Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Mountain Gardening Classes in Truckee

Posted on June 27, 2012
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

The folks at Villager Nursery have decades and decades of personal and vicarious (read: friends and clients) mountain gardening experiences to share.

As they put it, “We’ve killed thousands of plants in our own gardens so that our clients won’t have to”. Before beginning your own experiments in Mountain Gardening, learn from the many trials and errors of others. Most classes are free of charge and held at Villager Nursery in Truckee.

Class size is limited so please try and pre-register early at 587-0771 or Some workshops have materials fees. Registration is required for workshops. 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 always have fun.

June 2 – Saturday 9-12 Planting Fruit Trees in a Sustainable Garden – This hands-on workshop will be at the Truckee Community Garden. We’ll discuss fruit trees, varieties, care, maintenance and planting techniques. Then we’ll plant a few hardy, fruit producing trees.

June 9 – Saturday 10-2 Dr.Earth Day with Zinda Coburn – Zinda will be at the Villager most of the day to answer your questions about organic and bioactive fertilizers (she will have cool stuff). Zinda will also be discussing the year-old Dr.Earth organic potting soils have been producing some tremendous yields. From 11:30-12 stop in for a short-talk on bio-active fertilizers… what’s “alive inside”, why soil biology is so important and how they put it in a box of Dr. Earth.

June 22nd-23rd – Friday AND Saturday, 10am-3pm – 4th Annual Free Planting Days and Mini-Seminars. Free Planting – You buy the plants and pots (or bring up to 3 pots from home). Once again Mike and Giselle will plant them for you using premium Master Nursery Gardener’s Gold potting soils and bio-active, organic Gardner & Bloome Fertilizers. Come join the fun and create colorful baskets and planters to enjoy at home. -Maximum pot size 18” in diameter, no window boxes or whiskey barrels please.

Mini-Seminars – Don’t have the time for one of the Villager’s free Saturday or Wednesday seminars? We’ll offer-up 3 mini-talks during the day on Friday and 5 on Saturday. Kellogg Garden Products expert and friend, Mike McLain and organic-gardening specialist and educator with Gardner & Bloome, Gisele Schoniger will both be on hand for the seminars, to plant your pots and to answer ANY and ALL compost, mulch or organic fertilizer questions you can dream up. (All this week, Sunset is at 8:33pm)

June 22 – Friday, 11:30am-3:30pm: Mini-Seminars (Micro-talks) – All afternoon: 1) 11:30-12 Natural Pest Controls, 2) 12:30-1 Frost Protection Techniques, 3) 1:30-2 Flowering Shrubs for Mountain Gardens

June 23 – Saturday, 9:30am-3:30pm: Mini-Seminars (Micro-talks) – All Day: 1) 9:30-10: Hardy Herbs for Truckee / North Tahoe 2) 10:30-11 Soil Biology and Organic Fertilizers, 3) 11:30-12 Mountain Vegetable Gardening, 4) 12:30-1 Great New Plants for Planter Boxes, 5) 1:30-2 Fruits and Berries for Mountain Gardens.

June 30 – Saturday 9-12: Cane Fruits and Berries for Truckee – This hands-on workshop will be at the Truckee Community Garden. We’ll talk about cane fruit and berry varieties, care, maintenance and planting techniques. Then we’ll plant a few hardy, fruit producing berries.

July 14 – Saturday, 9:30-11:00am- Mountain Native Plants, Naturalized Introductions and Wildflower Plantings – Learn to choose the best and easiest native plants for many situations, and how to protect and enhance your existing native plant populations. Gather some seed collecting tips and ideas for wild berry jellies and jams. Bring samples for identification after the class. You’ll also cover a few of the historically important introduced species thriving in Truckee without care for more than a century.

For more information about these Mountain Gardening Classes and Workshops, please contact:

Villager Nursery
10678 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee

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