Local Road Trip! – The Tahoe/Truckee Cure for Rampant Cases of Spring Fever   Leave a comment


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High Hand Nursery – Loomis



By Michelle Portesi

Around November, we all start praying for snow. Not only does so much of our local economy depend on it, but most of us will say we look forward to the changing of seasons. We like skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing. We like winter. We do. But if we’re perfectly honest, we have to admit it. Sometimes in the Tahoe/Truckee basin, winter just lasts waaaaaaaay too long!

By March, the cold, snow, rain and sunless days start getting on my nerves. Hard. Seed catalogs are arriving in the mail, and I wistfully begin thinking about warm sunny days, hiking and working in the garden.  Only to look out at this…


There’s still 10′ of snow. OY!


Yes, my raised garden bed is under there somewhere. The weight of this winter’s heavy snow has probably shattered it into splinter sized pieces. Even if it survives, I’m not going to be seeing it anytime soon. My summer wardrobe still languishes in the back of the closet, as I once again pull on snow boots, bulky sweaters, coats, hats and mittens.

At which point, I have to cop to what a few months ago seemed utterly blasphemous. I’M SICK OF SNOW!!!  I’M SICK OF WINTER!!! SICK, SICK, SICK OF IT, I TELL YOU!!!  It becomes painfully clear that I’m in serious need of getting the heck out of Dodge and heading for warmer climes, even if it is only for a day or two.

So imagine my delight when a friend introduced me to High Hand Nursery, a venue that satisfies spring cravings on so many levels. Warmth and sun, leisurely outdoor lunches, feeding my gardening fetish (even though I can’t do anything about it for several more months) and walking the grounds surrounded by fecund greenery and riotous floral blooms. It’s just what the doctor ordered for a bad case of spring fever.


High Hand Pizza bar

Outdoor High Hand Pizza Bar – with real brick oven fired pizza!


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Lunch at High Hand Cafe and Conservatory


Located in Loomis, High Hand Nursery is a reasonable drive straight down I-80. It has a take-away Cafe and outdoor wood fired pizza bar, but most come to enjoy the fantastic meals served in the conservatory overlooking the rest of the gardens and nursery. (Make reservations in advance. This place is busy!)  After lunch, there are a few retail shops in addition to the nursery you can explore. Or stroll around the grounds, getting ideas for landscaping after Tahoe/Truckee’s eventual spring thaw, or envy the prolific and exotic blooms of plants that sadly, won’t winter over in our area. When it comes to spring fever…one can always dream.


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High Hand Nursery


High Hand Nursery is located at:

3750 Taylor Road, Loomis CA 95650

(916) 652-2065 ext 1

Nursery Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 9am-4pm


Cafe (916) 652-2064 – ext 2

Tues-Fri 11am-3pm
Sat-Sun 9am-3pm

For more information on the Nursery and Cafe, including upcoming events, visit their website at: www.highhandnursery.com


high hand koi pond

High Hand Koi Pond





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