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Elizabeth Lawrence Garden 2005

Landscape designer:
Lawrence, Elizabeth 1904-1985
Physical description:
1 folder+ 17 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte
North Carolina
Elizabeth Lawrence Garden (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Established in 1949 by Elizabeth Lawrence, the property has no lawn. The entire property, only 75x225 feet, includes a parking area, driveway, and house. The remaining space is plantings and pathways. A narrow path between a bamboo hedge and a fence covered with garden tiles provides the garden entrance. In the back, intricately designed partiers are outlined with stone. Numerous seating areas and small statuary are found throughout the garden. Designed for privacy in a neighborhood of close neighbors, Elizabeth Lawrence used the garden as a laboratory and sat at a desk overlooking the garden. The garden was renovated in 1986 and is maintained by a devotee of her work. According to the Garden Conservancy, the structure of the garden remains "essentially the same and as much as sixty percent of Lawrence's own plantings continue to prosper." The Friends of the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden, with the Garden Conservancy, was formed to preserve the garden.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Elizabeth Lawrence (former owner, 1949-1984), James Sommers (former owner, 1984-1986); Elizabeth Lawrence (landscape designer); David Wagner, AIA (remodel architect); Steve Del Vecchio (gardener); Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners (volunteer project); Charlotte Garden Club, affiliated with Mint Museum (volunteer in garden); and Friends of Elizabeth Lawrence (foundation for preservation).
Elizabeth Lawrence, author of A Southern Garden (1942) and other garden-related books.
The folder includes a work sheet, research papers (2004), magazine articles, copies of newspaper article, woody plant list (June 2005), Elizabeth Lawrence Garden foundation mission, and site maps.
Garden featured in "The Elizabeth Lawrence Garden," Preservation Projects of the Garden Conservancy
Garden featured in Southern Living, April 1996
Garden featured in Jacqueline Heriteau, "Lessons to Grow On," Country Gardens, May 2000, pp. 101-105
Garden featured in Emily Herring Wilson, "Remebering Elizabeth Lawrence," Horticulture, December 2004, pp. 27-31
Garden featured in Susan Rivers, "The Enduring Gardens of Elizabeth Lawrence," Carolina Gardener, January/February 2005, pp. 17-20
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Archives of American Gardens

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