Botanical Society of Lower Merion

The Botanical Society of Lower Merion
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"Trees outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good." Sara Ebenreck, American Forests

The Botanical Society of Lower Merion established and has been maintaining Merion Botanical Park and its plant collection for over 70 years​. Our mission statement reflects the period in which it was drafted, but the ideas are even more relevant today. 
The Society still stands for promoting native plants and raising interest in the science of Botany and nature in general.

We cannot solve large environmental problems ourselves, but we can be part of the solution, by promoting sustainable practices in landscaping and educating visitors about native plants and their best use.  

We encourage you to join the Society, and volunteer during work days or in other capacities. Most of all we invite you to enjoy the serenity and wonderful botanical specimens that make the Merion Botanical Park a special place.
Volunteer Days
Join us to keep Merion Botanical Park clean and well maintained, or help with invasive plant control and  forest restoration. For more information:


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Native Forest Restoration 
In the fall of 2017 the area behind the bridge was cleared of invasive plants. 130 native trees and shrubs were planted to take their place. Since then, we have cleared more invasives, expanded the restoration area, planted more native species and installed tree guards to protect from rabbit and deer damage. This is an ongoing project  that needs maintenance and new plantings as we move onto additional section of the natural area. 

​This project is part of the park's Master Plan and is supported by Lower Merion Township and a $5,000 grant from the Merion Foundation.

The full restoration of the forest between the stream and the train tracks will take many years, committed volunteers and more funding to accomplish.  Final goals: controlling invasive plants, creating a pleasant place for visitors and improving habitat for wildlife. 

Please support this restoration effort.

Save Your Ashes Your membership dues protect 10 native ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer. Learn about this disease from EAB Awareness.

Give the gift of life!
Adopt one of our beautiful specimens to help maintain it, or plant a new tree in honor of a loved one or for a special occasion. Find out more about our Memorial Tree Program.

Contact Us
Spotted lanternflies  were present in Merion Botanical Park, active mostly on the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus) trees. The USDA have installed several different traps to test their effectiveness. Preliminary data seems to indicate the inward facing sticky traps work well without endangering birds or mammals. You can read more about what is being done and how you can help control these invasive insects here.