July 29, 2018
Yesterday, I went to Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Washington. This area is very arid. The hills are dry and covered with scrub. In 1929, Herman Ohme purchased 40 acres of land for an orchard. It included a rocky bluff. He and his wife started planting gardens on the bluff which required getting water to the arid land. They used local rock to make paths and benches. As word got out, people started to come and see the gardens and they were eventually opened to the public. The gardens were expanded upon and they are now owned by Chelan County.
It was hot when I went and I was covered in sweat by the time I worked my way through most of the paths. I can’t imagine how much work went into creating the gardens. The early work done on the gardens was all manual labor requiring obtaining many of the rocks by the Columbia River and hauling them up the bluff. It’s definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. It is only $8 to get in.
There are many orchards around the area. The surrounding hillsides are very dry which makes the orchards particularly inviting with their lush greenery. Our thermometer registered 99 degrees yesterday. It must be very difficult to work in the orchards in this heat. The skies are still moderately smoky from local fires.