From 1927 to 1937 Edwin Clarkson purchased eleven parcels of land along Charlotte’s now-illustrious Ridgewood Avenue, to create what is now Wing Haven.Carefully tending to and nurturing nearly 3 acres of gardens, the Clarksons thoughtfully designed their home to offer protection and respite for feathered friends.
Completely encompassed on all sides, the Clarksons laid every brick to create the wall that encloses the garden as well as the meandering pathway that leads throughout. Paths lead to breathtaking attraction points, such as a series of wisteria-draped arches, pools and fountains, or perfectly trimmed hedgerows, and flower beds are curated to have various blooms year-round.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The garden requests that you not touch water features or sundials and to not pick the flowers or plants.
- While pets are not permissible, service animals are allowed into the sanctuary.
- Wing Haven offers a variety of seasonal events and programs for adults, children, and families. Go online to register for a lecture series, educational talk, and children’s story time.
- During the heat of summer consider wearing bug repellent as the mosquitos are infamous.
- There is also a special children’s garden with themed play spaces, vegetable gardens, a wildlife den, and living tunnel.
How to Get There
The easiest way to access the Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary is by car. From the convention center in Uptown Charlotte, head south for a short 10-minute drive. Parking is available in a designated lot.
When to Get There
Since the gardens were so artfully curated there is never a bad time of year to go as something will always be in bloom. Go on a public or self-guided tour during the garden’s operating hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden
Just a few yards down the street from Wing Haven is the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden—a subsidiary of the Wing Haven Foundation. A fraction of the size of the Clarksons’ garden, the Elizabeth Lawrence’s property is a beautiful oasis and is a horticulturist's dream. Lawrence herself is recognized as one of America's most important gardeners, so you know her grounds were well tended.
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