The Gardens at James Ranch


The Gardens at James Ranch are run by Jenn and Joe Wheeling. We provide fresh produce, flowers and herbs grown using clean water and organic methods in Rocky Mountain soil during our 90 day growing season. We are able to stretch our season by using hoophouses and controlled spaces along with black plastic and garden quilt row covers.


Photo by Elaine Patarini (Catchlight Studios)

We grow perennial fruits, berries, asparagus and rhubarb. Add to that, annual vegetable and herb crops that range from arugula to zucchini.

Flowers for cutting are an increasingly important part of the Gardens. In the past few years we have hosted many brides to help with the selection of local, fresh, seasonal flowers for their weddings.
Once the flower type and color decisions are made, we pick and deliver the day before the wedding for maximum freshness. While we don’t do the arrangements and bouquets, we do have a freelance flower artist that can be asked to help with arrangements and bouquets if needed.

The Gardens participate in the Durango Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, mid-May thru the end of October. Seasonally, we also have selected produce at Nature’s Oasis. Our produce can also be enjoyed, in season, at several Durango restaurants including:

  • Seasons of Durango
  • Cyprus Café
  • Eolus
  • The Yellow Carrot Catering

When we have an abundance of produce, we participate in the Durango School District 9-R’s “Farm to School” program working to provide produce to school cafeterias throughout the Durango area. We are proud to say that we have a prominent presence at the Fort Lewis College cafeteria where we have a salad bar and various specials during the fall and early winter terms.


Photo by Sevie Kenyon