On the last day of the world, I would want to plant a tree. – W.S. Merwin
Are you inspired by W.S. Merwin’s lifelong dedication to language, nature, and imagination? Help us continue his legacy.
Your donation will help us:
- Preserve W.S. Merwin’s living legacy, palm forest and poet’s home for future generations.
- Bring the values of W.S. Merwin into the world through The Merwin Conservancy’s outreach and education programs.
- Protect, manage and expand the Merwin Palm Collection, a world-renowned living seed bank of biodiverse palm germ plasm, which has significant conservation value in this era of climate change.
In the spirit of our founder W.S. Merwin, The Merwin Conservancy celebrates a reverence for nature, for language, and for imagination.
Our website is filled with content to help you learn more and gain inspiration. We hope you’ll engage, reflect, and share.
The filmmakers who produced Even Though the Whole World is Burning (known as W.S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree on PBS) have granted us access to out-takes from the film. Enjoy raw footage of W.S. Merwin reading his poetry on his lanai (porch) overlooking his palms, in Ha‘ikū, Maui. Visit our YouTube Channel if you prefer to view larger videos.
Bringing the values of W.S. Merwin out into the community is one of our core program goals. We like to share with you the stories coming from the Palm Forest, we enjoy bringing people together in the spirit of the arts and lively dialogue, and on a daily basis – thanks to social media – we are engaging with thousands of people around the world that have been inspired by W.S. Merwin’s message of hope.
Let’s get together!
- Sign up for our mailing list
- Join us at our events
- Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
Inspired to do something? As W.S. Merwin has said to young people inspired by his work as a poet and tree planter, “You can do it too.”
Want to roll up your sleeves and dig in? Check out some of these beginner’s guides and toolkits for bringing reverence for nature, language, and imagination into your own life.
- Purchase or rent the feature-length documentary Even Though The Whole World is Burning, about the life and legacy of W.S. Merwin
- Learn how to properly plant a tree courtesy of Arbor Day Foundation
- Start a meditation practice with the help of Zen Habits
- Explore poets, attend poetry events and get involved with literary organizations near you
- Connect with land trusts and conservation projects in your area
- Find a book of W.S. Merwin’s poetry at Copper Canyon Press
Mahalo for your support.