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Lake of the Sky Garden Club – July 26, 2014   Leave a comment

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Last years Lake of the Sky Garden Tour was in Incline Village, Nevada.  We wandered through grounds that were everything from modest homes (a relative term for Lake Tahoe, I’ll grant you) to massive, lake front estates. The weather was perfect, the gardens were lovely, and all in all, it made for a very pleasant – and inspiring afternoon.

This year’s 2014 garden tour will take place at the ‘Magical West Shore’ of Lake Tahoe on July 26, 2014.  A self guided tour, you can pick up tickets at most local plant nurseries. (Be sure to bring cash or checks. Lake of the Sky does not accept credit or debit cards as payment for this event.) And DO get your tickets early. The yearly Garden Tour always sells out quickly. You most probably will not be able to find a ticket for love or money on the day of the event.

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Wear comfy walking shoes, bring water, and a camera. Carpool if you can, as parking is often limited. We found that starting mid morning or later was  best, and do plan to take a break for lunch at one of the eateries that dot the west shore of Lake Tahoe.  (Sunnyside Resort, Firesign Cafe, Chambers Landing, The West Shore Cafe, along with a few pizza parlors and deli’s.  I happen to like the sandwiches at the Tahoma PDQ market.)  Most folks start the tour when it opens, and by taking a lunch break, you can miss most of the crowds, as they have wandered off elsewhere by the afternoon.  Do hang on to your ticket when you’re done with the tour, as most of the local plant nurseries give special discounts on that day with proof of purchase of the tour.

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All proceeds are returned to the community for student scholarships, community education and local beautification and environmental projects.

For more information, contact:

lake-of-the-sky.org or write them at P.O. Box 1827, Tahoe City, CA 96145-1827

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Fall is for Planting!   2 comments

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It’s that time of year again. Summer is waning and there is a bit of a nip in the air. While we here in the high country hope for a long ‘Indian Summer’, you just never know what the weather in Truckee/Tahoe will bring – or when.

The local plant nurseries are winding down for the season, and the majority will close completely until next spring. That’s good news for locals and second home owners alike, as it means deep discounts, parking lot sales and special deals on perennials, shrubs and trees. The timing is perfect for adding to your landscaping and outdoor curb appeal. Planting in the fall gives plants a chance to establish root systems in their new surroundings before winter’s snowfall and the plants go dormant. (Planting in the spring can sometimes send a plant into shock just when they’re about to start their new growth spurts or set blooms for the season.)

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And who doesn’t love adding some fall color before the snow flies? Colorful, golden mums and flowering kale make wonderful fall bedding displays and are resistant to the seasons chillier weather. Adding some pumpkins, corn stalks and creative scarecrows to the mix can make for some stunning front door displays.

Once you have your new shrubs and trees in the ground, fertilize to give them a head start on next springs growth, make sure to mulch around them to protect their roots from a hard freeze, and DO twine up the branches to keep winters heavy snows from breaking them. Come spring, you’re sure to have a happy plant that’s ready to burst forth into the season in all its glory.

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Gardening at Tahoe/Truckee   Leave a comment

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Spring has sprung in the Tahoe basin…or what passes for it in the High Sierra.  We’ve been unseasonably warm for this time of year, which gets many of us itching to be out in our yards and dreaming of seed packets and gardening. Those of us who have lived here for any length of time know better. It’s not uncommon to have a substantial snowstorm in May, thus destroying all our best laid plans for flower beds.

That being said, it’s never too early to start picking up winter’s debris in anticipation. Raking up the deep carpet of pine needles, miscellaneous trash that mysteriously seems to appear once the snow drift dissipates (now how did THAT get here?) and the ever copious pine cones is never a bad idea. Nor is amending the soil to make ready for a bountiful harvest of blooms.

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The Villager Nursery, Truckee, CA

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Towards those ends, the local nurseries have opened early to take advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures. For Truckee residences, there is the Villager Nursery, where in addition to plants, you can also find hydroponic and composting supplies. Visit their website for many informative articles on High Sierra Gardening and events happening at the Villager Nursery in Truckee.

http://www.villagernursery.com/

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In Tahoe City, there is The Tahoe Tree Company dba McBrides Nursery. The large log building has a gift shop in addition to garden supplies and seeds. Set on 10 acres, they also grow many native plants on site in addition to their property in Loomis.

Follow them on Facebook for all the upcoming events they have planned for this summer.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tahoe-Tree-Company-dba-Mcbrides-Nursery/119035988121811

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Memorial Day Weekend, (Friday through Monday) they will be having John’s Truckload Sale.  25% off selected shrubs!

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Did you know that  The Tahoe Tree Company also has a secret garden that they host weddings and parties at, in addition to a special events coordinator? Check out their website for more information on this wonderful venue for your Garden Tahoe Wedding.

http://tahoetreecompanyweddings.com/.

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The building is also home to Mountain Magic Catering to feed all your hungry party guests. Now that is one stop shopping!

http://www.mountainmagiccatering.com/tahoe-tree-company-gallery.htm

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Also, Dave’s Garden Website is a great resource if  you need help looking up plant information or need advice on gardening tips.

http://davesgarden.com/

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