In 1974, horticulturist Mary Ellen Ross had a vision of turning 66 acres of field and woodland located near the heart of Camden and Rockport into a nature sanctuary. Today, the multipurpose building named in her honor houses garden and nature education programs offered year-round, community meetings, workshops, a library and small gift shop.
Visitors to the park will discover gardens of hostas, daylilies and herbs as well as a showcase perennial and rose garden, all close to the Ross Center. The park contains an arboretum, vernal pool, and American chestnut planting. Trails abound, including a fascinating Interpretative Trail. Children love the outdoor freedom of Merryspring and often visit the park on school field trips or for special children’s programs.