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Address: Highway 49, Sierra City, CA
Phone Number: 530-862-1333
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Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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The Sacramento Bee had a feature article on these gardens. The owner, Don Phillips, is now 90 and has decided to put it up for sale. He bought the property in 1964 and developed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 11, 2014
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The Sacramento Bee had a feature article on these gardens. The owner, Don Phillips, is now 90 and has decided to put it up for sale. He bought the property in 1964 and developed it, building a residence and beautiful gardens. He has visited Giverny (Monet's garden) many times. People refer to his garden as the "Monet in the Mountains."... More 

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Thank Guatemala33
Woodland, California
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We really enjoyed our first visit to Big Springs Gardens. It's an amazing place. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the scenery is wonderful and peaceful. We hope to visit again next year...at the beginning of the season to see more flowers, and the end of the season to see more fall colors.

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Thank Susan T
Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Absolutely stunning locale: fabulous house and gardens nestled within a forest with craggy mountains as the backdrop! Can't believe the creation Don Phillips realized in nowhere. So impressive. Lunch around the natural pools was such a treat. We drug it out as long as possible to savor the experience and then walked around the forest afterwards.

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2 Thank fiftystatesevenconts
Incline Village, Nevada
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188 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My wife and I went here two weeks ago on a Thursday. You make your reservation directly with the owner Don Phillips who is over 90 years old. A great guy. The fee is $35-39 depending on the day. The water is running a bit low this year, but the experience is really awesome. Don has built a trail system... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

You would NEVER expect to find this in the town of Sierra City. Sierra City is about a one hour drive from Truckee! The scenery along the highway is varied, from open range to craggy peaks! The gardens are the work of Don Phillips who has spent 50 years of his life perfecting them. He started with 118 acres and... More 

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Germiston, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Not a botanical gardens, but a natural garden, sugar pine, cedar, wild flowers, good walk. Good lunch available, but book. However, owner might sell this year, then I don't know if it will still be available. Take route from Auburn, Truckee, Graeagle or Reno. www.bigspringsgardens.com

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calif
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199 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The drive from Truckee took about an hour on a 2-lane road. Beautiful drive - the last 20 minutes is on a fairly winding road so beware for those who get car sick. The setting is absolutely lovely and my husband and I took a trail up to the water source of the springs. It was a breezy day so... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is our second visit to Big Springs Garden, and we have greatly enjoyed both visits. We attended the Wednesday noon lunch and had a wonderful choice at the buffet of several salads, fresh fruit, smoked salmon, Swedish meatballs, several cheeses, and several excellent desserts. The setting is a gorgeous backdrop for a great meal.

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4 Thank Hiker90
Penn Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Absolutely beautiful! The drive is long but scenic. The dining environment is stunning, the food is always delicious.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Scenery is fantastic, soft music playing in the background during our buffet dinner. You can walk around the grounds, explore the vegetation, running water, feed the fish in the pond.

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