Timeline

1904
Elizabeth Lewis Lawrence is born on May 27 to Elizabeth Bradenbaugh Lawrence and Samuel Lawrence in Marietta, Georgia.

 

1926
Lawrence graduates from Barnard College.

 

1932
Lawrence receives a BS in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State College.

 

1942
A Southern Garden is published by the University of North Carolina Press.

 

1948
Lawrence begins building a home and laying out her garden on a modest lot on Ridgewood Avenue in Charlotte, NC.

 

1957
Lawrence begins writing a weekly column for The Charlotte Observer.  She continues writing for the newspaper for 17 years.

 

1983
In poor health, Lawrence moves to Annapolis, MD.

 

1985
Lawrence dies in Annapolis.

 

2003

The Friends of Elizabeth Lawrence convene to explore various preservation strategies to promote legacy of Elizabeth Lawrence through the preservation of her Charlotte house and garden.

 

2006
The house and garden at 348 Ridgewood Avenue is entered in the National Register of Historic Places in September of 2006.

 

2008
A conservation easement held by the Garden Conservancy is granted to protect the garden and footprint of the Lawrence house. The Wing Haven Foundation purchases the property to promote Lawrence’s educational, environmental, cultural, historical and literary legacy.