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Ohme Gardens

3327 Ohme Road
509-662-5785

History:
In 1929 Herman Ohme and his bride Ruth purchased forty acres of land for an orchard. Included was a craggy, dry, desolate, rock-strewn bluff with a breathtaking view of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains and the shimmering Columbia River valley. The Ohmes loved to stand on the bluff and dream of flourishing alpine meadows, shimmering pools and shady evergreen pathways where the hot, relentless summer sun allowed only sage and scrub desert growth. They set their minds on achieving that dream.

Small evergreens were transplanted from the nearby Cascade Mountains, native stone was hauled to form paths and borders, desert sage gave way to low-growing ground cover, and pools took shape adjacent to massive natural rock formations. It was hard work, done mostly by hand, and truly a labor of love. In the beginning, sustaining the Gardens meant hauling water in five gallon buckets from the river valley below, but eventually the Ohmes constructed an elaborate irrigation system that pumped water to the site.

Initially intended as a private family retreat, the interest of friends and community members prompted the Ohmes to open the Gardens to public visitations. The Ohmes continued to perfect the Gardens for 42 years, until 1971 when Mr. Ohme died at the age of 80. The couple's son Gordon and his family then assumed responsibility for the Gardens, and in 1991 Washington State Parks and Recreation purchased the Gardens and surrounding property. The Gardens are currently owned and managed by Chelan County.



Reviews

Lis Stewart

Rating:
Sunday, July 1, 2018
A little overpriced, but pretty and a nice, peaceful place to go. We happened upon it on the way to somewhere else, and, needing a rest stop, decided to see it. It's hidden on the edge of a neighborhood and an industrial area. I assume the Ohme family originally had a much better view of the valley when they built the garden. Overall, a worthy place to stop, stretch your legs, and see some pretty flowers and trees.

David Sherwood

Rating:
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Very nice gardens. I would rate certain parts moderate and some parts difficult. It us on a rather steep hill with great vistas. We saw all kings of wild flowers, some butterflies and a humming bird. A real delight. $8 admission fee adults and they will lend you walking poles if you prefer.

Potato Plays

Rating:
Friday, June 29, 2018
It is such a beautiful place. It is family friendly but try bringing children aged 6 and up. There is a gift shop but it is very tiny. The gift shop is located behind the register.

Timothy Uy

Rating:
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Very nice garden. The sights are awesome. Wear a good pair of hiking shoes. 1 hour wasn't enough.

Stephanie Thomas

Rating:
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The gardens are awesome. My only critique is the map of the garden shows trails that are supposedly easier to walk but there are some parts of the garden that are pretty steep for someone with mobility challenges.

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