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Author Anne Marie Lutz

Sculpture in the Gardens!

A friend told us about Schnormeier Gardens in central Ohio — privately-owned gardens open to the public for just one weekend a year. This year’s open-house fell on June 4-7, and the weather was great — so off we went.

There are actually nine separate gardens on the 75-acre grounds, along with water features including a lake, stream, and waterfall as well as a woodland creek. It’s a beautiful place, with a distinctive Asian influence to most of the gardens. You can read more about the grounds at this link to the Schnormeier Gardens website, but I’m going to focus on the sculpture, because that’s what I loved most.

"Affirmation of Rejection" by Michael Kenneth Smith, in the Meadow Garden

“Affirmation of Rejection” by Michael Kenneth Smith, in the Meadow Garden

"Draco Terribilis" by Lou Ferrario, in the Chinese Cup Garden

“Draco Terribilis” by Lou Ferrario, in the Chinese Cup Garden

"Evolving Sphere" by Thomas A. Yano, in the Stream Garden

“Evolving Sphere” by Thomas A. Yano, in the Stream Garden

One of many animal sculptures in the gardens. This one is near the woodland garden.

One of many animal sculptures in the gardens. This one is near the woodland garden.

"Fatman Dancing" by Michael Kenneth Smith, in the Meadow Garden

“Fatman Dancing” by Michael Kenneth Smith, in the Meadow Garden

There are many more sculptures scattered throughout the gardens, as well as a private residence inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. A beautiful place to visit — and almost hidden in the hills near Gambier and Mount Vernon. In fact we had a bit of an adventure finding our way out of the place without a GPS. But a lovely day regardless, and so glad the gardens are open once a year so the public can enjoy them!

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