Elizabeth Clarkson Gardens


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

7 Comments Add yours

  1. myenglishcountrygarden says:

    That was really lovely. Those rooms looked so cool.( But I agree about the bird mess…ewweewwee) Th garden was beautiful,and I might never get the opportunity to see it at all. It was kind of you to take the trouble to share.

    It was fun to finally discover what a “whipplewill (sp.?) really is.

    Could you do more podcasts, pretty please?I swear my Blood Pressure dropped a couple of points listening to you : it was so involving but relaxing at the same time!
    You’ll never know how much that made my day. Thank you! I do plan on many more podcast. I am doing one on Old Salem, NC. I want to do another on Thelma’s Iris garden. I can think of more than I have time left in this world.

    Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. It really does mean a lot to me.


  2. Phillip says:

    Really enjoyed that Anna, you have a really nice voice. I like the idea of animals and gardening but I bet they had to clean those rooms.
    She kept sheets all over everything. Tommy her little pet, would sleep on the bookshelves. He liked the book on Lincoln’s Letters the best. Ha!


  3. Racquel says:

    What a pretty garden and the views from inside are spectacular. I love the fern grotto at the base of that tree.
    It was really something and so quiet for being in the city. That fern grotto is lovely.


  4. Catherine says:

    This was really interesting. I’d love to visit there, it’s just beautiful. You have a really nice voice for storytelling.
    Thank you–do you remember the taping of Copper Top and me making MrD talk? Well…he said never again. So I’m the talker and he’s the listener. Well he pays the bills too–and keeps my car gassed up. Of course I don’t go anywhere. My car is 5 years old and has about 18,000 miles. That is pitiful.


  5. Janet says:

    Really interesting post Anna. Like the new hairdo! Loves good.
    Thank you and you are the one that told me to wack it off. I did. I like it much better but some of it is cause of that Hang Straight by Aveda. Keeps my hair in control.


  6. Randy says:

    What a beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing it with us! I’m going to have to show this to Jamie.–Randy
    Glad you enjoyed it and you two should take a trip to Charlotte. Have you ever been? It’s a happening place.


  7. nancybond says:

    Wonderful, Anna! (I just kept a beautiful goldfinch on his perch in the rose bush for the length of time it took me to drink a cup of tea. 🙂 It pays to have an ornithologist daughter who can give all sorts of tips on “chatting” with the birdies.) The podcast was wonderful…and it’s so lovely to hear your voice!
    Thank you Nancy and I bet the goldfinch was great company. Our birds down here chirp Southern. I bet your daughter new that!


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