Early Spring Hours

Our hours change with the climatic seasons  - always weather permitting. (Call ahead if it is snowing, just-in-case we've gone home.)

WE ARE OPEN at this time: Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30 and Sunday 10-3.

We open as climate, current weather, and client interests dictate. We have many hardy trees, shrubs and flowering perennials that have been through winter on our climatic schedule and are primed to explode with fresh growth as we warm and thaw. Loads of fresh plant material is arriving weekly now and will increase as it warms. Depending on the species, plants grown in warmer locations need days or weeks or "hardening" before they are able to tolerate Truckee's extreme temperature swings.  While hardy herbaceous perennials and many vegetables can be hardened to tolerate our freezing nights, woody plants from our growers in warmer climates do NOT adapt as quickly. We have to wait until chances of lows in the teens are much more rare in early June and that is the time we begin to bring in truckloads of new hardy trees and shrubs.  

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. Mountain Gardening seminars will resume this Spring after an almost two year COVID hiatus.

The best time to plant is todayIt 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

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Villager December Hours

Early Spring Hours
(mid-May)
OPEN Mon-Sat 9:30am-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.

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Villager Journal

A collection of thoughts, tips and news from Villager Nursery.

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.

Your Local Garden Center

Our business survival strategy has long been to provide sound advice and do everything possible to insure our clients’ successes. Our customers are locals and they’ll trust us if they succeed and so we have many, many, many clients and customers that we have known and worked with for decades.

Barley, a good nursery cat.

Barley the nursery cat.

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.

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Fire-Resistive Landscaping in Truckee / Tahoe

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.

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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.

read more
Your Local Garden Center

Your Local Garden Center

Our business survival strategy has long been to provide sound advice and do everything possible to insure our clients’ successes. Our customers are locals and they’ll trust us if they succeed and so we have many, many, many clients and customers that we have known and worked with for decades.

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Are We Essential?

Are We Essential?

April in Truckee and Tahoe 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...

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Mid Season Planting – July/August

Mid Season Planting – July/August

In the Mountain Nursery business the season starts when it starts: when the snow melts and we've had a reasonable period of time to recover from the last hard frost or heavy snow (usually early May to mid-May). The busy season goes until the 4th of July when the rush...

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A Few Fruits and Berries for Truckee

A Few Fruits and Berries for Truckee

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. Vanilla Ice cream smothered with warm plum-crabapple sauce. Chokecherry jelly on sourdough toast. Plump raspberries. Fresh, crisp, juicy apples. And thatʼs just some of the sweet stuff. Space in your yard can yield so much more than just visual...

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Growing Potatoes

Growing Potatoes

PREPARING THE SEED TO PLANT: Seed potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place. We do not use chemicals to prevent our potatoes from sprouting. They may have already begun to sprout. This is often considered desirable. Handle them carefully. When examining them,...

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Late Winter 2019

Late Winter 2019

  We have closed the shop for the past 4 mid-winters (Christmas-March). I've used the time to catch-up on bookkeeping, administration, filing, orders, articles, hand-outs and a few projects (and have a little free time). We probably won't continue our winter...

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Mid-Winter 2018-2019

Mid-Winter 2018-2019

As I closed the gate for our mid-winter season I came back inside to change the message on the answering machine, adjust the holiday lights timers, change the hours on our gate and on the search engines and social media:  Bing, Google, Yelp, Facebook and this webpage...

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Late December Truckee-Tahoe Christmas Trees

Late December Truckee-Tahoe Christmas Trees

Because we are "off the beaten path" of Truckee (far-west Brickletown & far-east Gateway) we usually BEGIN to sell Christmas trees on the Friday night that Bay-Area schools get-out for the holidays. Reno was completely sold-out last week. Truckee's Boy Scout &...

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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 info@villagernursery.com. 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 info@villagernursery.com.

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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