South Shore gardens on display |

South Shore gardens on display

Provided to the Tribune
Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. This garden is among several that will be on display Saturday during the "Tahoe in Bloom" tour.

Next to the lake is a grand stone-and-log home nestled into old-growth conifers. The landscape around it is serene and naturalistic, looking as though it has been there for decades. Instead, John Fellows and Aspen Hollow nursery with the help of cranes and heavy loaders installed hundreds of tons of lichened boulders, specimen quaking aspens, and mountain hemlocks to complement the house designed by Ben Fagin. In addition to the beautiful mountain landscape, there are large wildlife sculptures and a custom stone barbecue and fireplace area overlooking the lake.

At the foot of Echo Summit is a garden designed to relate to the forest behind it. The garden started as a vision of relaxed space and has been evolving for the past five years. The garden features a path system that divides the space into woodland, meadow, glade and wetland specific plantings. There is also a fish pond, waterfall, and gazebo. Planned by Paul Nanzig, the garden is a balanced mix of native and ornamental plants.

These and other gardens will be on exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. “Tahoe in Bloom” is a garden tour to benefit the Lake Tahoe Historical Society. The tour consists of seven gardens throughout the South Shore.

The Dream Spirit Baroque Band will play at Garden No. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd.; Aspen Hollow, 541 Emerald Bay Road; Sunbasin Landscape & Nursery at 276 Kingsbury Grade; Grass Lake Nursery, 905 Emerald Bay Road; and Nel’s Garden Center, 1050 Fremont Ave.

For more information call the Lake Tahoe Historical Museum at (530) 541-5458.

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