Mission Statement

The Mission of The Mercer Society is to “Bring Together Plants, People and Opportunities” to benefit Mercer Botanic Gardens.

The Mercer Society (TMS) is the nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization of the Mercer Botanic Gardens working to enable Mercer Gardens to fulfill its mission “To improve quality of life and inspire greater appreciation of the essential value and beauty of the plant world”. Through fundraising, specialty plant sales, horticultural propagation and outreach that fosters and develops relationships, partnerships and connections, TMS is a vibrant and essential partner of the Mercer Botanic Gardens

Together, The Mercer Society and the Mercer Botanic Gardens, create a social space that draws people of all ages to the Gardens for fun, learning, social interaction, quiet and peaceful spaces, beauty and personal enrichment.

Board Of Directors

Katherine “Kitt” Burnside


Doug Gleason

Vice President

Rick Dow


Cheryl Byrd


Charlyn Brown


Patrick Callaghan

Amy McLeod Conroy

Nellene Harvey

Mike Howlett


Sarah McMurrey

Emily Swindler

Laura Hicks

Rice Board Fellow

Chris Ludwig

Member Botanic Garden Director


Chandra Brooks

Administrative Director

Brandon Hubbard

Horticultural Manager