There are over 50 stone benches located throughout the Gardens. Each one handcrafted by the Ohme Family. Many offer inspiring views of the valley; others are in quiet corners of the Gardens. Benches may be "adopted" and dedicated in memory of a loved one or sponsored by a family or business to celebrate a special occasion or commemorate an important milestone.
A sponsorship will last 10 years (with the option to renew) and will be recognized by a plaque on the sponsorship board at the entrance to the Gardens and on the Ohme Gardens website.
There are two ways to sponsor a bench: (1) a straight donation in the amount of the bench value (fully tax-deductible), or (2) by purchasing a special transferable "Bench Pass" which allows free admission to the Gardens for the 10-year term of the sponsorship (not tax-deductible.) Number of admissions per pass based on bench value (see list).
All funds raised through the "Adopt-a-Bench" program will go to the preservation and enhancement of Ohme Gardens.
A list of the benches and their "adoption" value.
Ohme Gardens County Park is a department of the County of Chelan, a political subdivision of Washington State. All funds donated to Ohme Gardens are used solely for public purposes.
Established in 1929, Ohme Gardens is a nationally acclaimed attraction located in the Wenatchee Valley. With its winding stone paths, pools, waterfalls, spectacular views and forest of trees, this unique evergreen oasis is a living legacy -- a testament to the Ohme Family’s hard work and vision. Over the years, however, as the Gardens have grown and matured, so has the need for additional maintenance and upkeep. The County of Chelan took over management of the Gardens to keep it open to the public but always with the intent that it would be self-supporting. While admission fees, weddings, and events cover day-to-day operations it is not enough to preserve and enhance this aging garden for the long-term. And so we are turning to the community for support. With help from our friends, neighbors, and visitors we will be able to keep the Gardens alive and thriving for years to come!
A map showing the exact location of each bench is available here.