About The Golden Gecko
The Golden Gecko Garden Center was created to serve
the residents of The Georgetown Divide, a region of unparallel
beauty located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. We are
a Full Service Garden Center with a complete line of
plants, soil amendments, and fertilizers, suited to foothill
and mountain gardening. In addition we have a large selection
of pottery, garden art, and water features.
Garden Center was created by Trey and Monica Pitsenberger.
Having met in a garden center, they have spent the last
25 years in horticulture. The culmination of that experience
led them to, where else, Garden Valley. “We realize
that this location is unique in California” says
Trey. “Few garden centers have a year-round creek.
In addition we have numerous 100 year old valley oaks
that shade much of the Garden Center.” Located
at 2000’ elevation the garden center is high enough
to be above the intense summer heat of the Central Valley,
yet well below the snow bound high country in winter.
Trey Pitsenberger has been a garden center professional
for over 25 years. Working first at Christensen Nursery,
in Belmont, he has worked in, managed, or owned five
different garden centers. Four of those garden centers
are located in either El Dorado, or Placer Counties.
Trey is an Advanced California Certified Nurseryperson,
Master Nursery Professional, garden writer and speaker.
Trey’s garden articles appear in newspapers and
his gardening talks are popular with garden clubs and
other organizations interested in horticulture.
Monica Pitsenberger has been in the garden center business
for over 20 years. While working at Christensen’s
Nursery in Belmont, 20 miles south of San Francisco,
she met her Trey. Moving to Placerville, Monica and Trey
have operated two other Garden Centers before opening
The Golden Gecko. Monica’s specialties include
succulents, cactus, and herbs. She is responsible for
all the unique small water features in the Garden Center.
Monica is a Master Nursery Professional.