Tahoe plant purveyors brighten winter days with creations

Zephyr Lodge at Northstar by Love and Lupines. | Meghon Shrewsbury.

The act of giving and receiving flowers, and even making your own arrangements, has an immediate impact on happiness, and leaves a long-lasting effect related to delight and gratitude, according to a study from Rutgers. In the midst of winter, Tahoe Guide decided to highlight local florists and terrarium designers whose creations will brighten anyone’s day.

Glass Gardens Tahoe
Sierra Dawn Ward, owner of Sierra Bella hair salon in Incline Village, is also a North Lake Tahoe native who has unlocked her love of plants. Growing up, she enjoyed gardening with her father and plants soon became a mainstay in her salon.

Ward took on making terrariums as another creative outlet and began selling them in her salon. A few of her glass gardens are anywhere from 2 to 4 years old and still going strong. Many of them have a variety of succulents, colored reindeer moss, sand, stones and other accent pieces in glass containers. Shipping is not available for her terrariums, but she is open to delivering them in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay area. | @glassgardenstahoe

Good Anya Plant Shop
I first met Anya Dublennikova at the annual Made in Tahoe Festival at the Village in Olympic Valley in 2022 and was immediately drawn to her booth filled with wall hangings of bright lichen and other types of tree moss displayed in vibrant green hues.

Now, years later, after emigrating from Russia, landing in Truckee and launching her plant art business Good Anya, she has expanded into a more dynamic space for gift items, art, pots and plants. From cat-shaped air plant holders and self-watering live frames to Ordesa hanging baskets and Sansevieria/snake plants, all arranged in the shop in a way that makes the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Customers may also build terrariums, succulent gardens, wall hangings and more. | thegoodanya.com

Heartwood Florists
While Heartwood Florists shuttered its Tahoe City store, the creative florals arrangements are still available for local delivery in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. | heartwoodflorist.com

High Sierra Gardens
Every room of High Sierra Gardens in Incline Village, Nev., is one of the area’s longstanding businesses offering garden-themed gifts including custom orchid bowls, along with offering wreaths and flower arrangements. | High Sierra Gardens on Facebook

Love and Lupines
Love and Lupines is a working studio and flower shop in Truckee created by founder Meghon Shrewsbury. Open on Fridays and Saturdays through May, Shrewsbury kicked off her winter decorating homes and businesses with copious amounts of garland, winter greens, custom centerpieces and more.

Shrewsbury tries to shop as local as possible, bringing in anemones and Encelia from Sweet Roots Floral in Grass Valley, specialty roses from Dutch Door Farms in Auburn, and stallias, cosmos and celosia from Hobo Ranch in Sierraville owned by Brian and Heather River, who also run Atelier and Bespoke. The shop offers local deliveries, including for weekly flower subscribers. | loveandlupines.com

Wyld Peony
Holding a degree in environmental horticulture from UC Davis, Wyld Peony owner Jennifer Wechsler came back to her North Lake Tahoe roots and worked for a wedding planner and interior designer who specialized in large scale, luxury weddings between Tahoe and Napa Valley. Then in June 2022, one of her friends got married and bought her peonies from Costco and got her friends together to help with the arrangements. They noticed that Wechsler had a knack for design, and soon after Wyld Peony was born.

Today, Wechsler enjoys making floral creations mixing flowers with interesting containers from the thrift stores next to her Incline Village shop.

“I would love to offer classes, have a flower bar, sell local art and be retail gift shop. I want it to be different kind of shop with a focus on bringing out the personality of the flowers,” Wechsler says. | wyldpeony.com