Garden Workshops

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Tahoe Plant Workshops

High Altitude Gardening Workshops: Want to grow your own fruits and vegetables here in Tahoe? Attend free workshops in May and June to learn how food can be grown at the Lake. Participants receive instruction on cultivation techniques, history/background on the plants being highlighted, and leave with free plants for their gardens. These are family-friendly workshops, with hands-on opportunities to get acquainted with growing fruits and vegetables. All workshops are sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners and held on various days and times at the Tahoe City Demonstration Garden, the Truckee Community Garden,  and at the South Lake Tahoe Library.

For Tahoe City Demonstration Garden events hosted by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, doors open at 5:00 p.m. and events start at 5:30 p.m.

We have four spring garden workshop planned for 2019 (flyer available):

Register your plants!

If you received plants from any of the High Elevation Garden Workshops, please be sure to register your plants at the following links:





Featured veggies for the 2019 Garden Workshops:

  • May 20th: Potatoes are Appealing. Featuring the much loved starchy potato, one of the few vegetables known to be grown at Lake Tahoe (Glenbrook House) during pioneer times. The potato, native to the Andes Mountain Range, is well suited to our climate. Interesting varieties have been selected for our trials, including blue, red and several fingerling types.
  • May 27th: Raspberries and Gooseberries. The easiest fruits to grow are also the best backyard fruits to grow because they don’t really ship well so you cannot buy good ones: berries. These pricey fruits can easily grow in a thicket along your fence or covering bare patches of land. Eat them fresh off the plant in the summer or make preserves so you can enjoy them all year!
  • June 3rd: Lettuce meet your new friend Kale. One of the first crops to be harvested from any garden every year are leafy green vegetables like kale and lettuce. Add a couple of other veggies from the high elevation garden talks and you have one great spring salad or stir fry. Harvest continuously throughout the season and make kale chips for a superfood snack! Some gardeners have the 2018 Kale crop still growing even throughout the 2018-19 snowpocalypse, see if you can match this feat. 
  • June 10th: Tomatoes: For Tahoe Gardening Masochists. In cooler climates tomatoes typically are grown in greenhouses. The Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners and UC Davis TERC are more interested in the hardier species of tomatoes that can handle the climate of Tahoe. This fruit is notoriously the problem child for garden families here in Tahoe. Learn the techniques required to grow these plants in our cool summers. Topics include proper varietal selection, location in the garden or container, planting options and methods for protecting the young plants and fruit. Register here.

For more information contact Alison Toy