Our Garden

The Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs located at 1820 East Seventh Street in the Elizabeth neighborhood has recently completed installation of an urban style garden that features several unique plants and techniques for using ordinary materials in creative ways. The garden was planned to expand the space available for social events, to demonstrate environmentally responsible and sustainable practices, to incorporate native plants, to showcase cultivars of plant families that are unfamiliar or new to the market and to present an example of how using design principles such as repetition can ensure a cohesive and functional garden.

The central focus or axis of the garden is the armillary, a globe shaped sundial surrounded by permeable pavers and two trial beds. It is in the trial beds that new cultivars of plants are featured yearly. New iris and daylilies are just two examples of unfamiliar varieties or cultivars of plants that are displayed. Paths of gravel laid over salvaged crushed concrete lead the visitor into four garden areas.

The southern style garden features azaleas, camellias, hydrangea and ferns.

The Asian inspired garden features a large boulder that is suitable for seating and is surrounded by small gravel and dwarf Mondo grass. Plants include yew, cypress, cedar, ferns and azaleas.

Crossing the original brick path leads one by a clematis draped arbor into the butterfly garden. There one finds roses, coneflower, hibiscus, butterfly bush and yarrow. Between this garden and the edible garden is a bench and a bird bath surrounded with a variety of plants.

The edible garden includes a Serviceberry tree, ever bearing strawberries, peppers, blueberries and a horseradish plant.The Charlotte Herb Guild maintains herbs at the Betty Little House.

Transitioning the step up to the patio area is a grouping of vegetative walls planted in Veronica and Chocolate Chip ajuga.

Pavers with pockets filled with succulents expand the existing stamped concrete patio and bridge the area between the sidewalk and street. Of note, is the use of fencing to create pockets in the garden and to provide trellises for camellia and loropetalum.

The back garden includes several planters and many of the Lenten roses, Hosta and hydrangea that once lived in the front garden.

In the future we will be planting at least 1,000 muscari bulbs and a variety of edible greens to span the time between Fall and Spring.  Garden club members invite you to enjoy the garden and be inspired to create something wonderful in your space.

Information about tours and programs on the garden is available on request.