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.
Dogs are not allowed on the property with the exception of service dogs.