Darling, fix me a cocktail and let’s go explore the gardens.
Feel free to utter those words to your significant other while reserving your tickets to this weekend’s Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward in the quaint uptown Charlotte neighborhood.
The annual event includes:
Self-guided, walkable garden tours of neighbors’ homes from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. Optional docent-led tours will be at 3:30 p.m. both days.
Tours of the gardens at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 7th and Tryon streets, including a performance by the Charlotte Choir School in the sanctuary from 1-1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Food and beverage tastings at each home.
Day-specific tickets are $30 per person and are good for either Saturday or Sunday.
Weekend Flex tickets are $40 per person and allow the buyer to choose which day to attend (Saturday or Sunday).
When you arrive, head to the corner of West 9th and North Poplar streets, where you will trade your tickets for tour guidebooks at the Tour Ticket Booth.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the gardens you’ll visit on the Fourth Ward tour:
The Lee Garden
Location: 316 W 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Tastings courtesy of Southern Distilling Co.
LOOK FOR: This home’s hard space, fire pit and outdoor cooking area was inspired by Charleston courtyards and Key West porches.
The McKeithen Garden (aka The Berryhill House, 1884)
Location: 324 W 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Tastings courtesy of Aperol Spritz
LOOK FOR: The wrought iron fence, from the Garden District of New Orleans, was made in 1856.
The Wyant Garden
Location: 340 Settlers Ln, Charlotte, NC 28202
Tastings courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
LOOK FOR: A drunk driver destroyed the rear courtyard wall of this home, allowing its owners to creatively reimagine the space.
The Williamson Garden
Location: 303 Settlers Ln, Charlotte, NC 28202
Tastings courtesy of El Jimador Tequila
LOOK FOR: This home’s garden entry is via a secret pedestrian alleyway. Let’s find it!
The Turner Garden (aka The Lyles-Sims House, 1867)
Location: 523 N Poplar St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Tastings courtesy of Town Brewing Co.
Live Music by Leisure McCorkle
Sunday Only: Fresh seafood paella tastings by Chef Edwin Cruz/Edwin’s Organix
LOOK FOR: A shared tennis court and a large backyard with a beer garden vibe.
The Causby-Cernohorsky Garden
Location: 400 N Poplar St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Tastings courtesy of Broken Shed Vodka
LOOK FOR: This home was moved from the Brooklyn neighborhood in Second Ward, and its garden features a skyline view, outdoor dining space, waterfall with koi pond and more.
You can also explore:
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Location: 115 W 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Fourth Ward Park
Historic Elmwood/Pinewood Cemeteries
Location: 700 W 6th St, Charlotte, NC 28202