I’ve been hearing about this place for awhile now. My Reno friends visit often, and talk it up. They bring home the loveliest little garden bits every time that they go. So, I started following Sierra Water Gardens on Instagram, and then on Facebook…and there was no turning back. On my latest trip to Reno, I had only one request: I. Must. Go. To. There.
And you know what? If you are ever in Reno, I’m telling you, you must, as well. Take a little swing down Dickerson Road…you’ll know where to park: right next to the old Hudson. The one with plants cascading out the windows.
This is taking upcycled garden art to a whole new level of awesome.
Through the wisteria-covered steel beam archway (you know I love me some rusted steel, people), is a secret botanical wonderland. You just don’t see it coming; the loveliness that unfolds in front of you as you step off the road and through that entrance.
Immediately, you are immersed in container-garden and water-feature heaven. Everywhere you look are pots overflowing with lush greens and splashing water. My eyeballs could not even keep up.
There is just something wonderful about the variegated green mosaic of a succulent wall hanging.
It’s at about this time that you’ll probably get greeted by the resident garden dog, Copper. As if I didn’t love this place enough! Sweetest boy.
Stop by the Succulent Bar and find all sorts of goodies to create a DIY garden in a found object container:
More upcycled container-gardening. Rust and succulents are always a brilliant combo.
Succulents waiting for their turn at the Succulent Bar.
Once you have wound your way through the container garden moment at the front of the property, the true magic of Sierra Water Gardens unfolds:
Gotta take a Monet moment here.
It is simply breathtaking to stand and take this all in; the ponds, the waterfalls, the bright koi fish, the lush greenery, the secret little nooks and seating areas. And all the while you’re wrapped in that yummy hum of running water. No joke, I could just stand still and look for hours. It’s one of those places that you just want to be.
But, wait. There’s more!
Check out the UHmazing doors on this potting shed. Reclaimed wood gorgeousness designed and built exclusively for SWG by Boneyard Designs.
Let’s just talk about this shed for a moment, shall we? Those salvaged wood sliding doors are phenomenal.
And the reclaimed, rusty corrugated metal roof is killing me. Killing me.
Copper digs it.
But also–the inside of that shed is not to be missed. Treasures!!!
Tillandsias displayed in rusty old tool bin drawers.
The mouth of a big, glass terrarium with a belly full of lovelies.
Tillandsias displayed on an old mattress spring. Joy.
A reclaimed stained glass window glows in the back wall of the shed.
I’m in love with the shed ‘chandelier’. Casual, industrial, and so delightfully colorful!
Excuse me, Miss? There seems to be a mistake. I believe I ordered the *large* tillandsia. Laura of Olive and Love displays the newest addition to her airplant family.
Look at the side door to the shed. Just look at it! GAH!
Back outside, I fell in love with these:
And took one home. 🙂
I also fell in love with these:
Shop kitty #1. I disturbed Fig’s catnap.
Shop kitty #2, Newt, assists me in exploring the gardens.
I thought about taking them home.
Oh, and when you wander to the back of the property, you find that the whole thing backs right up to the Truckee River:
I love that charming reclaimed wood gate, too. The river’s not bad, either.
And, in addition to the all-around awesomeness that is Sierra Water Gardens, they also do live music on Saturday nights during the summer season, featuring independent local musicians. You bring your wine, you bring your cheese, and you sit and soak it all in.
The vibe on a summer Saturday night is absolute bliss.
You may get some Copper love while you’re enjoying the music. Especially if you have cheese.
Like I said: BLISS.
Undoubtedly, you’ll meet these two smiley faces:
Sam and Sutter; they run the joint. Oh, and they also live there. Oh, and they’re also the cutest couple EVER. (Photo courtesy of Samantha Stremmel).
So YES. Put this place on your must-stop list if you are in Reno (between April and October, they are understandably closed in the winter). Sit a spell and soak in the tranquility. Hit the succulent bar and build yourself a sweet little garden somethin’-somethin’ to take home with you. Buy a couple of koi for your pond. And say ‘hi’ to Sam and Sutter for me. And Copper, Fig, and Newt, too.
Oh–and you simply have to find them on Instagram and Facebook–two of my favorite feeds. A lot of gorgeous photos getting got over there.