Recently I went on a tour of Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary in Charlotte, North Carolina. It seemed a bit odd at first that Elizabeth Clarkson allowed birds to fly freely in her home. She put out worms in a dish on an inside table for those that preferred a good protein meal. She named one of her birds Tommy. Tommy never slept outside a day in his life even though he fathered many a nest.
Elizabeth Clarkson always knew she wanted to garden but it wasn’t until a lengthy illness that she became an avid bird friend. She was required to lay in bed for extended periods of time. The birds became her entertainment and she would often be asked to lay a spell in the garden to be near them.
Tommy sat upon her shoulder as she played the piano and he would grab a hanky from her hand and fly about the room with it. Elizabeth understood Tommy’s chirpings. She knew if he saw a snake or if a hawk was in the garden.
I hope you enjoyed the podcast. Coming soon—The gardens of Elizabeth Lawrence