Photo Tour: The Asian Influence of Schnormeier Gardens
Nestled in the rolling hills of central Ohio, Schnormeier Gardens offers a landscape perfect for strolling on a beautiful summer day. An easy hour drive from Columbus, Schnormeier Gardens are privately owned by Ted and Ann Schnormeier and are open for public viewing most weekends in June. The last open house for 2020 is this weekend, Thursday, June 25th through Sunday, June 28th from 10am to 4pm.
The couple began transforming 75 acres of landscape in 1996, built around a private residence inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. The gardens have grown to include nine distinct areas, however, there are no walking paths and guests are allowed to explore the property however they wish.
With an Asian influence, the gardens invoke a feeling of peace and tranquility. There are plenty of areas for rest and reflection. The sounds of the many waterfalls spread throughout bring a relaxing and meditative quality to your visit.
Throughout the grounds are over fifty pieces of art, considered the ‘jewelry’ of the gardens. The sculptures range from whimsical, fantastical, thoughtful, and more.
Visitors are greeted at the welcome center by volunteers and are provided with a map. There are restrooms located on the property. Parking is easy and accessible. Entrance is free, with donations accepted. While you can easily spend an entire afternoon here, guests are asked to not picnic on the grounds.
“It has been said that a garden can have a soul, but only if it is shared with others,” notes the Schnormeiers in their map. “We are delighted to share ours with you.”
Schnormeier Gardens is located at 8701 Laymon Road, Gambier, Ohio 43022. For more information, visit schnormeiergardens.org.
Complete your day trip from Columbus with a lunch in Johnstown at Dashing Diner Uptown and try some of their tasty Bacon Jam.