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.
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.
Stop by the Succulent Bar and find all sorts of goodies to create a DIY garden in a found object container:
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:
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!
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.
But also–the inside of that shed is not to be missed. Treasures!!!
Back outside, I fell in love with these:
And took one home.
I also fell in love with these:
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:
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.
Undoubtedly, you’ll meet these two smiley faces:
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.