Merryspring Nature Center

30 Conway Road
207-236-2239

Mission:

To practice, teach and advocate sound principles of ecology, conservation and horticulture in order to protect our natural environment and to provide natural landscapes and cultivated areas for public enjoyment.

History:

Merryspring was founded in 1974 by Mary Ellen Ross, a local horticulturist who had attained national recognition through her mail order plant business, Merry Gardens. She envisioned creating a sanctuary where horticulture and nature could be studied firsthand. When the 66 acres which make up the Park came on the market, Mrs. Ross enlisted the help of many friends in the horticultural community and bought an option on the land. Merryspring Inc., a non-profit corporation, was formed; and a mortgage taken for the property.

Since then, the Park has enjoyed steady growth under the guidance of many dedicated volunteers. A Board of Trustees manages Merryspring, and provides much of the necessary elbow grease to keep the Park maintained as well. New attractions have been added regularly: hiking trails throughout the 1970's, the Kitty Todd Arboretum in 1980, the Herb Garden in 1984, the Hexagon and the Rose Garden in 1987, the Perennial Border in 1992, and assorted Memorials to individuals located throughout the Park.

In 1995 Merryspring embarked on the exciting new project of building a visitor's center. Completed in 1996, the Ross Center houses administrative office and Library, and its basement provides additional workspace for Park volunteers and staff. This project was a catalyst for a burst of new additions - the Hosta Garden in 1997, the Birds and Bees/Winter Color Garden and the Aileen Lubin Greenhouse in 1999. This structure, named after the past president and active volunteer, houses three different greenhouses, an equipment garage and enables us to offer year-round horticultural programming.


Reviews

Christopher Douglas

Rating:
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Small, but nice facility. Ample parking with easy access & exit. Nice display gardens with ample lawn / mowed areas. Trails need lots of maintenance and barely have signage. Overall worth the visit; it's an easy to track oasis.

Paulie Heath

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Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

So, so peaceful. Be careful not to get lost on the trails. Kind of confusing. Watch out for tree roots on trails. I fell!

Susan Sinclair

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Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Beautiful garden taking care of by volunteers. A very peaceful place!

Tracey Walls

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Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017

This is such a tranquil and lovely place to enjoy the gardens and take a walk.

Christopher D'Amico

Rating:
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Many specimens tagged for identification and description in the arboretum. Checkout the vernal pool at the old lime quarry. Have to return regularly through season to see what is newly in bloom!


Upcoming Events at Merryspring Nature Center

Tuesday Talks - How Bivalves Conquered The Globe With Skylar Bayer

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Worm Bin Harvesting Workshop

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 at 6:00pm
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Sugaring Workshop

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 at 10:00am
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Tuesday Talks - Sturgeon Conservation In Maine With Gayle Zydlewski

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - What’s Legal In The Woods? With Lisa Kane

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - Growing Hops In Maine With Taylor Mudge

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - The Art Of Bonsai With Ernie Glabau

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - Otters With Kirk Gentalen

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - Herbal Stress Relief With Melanie Scofield

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - Permaculture Design For Water

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - Chocolate From Bean To Bar With Jennifer Woodman

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - Maine Horseshoe Crabs With Sarah Gladu

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - Organizing For Sustainability In Rockland

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks: Roger Rittmaster - Bugs Of Ecuador

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Tuesday Talks - Maine’s Arctic Explorers with Susan Kaplan

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018 at 12:00pm
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