Everything listed under: Truckee Christmas Trees

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Christmas Trees in Truckee 2015

    The Boy Scouts sold-out on Friday, the Optimists on Saturday and Villager Nursery has no Noble Fir but a fair supply of 3-6' Silvertip and 3, 12-16' Silvertips left as well as a nice selection of hardy Blue Spruce for living Christmas Trees. (IF you'd like a different twist on your Christmas, purchase a living Blue Spruce and then donate it to the Truckee Cemetery (recent I-80 expansion put the obnoxious interstate on-top of much of the historical Truckee Cemetery and they can use all the screening planting they can muster.)

    Villager Nursery does still have a reasonable supply of several sizes of thick, lush, fragrant wreaths as well as bulk greens (sold by the pound) and a pile of FREE boughs we've trimmed while cutting trees.

     

    All day long while Eric spun trees and made fresh cuts, Rob ran from car to car tying fancy knots and securing precious cargo.

     

  • Christmas Trees In Truckee Tahoe

    Reports are that the Optimists Christmas Tree Lot and the Boy Scouts' Lot next to ACE are OUT of trees. This frequently happens in Truckee.  I'm told that Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista have been out for a week. Villager Nursery TRIES to have selections through the 22nd or 23rd but shortages and selection is why we encourage pre-orders of ANY of our tree types.  We can deliver and help set-up on Tuesdays and Thrusdays before Dec. 18th. (Our busiest days for Christmas Tree Sales are the 19-23rd so we're too busy IN the nursery to deliver during that time.)

    We STILL have a good supply or 4-7' Noble Fir and Silvertip and just a handful of larger silvertip and white-fir remaining.

    If you are considering a living tree, this hand-out had totals for care: Christmas_Tree_Choices_2013.pdf

    If you are interested in ordering a tree for next year, please e-mail us or call.  It is best to have ordered in by Halloween but we'll accept them now for Christmas 2016.

     

  • Fall & Holiday Reflections on 2014

    We had another LONG autumn season and we all gardened and landscaped and harvested and planted well into November and even into December. The average air temperatures and nighttime lows were WELL above average for months and the soils were accumulating solar energy (warmth) for an extra long time. On top of that we had a few rain and snow showers here and there that added some moisture to the soil and kept relative humidity slightly elevated for some periods.  All-in-all a great fall for planting & growing. Deciduous trees installed this past summer and fall should have put-on tremendous root expansion and will be far better off come spring when they use those larger root systems to take-up resources.

    The PUD’s state mandated 2-day a week watering was a God-send for improved fall color. Too many folks water too much too often as it is, especially in late summer / early fall when we need to be letting plants know it’s time to begin acclimating to cold for winter. Some deep cold followed by very mild temps gave plants a long acclimatization period that meant excellent fall colors for us all to thoroughly enjoy.  We were able to see and appreciate, as we do with bulbs and perennials, early, mid and late fall color plants.  Amur maple one of the earliest and serviceberry one of the latest.

    We brought-in a truck-load of quaking aspen and shapely blue spruce late in October. The aspen (bomb-proof weeds that they are) are used to create snow-catch & shade for other overwintering plants and the spruce for living Christmas trees.  We almost sold-out of both with the extended planting season and I’m a fraud we disappointed a few living Christmas tree devotés.

    Harvesting high-elevation cut silvertip Christmas trees can and is done (by some) in October. It is ideal to wait until they have had quite a few days of extreme cold to insure they are fully acclimated to their normally harsh winter environment before harvest. It is also best to harvest as close to Christmas as possible. These two conditions mean that we often only have one to two days to get out there and do our thinning job before snows make it impossible to continue. This year we waited and waited and waited for cold, finally harvesting in the couple of days before Thanksgiving.  We did see a slight increase in needle-drop over the usual but still not much when compared to douglas fir.  Our plantation-grown noble fir were incredibly lush and dense after the heavy rains and snow they received in the northern coast range where they’re farmed.  The rains and warm snows throughout December kept them in their prime.  It also helps that we keep all but the few on display in deep shade under row-cover.

    We had nearly 100 pre-ordered Christmas trees and most folks have already put-in their order for December 2015. Let us know if you are interested; the pre-orders get the pick-of-the litter. We cut a few extra 4-5’ white & red fir this year and since the Boy Scouts and Optimists were more-or less sold-out by the 22nd, we were happy to, as usual, provide trees for folks arriving to their second-homes or vacation rentals at the last-minute.  We tried to close by noon on the 24th but Jose stayed-open ‘till well past 2:00 helping folks.  Friends and colleagues with nurseries are surprised that we try to NOT sell-out of Christmas trees.  The B.S.A. and Optimists clean-up and leave their lots. They don’t have to see the faces of disappointed parents and children when you tell them the trees are all gone. We do see them and we’d rather turn a hand-full of thinned or plantation farmed trees into organic mulch than disappoint a mini-van full of kids excited for Christmas.  We provided 100's of yards of garland and 100's of wreaths from one to six feet across. (due to an ordering snafu, we have 3 rolls of fresh garland left - and we'll be open Friday-Sunday the 2nd-4th)

    SO, 2014 was fun, crazy, fast and in the past.  Cheers!   Here’s to you and yours, wishing you all a healthy and very happy 2015!!!


  • 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?

  • Truckee Trees, Truckee Bulbs, Truckee Seeds, Truckee Shrubs, Truckee Perennials

    In the populated locations of the Sierra Nevada (or the Rockies for that matter) the climate does not get much more challenging than it does in Truckee, Glenshire & Hirschdale.  Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Groundcovers, Bulbs and Seeds that thrive in Truckee, plants that the Villager Nursery offers, will grow well anywhere in the mountain west.  Really.  We have MANY wonderful clients from Reno, Colfax, Nevada City, Downieville, Quincy, Portola, Meyers and more mountain-top, glacial valley and upper foothill locations.

    Fall sales are "technically" over, and we have one more load of trees arriving approx. 10/25.  We are like the trees at the Villager these days... changing color but not yet dropping our leaves.  We have begun cutting back perennials and fertilizing with Biosol and Gardner & Bloome but we have not yet begun putting the plants into the shade for winter.  Fall IS for planting and, in the sun at least, the soil is actually still accumulating the warmth that encourages root system expansion.  

    Do not forget to keep your plants and lawns moist.  It does not take much but do not let your plants dry out. Once a week-or-so is probably plenty, less often in shade.  Hopefully you got the memo and  mulched ALL bare soil with Gromulch and wood chips to reduce moisture loss, keep out weeds, reduce temperature swings in the roots and to feed the soil.  Winterizing Class Saturday 10/26 from 10-11am. ($5-ish donation to the Farwest Nordic Junior Ski Program).

    Get your BIOSOL now before we run out again.  Sign-up for the newsletter to receive wonderful coupons and timely advice. Check-in with us or even "Like" us on Facebook just for the fun of it. Or look for the BIOSOL give-away deal!

  • Truckee Trees, Truckee Bulbs, Truckee Seeds, Truckee Shrubs, Truckee Perennials

    In the populated locations of the Sierra Nevada (or the Rockies for that matter) the climate does not get much more challenging than it does in Truckee, Glenshire & Hirschdale.  Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Groundcovers, Bulbs and Seeds that thrive in Truckee, plants that the Villager Nursery offers, will grow well anywhere in the mountain west.  Really.  We have MANY wonderful clients from Reno, Colfax, Nevada City, Downieville, Quincy, Portola, Meyers and even many more high foothill to summit locations.

    Fall sales are "technically" over, and we have one more load of trees arriving approx. 10/25.  We are like the trees at the Villager these days... changing color but not yet dropping our leaves.  We have begun cutting back perennials and fertilizing with Biosol and Gardner & Bloome but we have not yet begun putting the plants into the shade for winter.  Fall IS for planting and, in the sun at least, the soil is actually still accumulating the warmth that encourages root system expansion.  

    Do not forget to keep your plants and lawns moist.  It does not take much but do not let your plants dry out. Once a week-or-so is probably plenty, less often in shade.  Hopefully you got the memo and  mulched ALL bare soil with Gromulch and wood chips to reduce moisture loss, keep out weeds, reduce temperature swings in the roots and to feed the soil.  Winterizing Class Saturday 10/26 from 10-11am. ($5 donation to the Farwest Nordic Foundation).

    UNTIL we start putting plants away (~after Halloween):  

    20% OFF Trees and Shrubs*    

    *except the spruce we've just brought in for living holiday decor.

    40% OFF 4" & Quart Perennials (not woody)

    30% OFF #1g and larger Perennials

    Awesome and hardy wildflower-type bulbs, Garlic and more.  Wildflower seeds for Tahoe, Truckee and the High Sierra along with, always, the best advice for far-better-than-average successes.  

    Pumpkins: 3.99 each.

    Get your BIOSOL now before we run out.  Sign-up for the newsletter to receive wonderful coupons ad timely advice. Check-in with us or even "Like" us on Facebook just for the fun of it.

  • Happy Birthday Villager

    December 1, 1975 - December 1, 2013

    We have continued to grow and branch and flower and fruit and hedge and adapt in order to offer our clients an interesting, useful and beautiful selection of plant materials and products that insure your successes.  "We've killed thousands of plants, testing them in our own gardens, so our clients won't have to."

    Our Founder, Jeanette Harper and a partner finalized the purchase of the existing florist in the Gateway center 12/1/1975 and celebrated with Champagne in the office of the Gateway Motel with Roxie Arche and Azad McIver (Our current location is Azad's old home and dairy). 

    Eric showed-up in 1984 and Rob a couple of years after that.  Quite a few nurseries have come and gone in Truckee in 38 years. Some only lasted a season some for a decade or more.  We needed to move our nursery from Gateway to our current home in 1999. The reality is that Truckee is a ridiculous place to run a retail nursery. It seems that you have to be crazy. We also happen to be fanatical botanists and ecologists hell-bent on providing education and materials to local gardeners to show them that they CAN succeed in this harsh climate.

    We've thought that we could just offer the 20% of the plants that 80% of clients ask for and we'd be probably be profitable ... But what about the other 80% of really cool unique native and hardy plants that people SHOULD be using..? And what about that 20% of customers who LOVE natives or thrill at really cool, unique plants, bulbs and seeds from the far coldest corners and peaks around the globe?  It's more interesting the way we've been growing.  We are continually aware that we have YOU to thank for keeping us rooted in Truckee.  Thank You!

    Villager Nursery: helping mountain gardens thrive since 1975.  Experience you can trust / Information you can use.

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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