This is my favorite garden in Washington state. Not a flower garden - it's a fantasy landscape of trees
transplanted from the Cascade mountains, hidden pools, lush green lawns, rockeries with moss and ferns,
and numerous stone paths and benches provided for the ease of visitors. This is all perched on a hilltop
overlooking the Columbia River and the town of Wenatchee. All around you can see similar hills that are
dry and barren, lacking the tender care that Ohme Gardens receives.
The garden was begun by the Ohme family during the Great Depression in the 1930s. They wanted to build
a house here with a view of the river, but the banks weren't making loans for new house construction at
the time. So they started on the yard. The yard grew into a 10 acre garden and the house was never built.
They transported trees and plants from the mountains, hauled tons of rock to the top of the hill, and started
out by hand watering everything.
Today the garden is a humble park of the city of Wenatchee, though marvelously well-maintained. It's a
wonderful place to visit on a hot eastern Washington summer day. My favorite spot is to sit on the stone
benches in the shade by the Hidden Pool. Across the pool a bright green hillside glistens in the sunlight.
A small waterfall tinkles into the pool nearby. Behind you through the trees you can spy the city and the
Garden Travel Planner provided by Lakewold Gardens in Tacoma, WA
Official Ohme Gardens Website
by Bob Kelly
Garden in a Most
Worth a Journey