Venues

Renting a Venue

Conveniently located in the heart of Myers Park, one of Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods, Wing Haven is the ideal place to host your special event. Two historic gardens - Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary and the Elizabeth Lawrence House & Garden, include two very special venues for corporate retreats, business functions, and small social events (wedding ceremonies not permitted): Education Building or the Elizabeth Lawrence House. A third venue option - the SEED Wildlife Garden & Children's Garden, is available for children's birthday parties. 

Applies to all venues: Preferred Catering Vendors


The Education Building at Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary

248 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209

Since its creation in 1927, by Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson, the elegantly designed home and gardens were planned with gracious entertaining in mind. The Education Room brings natural light and the spectacular beauty of the garden inside through glass French doors at both ends. The entryways permit easy access to the expansive gardens for a daylight stroll during events.

Rates:
Full Day:  $400.00  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  8 hours to include setup and breakdown time
Half Day: $250.00  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4 hours within this window of time to include setup and breakdown time

Additional Fees
Additional Time: $50 per hour
A/V Equipment: $50.00
Tables:  $5 per table
Chairs: $3 per chair
Housekeeping: $50.00

After Hours: Anytime before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, an additional charge of $25.00 per hour will be applied for the staff monitoring fee.

Accommodates

  • Approximately 50 guests for a standing cocktail-type party or seated lecture

  • Up to 30 for a seated luncheon, dinner or business meeting

Includes

  • Access to the garden (weather permitting)

  • Wireless internet access

  • iPod-ready or CD stereo sound system

  • Use of catering kitchen

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The Elizabeth Lawrence House & Garden

348 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209

Within walking distance from Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary is Wing Haven’s second garden property, the former home of noted garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence. This charming cottage offers a spacious living room with an adjoining brick-paved sunroom that opens onto the Lawrence Garden. The garden features a small central pool bordered by a brick patio and flanked by benches. Guests are welcome to stroll through the garden during daylight rental events.

Rates:
Full Day:  $400.00  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  8 hours to include setup and breakdown time
Half Day: $250.00  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4 hours within this window of time to include setup and breakdown time

Additional Fees
Additional Time: $50 per hour
A/V Equipment: $50.00
Tables:  $5 per table
Chairs: $3 per chair
Housekeeping: $50.00

After Hours: Anytime before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, an additional charge of $25.00 per hour will be applied for the staff monitoring fee.

Accommodates

  • Approximately 50 guests for a standing cocktail-type party or drop-in event

  • Maximum of 30 for a seated luncheon or dinner

Includes

  • Use of kitchen for catering service

  • Wireless internet access

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The SEED Wildlife Garden & Children's Garden at Wing Haven

260 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209

Hidden behind the brick walls you will find a fun, engaging learning and play space for children and families complete with raised vegetable gardens, a living tunnel, a wildlife den, themed gardens, an outdoor pavilion, nature play and construction, a pump and dry stream bed, worm digging area, rain barrels adorned with kid-sized watering cans, picnic tables, a story time area, and much more. It is the perfect setting for a young child's garden party or birthday party with nature play readily available.

Availability for this venue runs year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with the exception of holidays. Please note: The gardens are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday.

Rates

  • 2 hour minimum: $150 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • each additional hour $25

  • Deposit of half the total amount of the rental fee must be paid upon contractual agreement

Accommodates

  • 20 children and their parents

Includes

  • Access to Foundation Office Kitchen and Bathroom

  • Birthday monitor (Wing Haven staff member)

  • Tables and chairs (up to four 6’ tables, 20 kid-size chairs), and/or picnic tables

  • Under the guidance of our Wing Haven Birthday Monitor, exploration of our historic Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary

  • Bags of Wing Haven birdseed as party favors for each child

  • SEED Pavilion or Children’s Garden picnic tables closed off to the public for your event during our open hours (Wed. - Sat., 10am - 5pm)

Description

Bring your own decorations and cake and set up at our picnic tables under a cedar pergola or on the Foundation Porch in the Children’s Garden, or under the Pavilion in the SEED Wildlife Garden.

Utilize the space for your own games, observe what’s growing in our raised beds, rake, sweep, pull small wagons or water the plants with rainwater from the barrels. The space is yours to explore! Water plants from the rain barrel! Explore the pollinator, ozone, sensory gardens! Climb a boulder! Build a fort! Roll a log and find a bug or dig for worms! Crawl in the Wildlife Den or Living Tunnel! Pretend you’re a bird in the giant bird nest! Dip your toes in the shallow streambed! Hide under a tree! Observe the birds!

Under the guidance of our Wing Haven Birthday Monitor, explore our historic Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary passing by many birdbaths, two ponds, an Oval pool, dozens of feeders and birdhouses. In addition to the beauty of the garden, you are certain to catch a glimpse of wildlife that visit our garden: song birds, chipmunks, squirrels, and the occasional raccoon or turtle.

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Cancellation Policy:   The deposit, less a $50.00 administrative fee, is refundable if Wing Haven receives written notice of cancellation at least thirty (30) days before the event date. Wing Haven may cancel this Agreement by giving notice to User and refunding all amounts previously paid by User.