Ted and Anne Schnormeier moved to a house on three acres near Gambier, by Mt. Vernon in 1966. They finished building their Frank Lloyd Wright style dream house across the road in 1994. They had loved the wonderful gardens they had seen while traveling in Asia in the 1990’s and knew that the gentle hills surrounding their house could harbor equally lovely gardens.
Over several years they bought adjoining properties until there were 75 acres to develop into gardens and 75 more acres to surround them as a buffer. There are now nine different garden areas including a Japanese Garden, a Quarry Garden, Chinese Cup Garden, Waterfall Garden, and Woodland Garden all set among 20 small lakes or ponds.