Charlotte October 18, 2017
The Secret Garden In Charlotte You’re Guaranteed To Love
There is a little-known garden in Charlotte that is home to some of the most beautiful plants, flowers, and birds that exist in our city. A secret garden of sorts, many people are unaware of this local treasure — Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary. If you enjoy observing nature in a quiet, beautiful atmosphere you will definitely want to see this place. It is absolutely amazing.
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Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary actually stemmed from two neighbors who lived down the street from each other and both enjoyed gardening.
In 1927, Elizabeth and Edward Clarkson purchased their home on Ridgewood Avenue in Charlotte's historic Myers Park neighborhood. Both having a love of gardening, the Clarkson's spent the next ten years planting and nurturing a residential garden that was built to attract all kinds of different birds in the area.
Down the road, writer Elizabeth Lawrence also was growing her own phenomenal garden. Today, the two properties are joined together creating the most amazing secret garden in Charlotte.
A masterpiece that was slowly developed over 44 years, Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary is filled with lush greenery and many species of flowers.
The Clarkson's specifically designed Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary with beauty and birds in mind, which is why throughout the garden you will see many pools, bird baths, and perching and nesting areas.
Beautiful pathways connect the Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary with the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden.
Visitors can follow the sometimes covered walkways stopping to admire their beautiful surroundings.
There are many sitting areas and benches located throughout the garden.
It was important to the Clarkson's to have plenty of places available where they could sit quietly and become one with the gardens.
In fact, it was common for Elizabeth Clarkson to sit out in her garden and journal regularly.
She kept a record of every species of bird she saw in her garden, and to date, historical references indicate there have been more than 150 species of birds spotted in the garden.
This cardinal perched on a statue is just one of the many types of birds you can see here.
And these Eastern Bluebirds are the most fascinating sight.
On any given visit to the gardens, you'll be greeted with a chorus of birds chirping and singing.
The gardens are also a fantastic place to enjoy with friends or family.
Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary often hosts events for the public. Every third Thursday offers an "Imbibe and Inspire" tour where people can stroll through the gardens on a guided tour sipping complimentary wine while they learn about the history of the gardens.
There are also many Fall Symposium's coming up on the schedule in which you can go hear a guest speaker discuss various topics — from horticulture to garden and floral design.
In addition to birds, you'll find plenty of colorful and vibrant flowers when you visit the gardens.
There is even a pond complete with lily pads, like something that came straight out of a fairy tale.
Children love playing in the Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary.
The bird feeders and water features will keep their attention as you introduce them to the art of bird watching and gardening.
Plaques like these are present all throughout the gardens.
Elizabeth Clarkson carefully selected each one wanting to display quotes that emphasized the spirit, beauty, and passion she had for the gardens.
Truly an amazing place in Charlotte, Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary should be on every nature lovers bucket list.
When you visit this magical place, you'll truly feel like you've stepped into a Secret Garden.
Have you ever been to Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary? Tell us what you thought of it in the comments.