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.


Your Local Garden Center

September in Truckee is Summer AND Fall. Most of us have LONG considered Labor Day the official start of Local’s Summer. In this summer of the COVID… who knows.
We have not written a blog-post since April and we’ve yet to send out a nursery newsletter (who needs more e-mails?), until now.
It has been the most challenging and fascinating summer of my 36 years in this retail nursery.
We are a very locally-oriented business, naturally. We offer plants and supplies appropriate to Truckee – Donner and the Martis Valley, Donner Summit, the Tahoe Basin, and the Sierra Valley. 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. On an average busy spring day, we can walk around the nursery and know well or at least by acquaintance, three quarters of the people who are shopping. We are always excited to see a new face, a new plant-lover finding us for the first time. This spring and summer was very different. There were days when we’d walk around the nursery and only see two or one or no clients we recognized and it was confusing. There are so many fine details and unique challenges with regard to our soils, climate and weather and there is so much that first-time gardeners need to know here that we were simply unable to fully help them all in the manner to which we are accustomed. We did do our absolute best. We had several new and all returning staff who wanted to work and were up for the challenging of explaining our complete lack of native “topsoil”, our low humidity, intense sun and wild and unpredictable temperature swings. We had frequent and frustrating conversations trying to explain that SOME plants need to be protected from frost… “what is frost?”… “It occurs when temperatures drop below freezing.”… “What does that mean?” … “It means that the night temperatures drop below 32ºF” …. “So?”..and so on. I don’t think we realized what a highly sophisticated clan our local and regular customers really are. Good on you and thank you. There were among the new customers MANY kind and enthusiastic first-time gardeners and we are always thrilled at their joys. So many people have sent pictures or shown us their phones with images of their gardens and their happiness is ours.
So we wanted to do a local’s sale. Those savvy enough to subscribe to our rare newsletters or perhaps follow our irregular and infrequent fb, twitter or Instagram posts are invited to a sale, starting now through September 21, 2020. All you need to do is VERY slyly show an image of the newsletter or print out the small coupon below. Tell us “Can you identify this for me” and show us your phone with the newsletter 🙂 The idea is that this is a reward for a summer of super-human patience with those other people who have arrived here and who really don’t want to be a part of this community and who treat us and our town as amenities for their own personal enjoyment without care. We have all spoken with so many persons working in Truckee’s essential businesses, through all of this, who face “mean people” every single day when we, or they, might normally only encounter one or two in an entire summer. Everyone seems to be hoping for a MASSIVE winter with giant berms.




Click the image below to vote for Villager Nursery in the
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

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This