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Choose Plants for Your Landscape Wisely

TitleChoose Plants for Your Landscape Wisely
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-06-02
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #24 - "Native & Adaptive Plants" (Air Date: June 15, 2003). Dan Yori from the High Sierra Nursery offers advice and discusses the benefit of landscaping with plants native to the Lake Tahoe region.
SubjectNative plants for cultivation -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 24: "Native & Adaptive Plants" Air Date: June 15th ((Anchor intro)) It's planting season here in the Truckee Meadows and up in the Tahoe Basin. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy shows us that some plants are better suited for the Tahoe area than others. ((Take pkg)) ((Track 1)) If you're going to take the time to plant flowers and trees and shrubs in your garden, why bother with something that isn't well adapted to it's environment? When you're talking about Lake Tahoe, it's much better to buy plants that are either native or have adapted well to the area. ((sot @ 3:27 Dan Yori, High Sierra Nursery)) "You use a native plant first of all because it blends in with the environment. Takes a little less care, a lot less water, less fertilizer." ((Track 2)) But the list of native plants like aspens, dogwoods and lupine can be limited if you want a wide variety in your garden. Luckily, there are hundreds of other perennials that have adapted well to Tahoe's climate. ((sot @ 5:07)) It's been trial and error of plants adapting to the area and as you can see the list is wonderful now. ((Track 3)) The list includes plants like columbine, phlox, ornamental grasses, and trees like golden chain. But if you're planning some planting here at Lake Tahoe be cautious about what you buy. Many plants like this yarrow which is very common in the Reno area are not well suited for Tahoe. ((sot @ 5:20)) "there's several plants that we recommend that people don't plant. A lot of the agencies are recommending you don't plant them. Your broom is a very invasive plant. Broom is one. The others are some of the yarrows are invasive and you don't want to do those." ((Track 4)) So before you plant, check with your local nursery. They can help you choose plants that will grow well and look great for years to come. With the lake tahoe environmental education coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor Tag)) The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office publishes a landscaping guide that is loaded with information plants well suited for the Tahoe area. For more information or to order a guide, visit our website at

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