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.

Boisterous Bumble Bee article from CNPS archive – worth a read

In the 2002 July-October V30 3/4 Issue of FREMONTIA – a journal of the California Native Plant Society, there was a terrific article by Robbin W. Thorp, Peter C. Schroeder, and Carol S. Ferguson: Bumble Bees: Boisterous Pollinators of California Native Flowers. It was such a perfectly detailed story of the annual life cycle of native Bumble Bees

15th Annual Kellogg Planting Days 2024

14th Annual Kellogg Planting Days Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 2023 from 10-2 each day. Along with Buy 3, get 1 Free on many Kellogg Composts

Sagehen Creek “What Grows Here?”

Sagehen Creek "What Grows Here?" - We have many of these (or if we don’t have the exact species we have a close Genera native relation). The partial list of local natives from this small area we often carry are below in bold. Sagehen Plants Availability...

Lawn or Mowed Meadow Installation and Care

A lawn can be an environmental benefit (not a chemical junkie). A “lawn” can be a mowed meadow, a grazed pasture, or a perfect ball-field.
Well aware of the dangers of chemical fertilizers and broadleaf herbicides to children and pets and I was determined to avoid them from the start.

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...

Essential Woody Mulch in Truckee / Tahoe Landscapes

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.

Villager Handouts

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

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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