots available - add $6.00 for the soil = 35.99)
#10 gallon pot, saucer, tomato cage (and your choice of 3, 4" tomatoes) - $19.99
#15 gallon pot, saucer, tomato cage (and your choice of 2, #1 tomatoes) - $24.99
#20 gallon pot, saucer, tomato cage (and your choice of 2, #1 tomatoes) - $29.99

Gromulch, Amend, Topper & Bumper Crop:   Buy 4, get 1 FREE
2 cubic feet,  $8.99 ea   -   Buy 4 Price: $3.60/cu.ft.


2014 High Sierra Mountain Gardening Spring Classes and Workshops.  Educated and experienced botanists, arborists, plantsmen and garden professionals share their knowledge and understanding to help your mountain gardens succeed.

The folks at Villager Nursery have decades (and decades) of personal and vicarious mountain gardening experiences to share.  “We’ve killed thousands of plants in our own gardens so that our clients won’t have to”. Before beginning your own experiments in Mountain Gardening, learn from the many trials and triumphs of others.

Spring Seminars and Workshops (April-June 2014) ... more classes in July-Oct.

Our Fall Classes: 

Sat. Sept. 27, 10-11 Autumn Gardening: Planting, transplanting, bulbs, seeds, soil prep & propagation.
Sat. Oct. 11, 10-11 Fall Color in your garden: Artistry & chemistry.
Sat. Oct. 18, 10-11:30 Winterizing your Garden: What to do and why to do it.

Mid-Winter Hours

For the remainder of January and through February, the Villager will be open Thurs, Fri & Sat.  Of course we'll be happy to help you if you stop by while were here (gate open and OPEN sign up) but those three days are our scheduled hours these two cold, short, mid-winter months.  We open-up again with all you'll need in early March in time to start seeds of tomato, pepper, eggplant and tomatillo (the first Tuesday in March).

Check-out our Facebook posts

We GAVE away 2, 50# bags of BIOSOL on November 12, 2013 drawn from new "Likes" or comments (from those who already like us) to the Biosol picture on the Villager FB Page. Look for it by 10/27/13.
(If you shared the post you were entered twice !!)

We hope we give you reason to "like" us for real too.

Dig.Drop.Done. Bulbs Demystified

Fall is for Planting.  While Fall is the BEST time of year for planting trees, shrubs and perennials it is also the ONLY time of year to plant spring-flowering-bulbs. 


I have ALWAYS been a fan of bulbs.  They are the simplest and most gratifying form of gardening, literally: Dig. Drop. Done.  Enjoy blooms in spring. "The flowering bulb is the little black dress of the flower world. It's one of the simple things that women can trust to make their lives beautiful. Flower bulbs are actually some of the most reliable and fail-proof blooms available."  Check-out the educational campaign, "Dig.Drop.Done".  "Books and websites are filled to the brim with numerous species, lengthy planting guides and tedious details on the ins and outs of gardening with bulbs. It's easy to infer that these plants must be time consuming and require a high level of gardening knowledge." - not true. Bulbs are easy.

Dig.Drop.Done. shows how easy flowering bulbs really are. At the heart of the Dig.Drop.Done education is a clean, easily navigable website for the the first-time planter or avid gardener. The site is simple, there is no need to know species names or soil conditions. Appreciating beauty is the only requirement.

Check these out:  Bulbs 101  /  Meet the Ladies  /   Easy Bulbs Video  /  Dig.Drop.Done. Facebook

BTW: Biosol is our FAVORITE bulb fertilizer!


Mountain Gardening Education

3rd Annual Villager / Kellogg Planting Daze!!!

WAS Friday AND Saturday, June 24-25 - 10am-2pm  (Mark your calendar for the 4th annual: June 22-23, 2012We had a huge turn-out... it was fun and our first busy weekend and we REALLY appreciated the incredible efforts of Mike and Giselle.

Here's How it Works:

1. You buy the plants and pots (or bring up to 3 pots from home).

2. We plant them for you using premium Master Nursery Gardener's Gold potting soil and organic Gardner & Bloome Fertilizers. 

Maximum pot size 20” in diameter, no window boxes or whiskey barrels please.

Come join the fun and create colorful baskets and planters to enjoy at your home.

HUGE BONUS:  Kellogg Garden Products expert and friend, Mike McLain AND organic-gardening specialist and educator with Gardner & Bloome, Gisele Schoniger will both be on hand to help plant and answer ANY compost, mulch or organic fertilizer questions you can dream up.

Villager Nursery, 10678 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161

Our ongoing classes run nearly weekly from May-Nov. If you'd like a class schedule, e-mail a request to or please Check on-line @ for additional information and sign-up.

Mountain Gardening June 2013

Eric Larusson and Rob VanDyke are both VERY happy to be back and wish you a very happy spring.  Summer is a few short weeks away.

Rob & Eric out standing in their fieldThis is been a very odd spring in sooo many ways. The usual false spring that we get in March or early April never proved false, it just rolled into a very early spring with plants leafing and flowers blooming 3-4 weeks earlier than normal or average.  The two days of hard frost (23°F) in late May were severe enough to fry native balsamroot (the prettier than Mule's Ears yellow daisy) and many landscape plants.  Oaks were especially hard hit but should recover.  

If you got out in March or April and planted beets, chard, spinach, peas, asparagus, lettuce, radish, or kale you must be laughing at how smart you are by now.  This may be the longest growing season ever, barring a big July snow-storm.  

There were unfortunately no classes scheduled this spring.  Rob and Eric will offer gardening classes starting again in July so look for a schedule on Facebook and here (we are always open to new ideas for classes).  Eric taught a fun and well attended, all-encompasing class at Sierra College in early May and will be offering a Fall Gardening class there in October.

The 5th annual Kellogg / Gardener & Bloome Free Planting Days are June 21 & 22.  Our summer solstice (the beginning of summer) is on June 20 @ 10:04 PM. Our Sunset is within 3 minutes of 8:31(on the solstice) from June 12-July 14, nearly a month (solstice: sol = sun + stitium = to stop). Celebrate the solstice by planting a tomato pot.  we have been growing tomatoes VERY successfully in pots on our patios, decks and driveways for decades.  We'll have super specials on the pots, supports and on the tomatoes themselves - and of course the potting soil and excellent organic fertilizers from Mike and Giselle are free!  (Show-up early!)


Kellogg's / G&B 7th annual FREE Planting Days! May 29-30

10am-3pm each day.  YOU buy the plants and pots (or bring one... three from home) and we pot them up while you wait or wander.  FREE Potting Soil, Free Organic Fertilizer, Free Planting Labor, Free Advice, Free Organic Gardening Information, FREE time and great conversation and wonderful smiles from some of my favorite people: Eileen Stram, Mike McLain, Gisele “G” Schoniger & Duncan McNeil...

TONS of color and vegetable starts - plant a lettuce pot or an herb-garden or a tomato with one of our kits!

We have these Tomato Growing Kit Specials especially for the Free Planting Days:

1) Hydrofarm self-watering "Tomato Barrel" (~7g.) with tomato-support and 1, 4” tomato - $29.99
2) #10 gallon pot, saucer, tomato cage and 1, 4” tomato - $19.99
3) #15 gallon pot, saucer, tomato cage and 2, 4” tomatoes - $24.99
4) #20 gallon pot, saucer, tomato cage and 3, 4” tomatoes - $29.99

I've potted up my tomatoes on 4th of July, during the parade, and STILL had huge harvests! It's better to start earlier... like now.



8th Annual Free Kellogg Planting Days June 3-4

8th Annual Villager / Kellogg / G&B Planting Days.

Friday AND Saturday, June 3-4 - 10am-2pm - (We have a HUGE turn-out each year).  It is always a busy weekend and we REALLY appreciate the incredible efforts of Eileen and Giselle. (Mike & Duncan may also join us.)

1. You buy the plants and pots (or bring up to 3 pots from home).
2. We (Eileen & Giselle) plant them for you using premium Master Nursery Gardener's Gold potting soil and authentic, organic G&B Fertilizers.
Maximum pot size 18” in diameter, no window boxes or wine barrels please.
Come join the fun and create colorful baskets and planters to enjoy at your home.
1) 11:30-12 Mini-Mountain Vegetable Primer,
2) 1-1:30 Easy, Interesting Native Wildflowers
3) 2:30-3 The Best Shrubs for Mountain Hedges
June 23 - Saturday, 9:30am-3:30pm: Mini-Seminars
1) 10:30-11: Hardy Herbs for Truckee / North Tahoe
2) 12:00-12:30 Soil Biology and Organic Fertilizers,
3) 1:30-2 Fruits and Berries for Mountain Gardens.

Here's How it Works:

June 3 - Friday, 11:30am-3:30pm: Mini-Seminars

Villager’s free Saturday or Wednesday seminars were few this particular spring but Organic gardening specialist and educator with G&B Organics, Gisele Schoniger, will be here Friday and Saturday and will be delighted to answer ANY and ALL compost, mulch, organic landscaping or soil biology questions you can conceive of.  FYI: Sunrise: 5:37am, Sunset: 8:30pm today, make the most of it.


Villager Nursery Winter Hours

Winter Hours

Villager Nursery is MOSTLY closed Christmas through early March. 
IF you need a houseplant, fertilizer or potting soil or have questions, PLEASE give us a call. Happy 2018.

Closed Mon-Sat - Sundays Closed 

*(weather dependent = if the weather is super nice and spring-like in late winter or early spring, we'll open the gate here and there.)

If you need help with products, plans, bids or consulting, please 

with your questions or for an appointment. 

You can also call and leave a message at 530-587-0771

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Contact / Credentials

Villager Nursery, Inc
10678 Donner Pass Road,
Truckee, CA 96161
Central Truckee, exit 186 off I-80
530 / 587-0771
info@villagernursery dot com
No. C 3976.001, Co.29
CA Contractors License 1977
No. 413907 - C27 LS
ISA Certified Arborist: 

Eric Larusson
No. WE-7983A
Villager Florist - Gateway 1950
Small nursery added 1975
Landscaping added 1978
Incorporated 1990
Moved to current home 1999

California Nursery License 1975
Villager Nursery, Incorporated is a California corporation, a retail/, re-wholesale nursery and grower in the business of selling plants and all related outdoor and indoor garden and landscape supplies and accessories.

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Christmas Trees, Wreaths and Garland

2017 Fresh Christmas Trees - Fresh Cut: Silvertip (Abies magnifica), White Fir (Abies concolor), High Brix Noble Fir (Abies procera) harvested LATE Nov..  Living Potted: Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens), Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmanii), Black Hills White Spruce (Picea glauca ssp. densata).  Mixed and Port Orford Cedar Garland and Noble Fir, Cedar & Juniper Wreaths from 19 to 72 inches.  Door swags, mistletoe and greens by the pound.

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