Charlotte’s 24th Annual Gardeners’ Garden Tour Is Happening Next Month


Wing Haven is celebrating its 24th Annual Gardeners’ Garden Tour on May 5-6, 2018, a Queen City tradition beloved by countless gardeners, green thumbs, and neighbors across our city.

“After almost a quarter of a century playing host to this glorious weekend during Charlotte’s breathtaking spring season, we invite you to visit these gifted local Charlotte gardeners as they open the gates to their private gardens. For two special days, members of the public enjoy the opportunity to find respite while enjoying magnificent properties that are otherwise only seen by their friends and family,” said Barrett Ranson, Executive Director, Wing Haven.

The self-guided tour is slated for Saturday, May 5 from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, May 6 from 1 – 5 pm. All participants will receive garden descriptions and directions to easily locate each garden as they enjoy a self-paced tour of the private gardens.

via Andrea Sprott

Docents and garden hosts will be present at each garden to guide tour-goers. From a lovely space created by a gardener who attended an invitation-only seminar last summer at Jefferson’s Monticello; to the gardens of a home on Belvedere previously owned by John Crosland and lovingly maintained and expanded upon by its current owner; to the garden named “The Laughing Garden” where the homeowner turned her interest in gardening into a passion reflected in her creative use of space; to another Southern garden with a clever use of the side garden space; to the charming garden of a local landscape designer — each stop embraces Charlotte’s rich growing seasons. This year’s tour offers something special for each and every participant.

Photo from the “Seasons of Winghaven” Project of 2004-2005

Garden tour proceeds help ensure that the Wing Haven and Elizabeth Lawrence gardens are maintained and accessible to all who want to visit. In addition, your support will help Wing Haven continue to expand its educational programs for children and adults and provide educational outreach to at-risk preschoolers in our community.

Advance discount tickets are $30 available online now at, during the Wing Haven Plant Sale April 4-7 (10 am – 5 pm daily), at the Wing Haven office located at 260 Ridgewood Ave, Charlotte, NC 28209, by phone 704.331.0664, or starting in April at Blackhawk Hardware located in the Park Road Shopping Center.

Day of tour tickets will be $35 per person. Children 10 and under are free.

The Gardeners’ Garden Tour is supported by these generous sponsors. Title Sponsor: Blackhawk Hardware. Silver Sponsors: Rountree Plantation, Shrub Doctor, Witherspoon Rose Culture. Affiliate Sponsors: Atlantic Landscape Supplies, Bartlett Tree Experts, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Lat Purser & Associates, Loftin & Company Printers, Soil3, Unit Paving, Inc., and Wildology at Waverly. Partners: Community School of the Arts, Pasta & Provisions.

For additional information, contact: Susan Little Evans, Wing Haven Development Director 704.331.0664 ext.108 or,