This bridge leads to the waterfalls garden, one of nine that await you at the Schormeier Gardens in Gambier, Ohio. The gardens are only open to the public from June 1-June 5, and admission is FREE to the public.  Photo provided


News-Herald Staff Writer


GAMBIER – For garden and outdoors lovers or photographers looking for the perfect day trip, Schnormeier Gardens, near Gambier, Ohio, is the ideal answer. And better yet, there is NO admission fee!

Owners Ted and Ann Schnormeier graciously open the Gardens, located on 75 acres of their own private property, for one week each year for visitors to explore. Their Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home was completed in 1994, and the gardens project was undertaken in 1996. Structures on the property include a Japanese teahouse, garden house, Chinese pavilion, and numerous bridges and waterfalls. Their gardens have “a distinct Asian flavor” and feature a variety of plants that are rich in color and texture. In all, the Schnomeiers have completed nine different gardens on the property, and welcome visitors this year from June 1 through June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day to bask in the peaceful tranquility that the landscape has to offer.

All tours are self-guided, and since the property is hilly with no paved or designated pathways, visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. The Gardens are not recommended for those with limited mobility.

Those visiting the Gardens should start out their tour by stopping at the Welcome Center, located at 8701 Laymon Road. It features a DVD presentation, striking photos of the Gardens, and full-color tour maps. Parking is free, and restrooms are also available. For more information on the Schnormeier Gardens please contact Carol Garner at 740-397-7698, or visit the gardens Web page at

The gardens are located about 80 miles from Harrison County, between Gambier and Mt. Vernon, Ohio at 8701 Laymon Road, Gambier, Ohio 43022. Both towns offer many dining options and shops to complete your day trip.

It is said that a garden can have a soul…but only if it is shared with others. The Schnormeiers are delighted to share theirs with you.