Story and Photos by Brianna Sullivan
Tucked behind luscious scrubs on Dickerson Road is a hidden gem, the Sierra Water Gardens. Run by Sutter and Sam Stremmel, a Reno native and Montana farm girl respectively, the specialty boutique nursery sells all types and sizes of succulents, air plants, terrariums, indoor plants, water plants, koi, goldfish, trees, and other garden plants.
In addition to pre-made succulent arrangements in all shapes and sizes, including hearts and the outline of the State of Nevada, they have a build-your-own succulent bar. They also offer DIY classes for those who need a little creative help. These classes are a unique and fun way for friends and families to celebrate special events, such birthdays and bachelorette parties.
The gardens also contain a variety of seating areas, from a couch to patio seating on the pond deck. The couple absolutely welcomes people who need a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and want to just sit outside and relax for a while.
In addition to the larger pond which sits in the middle of the property, Sierra Water Gardens backs up to the Truckee River, which adds to the relaxing outdoor experience.
The Stremmels host live concerts in the summer ($10/person unless noted otherwise); bring your own food, drinks, blankets, and chairs. Alcoholic beverages are allowed. They are also hosting a pop-up dinner on June 23 with Butter + Salt. All events are posted on their website: https://www.sierrawatergardens.com/
Make sure you say “hi” to the three shop dogs, Oly, Copper, and Reba, and the two shop cats, Fig and Newt. If you look closely, you can sometimes catch their turtles soaking in the sun near the pond. The Sierra Water Gardens is dog friendly. They do ask all visiting dogs be friendly and on leash; please do not allow your dog to harass customers or their shops pets. And if your dog pees on a retail item consider it sold to you!
Children are also allowed; however, the rules are as follows: no running, no touching anything without asking, no petting the dogs, and no throwing rocks in the pond. Kids must be supervised at all times!
Sutter and Sam are more than happy to answer any questions you have and offer advice if you are like me and have a tendency to kill plants!
Note: The gardens are closed November 1 through March 31 each year.
The couple also owns The Wedge Ceramic Studios across the street. They have a variety of clay products available for purchase at both locations and offer a membership, workshops, and more at the studio for those interesting in exploring their creative side. For more information visit http://www.thewedgeceramics.com/ceramics_studio_reno.html.
Bri is a recent Reno transplant, originally from Montana, and excited to explore the city and highlight local businesses and events. She is a full-time pharmacist, but enjoys writing and photography. She also has a personal blog.