Tucked away behind the Sierra Nevada College campus is Incline Village's best kept secret. That's where the North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden is located. It's a great place to enjoy lunch, take a walk, or do a little bird watching.
Established in 1993, the NLTDG features a butterfly garden, examples of slope stabilization, and ideas for walk-ways and permeable hardscapes. There are eight plots planted in various grass mixes to demonstrate how each mix will grow in this area. Lots of natives and non-natives are planted throughout the garden to help local gardeners with ideas for their own home gardens.
To help promote fire safety, the garden displays examples of defensible space ideas. For inspiration with BMPs and runoff filtration, the garden also has examples and information on installing these systems.
The NLTDG is managed by a group of local volunteers who weed, water, rake, and design areas of the garden for visitors to enjoy. Free classes are offered during the summer months.
The North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden appreciates all of the volunteers and local businesses who have supported the garden over the years. In celebration of the gifts, time, and materials that have been donated, there will be a Donor/Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the garden from 1-3 p.m. Please come by for light refreshments and a free class on "Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter."
North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden location: Highway 28 and Country Club Blvd. Take the second driveway into Sierra Nevada College's campus and drive around behind Patterson Hall. Visit www.demogarden.org for more. Our newsletter is posted on the website.