The gardens, at Ironstone, play host to a multitude of public and private events year round. These include concerts, weddings, picnics, barbeques and games, and the spectacular Concours d'Elegance classic car show that's held every September. Throughout the 14 acres, you'll find thousands of plant varieties and species as well as antique winemaking, mining and railroad equipment.
The annual "color parade" kicks off in March with an explosive burst of over 300,000 daffodils that signal the coming of Spring and herald our annual festival of food, wine, art and Daffodils. Tulips, Camellias, Dutch Iris, Rhododendrons and Azaleas follow. As the summer months fade to the hustle and bustle of harvest, the grounds come alive with rich hues of crimson red, bright orange and ochre when leaves put on their annual show of Fall colors. Even during winter one can find splashes of color amidst the lush evergreens and occasional light dusting of snow.
Meet our Master Gardner
The beauty of Ironstone's landscape would not be possible without Master Gardner, Larry Ringland. Larry heads the team of 13 gardeners who are responsible for maintaining our garden landscape year-round.
Larry’s work with the Kautz family began 44 years ago in 1972, long before the humble beginnings of Ironstone Vineyards flagship in Murphys. His love of the great outdoors led Larry to study Dendrology (the scientific study of trees) at Santa Rosa Junior College. Throughout college, Larry worked at Highland Ranch in Philo, California, as a caretaker for the cattle. It was through this line of work that he was introduced to Kramer Ranch in Murphys. Here he would continue his work with cattle, although bigger plans were in store for his green thumb.
The plush and colorful grounds of Ironstone Vineyards would not be what they are today without Larry Ringland’s vibrant vision and hard work. His work has been enjoyed and photographed by visitors from around the world.