Everything listed under: Hardy Plants

  • October 2018

    So, our "Fall Sale" ended on the 14th.

    We have brought in so many trucks of fresh material throughout this year's fall planting season.  We have ANOTHER truckload of aspen arriving Wed / Thurs 10/17-18 and then another truck full of conifers, maples and native plants arriving on the 22nd.  It continues.

    Along with the aspen on this week's truck, we have more of the amazing, hardy, fast-growing, fall-coloring, and extremely large Acer ginnala (Flame and Tartarian Maples - Acer ginnala var ginnala = Amur Maple / Flame Maple; A. ginnala var. tartaricum = Tartarian / Hot Wings Maple).  We have dozens of these in a variety of sizes and we'll be offering them at 20% off through the month.  

    Eric cannot resist interesting hardy perennials and native wildflowers, thus, we have an abundance, possibly an over-abundance, and so, we will continue to have the 4", 6-pack and mud-flats of hardy perennials at 30% off (in order to reduce the winterizing work we have to do). Also, we'll offer 20% off all the #1g and up herbaceous perennials.  We reserve the right to give random deeper discounts for large purchases.

    AND, walking around the nursery, looking at all the amazing plants we have, I noticed a couple more we have an over-abundance of:  Physocarpus (nine bark), Syringa (Lilac - we brought in 100's for spring blooming), Spring Snow crabapples (an absolute cloud or solid blooms EVERY spring), and, still, for Glenshire folk, Pinus monophyla (Piñon Pine).  ALL these will be 30% off through the end of the month....

    One, more thing.... In our "challenging" soils, when you go to the trouble to dig a hole for a tree, shrub or perennial, add compost and organic fertilizer... DON'T waste the hole by filling it in without at least tossing in a few bulbs.  This time of year, we say, NEVER waste a planting hole!

    Winterizing Class with Rob VanDyke 10/20

  • January

    In mid-winter, Villager Nursery is "mostly closed". January and February we catch-up on paperwork, repair, clean, organize a bit, once in a while.  If the sign says we are CLOSED... well, yep.  Apologies.  If the gate is OPEN and the sign says OPEN as it may be, now and again on sunny winter days, PLEASE stop in. We do have a few indoor bulbs left as well as some houseplants we are growing and maintaining.  If you need something, please feel free to call and leave a message or e-mail us.  March is very early spring and we'll start opening again then depending on the weather.  Pray for snow. Get out and enjoy it. Happy New Year!  See you soon.Soliel d'Or


  • Solstice Summer Sale

    We've been trying to carve out a few minutes to make a Spring Promotion Newsletter, so here it is, a few days past Summer Solstice, a sale to last until nearly 4th of July.  Get your garden on if you have not yet... I planted my greens in early April but have not had a chance to start my Tomatoes yet - (It has become an tradition for me to stay home from the parade to plant mine up.)  They're all 20% off until the 3rd along with beans, cukes, peas, squash, peppers, lettuce, etc....  The mature composts from Kellogg as well as the garden enhancing Chicken and Farmyard composts are all buy-three-get-one-free now as well so side-dress away.  We put a couple of awesome #5g shrubs (maple and chokecherry) on special for your screening needs this week, because they are fantastic.  Ad 30% off of our Apples, hardy Cherries, and incredibly productive currants and gooseberries is a smokin' deal - you can use fruiting shrubs as ornamentals without worry, they're tough and attractive as well as productive.  Sales run through July 3.  Our 4th of July hours are roughly 9-10 and 12-2... depending on traffic and the parade when we are closed.  Please swing by and say hello if you're walking the route (or throw us extra candy if you're on a float).

  • Fall is in the Air, Nursery-Wide Sale 9/13-9/22 2013 !

    Fall is in the Air

    Nursery-Wide Sale 

    9/13-9/22 2013 !

    DETAILS: sale flier here and newsletter here

    "Seconds" - We're bringing out healthy plants with a crook or a sealing scar or a broken top that are not quite retail salable but will grow with compost and fertilizer. These orphaned plants are CHEAP!

    50% Off Fruit Trees is a SMOKIN’ deal!  Apples, Pears, Cherries, and worthy of their blooms alone, Hardy Apricot and Peach.

    20% off (and no tax) on prolific Currants, Gooseberries, Hardy Grapes, Raspberries and Blueberries and will produce more fruit per square foot than any other plant.  The JostaBerry and TastiBerry (gooseberry x currant hybrids) are specialty plants we grew specifically for Truckee.

    20% OFF Tough-as-Nails Trees and Shrubs - The whole LOT!

    75% Off Annual Color: Stock, Geranium, Cali, Petunia, Nasturtium, Tender Grasses, etc...

    40% Off Perennial Herbs and Vegetables like Thyme, Asparagus, Sage, Mint, Lovage, etc...

    50% OFF Packaged (not Villager brand) Seeds:  Lake Valley, Renee, etc..

    30% Off Bulk Wildflower Seeds: (not packaged) >4 oz.

    30% Bulk Grass, Pasture, Clover Seeds: (not packaged) >5 lbs.

    Bearded Iris $2.99 (reg 4.99)

    Hyacinth Bulbs for indoor or outdoor 10 for 8.99 (reg. 1.29ea.)

    Early Indoor Only Paperwhite Narcissus 10 for 9.99 (reg. 1.39ea.)

    Inside the store: 10% off fertilizers, repellents, pesticides, herbicides.

    Inside the store: 50% off Hydroponic specific nutrients and Indoor Lighting and Growing Systems.

    The newsletter has a coupon for $$$ of of Biosol.  Sign-up to receive VERY infrequent news and notices. Sign-up if you want the newsletter coupons.

    40% OFF Beautiful Hardy Flowering Herbaceous Perennials like Coneflower, Daylily, Sedum, Lupine, Daisy, etc........

    Buy 4, get 1 FREE  on Potting Soils, Manures & Bark

    30% OFF Redwood Planters & Trellis’

    30% OFF LARGE  Pottery

    30% OFF Outdoor Art

    Parking Lot “Orphan Plants” Clearance

    All sales limited to stock on hand and no double discounts. Discounts off regular retail prices....

  • Moonlight in Vermont

    In late September, I went to New England, piggy-backing, on my daughter Katrin's College Tour.  I was present and active in all the campus tours and meetings with nordic ski coaches.  I also found time every day to visit the college arboretums and local nurseries, to talk to botany professors, hike in research forests and take in the amazing spectacle of fall color in the Atlantic Northeast. Katrin and MB were patient and good sports. While buildings on some of the campus' were built in the 1700's, many of the trees we saw near them are much older than that.

    I have not been to the hardwood forests of the east since I was too young to tell the difference between a Shagbark Hickory and a Sassafras and I was awed by every aspect of what I experienced.

    The first day we found out that, unlike travel in the west, there are many ways to go from point A to point B.  If someone here wants to go to Reno they take I-80 or the very long way around over Mt. Rose.  In New England there might be 5 ways that all differ in travel time by 3-5 minutes.  We took the routes that looked most scenic (along a river or around a lake). 

    We toured UNH (where my grandfather was the football coach from 1941-1946) and we visited Annika T. (a superior local nordic skiier). We also toured Colby, Bowdoin, Middlebury, UVM, and St. Michael's. We drove through Dartmouth, Williams, Smith, UMASS, and Amhurst and had a personal tour of Vassar (thanks Jodi & Rick).

    We ate fresh lobster on the coast of Maine, had a beer on the veranda of the Mount Washington Lodge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire surrounded by glorious fall colors, drove through 6 covered bridges in one afternoon and watched a full moon rise over pastures and the Green Mountains of northern Vermont, we ate maple candy, hiked Smuggler's Notch and Crawford Notch, visited the Trapp Family Lodge, toured a well-known ice cream factory, saw lots of corn and cows, lots more fall colors, waterfalls, and diverse ecosystems borne of humidity and rain.  We had lunch at the CIA in Poughkeepsie, drove on the turnpike from Stockbridge toward Boston and "the Birkshires looked dreamlike" on account of the colors. 

    One nursery I visited in the Green Mountains told me they had "been having frost 2-3 days a week for several weeks" yet there were Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia) and Impatiens in their landscape.  The protection humidity offers is incredible and the lack of humidity is perhaps our biggest challenge on the east side of the Sierras.

    In a town the size of Truckee there would be 5-6 cemeteries, another location of amazing trees (as well as grave markers from the 1600's).  The wild New England Asters were amazing in their diversity and display as were he 8 foot tall Jerusalem Artichokes.  I saw wild High-Bush Blueberries almost 10' tall and wide, wild Wintergreen and Low-Bush Blueberries.  We hiked under Paper Birch nearly 100' tall and over 2' dbh.  The largest Sycamore I've ever seen was in the center of Vassar.  There was lots of Virgina Creeper and Boston Ivy as well as ubiquitous and showy Poison Ivy.  The Ostrich Fern was golden through the forests where it spreads in solid stands.  Sumac often dominated the openings along the highways. Driving over the White and Green mountains we would almost become frustrated by the density of the forests and the lack of vistas.  In most places the forests are so thick, you would need a machete and chain saw to walk through them.

    I said to one Vermonter that everywhere I looked it was a postcard view.  She said she had been to Truckee and Tahoe and that "everywhere she looked it was a postcard view".  We ARE very fortunate to live in such a beautiful environment.

    Many of their most spectacular fall color plants thrive here in spite of our dry climate.  Serviceberry, Viburnum, Sumac, Blueberry, many of the Maples, Asters and Rudbeckias.  Flying home over the Wasatch Range in Utah, from 42,000ft, I could see mountainsides of SOLID crimson that I first thought were colored rock.  It was acres Rocky Mountain Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandinentatum). That was also amazing.  The unfortunate lady in the window seat next to me was very patient.

  • Truckee Spring - Mid-May

    Day-length pretty close to its maximum now, the soils continue to absorb the sun's radiation and the average temperatures are climbing.  May starts with an average low of 27°F and ends with an average low of 34°F.  Our night-time temps have been WAY above average for weeks an averages are just the mathematical numbers in the middle of the extremes of reality.  It will be nearly miraculous (or ominous) if we don't have more snow and a lot more frost.  That is not to deter gardening, God-knows I've been going at it since early April and am delighted at my gardens.  My comments are to remind you to be prepared to cover when the cold returns.

    We are having a HUGE sale on our pre-packaged 10x12' 1.5oz frost fabric (packaged by "easy gardener") reg. 15.99 on sale for 10.99 through Memorial Day.  It is great to use when transitioning plants from the house or shade to the outdoors as well.  I just leave it over the plants for a few days.  It is also important to have on hand in for fall cold when I often leave it over the garden for days or weeks at a time.  AND as a bonus... WE use it top protect ferns, hosta, rhubarb, thimbleberry and dogwood from HAIL!  it works great.  If hail is called for, I cover plants before leaving for work.

  • 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

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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