In 1925, Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson were completely and uniquely in love. Their creation of Wing Haven Garden attracted the attention of such luminaries as House and Garden Magazine
along with a host of other such publications, as well as scientists, botanists and assorted dignitaries from around the globe. Icons in the realm of gardening and birding, their love story is unlike any other. Their living legacy, Wing Haven Garden, is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Contemporary visitors continue to frequent and support Wing Haven, now a nonprofit entity. Experts and average bird aficionados from the Carolinas and over the world appreciate its serenity and verdant beauty.
Follow the Path
Serendipitously, once these two lovebirds found each other. Elizabeth gradually dreamed up her vision for a special garden- one that, in particular, would attract birds. She devised the design and Edward made it happen. Situated in the Myers Park neighborhood, Eddie used her plans and matched her vision.
Welcome to Wing Haven Garden
Myers Park is in the heart of the city. Wing Haven is surrounded by private homes. Laden with beautiful flora and fauna, it blooms in a gorgeous urban setting.
Elizabeth was born to be a nature devotee. Since childhood, she was enamoured of all creatures and cared for them outdoors and inside the home. She was blessed with a particular talent, knowing just what would heal or save any bird or creature in need of saving. In adulthood, much to the surprise of their visitors, critters might show up scurrying freely inside the house during their visits. In fact, a particular portal was created to facilitate the comings and goings of birds.
Statues and Plaques abound in the Garden
Then, as now, the storied home sits in its gorgeous city neighborhood (lucky neighbors) where the nonprofit continues to operate as a unique and respectful community member.
Lion Head Fountain
Rest and Reflect
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary is located at 248 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte, NC.
for hours of operation and ways to support.
Did you notice the peephole under the window of the home? That's where the birds fly in!