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  • Late December Truckee-Tahoe Christmas Trees

    Because we are "off the beaten path" of Truckee (far-west Brickletown & far-east Gateway) we usually BEGIN to sell Christmas trees on the Friday night that Bay-Area schools get-out for the holidays. Reno was completely sold-out last week. Truckee's Boy Scout & Optimist lots are mostly sold-out. Please visit them. When they're out, we'll still have loads of fresh, beautiful trees of all kinds along with garland, wreaths, greens and living potted trees as well.

    We offer fresh-cut and sustainably harvested silvertips, dense & open noble fir, glossy nordmann fir, fragrant fraser fir, aromatic grand fir as well as living, potted spruce, pine and juniper. We have many returning clients who pick-up trees from Thanksgiving until now but our main wave of Christmas Tree customers begin arriving in ernest this Friday through Sunday - in these 3 days, we'll sell MOST of our trees. Ready. Set. Go. 

    Our hours vary depending on clients, business traffic and weather. We'll be open 10-6 on Sunday the 23rd and from 10-1 on Christmas Eve. We're closed the 25 and 26 and open the 27th from 11-3. After that, we'll be open again some time in March.

    Call ahead if you're heading this way after 5. We are planning to stay open later on Friday and Saturday.


  • Late December Truckee-Tahoe Christmas Trees

    Because we are "off the beaten path" of Truckee (far-west Brickletown & far-east Gateway) we usually BEGIN to sell Christmas trees on the Friday night that Bay-Area schools get-out for the holidays. Reno was completely sold-out last week. Truckee's Boy Scout & Optimist lots are mostly sold-out. Please visit them. When they're out, we'll still have loads of fresh, beautiful trees of all kinds along with garland, wreaths, greens and living potted trees as well.

    We offer fresh-cut and sustainably harvested silvertips, dense & open noble fir, glossy nordmann fir, fragrant fraser fir, aromatic grand fir as well as living, potted spruce, pine and juniper. We have many returning clients who pick-up trees from Thanksgiving until now but our main wave of Christmas Tree customers begin arriving in ernest this Friday through Sunday - in these 3 days, we'll sell MOST of our trees. Ready. Set. Go. 

    Our hours vary depending on clients, business traffic and weather. 

    Call ahead if you're heading this way after 5. We are planning to stay open later on Friday and Saturday.


  • November 2015

    Whoa, What happened to November?  We all forgot, a little, about getting ready for winter.  Four good storms and a week of sub-zero or near zero temps here at the end reminded us. Christmas tree harvesting was quite a bit more challenging than it has been for the past 4 years. We chained-up all four when we headed up and had much more fun post-holing through the snow and underlying brush to get every silvertip... still kinda fun. Our lush, rich Noble fir were cut on the small coast range plantation northeast of Portland on Monday before Thanksgiving (in snow) and put on a truck Tuesday morning. Hurrying this way, the Truck was stopped by snow in the Cascades where it waited for the passes to clear and finally arrived here Friday afternoon in time for us to wrap and cover them in anticipation of the next 2 nights of -8°F.  They're certainly NOT drying-out... The Thanksgiving weekend was not our most stellar show but we are extremely grateful for all the folks who braved the cold and our disorganization and of course, we are grateful for the moisture and for the snow.  Happy Thanksgiving.


  • Villager Nursery Christmas

    We frequently remind our clients and friends to give your gardens one last watering at Thanksgiving (if we have not had any substantial snow or rain), this was just such a year.  We watered the containers well this past weekend, twice because once we get temps in the single digits or below zero there is no point. We spread the last 8 bags of Biosol on our landscapes and sadly people were coming in asking for more (get a bag or two in September and have at the ready for when snow is imminent).  Once we finally tucked away all the hardy trees, shrubs and perennials into the shade where they'll hopefully rest frozen all winter under a blanket of snow, we think about December.  Christmastime is here. 

    We waited until we had numerous cold nights in the low teens before cutting fresh Silvertip christmas trees this year. We have Silvertip from 3' to over 20' and the tallest begin to go quickly after Thanksgiving ...so order one in October if you can. (If you wonder how we select and cut, see the previous post).  Our fresh cut full A-Grade and Classic (open-tiered) Grade Noble Fir arrived to our refrigerated climate last week (4-11').  Our grower cut a few Wild Noble Fir for us this year for an interesting change.  They have amazingly beautiful foliage but equally amazing wide internodes (the space between whorls of branches) - perfect trees for folks who use actual candles to light their trees (do NOT try this at home!).  We bring in a handful of 9-10' Douglas Fir that we keep hidden but that are available.

    The Villager Nursery has two new wreath makers this year and we wanted to try a broad assortment of sizes and configurations.  We are offering MANY lush wreaths between 30-48" in diameter.  We have a few all-juniper wreaths this year.  Since 1984, our 23" FAT mixed wreaths help support a non-profit horticultural training center for adults with varying developmental disabilities. We also have mixed garland, noble fir and juniper greens by the pound, mixed or all-cedar garland by the foot or the roll, green, variegated  and winterberry holly bunches and fresh mistletoe bunches and branches. 

    Inside the shop we have natural ornaments, gifts for gardeners, great wildflower & gardening books, loads of poinsettias, crates of paperwhite narcissus bulbs (some in bloom), amaryllis and pre-chilled "prepared" hyacinths, houseplants, wildflower seeds (toss them over a little snow), indoor gardening lights and kits and two great cats (hops ad barley) to say hello!  (OH!, AND we'll have sleds for sale as usual for the "no sledding" Truckee sledding hill across the street.)

    for more info check-out these two links from our references page:

    2013 Villager Real Christmas Prices.   Chosing Living Christmas Tree?

  • Silvertip Christmas Trees in Truckee

    The Villager staff (all of us boys left here in late November) go out and harvests fresh, high elevation silvertip Christmas trees from snowy mountain tops.  This year we had to wait and wait until it got cold enough to harvest.  If you cut before severe cold, the trees do not hold up as well.  

    When the temps finally dropped, we had exactly 5 days to harvest before the monster storms of Thanksgiving 2010.  As a result we harvested fewer than usual but they were lovely trees.

    While the Boy Scouts and Optimists sell through thousands of trees, the Villager usually sells about 200.  We have 50 or so folks that pre-order and we cut-to-order for them then we bring in 100 HUGE fresh Noble Fir from a great little grower, high in the Oregon coast range.  Troy (the grower) actualy measures for degrees Brix (symbol °Bx: the sugar content) of his fir and compares his to other growers.  His have far more sugar and as a result, hold more water, last longer and smell better.   The 12' trees we received this year weighed nearly 280 lbs but they were spectacular.

    We ususlly sell a few trees before the 20th and the bulk between the 20-23rd.  3 busy days after uncovering these trees from snow for weeks.   We were actually running pretty low so I ran over to a friend's tree lot this morning (they have acres of land north of the Sierra Buttes) and picked up 30 trees.   

    At this point, we have about 20 nice silvertip Christmas Trees left.   530 587 0771   12/21/2010

    I've been so lame with the blog this fall, we were soo busy, Thank Goodness!.   Rob and Eric had an epic trip to the southern Sierra to collect wild birch seeds.   Eric went to Salt Lake City to tour retail nurseries and steal great ideas.  Eric had a 50th birthday surprise party! And we are still here.  The lights are still on.

    Merry Christmas to anyone who might read this!  Thanks so much for keeping us alive.

    Eric Larusson

    Villager Nursery, Inc

    Truckee, CA



Contact Villager

Villager Nursery, Inc
10678 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161-4834
Central Truckee, exit 186 off I-80
(530) 587-0771
www.villagernursery.com
info@villagernursery

Founded 1975, Incorporated 1990

California Nursery License 1975
No. C 3976.001, Co.29CA
Contractors License 1977
No. 413907-C27 LS
ISA Certified Arborist: Eric Larusson
No. WE-7983A

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