Garden Time again! Have just received word that these tranquil gardens will be open from June 1-5. 2011 from 10-4 daily. The owner has added two days to the schedule to accommodate the growing number of annual visitors. Hope you can find the time to enjoy their beauty.
Tranquility and serenity are two words describing the Schnormeier Gardens near the village of Gambier, Ohio. Once a year, usually in June, these beautiful gardens are open to the public. They are also open by appointment for groups during the year. Take a walk with me and experience their beauty.
Each year the gardens have additions that catch the eye and provide a spirit of peace over fifty gently rolling acres in central Ohio. As you walk down the grassy hillside to the lake, you breathe in the natural beauty of your surroundings. In the distance you hear the sound of a waterfall dashing over rocks at a thousand gallons per minute. Getting closer, you find a seat on a nearby rock and soak in the ambiance of your surroundings.
Nearby is the Japanese Tea House, one of my favorite places for inspiration. Here you can hear the waterfalls as it bubbles over the rocks and view the lake through the tea house doors. Outside there is a stone water basin with a long handled dipper. Traditionally, this was the place to purify yourself by pouring water over your hands before entering the tea house. Wash away the impurities of the temporal world.
Their home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright is the central point of the property. While it is not open to the public, the patio area has several chairs and benches where you can rest and let the peace of the gardens surround you.
There are many paths through quiet woodlands with original sculptures surprising you along the way. This is a place for meditation and peace.
One pond has a zig zag bridge which is a challenge to your balance. The swans watch as you pass by and the beautiful water lilies are plentiful.
Words alone can not describe the beauty of the gardens. This is a place you need to experience first hand. If you enjoy the beauties of nature and want a day of tranquility, take a stroll through the Schnormeier Gardens.