|Cultivating sanctuary in nature, environmental stewardship and the legacy of southern horticulture.|
Edwin Osborne is born to Justice Heriot and Mary Osborne (Mamie) Clarkson in Charlotte, NC.
Mary Elizabeth is born to David W. and Mary Lee Crisp Barnhill in Uvalde, TX.
Edwin Clarkson receives a BS in Engineering from NC State College of Agriculture.
While working for Wellington, Sears and Company of Boston, Eddie Clarkson meets Elizabeth Barnhill, a student at the New England Conservatory of music.
Elizabeth Barnhill completes her studies at the New England Conservatory and begins performing as a concert pianist.
Edwin Clarkson purchases a small lot (75’ x 225’) on Ridgewood Avenue and drives to Uvalde, TX to propose to Elizabeth Barnhill. (Within 10 years Clarkson purchases all of the vacant adjoining property, almost 3 acres.)
The Clarksons marry and settle into their new home at 248 Ridgewood Avenue.
While recuperating from undulant fever Elizabeth Clarkson begins to study ornithology.
The Clarksons rescue a family of baby bluebirds: Tommy, Lady, Little Fellow and Snuggler. Tommy will live in the Clarkson home for 8 years.
Elizabeth Clarkson forms the Mecklenburg Audubon Society.
The Dowd Press publishes The Birds of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina written by Elizabeth Clarkson.
Elizabeth Clarkson documents the effects of DDT on birds and succeeds in having the spray halted in Charlotte.
Arguing that the value of DDT exceeds its potential harm, the City of Charlotte resumes spraying DDT but agrees not to spray along Ridgewood Avenue.
Rachel Carson publishes A Silent Spring.(EPA bans the widespread use of DDT in 1972.)
The Clarksons form the Wing Haven Foundation, Inc. to preserve and protect their garden.
Elizabeth Clarkson receives an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Queens College.
The Wing Haven Nursery Shop opens for business.
Wing Haven hires its first Director/Curator.
The 6oth Anniversary Campaign, Wing Haven’s first capital funds drive, raises the funds for the construction of an Education Center (now known as the Willow Oak Room) and the completion of much-needed repairs to the Clarkson home and garden.
Elizabeth Clarkson dies in her home on Ridgewood Avenue.
Hurricane Hugo downs over 75 trees in the garden.
Wing Haven hosts its first biennial symposium.
A Bird in the House: The Story of Wing Haven Garden by Mary Norton Kratt is published.
Edwin Clarkson dies.
The Gardeners’ Garden Tour is established to celebrate the work and dedication of ‘hands-on’ gardeners
The Wing Haven Foundation purchases a parcel of property behind the parking lot to increase the acreage available as a natural habitat for birds and wildlife.
The 1998 Capital Campaign provides funding for new facilities for our children’s educational programs, nursery shop and offices as well as an endowment.
Wing Haven hosts its first biennial Garden Gala, a black-tie event held to raise critical operating support for the garden.
The Campaign for the Elizabeth Gardens of Wing Haven funds the purchase of the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden as well as many much-needed improvements and repairs for the Clarkson and Lawrence properties.
Elizabeth Clarkson with Tommy the Bluebird and Eddie Clarkson with one of the resident birds.
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