Just a few generations ago two extraordinary women named Elizabeth lived and gardened just down the street from one another.  Together, they made Ridgewood Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the most famous addresses in Southern garden history.

The property of Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson, Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary, is a respite for birds and other wildlife and a welcoming place to discover the beauty and wonders of nature.

Ten houses down on the same side of the street, the property of internationally celebrated garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence, the Elizabeth Lawrence House & Garden, is a dynamic living laboratory featuring an amazing variety of plants with something in bloom every day of the year.

Together, these vibrant historic properties are known as Wing Haven, a unique destination that inspires passion for the natural world. 


Our gardens offer an escape from a busy, urban lifestyle.

Wednesday - Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Your support will help us maintain the gardens and expand our community reach.

Featured Event

Birdhouse Building Contest - Time to vote!

Visit the garden during our regular hours and vote for your favorite birdhouses! Cast your vote for the Most Creative, Wackiest, and People's Choice as part of our Fourth Annual Birdhouse Building Contest. Birdhouses built by registered participants will be on display beginning April 3rd during our Annual Spring Plant Sale and through April 28th. Ballots available for a $1 donation to benefit Children's & Family programming. All ages welcome to vote!

In addition to showcasing creativity, the contest highlights the need for bird nesting sites to protect baby birds from the elements and from predators.



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Wing Haven is supported, in part, with funding from ASC.