Nursery Address

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

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,

Happy Gardeners

Our staff are all avid and passionate mt. gardeners who want nothing more than to see every client succeed on their first try. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than happy returning customers who have tasted gardening triumphs. Come by and enjoy the local expertise.

The widest selection of hardy and native plants for the High Sierra, by far. Owners are botanists and plant lovers and everyone at Villager is passionate about helping customers find the right plants for their gardens. They've been at it since the '70's and have a LOT of practical experience atop their educations. "We've killed thousands of plants in our own gardens so our clients won't have to" is something we heard them say. The demonstration gardens are amazing as well.

Lance L.

October, 2017

This nursery sells many various native plants in the Truckee area. The staff are so knowledgeable and willing to assist you. Love to go here to purchase my landscaping plant needs.

Lauren B.

February, 2016

This is one of the prettiest nurseries I have ever seen. They have a wide selection of plants, including trees, flowers, herbs, etc. The staff is all very friendly and knowledgeable. and are more then happy to assist customer with plant selections and give great advice of what type of plant work best for you. It seemed to me that it's prices were pretty average, not too much above or below other nurseries. It;s not a huge place, but it is very well maintained. Definitely go here if you are in need of something green for your garden.  - Insiderpages

Paula C.

May, 2008

Thank you for visiting

Botanical Nursery, Art, & Gifts. A High Sierra Garden Center

Villager Nursery is open Late March through December 22 (Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, holly, poinsettias, etc...). We are "mostly closed" in mid-winter (January and February). March and April are late winter when we begin to open again as weather, demand and common sense dictate.

While it is fine to plant trees, shrubs and bulbs ANYTIME, and plants are always happier in the ground than they are in pots, few people actually get out there and dig holes in mid-winter... we do, but that's us. 

If you need anything, please call to check with us as Google, Facebook, and, gawd forbid, Yelp are not always exactly up-to-date. Even in mid-winter we'd love to help you with products, plans, bids or consulting, please contact us with your questions or for an appointment.

You can also call and leave a message at 530-587-0771


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N. Lake Tahoe & Truckee "Best of 2019"

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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