Located in the rolling hills northeast of Columbus is a stunning property featuring 75 acres manicured lawns, 10 lakes, themed gardens, sculptures, waterfalls, and more, surrounding a spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home designed by Ted and Ann Schnormeier.
Schnormeier Gardens is only open to the public in June, so you’ll want to make a plan to visit while you can to experience the peaceful beauty.
“Our gardens have a distinct Asian flavor and feature a variety of plantings rich in color and texture. Rare conifers are plentiful here. Large boulders and stone walls add dimension and contrast to the landscape. Designed with a bold vision and attention to detail, the gardens offer delightful viewing in any season.”
The Schnormeier Gardens include
- Chinese Cup Garden
- Waterfalls Garden
- Stream Garden
- Serenity Garden
- Woodland Garden
- Hosta Garden
- Quarry Garden
- Meadow Garden
- Japanese Garden
In addition to the natural beauty and lakes, you’ll find a Japanese teahouse, garden house, Chinese pavilion and arched bridge, along with a collection of unique sculptures.
The Schnormeier Residence, the Main House, was inspired by Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright. Instead of being stacked up like Fallingwater, the home is stretched out and designed to resemble a Japanese village. The Main House is currently closed to the public, but plans are in place to open the house for tours in the near future.
Details for the 2020 Schnormeier Gardens Open House
Schnormeier Gardens are open to the public from June 4 to June 28, 2020 – Thursday through Sunday only with entrance gates opening at 10 a.m. and last admittance at 4 p.m. There is no reservations, admission, or parking charge; donations accepted.
Masks are optional; please maintain proper distance from other guests. With over 75 acres, there is plenty of room.
Rules for visiting the gardens
- Wheelchairs or wheeled vehicles are not permitted as the gardens are quite hilly and there are no paved paths
- No dogs
- No Picnics anywhere on the property.
- Watch small children at all times. The lakes are deep and the banks are steep.
- The wet rocks are very slippery. Don’t cross the streams or walk in them. Do not throw rocks in the water.
- No smoking
- Do not pick flowers; but feel free to take photos.
- There are no paved paths, wear comfortable shoes to walk through grass
I encourage you to explore the website before your visit. I truly enjoyed reading about the process (and mishaps) they share as they created this stunning property. You can tell that it was built with love, and we are fortunate that they open it up to the public for free each year.
If you want to dine locally before or after your visit to the gardens, they have compiled a list of restaurants. Be sure to check restaurant websites for current hours and rules for dining.
8701 Laymon Road
Gambier, Ohio 43022
Photos are courtesy of Schnormeier Gardens Facebook page with permission.
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