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Local Garden Tours

There is something so peaceful and joyful (and sometimes healing) that happens when you stroll thru a lovely garden.   Therapeutic, I say.  “They” say to help reduce stress and anxiety, meander thru a beautiful garden for it’s calming effects.  I’ve highlighted a few walking garden paths you can visit in Wenatchee for some tranquility and visual beauty.  Not only are these gardens beautiful to meander thru, but you can also get some great ideas about shrubs, trees, plants and flowers that you can implement into your own NCW garden and/or landscaping.  You’ll find a plethora of information on the different plants and proper care in the links I provided.

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This Master Gardner’s garden is well designed with suggested indigenouse plantings for gardens and yards within North Central Washington.  You’ll find different sections with different needs such as; shade, sun, xeriscape, butterfly and deer gardens, vegetable gardens and even a Winnie the Pig garden.  You’ll be delighted to see a few art sculptures that are part of the garden charm as well.  Bring a picnic and enjoy the gazebo in the middle of the garden or sit at one of the many bench’s placed thru out.   Don’t forget your camera! 

The WSU Chelan County Master Gardeners began developing this Community Education Garden in 2010. The garden is located at 1100 North Western Avenue in Wenatchee. It is an outdoor learning environment for demonstrating and teaching sustainable gardening practices. Read more about this garden.  FREE


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Apple Capital Loop Trail

An easy and popular “mini” garden to get to is located on the Apple Capital Loop Trail, just a short distance north of Pybus Market and the walking bridge to/from downtown Wenatchee.  Kids especially like taking this little side jaunt when enjoying the loop trail. The Chelan County Master Gardeners designed, planted and now maintains this Xeriscape Demonstration Garden in partnership with the Chelan County PUD at Riverfront Park in Wenatchee.    Great Xeriscaping ideas for low water maintenance planting.

The garden can be accessed by parking at the Fifth Street Ice Rink parking lot and walking south along the Apple Capital Loop Trail. Located between the path and the Columbia River and near the Nile Saunders Miniature Steam Train station, this display includes over 40 different varieties of low-water-use plants.  Or you can park at/behind Pybus Market and walk north on the trail.   FREE


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The Misawa Bridge of Frienship Garden in East Wenatchee, was designed as a symbol of friendship between the sister cities of Misawa, Japan and Wenatchee/East Wenatchee. In 1931 the first transpacific flight was made from Misawa, Japan to East Wenatchee. The pocket-sized Japanese garden showcased at the corner of Ninth Street and Eastmont Avenue, is not very far from where Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon made their famous landing from Misawa, Japan. At the center of the garden is a cedar bridge connecting two land masses, a symbolic reference to other bridges this project strengthens.  

Located at the corner of 9th St. and Eastmont Avenue in East Wenatchee, WA.


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This FREE attraction is another beautiful place to bring the whole family!  Just 7 easy miles from Wenatchee, Rocky Reach Dam is chock full of beauty and fun. 

The arboretum includes 40 species of trees in the park of the Chelan County PUD dam located seven miles north of Wenatchee and on the west shore of the Columbia River. The extra value of this arboretum at the Rocky Reach Dam is viewing mature specimens of these tree species. The website includes a brochure that lists the trees and a walking guide.

Discover a museum, a café, balconies that offer panoramic views of the dam and grounds, the juvenile fish bypass system, the reservoir (Lake Entiat) and the Columbia River. A 90-seat theater shows movies throughout the day and upon request.  Stroll and play on the beautifully landscaped gardens, lawns, shelters and playground.   FREE


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At Ohme Gardens, you can meander thru 40 acres of stone paved pathways that wrap around koi ponds and hidden pools, lookout points, and indigenous plants and trees native to the region. Bring an afternoon picnic with blanket to sit on one of the many grass pads throughout the gardens and maybe spot a few elusive fairies and gnomes. 

Now over 80 years old, this little paradise perched on a cliff overlooking Wenatchee, started as a backyard family project by Herman and Ruth Ohme, who purchased the 40 acre dry, parched hillside for orchards.   It was hard work, done mostly by hand, and truly a labor of love. Initially intended as a private family retreat, the interest of friends and community members prompted the Ohmes to open the Gardens to the public.   The Gardens are now a world-renowned showpiece that visitors from around the world come to see.   SMALL ENTRANCE FEE. 


Lisa Traum

Blogger/Owner/creative director of Living
Sophisticated woman of style
Not short or tall, Mom to two girls
Moved back to Wenatchee for family and sense of community
Helping small business even on a small budget, energetic and forward thinking
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