Schnormeier Gardens open to the public
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GAMBIER — The Schnormeier Gardens opened Thursday for its annual four-day public open-house. This year, the garden is opened in memory of Ann Schnormeier, who passed away in 2017, and was a major force behind the creation and evolution of the gardens.
The history of Schnormeier Gardens begins in 1986, when Ted Schnormeier surprised his wife, Ann, with the original 12-acre parcel for Christmas after she had shown interest in it to preserve the rural nature of it. This parcel is where the Visitor’s Center now sits. From there, more lots were purchased, including the 75-acres that the gardens now occupy, explained the Gardens’ website.
Over the next two decades, the nine gardens were constructed, along with the home Ted and Ann lived in on the property — of which Ann was the driving force behind constructing, thinking the spot would be a perfect place for a home. Also constructed were the many lakes and ponds, as well as hundreds of trees, shrubs and flowers planted.