Fourth Street Gardens
Ruth Anne Inselman and her husband are owners FourthStreetGardens. But for Ruth Anne, it’s more than a home and magnificent wedding venue, she is the keeper of history and caretaker of an important piece of Emmett’s past.
“We lived in Kuna for many years, had a lovely place, but I wanted to create a place for weddings and the 63 trains passing through each day just didn’t work for brides,” said Ruth Anne. “When we bought FourthStreetGardens, it was in pasture and there were very few trees or landscaping. My husband and I did almost all the work here ourselves one square foot at a time.”
Ruth Anne also wanted to know about the history of the home and obtained complete abstracts when they bought the home. What she discovered has led to many great encounters over the years, friendships forged in history and a respect for the property she intends to preserve.
“We started out with catering events,” said Ruth Anne. “We weren’t even finished with the first project, the reception hall, when we got the first call to host a reunion from a County Commissioner we’d just been in front of to get permits. I called my husband and told him we’d better get busy because I’d just booked a reunion scheduled for a few months away.”
And so began their 10 year odyssey, creating memories, catering local events and designing beautiful weddings for hundreds of brides. Over the years Fourth Street Gardens has hosted local women’s networking events, State of the City events, many Emmett High School class reunions and, of course, themed weddings from Western to Vintage.
“This month marks our 10 year anniversary of hosting weddings at this location,” said Ruth Anne. “We are getting out of the catering business. This is the one of the busiest wedding seasons we’ve seen yet with almost 30 weddings booked. Ten years ago we started with doing about 3 or 4 weddings and lots of catering. Now each summer, May to October, we average 20 -25 weddings. We have one set price which includes the wedding, reception, rooms for changing, rehearsal, decorating options, tables and chairs and some tents. We go to 3 or 4 wedding shows each year and try to stay up on the upcoming trends in decoration and colors.”
All throughout the 3-acre property the Inselman’s have created unique gardens in a park-like setting complete with waterfalls, pathways, thousands of flowers and surprises at every turn. It is a photographers dream and a delight for visitors. It is a must-see treasure to visit in the Valley of Plenty.
FourthStreetGardens, 1723 E. 4th St, 398-8273 or www.FourthStreetGardens.com .