We went to a bird and garden sanctuary called Wing Haven in Charlotte this weekend with Steve's mom, sister and her boyfriend. If you haven't been there before, you must! It's in the Myers Park area, tucked away in the middle of an historic area. Steve didn't think it sounded too exciting and hadn't planned on going but changed his mind at the last minute! I was glad he spent the day with us, it was crazy HOT outside but we had so much fun! To tell you the truth, I'm posting these pictures to try to lure my mom and step dad to come visit :) They enjoy the outdoors so much and I know they would fall in love with Wing Haven. (Mom, tell Pez to get his bird book ready!)
The story of the history of the house and the owners was very interesting. I believe the guy was from Charlotte and his wife from Texas. He built the house from his wife's plans to specifically complement her garden that they would grow. The land had only one tree in the backyard. It's the biggest tree pictured, the one with the big white bench wrapped around it. The couple, especially the wife, had a love for the outdoors and for birds. Each special holiday and anniversary, they would give each other soil or bricks or a bird bath, something to add to the garden. After spending years and years growing it, it now looks like a beautiful jungle! I think she died in 1988 and he in 1992. The house and the garden will forever be there, it's protected by some conservation act. They are funded each year by a grant, the money depending on how many visitors per year. If you find the time, take a visit. Click here for their website.
The pictures look even prettier when you enlarge them, just click on each one.
Take a look at the big window in their living room. It used to have french doors but the wife changed it to a pocket door so she could roll her piano outside when they had guests. Pretty neat.