The garden is designed in the shape of a Cross of Lorraine with a longer path crossed by two shorter perpendicular paths, with the house set between the two shorter tracks. The garden features several beautiful fountains and tranquil pools, as well as a wealth of native and ornamental trees, small shrubs, and flowers. There is also an authentic English sundial that dates back to 1705, plaques with poems, statues, terracotta pieces, and sculptures, including the patron saint of gardeners, Saint Fiacre.
The Elizabeth Lawrence House & Garden was purchased in 2008 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a designated historical landmark and, according to Davyd Foard Hood, author of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Preservation Report “holds significance in the history of Charlotte, the state, and the nation.”
Wing Haven is home to several champion trees, including a magnificent 130-foot tall and 67-inch thick Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) which became a “Treasure Tree and Jewel of the Queen's Crown” and the nation's largest specimen of Pin Chastetree (Vitex agnus-castus). The Elizabeth Lawrence Garden has the largest recorded Japanese Stewart (Stewart pseudo camellia) in Mecklenburg County, one of the original trees of the Treasure Tree Program.
The mission of the Wing Haven Gardens is to cultivate a sanctuary in nature, promote environmental stewardship and maintain the legacy Southern horticulture.
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