Beautiful and regenerative produce, flowers and herbs.
The Gardens Contact:
Jennifer & Joe Wheeling
Joe and Jenn started The Gardens at James Ranch in 1997 when they took 4 acres of land that the cattle didn’t graze on in order to make it "look just like Martha Stewart's garden". Twenty years later and after trying every vegetable in the seed catalog, they have figured out what grows best in the Gardens. Everything is grown using regenerative methods, drip irrigation and cover crops encouraging maximum soil fertility and water conservation.
Sugar snap peas thrive in the warm days and set sugar in the pods during the cool nights making the peas from the Gardens at James Ranch infamous in the area. From late-June to late-August over 2000 pounds of peapods are picked personally by Joe and Jenn. Chefs from high-end restaurants and customers at the James Ranch Market and the Durango Farmers Market can hardly wait for pea season to start. These peas are so good that some customers require withdrawal counseling at the end of the season – just kidding!
Being at altitude and cool climate keeps squash bugs from wanting to take up residency so squash and pumpkins are another great crop for The Gardens at James Ranch. They grow many varieties of winter squash and pumpkins so their display at the Durango Farmers Market and James Ranch Market is not only deliciously edible but also very colorful in September and October.
Rhubarb, black and red currants, table grapes and fruit trees form the core of The Gardens at James Ranch’s perennial crops.
Flowers are a focal point at The Gardens at James Ranch. Known for their dahlias, peonies and annuals such as zinnias, sunflowers, bells of Ireland and ornamental grasses, The Gardens welcome brides to stroll the grounds and select flowers for their bouquet. The Gardens also work with local florists and designers who do weddings and events. Additionally custom order bouquets are available through the James Ranch Market or by the stem at the Durango Farmers Market.