In 1949, garden designer and writer Elizabeth Lawrence began a garden on a modest lot in Charlotte, North Carolina, that would embody her life-long celebration of Southern horticulture. A graceful refuge that doubled as a living laboratory for her study and appreciation of plants and design, Lawrence's garden was a frequent reference and inspiration for her writing. www.winghavengardens.com
1949: Soon after her publication of "A Southern Garden", garden designer and writer Elizabeth Lawrence purchases a lot on Ridgewood Avenue in the historic district of Charlotte, North Carolina, builds her house and begins to lay out a garden that will embody her lifelong celebration of Southern horticulture for the next 35 years.
1985: Elizabeth Lawrence passes away at the age of 81. During her time living and working at her house and garden, Lawrence writes four of her eight books and over 700 columns and articles about gardening for the Charlotte Observer and other publications.
1986: Lindie Wilson purchases the Lawrence property and dedicates her life to the study of Lawrence and the preservation of the garden.
2003: Friends of Elizabeth Lawrence Garden is formed.
2005: The house and garden are designated as a historic site by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission and entered into the Archives of American Gardens.
2006: The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wing Haven Foundation purchases the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden from Lindie Wilson and the Garden Conservancy is granted a conservation easement for the property.
Duke University Press publishes Beautiful in All Seasons: Southern Gardening and Beyond with Elizabeth Lawrence. The book includes 132 gardening columns by Elizabeth Lawrence edited by Ann L. Armstrong and Lindie Wilson.
A Management Plan for the garden and house is developed in collaboration between the Garden Conservancy and Wing Haven.
Kathleen Mullen, the ninth Marco Polo Stufano Garden Conservancy Fellow, finished a nine-month stint at the Lawrence Garden.
Tuesdays: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – noon
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission and Tours
$6 for adults. Members free. Includes admission for both the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden and its sister institution, Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary. No charge for children under 18.
Guided tours are offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings for groups and may be scheduled by calling 704.331.0664 x102. Tour cost:$8 per adult (minimum of $50 per group). $4 per child (minimum of $40 per group).
Click here for more information on scheduling a tour for your school group.
The parking lot is conveniently located near 260 Ridgewood Avenue. In consideration of the neighbors on Ridgewood Avenue, we encourage visitors to make the short walk from the parking lot to the Elizabeth Lawrence House & Garden. Handicap parking is available in the front of the building near the parking lot.