McIver Dairy House 10678 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161
Open Hours: COVID-Spring
Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 Mon-Tue 10-3
Our Info Banner Disappeared : We are open this Friday, 5/29 from 12-6. We've received plants, soils, houseplants, seeds, fertilizers, etc... from 16 suppliers in the past 4 days and we need a vew more hours to try to catch-up. PLEASE be patient, we are searching far and wide to provide the best possible selections of color and hardy perennials, trees and shrubs for our clients.
McIver Dairy House & Blacksmith Shop 10678 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161
Nursery COVID Spring Hours
Open Tue-Sat 10-5 and Sun-Mon 10-3
The High-Sierra Experts for our 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.
April in Truckee 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 temps start near 50°F and begin May near 60°F but nighttime temperatures start near 20° and finish the month, still, well below freezing. We plant HARDY color, tough-as-nails perennials and dormant woody plants to give them strong early-season root growth.
We are cautiously opening. We have seed potatoes arriving with our usual and new selection of cold-hardy, short-season herbs and vegetable seeds (not just a random mix). Please sign-up for our VERY occasional newsletter if you are interested and/ or check our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook pages (villagernursery). Garden Centers and Nurseries are considered “essential” part of our food distribution and agricultural food production system as well as under the hardware designation. We will do our best to offer our services safely, for as long as possible.
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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 JournalTimely information for Mt. Gardeners throughout the northern Sierras.
Villager HandoutsPDF's and Newsletters with relevant information for gardening in the Sierras.
Seasonal GuidesResource guides for a successful garden.
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.
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.
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 storeShop online for Recommended Books, Wildflower Seeds and Gift Cards.
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