Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, WA

Now that the weather is nice it’s a good time for me to explore places in my area. It's also a great opportunity for me to get away from the computer, get some fresh air, and have more stories to share here. I learned about Ohme Gardens only a few weeks ago from a friend who learned about my love for gardens.

In 1929 Herman Ohme purchased 40 acres in Wenatchee, WA with a dream to plant an orchard and build a house on the hill that overlooks Wenatchee, the Cascade Mountains, and the Columbia River. In 1930 he married Ruth Orcutt and their plans to build a house had to be put on hold. It was during the recession and banks were not giving home loans. The couple decided to start working on the garden until the banks would start offering mortgages again. For years the couple worked in their free time bringing stones up the hill to create paths and water pools, transplanting evergreen from nearby mountains, and planting native plants in their dedicated 4-acre garden. Over the years rumors about this magical place started to spread, attracting people from all the around the country. In 1939, upon the completion of the development of the gardens, Herman and Ruth agreed to open their gardens to the public. Today the gardens are owned and managed by Chelan County. 

The views from the Ohme Gardens

Ohme Gardens is 150mi/240km east of Seattle, a 2.5 hour-drive on I-90 or US-2. Admission fee is $7 for adults, $3.5 for youth ages 6-17, and free for kids age 5 and under. There are tree shaded picnic tables outside of the Gardens if you want to pack your lunch. If you are in the area you can also visit Leavenworth, the Bavarian town, and Lake Chelan


More photos of the gardens on Tumblr.