Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Eric the Mountain Gardener: How to Winterize Your Mountain Garden

Posted on November 25, 2016
Filed Under Tahoe-Truckee Profiles

“Water seldom, but deeply.  Plant bulbs now. Plant, divide and transplant perennials now to give you a huge jump on spring. Plant or transplant any trees and shrubs while the soil is still workable. Deciduous trees and shrubs put on as much as 80% of their annual root system expansion in the fall.”

This is how to prep our Tahoe gardens in the fall according to Eric Larusso, horticulturist, botanist, arborist and co-owner The Villager Nursery in Truckee.

Eric Larusson is a nurseryman hell-bent on spreading the gospel of mountain gardening with missionary zeal. He’s worked in production and botanical greenhouses, in vineyards, orchards, wholesale and retail nurseries, estates, in landscaping, re- vegetation, restoration and even Christmas tree production since the early 1970s.  He’s one hell of a dad too.

Eric is just one of three biological scientists who own and operate The Villager Nursery in Truckee. Sarah Trebilcock and Rob Van Dyke are the co-owners and have been together since 1975.  All three are avid gardeners and thrive on the challenges of the tough Truckee-Tahoe climate.

Eric holds a bachelors in Molecular Biology / Botany and also a Bachelors in Agriculture / Horticulture and is an ISA certified Arborist.  Sounds slightly qualified!

The Villager Nursery has been offering gardening classes since 1985 on a wide variety of changing subjects. Throughout the year, Eric, Rob and Sarah hold seasonal and topical gardening seminars and workshops on a variety of topics, many free of charge, so you can learn from their trials and errors.

As they put it… “We have years of personal and vicarious mountain gardening experiences to share and we’ve killed thousands of plants in our own gardens already.”

Make it easy on yourself.  Get mountain gardening tips and native plants from the local experts with over 41 years of experience.

Villager Nursery, Inc
10678 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161

530 / 587-0771

To learn more, visit

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