Holiday Hours:
Sun-Fri 10:00-4:00
Hours are variable near Christmas and we will be closed for mid-winter starting at 3:00 on 12/23.

All Truckee Christmas tree lots and box-stores sold out of Christmas trees this season by 12/18. Truckee USUALLY sells out of trees before Christmas but this year's early snows and cold temperatures shut-out much of the high elevation silvertip harvesting. On top of that, many locals with USFS permits decided to skip the challenging harvesting this year and purchase trees locally. Beyond plantation cultured the noble and nordmann fir we always carry, we usually cut 100-150 silvertip and bring-in another 300 from a local timber manager... this year we cut 18 and were able to bring-in 141 more. Next year!

Our hours change with the climatic seasons  - always weather permitting. (Call ahead if it is dumping snow, if  the exodus traffic is heinous, or if we've got pea-soup smoke,  just-in-case we've gone home.) We change the hours here and on Google, Yelp, Bing and Facebook (but Apple gets its info "elsewhere",  even apple is unsure where, so Siri is usually wrong).

We maintain a healthy supply of tropical and indoor appropriate houseplants and bulbs, indoor gardening gear, pottery, potting soils, organic fertilizers and nutrients, as well as seeds and seed-starting supplies. We also have every plant lover's favorite present: gift certificates from your local garden center.

Villager Nursery outdoor areas are open late-winter (Mar-April) through late December depending on snow persistence. Through mid-winter, someone is usually here, IN the shop, most days (paperwork, plants, and shop-cat needs love). We don't want to let anyone down, so if you need something (plant, product, plans, bids, or consulting) or have questions, PLEASE send-us an e-mail as we check them almost every evening - (PLEASE DO NOT USE Facebook messenger. It is unmonitored).  We'll usually get back to you in a day or two or as soon as we possibly can. You can also call and leave a voice message at 530-587-0771. We tend to be rather busy in our compressed spring (May-June) season and replies may take a bit longer.  contact us 

Check our Facebook Page, Instagram or the references page on this website for updates, informational sheets, class hand-outs and calendar updates. 

The best time to plant is today When a plant is placed in the ground properly (see Planting Instructions) the tissues begin adapting to the new location's light and humidity and wind  and temperatures. Roots make intimate associations with beneficial microorganisms who begin to colonize the root system to the benefit of the plant.  Deciduous trees and shrubs put-on almost all of their root system expansion while their tops are dormant. They grow roughly 80% of their new roots in the warmest soil and cool weather of fall and the other 20% throughout the winter, under snow.  It can be inconvenient to plant in the middle of winter, through snow or frozen soil, but the plants are almost always happier in the ground than they are in a pot.  

For 47 years, Villager Nursery Garden Center has been serving Truckee, Tahoe and regional high Sierra mountain plant lovers, landscapers and gardeners. Villager Florist started in the original Gateway Center (next to the Gateway Motel) in 1949 (73 yrs), added outdoor plants to the mix (becoming a nursery) in 1975, and relinquished the florist in 1996 to focus exclusively on the nursery.


Nursery Address

Villager Nursery, Inc
Varney / McIver Dairy House
10678 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA
Exit 186 of I-80 (Central Truckee)
far-east Gateway / far-west Brickletown


Villager Hours

Holiday Hours

OPEN Sun-Thurs 10:00am-4:00pm
and Fri-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm

Hours are always weather permitting and extended closer to Christmas
If you need something, please call or e-mail and leave us a message.


Villager Nursery

Experienced High-Sierra guides. Here to help with gardening and landscaping in our very challenging growing conditions.
Located in Truckee, California

Our purpose, as always, is to remain the primary source for honest and reliable high-Sierra gardening information while offering the widest and most interesting variety of native, extreme climate, fascinating, showy and cold hardy plants, as well as the appropriate organic fertilizers and finest soil amendments available.

Our hope is only to give our clients everything they need to succeed and find satisfaction in their mountain planters, gardens and landscapes.

Seasonal Notes

September in Truckee.  The days are rapidly getting shorter now as we barrel headlong toward the autumnal equinox and the fall planting season. While it is a GREAT time to plant wildflowers and wildflower seeds, it is still too early to start planting bulbs (except Colchicum and Iris… plant those NOW). The approach of Autumn weather is THE best time to get perenials, trees and shrubs into the ground to capitalize on the still warming soil temperatures with cooler air termpratures. September’s average daytime temps start near 80°F and begin October near 70°F but nighttime temperatures start near 40° and finish the month, a little below freezing ~30ºF. Fall color begins to show in abundance by later this month. Villager Nursery has a great selection of tough-as-nails hardy perenial bulbs that we select for our gardens. These are the bulbs that always grow well. Most bulbs are planted from late September through November… never waste a planting hole… IF you are planting a tree or shrub in fall, always toss in a few bulbs for easy and fun late winter color.

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We are always interested in quality staff, partners and volunteers. Please use the form to inform us if you’re interested!

Your Mountain and Native plant source

Villager Nursery brings you many of the most cold-hardy and abuse tolerant plants on Earth. We collect seeds and cuttings of local High Sierra, Great Basin and Rocky Mountain native plants for propagation and contract growing. We produce many of the best plants and offer selections that are available almost nowhere else. …from remote locations.

The High Sierra Garden Experts

Eric, Rob and the knowledgeable staff at Villager Nursery have decades of experience in what works in Truckee and Tahoe’s high mountain environments. Visit the store today for seeds, bulbs, perennials, annual color, trees, shrubs, composts, organic fertilizers, pottery, art, and more!

Villager Journal

Timely information for Mt. Gardeners throughout the northern Sierras.

The 2022 Season…

We do this because we love helping people find plants that will provide joy, food, or solve a problem in their garden or landscape. We love the years-long processes of testing plants in our challenging environment and sharing what we learn with others. They say...

Fall Planting / Autumn Gardening

Fall Planting / Autumn Gardening Start gardening at the first sign of spring? Naw. September and October are months to accomplish the most important gardening tasks before winter settles in.   MOST of next year’s garden success depends upon the care your garden is...

Why Mulching is So Essential

It works wonders in our climate and for our soils. If someone told you you could water half as often while your plants grow healthier twice as fast with a free product, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to use it?
What is mulch? Mulch is an organic or inorganic material atop the soil, above the spreading roots and associated soil biology. Mulch insulates soil from sun, wind, erosive raindrops, as well as temperature and moisture extremes.

Tree Winterizing

•) Tree Wrapping – In fall, after the leaves have fallen from your more brittle or vulnerable new trees and shrubs, tie them up for the winter. Wrap the tree tightly to itself, with heavy-duty tree tape.

Fire-Resistive Landscaping in Truckee / Tahoe

A deciduous screen can slow or even stop a fire before it reaches structures. Aspen, birch, maple, poplar and willow require some irrigation to remain fire resistant. -Forest managers frequently use the terms “firebreak” and “asbestos-type tree” to describe quaking aspen. If maintained, hedge rows can deflect wind and filter wind-blown embers.

Holidays in the year of the COVID

The demographics and movement patterns and rental markets and buying habits have shifted. We are adapting, trying to navigate providing necessary services in a safe environment. It is fascinating, frustrating, and satisfying all at once; like gardening.

Your Local Garden Center

Our business survival strategy has long been to provide sound advice and do everything possible to insure our clients’ successes. Our customers are locals and they’ll trust us if they succeed and so we have many, many, many clients and customers that we have known and worked with for decades.

Barley, a good nursery cat.

Barley the nursery cat.

Are We Essential?

April in Truckee and Tahoe teases us. While it is a GREAT time to plant wildflowers, hardy vegetables and herbs, over-wintered dormant plants from the nursery, it is too cold to bring in trees and shrubs from warmer climes that have leaves. April's average daytime...

Silvertip Christmas trees are the most elegant of all Christmas trees.

Lights and ornaments are visible
through the trees. The soft blue tips (silver tips) and fragrant forest
incense add stately elegance to your Christmas experience.

Villager Handouts

PDF's and Newsletters with relevant information for gardening in the Sierras.

Seasonal Guides

Resource guides for a successful garden.

Seed Starting:

In and Out

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.

The Home of your garden and planting needs

We are a mountain nursery, so we incorporate every possible local and western intermountain native plant into our inventory and our landscapes. Many of our plants are grown from seed or cuttings that we’ve collected. Our staff and interns are encouraged to get out and hike as often as possible and note where, why and how plants thrive where they are found. Below are some of the  items we carry.

Annual Color

We offer an insane variety of annual color, texture and dimension to beautify your deck, porch and patio each summer. The mix changes with the seasons.


The Sierra’s largest variety of hardy perennials and wildflowers, hand picked by the experts for Truckee and Tahoe mountain gardens. There are plants for every ecosystem and microclimate.


Shrubs fill-out every landscape. From a wide selection of natives to  exotic and fruiting species, we offer smaller woody plants for flowers, fall colors, heavy snow-loads and dense screening.


The giants that surround us affect every aspect of the climate around our homes. Adding trees for shade, privacy, spring, blooms, fall colors and fruit improves your landscape and our environment. We provide you with all the best species that thrive here.


Our experience in this challenging environment allows Villager Nursery to gather the best selections of vegetable, herb, greens, flower, wildflower, grass and mixtures for the very best success rates possible.

Pottery & Art

We carry a variety of pottery, planters, lawn and garden art


“Bulbs” as a group of plants adapted to long periods of dormancy and harsh conditions are some of our favorite hardy perennials. We have a tremendous away of hardy bulbs selected for their resistance to being eaten and for their incredible resilience.

Indoor Plants

We would not be a real garden center without a wide variety house plants, tropicals, tender succulents and cactus as well as all the pottery, specialty soils and nutrients to help them thrive.

Potting Soils, Composts and Mulch

Worm castings to chicken manure, neem seed meal to fish bone meal, top soil, bark mulch and vegetable planting mixes and much more, we carry all of the right organics for your garden.


We carry a range of fertilizers that meet the needs of growing in our area. From Lawn, BioSol and Cactus Fertilizers, to veggie, orchid, houseplant fertilizers and more.

Villager Online store

Shop online for Recommended Books, Wildflower Seeds and Gift Cards.

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~Howard Schultz


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Our brand new site is just being taken live. Some functionality is still being applied. Kellogg Planting Days are 10-2 May 31 and June 1 (max 3 pots <18". Edible / Veggie Gardening Class 10:30-12 Sunday, June 2. See the class schedule. If you have any questions, please call us at 530-587-0771, or email Thank you for Visiting!

Our brand new site is just being taken live. Some functionality is still being applied.

Kellogg Planting Days are 10-2 May 31 and June 1 (max 3 pots <18"). Edible / Veggie Gardening Class 10:30-12 Sunday, June 2. See the class schedule. If you have any questions, please call us at 530-587-0771, or email

Thank you for Visiting!



Current Hours

Mon - Sat: 9:30-5:00
Sunday: 10:00-4:00

Our Location

10678 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161

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