GAMBIER — Schnormeier Gardens, 8701 Laymon Road, Gambier, will host free open houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5-8.
The open houses provide an opportunity to tour 75 acres of gardens in the rolling hills of central Ohio. Schnormeier Gardens has a distinct Asian flavor featuring a variety of plantings rich in color and texture accented by larger boulders, stone walls, waterfalls, unique sculptures and structures, according to a press release from Schnormeier Gardens.
Ted and Ann Schnormeier will open their private gardens to the public during the open houses.
Reservations are not required; however, advance notice of groups arriving by bus is requested.
The gardens rarely are open to the public, and the open house represents the only opportunity this year to visit the site, the release said.
Schnormeier Gardens began in 1996. Over the years, it has grown to include 50 acres of manicured lawns, 10 lakes, a variety of discrete garden areas and several waterfalls.
The focal point of the property is a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home. The private residence was completed in 1994. The interior of the home is not part of the public tour.
Other structures on the property include a Japanese teahouse, garden house, Chinese pavilion and arched bridge. Ever-growing collections of unique sculptures also are located on the grounds.
Tours are self-guided, and the property is hilly and contains manicured lawns, woods, meadows, streams, lakes, footbridges and many vistas. There are no paved or designated pathways so visitors are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear walking shoes.
Visitors may walk the entire 75 acres.
Those attending the open house should start at the welcome center at 8701 Laymon Road. It features a DVD presentation, photographs of the gardens, including aerial photographs, and full-color tour brochures with maps.
Free parking is available adjacent to the welcome center and restrooms are available at the welcome center and near the hosta garden.
The gardens are not recommended for those with limited mobility. Pets are not allowed.
For more information and to view photos of the gardens, visit www.schnormeiergardens.org.