Wenatchee: Ohme Gardens

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"Who knew a family yard project by Herman & Ruth Ohme would turn into a major tourist attraction in Wenatchee."
-Carol Williams

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. 

Ohme Gardens - Wenatchee Wa from Skipow Visuals on Vimeo.

 

 

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Carol Williams
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Hi Nina Hollander ,
I still can't quite comprehend the amount of work the husband and wife did by themselves.  It is a lovely place for the community to gather for various events.

Nov 25, 2018 07:39 AM #9
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Hi Wayne Martin ,
I still can't comprehend doing that much manual labor after a day working an orchard.  Talk about hardy stock! 

Nov 25, 2018 07:40 AM #10
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheila Anderson ,
As someone who enjoys gardening, you would love Ohme Gardens.

Nov 25, 2018 07:41 AM #11
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Carol Williams
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Hi @Brian,
That sounds like a great plan.  I would love that.

Nov 25, 2018 07:42 AM #12
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,
It's amazing what they did with that rocky cliff property. 

Nov 25, 2018 07:43 AM #13
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Carol Williams
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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel ,
Come on up... bring Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD.  We'll all go enjoy the Gardens. 

Nov 25, 2018 07:44 AM #14
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Carol,

We would love to do that.  Now, we would need to coordinate all the schedules.  And it would be fun to meet you also.  A

Nov 25, 2018 07:56 AM #15
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Hi Carol

What a spectacular place! How fortunate Wenatchee is to have these beautiful gardens for all to enjoy!

Jeff

Nov 25, 2018 08:12 AM #16
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Thank you very much, Carol, for sharing this information on Ohme Gardens. 

Nov 25, 2018 01:57 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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That's a fascinating history surrounind Ohme Gardens, Carol.  I wish we had something similar here in Sacramento!

Nov 25, 2018 06:49 PM #18
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Carol, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 25, 2018 06:51 PM #19
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Oh my gosh! How beautiful and 25¢ per carload - imagine that! It's a shame they never built an indoor space for weddings to be held in inclement weather. But, the amount of work it took 'in their spare time' to keep those first few acres up had to be tremendous. Had someone purchased the land that didn't have the passion for gardening, it would have been a sad loss for Wenatchee, for sure!

Nov 26, 2018 07:58 AM #20
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS ,
It was really a stroke of luck for the community that it turned into a public venue instead of a private retreat.

Nov 26, 2018 08:39 AM #21
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Carol Williams
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Hi Roy Kelley ,
I know you and Delores would love Ohme Gardens, with all the photo opportunities. 

Nov 26, 2018 08:39 AM #22
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Beautifu gardens and enjoyed the video. Thanks so much for sharing the video.

Nov 26, 2018 08:40 AM #23
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Carol Williams
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ,
It's amazing that we have it!  Very fortunate for us, indeed.  And, thanks for the Feature in the Old Farts Club.  That's always puts a smile on my face.

Nov 26, 2018 08:40 AM #24
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Carol Williams
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS ,
I got a kick out of the part where it said people met at the bottom of the hill and consolidated to go up in one car.  It is $8 per adult now.  I guess the State Parks System isn't as generous as the Ohme family was.  LOL

Nov 26, 2018 08:43 AM #25
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Carol Williams
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Hi Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® ,
Thank you for stopping by to watch the video.  It's a special place in Wenatchee.

Nov 26, 2018 08:44 AM #26
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Valeria Mola
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What a great post, Carol.

Always enjoy reading your blog. 

V. 

Nov 26, 2018 02:14 PM #27
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Sharon Lee
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As a former gardener I know the amount of work that goes into a garden like that. Mine was smaller but a half acre was plenty big enough for me  to manage. 

Dec 03, 2018 06:47 AM #28
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