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

Our hours change with the climatic seasons  - always weather permitting. (Call ahead if it is snowing, or 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

Summer Hours

OPEN Mon-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 10-3
Hours are always weather permitting.
If you need something, please call or e-mail and leave us a message.


Spring and Early Summer Classes / Events

2019 Sierra Mountain Gardening Spring Classes and Workshops.
Educated and experienced botanists, arborists, plant-lovers and garden professionals share their knowledge and understanding to help your mountain gardens succeed.
The folks at Villager Nursery have decades of personal and vicarious mountain and high Sierra gardening experiences to share. “We’ve killed thousands of plants in our own gardens so that our clients won’t have to”. Before beginning your own experiments in creating Mountain Gardens, learn from the many trials and triumphs of others.
MOST Seminars are held in the nursery @ Villager Nursery, 10678 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Pre-registration is requested and drop-ins are welcome. We like to have an idea of the number of attendees for class hand-outs or samples. Most classes are still free of charge. Some workshops occasionally have materials fees. Registration isrequested for workshops.
Since classes are outdoors behind the shop, we may cancel or re-schedule if the weather is unbearable. Dress warmly and please bring loads of questions, pictures, ideas (and samples of plants for identification etc.. after each class). The setting is informal and we would’t keep doing it if we didn’t have fun. We have benches to sit on but you are welcome to bring your own folding chair.
We post classes on Facebook and in our e-mails or check for more info.

April 28 – Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am: Spring Garden Resurrection. Every winter throws it’s darts. If it’s not the apocalyptic ravages of Sierra cement or mad rogue plow drivers, it’s mid-winter freeze-drying and voracious mammals. There is much that can be done to salvage wrecked plants. We’ll discuss pruning, protections, preventions, fertilizers, nuts, bolts, splints, stakes and masking tape for woody trees and shrubs. Often lawns and groundcovers only need a little TLC to revive with vigor. You have our sympathy and understanding, some plants in some gardens somewhere, suffer every winter.

May 5 – Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am: Spring Organic Garden and Landscaping Tips– “Dirt First!” Rob and Eric will cover the basics of sustainable gardening. Topics will include soils, soil biology, cultural practices, pest prevention, and natural pest control. We’ll discuss native and drought tolerant plants. We will also cover organic potting soils, bio-active fertilizers, natural soil amendments and of course… MULCH. These two have degrees and advanced study in Botany, Plant Physiology, Ecology, Entomology, Mycology, Microbiology, IPM, Organic Chemistry, Horticulture and much more. Along with native and plants and drought tolerant landscaping, organic landscaping has been a Villager mission since the mid 1980’s.

May 11-12 – Remember your Mother* (AND the Mother of your children) – Have the kids plant up an herb or cut-flower garden or fill a planter box with her favorite color flowers (and bring her to the free planting days at month’s end). Remember to water well and clean-up after yourselves.*(and don’t forget Mother Nature nor Mother Earth)

May 19 – Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am: Growing Edible Plants in your Mountain Garden and on your deck, aka: Organic Veggies, Herbs and Berries in Truckee – Growing some vegetables can be a little challenging in this climate but we, along with hundreds of friends and clients, have wonderful, productive gardens every year. Come away from the class with simple tips, techniques and ideas for a successful cold-climate vegetable gardens. We have specialty tomatoes and grafted selections grown for us in several sizes and Villager nursery has all the organic seeds, soils and nutrients available. H/O

May 31th & June 1 – Friday & Saturday, 10am – 2pm – 11th Annual Free Planting Days – Free Planting sponsored by Kellogg Garden Products – You buy the plants and pots(or bring up to 3 pots from home). We are THRILLED to have Eileen, who with our help, will plant them up FOR you using premium Master Nursery Gardener’s Gold and G&P potting soils and bio-active, organic G&B (Gardner&Bloome) Fertilizers. Come join the fun and create colorful baskets and planters – To be fair to everyone, PLEASE, no more than 3 pots with maximum pot size 18” in diameter (at the tip).  And please, no window boxes or barrels. FYI: Sunrise: 5:37am, Sunset: 8:20pm today, make the most of it.

June 9 – Sunday, 10:30-12:30 am: Container Flowers, Pots and Hanging Baskets Workshop – This is a hands-in-the-soil workshop. Bring gloves and your own container (or purchase one here). Use our finest potting soil, fertilizer and water-holding gel. With an eclectic selection of scintillating plant materials we will help you arrange and create your own unique, living showpiece. A small fee ($30) is applied toward your materials and your choices of plants or pots. Space is limited – please pre-register at 587-0771 – Class is limited to 12. (We have not offered this workshop since 2015. Unfortunately someone found the ancient calendar buried on our old website and was really disappointed so we revived this fun gathering.)




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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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