What Do You Do Here?
The most common question we get when people walk into the garden is “What do you do here?”. It’s so common that it becomes a running joke amongst the staff, and every time one of us walks into the garden we jokingly will ask the other. Although it may seem silly to us it is is a good question; what is this place and what goes on here?
Let’s start with first, what is this place and who runs it? The McGill Rose Garden is a 2-acre city park maintained by the McGill Rose Garden Association. The garden originated as a coal and ice work yard in the 1950s. Henry McGill owned Avant Fuel and Ice and used this land has his workspace. His wife, Helen, starting planting rose bushes to beautify the rough coal yard. Unintentionally, over time the yard transformed into a beautiful rose garden. In 1967, the former industrial site opened to its gates once a year on Mother’s Day to the public to visit the garden. In 1976, the City of Charlotte took over the garden with the stipulations that the garden would remain on the property and that the McGills would operate the garden on behalf of the city. Henry continued to help maintain the garden until his death at 103 years of age in 2007.
The next question is who are we and what do we do here? Well to put it simply, we are Nectar Events, the events management company for the McGill Rose Garden. We handle all the private events that take place in the garden. Anyone who is looking to get married, host an event, or take photos contacts us. As you can imagine we have the best jobs in the world being able to spend every day in this beautiful garden and we have had this privilege for the last 11 years.
The garden is open to the public Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm and Saturday 10 am - 3 pm seasonally and admission is free. Visitors can wander through paths, sit on benches, and enjoy the fresh greenery in the middle of a concert jungle. The garden is also available for private events such as weddings, parties, events, and photo sessions. Community events also take place here every season such as a Christmas Light walkthrough, an Easter Egg Hunt, and a Mother's Day Open House. The garden offers is a wide range of things to many different people.