A quick trip over Stevens Pass can take you from relentless gloomy rains to sunshine and 70 this time of year. We recently took advantage of this and visited the Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Wa. The gardens host numerous events and weddings throughout the summer months. On Tuesdays from July 5 to August 2nd the garden will host a summer concert series at 6:30pm. Check out their website for more events and information.
The land the gardens were built on was purchased by Herman Ohme in 1929. The project was started by Herman to build a retreat for his family. He painstakenly transplanted Evergreen trees and brought stone up from the Columbia to build pools. After Herman’s death the family sold the garden’s to the state. Washington State transferred them to Chelan County which is who manages them now.
The stone paths are fairly rough, steep, and uneven. Not recommended for anyone with joint or balance issues. When my husband and I entered the gardens we noticed that they offered free walking sticks you could borrow. We chuckled at this thinking it’s just some pretty gardens. Halfway through we regretted this. The gardens are built on a steep hillside and the old stone steps are jagged and uneven at best.
It’s definitely worth the trek around the gardens, just make sure you take care where you step. The trees, wildflowers, and stone work are indigenous. The Ohme Garden’s showcase the Pacific Northwest at its best. There is a charge for admission, but it’s fairly reasonable. Please visit the website for details as information does change from year to year.