Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wing Haven Gardens (Part I)

John and I were talking last night and we decided we didn't want to sit at home today. We kept looking on line for things we could do. John remembered there was a garden called Wing Haven Gardens in the Myers Park section of Charlotte. We heard about this garden when we moved here in 2004. My Mom saw an article in Country Living magazine about this garden. I have always loved gardening and birds, so Wing Haven it was today! Wing Haven was created in 1927 by a couple named Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson. This was their house and yard. The gardens are now 3 acres of beauty! There are tons of birds and little wildlife like chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits scampering all around the property. John arrived and talked to one of the volunteer ladies inside the house for a little while and then she directed us to an outbuilding to watch a movie about the Clarkson's and how the property evolved. The entire garden is encompassed by a brick wall, which makes a great back drop for the plants and fountains. Here are a few pictures of our beautiful day (tomorrow I will post some more):
I love the entrance gate to Wing Haven!
One of the many brick pathways through the gardens.
This lion fountain was so pretty. I love fountains!
Closeup of the lion fountain.
St. Francis of Assisi statue.
This is such a lovely bench in the arbor. There is also a sunken birdbath, which is really lovely!
This babbling brook had such a lovely sound, I wish you could hear it!
There were benches of all different kinds throughout the gardens. This one is made from brick. Alot of the walls in the garden had this open air brick pattern too!
There was a little niche cut out in the woods and there was this lovely birdbath in there. I love all kinds of antique birdbaths!
I love this long pathway through the woods. There are so many brick pathways through the gardens. The movie we watched before entering the garden said there is so many bricks in the wall, garden paths, etc. that 3 houses could be built from them!!
St. Francis of Assisi Fountain.
Holy Mother statue.
This was one of many of the lovely roses in the rose garden. I love the color of this rose!
Here is a little chipmunk with his little cheeks all full of birdseed. They have little trays of birdseed for all the creatures in the garden!
All throughout the garden set in the brick pathways are white marble with poems, sayings, etc. etched in them. This is one saying by Christina Rosetti. Tomorrow I will post some more pictures of Wing Haven Garden for you to see. There is so much beauty here in this 3 acres of ground. I am so glad John and I visited there today!!

4 comments:

jenclair said...

What a great way to spend a day. I love gardens, and this one is beautiful!

NanaDiana said...

My gosh, Sherri! What a beautiful, wonderful garden! I, too, love that old birdbath. What an amazing job that couple did with their property. I'll bet the film was fascinating. xo Diana

vicki said...

Sherri-
I'm so glad to read this post! I've wanted to visit this place for a long time! The photos are lovely-- it all looks delightful. I'll be looking forward to the rest of your pictures!

Vicki

US Garden Center said...

What a great way to spend a day. I love gardens, and this one is beautiful!


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My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
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Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!