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Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary

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Address: 248 Ridgewood Ave, Charlotte, NC 28209-1632
Phone Number: +1 704-331-0664
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10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Wing Haven is two public gardens - Wing Haven Garden at 248 Ridgewood...

Wing Haven is two public gardens - Wing Haven Garden at 248 Ridgewood Avenue and the Elizabeth Lawrence House & Garden at 348 Ridgewood Avenue -that provide an urban recreational and educational resource in the heart of one of the South's largest metropolitan cities. Wing Haven provides a natural oasis for reflection and study as well as programs and events annually for both children and adults. We also provide outreach to at-risk preschool children through our PEEPs (Preschool Environmental Education Program) initiative. See the website for an up-to-date listing. Wing Haven also offers rental space for meetings, retreats, special events and portraiture. Private tours are available by appointment for a fee.

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Magical

I brought my toddler grandsons here and it has become a favorite spot! We have returned 3-4 times and the boys are enchanted each time. They do not want to leave. The children's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I brought my toddler grandsons here and it has become a favorite spot! We have returned 3-4 times and the boys are enchanted each time. They do not want to leave. The children's area is very appealing and provides a great introduction to gardening skills. Beautiful peaceful walkways in a well loved heritage garden. Each time I go something new... More 

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events623, Public Relations Manager at Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you. We think it is magical as well. Please also join us for the monthly StoryTime in the Garden programs (sign up online) and take the #tulippoplarchallenge (climbing into the giant tulip poplar through a tree hollow at the base) with your grandsons on your next visit! More 

Owego, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful private garden created with lots of love over decades. This is the home of a couple who spent their whole lives caring for this property and birds were lovingly welcomed. You will be transformed as you wander the paths. A wonderful Charlotte treasure.

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events623, Public Relations Manager at Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you! We are so glad you found us. Please share the "secret" garden with your family, house guests and friends during the holidays for a break from the busy rush. Wing Haven garden open hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm, but closed for the holiday after 3 pm on November 23, November 24, December... More 

Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This site was not large but very special. You can visit the original house of the owner and see a nice video about their efforts to create a haven for birds. It is a lovely garden and you can also visit a second garden a few houses down. Not expensive and very nice if you like gardens.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

i have lived here in Charlotte, NC since 1993 and this is my first time visiting. I love gardens and nature and decided to join even before visiting. Last eve they had a beautiful event in the gardens showcasing artists, wine selections and beautiful jazz. I so enjoyed walking thru the gardens (something was blooming and it smelled delicious). The... More 

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events623, Public Relations Manager at Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments and for your support of these unique historic gardens! Wing Haven is a lovely secret begging to be discovered and we are so happy you joined us for Arts in the Garden. See you in the gardens again soon and bring a friend! More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We quite enjoyed the stroll in Wings Haven. Well worth the visit and different from other attractions in Charlotte

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events623, Public Relations Manager at Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you! We agree that Wing Haven is a magical and unique place to visit. More 

Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We visited these gardens in August with another couple. The gardens are set in a lovely residential area of Charlotte offering a retreat from the heat and the bustle of a busy city. The people who worked there were charming and knowledgable and willing to answer any questions we had. We had a lovely walk through the gardens, mostly under... More 

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events623, Public Relations Manager at Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. Wing Haven's two historic gardens -- the Clarkson Garden and the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden -- were created and are maintained with seasonal garden color in mind. If you do visit in the winter months, for instance, you will be rewarded with a wide variety and color of camellias in the Clarkson Garden, numerous bird... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Lovely to wander through, calming, and has a home on site, tours available, and a gift shop. Several times a year it features a garden sale.

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events623, Public Relations Manager at Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, responded to this review

We appreciate your visit! Wing Haven owns and operates two historic public gardens and homes on Ridgewood Avenue. Wing Haven’s original Clarkson Garden is the Charlotte area’s only designated garden and bird sanctuary listed as a local historic landmark by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmark Commission, certified as Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and named an eBird hotspot by... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Wing Haven Garden is a lovely serene place in the middle of busy Charlotte. I visit often and enjoy having family and friends visit with me. Often people say can we go to Wing Haven again when we are in Charlotte. It's a place of love created by a couple who loved each other and had a love of birds... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Truly is something out of a fairy tale. Truly stunning, and completely magical. I am very looking forward to our return.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

This place is so quaint and beautiful - like something out of a classic novel! I had a bridal luncheon here, and we were in awe of the beauty of the gardens. This is a great place to stop by for a walk through or to host an event.

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events623, Public Relations Manager at Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you enjoyed Wing Haven for your special celebration! Wing Haven Garden has two beautiful venues available to rent for business retreats, meetings, and private parties. Please see our web site for details including amenities and restrictions. The gardens are also available to rent for bridal, engagement and other portraiture. Please call the office for availability... More 

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