Bringing the indoors to the outside |

Bringing the indoors to the outside

Susan Wood

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / The Baginski family - from left, Tyler, Ruby, Pat, Julie, Sage, Jesse, Cole and Chase - owns and operates Tahoe Outdoor Living.

Pat Baginski responded to marketing trends when he combined Tahoe Turf and Grass Lake Nursery to create Tahoe Outdoor Living in April.

The gardener/landscaper has found over the years that residents seeking help with their yards want to place their faith in one place in order to restore those delicate grounds in Tahoe. Projects may range from $30 to $60,000.

“We’ve had a lot of growth this year,” he said.

Tahoe Outdoor Living is 50 employees strong, and Joe Walton serves as the general manager.

Clients ask about everything from the mundane to the amazing. The inquiries include what to do about plant health.

“Eighty percent of the time people underwater their plants,” he said.

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Other inquiries involve how to put in a gas line for an outside fireplace and when to dig into the ground. The business does masonry work, too. Come May, Baginski has to train his customers every year to be patient. Frost and the last of the snowfall can hinder the plant growth.

“People have been helpful in telling me what’s good in Tahoe,” said Grass Lake Nursery customer Kathy Campbell, who moved to Tahoe last year.

Customers primarily tell Baginski, a Philadelphia transplant since 1979, that they want to bring their indoor life outside.

“I had one guy want to put a four-post bed outside,” Baginski said, while gathered Sunday with his family of eight at the Emerald Bay Road nursery after church.

It’s all in the family for the clan – they range in age from 6 to 17. Even the oldest, Tyler, who has a strong interest in music, expressed a desire to major in landscape architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He’s now learning about sprinkler systems from his father.

Tahoe Outdoor Living can be reached by calling (530) 544-8873.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at