"Who knew a family yard project by Herman & Ruth Ohme would turn into a major tourist attraction in Wenatchee."
I really like the video below about outlining the history of the development of the very popular Ohme Gardens, located at the north end of Wenatchee.
Ohme Gardens was originally purchased and developed as a family retreat by Herman & Ruth Ohme. As their "yard project" evolved there was growing interest from their friends and community members. There was so much interest from the locals that it was suggested they open it up to the public and charge an admission fee. They originally resisted the idea of charging but as expenses for the development of the 40 acres rose, they reconsidered.
Today it is owned and operated by the Washington Public Parks System and enjoyed by thousands of people per year.
It you have the time, I highly encourage you to watch the 7-minute video below to get a sense of the labor of love involved in developing these beautiful gardens that are now a very popular venue for a variety of events.
Ohme Gardens is where Max & I had selected for our wedding ceremony in 1983. Unfortunately, it rained that day and, due to the frailty of some of our guests, we decided to move it indoors where it was safer for those not too steady on their feet. It still holds a special place in my heart.