Summer Hours:
Open Mon-Sat 9:00-5:30 and Sunday 10-3.

Our hours change with the climatic seasons  - always weather permitting. (Call ahead if it is snowing, just-in-case we've gone home.) We change the hours here and on Google, Yelp, Bing and Facebook but Apple gets it's info elsewhere (even apple is unsure) 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

Closed all day.

Spring Hours

OPEN Mon-Sat 9:00am-5:30pm
Sunday 10-3
Hours are always weather permitting
We're here, open and bringing in truckloads of fresh houseplants, seeds, veggie and hardy color starts, plus tough-as-nails perennials for the 2022 season.
If you need something, please call or e-mail and leave us a message.


Contact Us

Email Us or call (530) 587-0771!

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Join Our Team!

If you are interested in working with us, please attach your current resume and/or a letter of interest detailing why you are a great fit for a position (your experiences with plants, people, gardens and nature). Below are topics that we feel apply to our Sierra Nevada retail nursery. Address any topics that resonate with you. Please include at least two references. Wages are commensurate with the experience, knowledge and skills.

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Botanical / Horticultural Education:
Education / classes applicable to retail nursery work.
Nursery Experience:
Previous greenhouse, nursery or landscape work experience…
Yard and Garden Experience:
Gardening or landscaping in your own yard, helping family or friends…
Sales / People Experience:
Previous sales, customer service, cashiering, teaching. languages beyond English?
Native / Backcountry Experience:
Wildflower, tree, shrub and/or wildlife identification…
Planning / Organizing Experience:
Event / party planning, meeting organization, seminar logistics, details…
Merchandising / Marketing / Advertising Experience:
Any work, professional or volunteer experience with creating beautiful sales environments…
Volunteer Experience:
Community service, programs or events you participate in…
Other Interests:
Passions, hobbies, music, sports, painting, fishing, etc… Computer applications you’ve mastered. PC / Mac?
What do you know about us and why do you think you’d like to work here?
Ability / Agility – Essential.
Are you physically able to lift and carry 50# trees & soils? Driving experience and record good?

Garden Resources

  • We have gathered many important pieces of information regarding planting in our area. Click the button below to view our Garden Resources and Villager Archives

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you deliver plants?

We will deliver plants to nearby locations through the week as availability accommodates. 2 days a week, depending on the time of year, we will deliver further into the Tahoe Basin.

Will you landscape?

We have been landscape contractors since 1977 with over 500 commercial, residential and government projects in our portfolio.

When is the best time to plant?

The best time to plant is 10 years ago.  The next best time is today.

The sooner you plant the sooner roots associations / rhizosphere root system expansion and nutrient-uptake begin to occur

“Put a two dollar tree in a ten dollar hole. Don’t put a ten dollar tree in a two dollar hole”

Can I order specific plants?

We do our best to accommodate special orders.  We have dozens of growers throughout the western US that we love and regularly work with. We do our best to have a tremendously wide variety of all the plants that thrive in this challenging climate but we are always interested in the experiences and experiments of others…  we all can learn.

Do you give classes?

We offer classes at the nursery in early spring and late summer on a wide variety of subjects. see list.  We also often speak at garden clubs, master gardener trainings and semi-annually we offer spring and fall Mountain Gardening classes at Sierra College.

Do you have Gift Cards?

We do. In the shop, for ANY value you choose. On-line for pre-selected values,


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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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