Secret Paradise – Ohme Gardens, Wenatchee, WA

On Saturday I went on an excursion by myself — well, me and the Lord took a road trip.  We had a GREAT time.  I went to the Lake and sunned myself for a bit, read a great book about Ruth, and then went to the Ohme Gardens.  What a beautiful place.  If you've never been — it is a must see.  It was only $7.00 per person, and beautiful landscaping.  Here are some of my pictures from my outing.   My favorite is the one on the far left — that is the "reflection pond."  What you see there is a reflection in the pond — isn't that cool!!?



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(I pulled this history from their web site)  — soooo cool! 

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; it is managed by Chelan County.

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Author: Michele C.

First and foremost I am a Believer in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am a wife, a Mom, a young budding writer, and entrepreneur.

4 thoughts on “Secret Paradise – Ohme Gardens, Wenatchee, WA”

  1. Hi Michele! I love your pics, I've been longing for Eastern Washington, usually this time of year I go over there and spend a week or so just enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of all that is God's, there is just something very spiritual about that place in the fall! I have been going over there since I was 5 years old and vowed someday I'd actually move over there, who knows maybe now is the time? I am a country girl in my heart and soul, always have been. I have never gone up to the Ohme gardens, last year I came close, I picked up their brochure in Leavenworth and thought I'd do it this year, but stuff got in the way, you should have called me, I would have joined you but I think it is so cool you went there to spend some quiet time by yourself, we all need that from time to time, you picked a beautiful spot! Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I love you too Patti — nothing to say that we can't plan something then soon! 🙂 I'd go again — very beautiful! I love Eastern Wash too — would love to move there eventually — love the weather, and the beauty — I'm sure I'd miss it here though too — 🙂

  3. I think I read an article and saw pictures on this garden in one of Paula Deen's magazines…….or another. Not sure….but I remember seeing it somewhere and the pictures were beautiful. I'm envious…..(smile)

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