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THIS JUST IN: THE NURSERY IS OPEN AGAIN!
Didn't get your fall plants? Have no fear, our nursery is open Wednesdays, from 10am-12pm Oct 22 - Nov 19th OR, by making an appointment with Garden Curator Ben Fletcher at 704.331.0664 X 105
Farm to Table Dinner Yields Harvest
THE LOCAL HARVEST: FARM TO TABLE DINNER SPONSORS AND GUESTS
RAISE MORE THAN $24K FOR WING HAVEN GARDENS
Under crisp and clear skies on October 4, 2014, Wing Haven hosted more than 110 people and raised more than $24K for its gardens and programs at the local harvest: Farm to Table Dinner, a progressive dinner and silent auction with wine pull. Proceeds from the dinner support Wing Haven Gardens and its programs, from PEEPS environmental education for at-risk preschool children to unique programming and events. The signature outdoor fundraiser also helps maintain the nearly 4 acres of gardens and supports horticultural research in the garden.
During the event, guests enjoyed a signature cocktail of handmade peach puree, cranberry and Carolina Moon Distillery moonshine and seasonal hors d’oeuvres at the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden before walking down Ridgewood Avenue to an open air tent decorated with dried corn, peanuts, cotton boll, wild grasses and flowers from a regional farm. Executive Chef Craig Barbour of Roots Farm Food prepared an artisan and locally grown menu which included braised grass-fed beef short rib, sauté of rainbow chard and Lacinado kale with mushrooms, grilled broccolini with roasted tomato, garlic and caramelized onion, sautéed fresh runner beans with toasted walnuts and orange vinaigrette, and a root vegetable gratin of thin sliced Yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, purple potatoes and turnips with homeland cream and grated calavander cheese.
Later in the main Clarkson garden, guests enjoyed assorted gourmet s’mores made over a bonfire with a paired dessert wine, coffee and other sweets. The gardens were especially beautiful lit with strings of lights, landscape spotlights; and numerous candles in mason jars lining the walkways and hung from trees. As the evening conclude d, guests were gifted with mason jars filled with Mulberry Jam harvested and made by the Wing Haven garden staff.
The first in-garden Farm to Table Dinner was a large success due to the hard work of our host committee: Sarah and Tim Belk, Laurie and John Bond, Courtney and Rob Christensen, Katie and Tim Coff, Catharine Ellerbe, Bridgette Ewing, Nancy and John Lowry, Janet and Bruce Voelker and Paige Waugh.
(Jill Trainor, Nancy Lowry, and Hillary Wyche)
Two Gardens. One Experience.
A generation ago two extraordinary women named Elizabeth lived and gardened just down the street from one another on Ridgewood Avenue…
Elizabeth Clarkson was not your garden variety gardener: This Elizabeth developed her formal garden as a habitat for songbirds—long before the horticultural concept of the garden as habitat existed.
Elizabeth Lawrence wrote the book on southern gardening: This Elizabeth, author of A Southern Garden, designed her garden as a plant laboratory in which she might grow some of everything that grows.
Together, Elizabeth Lawrence and Eddie and Elizabeth Clarkson made Ridgewood Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the most famous addresses in Southern garden history. What is most remarkable about this fact is that, relative to the great gardens of America, the Lawrence and Clarkson gardens were extremely modest in size, though fully expressing the intentions and obsessions of the gardeners who made them. (From No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence by Emily Herring Wilson)