Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, Charlotte

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Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary are non-profit gardens and a bird sanctuary located at 248 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina. They are open several hours a week, year-round; admission is by donation .The garden was begun in 1927 by Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson around their house. In 1970 they donated it to the Wing Haven Foundation. The Clarksons remained in the home until 1988.The garden plan resembles a Cross of Lorraine with its long path crossed by two shorter, perpendicular paths, and the house sited between the shorter paths. It contains a number of pools and fountains, and is well-planted with a wide variety of ornamental trees, shrubs, and flowers. The garden also contains an English sundial from 1705, various terra cotta pieces, a plaque with a poem by Japanese pacifist and reformer Toyohiko Kagawa, and a statue of Saint Fiacre, patron saint of gardeners.In 2000, the National Register of Big Trees recognized the garden's chastetree as the largest within the United States.
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  • Wonderful 2 hour meandering walk thru labyrinth of brick pathways lined with herb garden, rose garden , frog pond, and many water features. Tender history. Fascinating house to tour. Have gone back nu...  more »
  • this garden is tucked into a quiet neighborhood, entry is nominal, there are plant sales in spring. wonderful spot to get away from the world.  more »
  • This place is a charming break from the city. The old beautiful trees and plants blend so beautifully with the fountains and animals. Its so well kept and a bargain to give into as well. Our friends g...  more »