The Mercer Society (TMS) is a collaboration of committed individuals dedicated to continuing Thelma and Charles Mercer’s legacy by providing support to the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens (MA&BG). Our goal is to engage, inspire and enlighten those of all ages through garden and plant-related educational, networking, volunteerism, social and fund-raising activities and events. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we strive to enhance and beautify the Gardens for our visitor’s enjoyment by donating proceeds from our efforts to MA&BG.
The Mercer Society is known for its signature plant sale events: March Mart and Summer Color Conference and Plant Sale. Plants are also sold nearly all year long at the Gift Shoppe. We pride ourselves on offering the area’s must unique and eclectic selection of trees, shrubs, tropicals, annuals, perennials, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Our on-site Grower and her team of volunteers tend to our private nursery stock to bring you the very best in both distinctive and popular species.
In 2014, MA&BG will be celebrating a major milestone – our 40th Anniversary. If you have not visited the Gardens lately, you are in for a real treat!
All are welcome at The Mercer Society and the Gardens! Check out just a few of our activities below as well as the other pages on our website! Follow us on Facebook too.
- Annual Summer Color Conference and Plant Sale Saturday, July 27, 2013
Splash into summer with this one-day immersion into perfect solutions for creating a glorious garden that thrives in Houston’s summer heat! Gardening experts will share their knowledge of both the tried-and-true and the unusual plants that can give your garden splashes of color during our hot and humid summers. Participants will have a private shopping experience at our summer plant sale featuring unique and hard-to-find species. Registration begins at 8:00 am. Conference begins at 9:00 am. The fee is $70 for TMS members and $80 for non-members. Reservations required. Call 281.443.8731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Speakers this year will be: Ceil Dow, avid enthusiast and ginger expert will speak on the gingers she loves. Margaret Cherry, caladium expert and all things lush and leafy that are hearty during Houston’s hot summers. Norm Arnold of Glorious Gardens will present Landscape Designs that bring out color.
- Vendors wanted for this year’s Garden Faire on September 28 & 29
Artist and craftsmen are welcome to be part of a Remarkable Fall Festival set along the trails of Mercer on the west side of the Arboretum. This two-day event attracts close to 3,000 attendees. Click here for 2013 Vendor Application or call Tami Benton at 281.443.8731for additional information.
All proceeds from The Mercer Society events and fund-raising activities go to enhance the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens.
The Gulf Coast Gardening classes are returning this fall to Mercer. To receive additional information on the classes please email MSociety@hcp4.net.