Over 2,740 individual palm trees, featuring more than 400 taxonomic species and 125 unique genera, with nearly 900 different horticultural varieties… recognized as one of the largest and most extensive palm collections known to exist on earth.
The Merwin Palm Collection data has been extensively recorded and will be continually be updated on our online Palm Database.
The Merwin palm collection is an amazing assemblage of extraordinary palms that have transformed the ecology of the small valley where they are planted.
– Dr. John Dransfield, the world’s foremost palm expert, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
One of the great palm collections of the world… a remarkable assemblage of species.
– Chipper Wichman, CEO, National Tropical Botanical Gardens
We thank the entire staff at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, and Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, who heroically completed The Conservancy’s project to identify, tag, catalogue and map The Merwin Palm Collection…turning this large and wild garden modeled on the rainforest into a true “living collection”. The documentation and database they have created will help calculate the conservation value – and the palm information will be digitized and available online to scientists worldwide.
For information about the recent conservation easement placed on The Merwin Palm Collection to permanently conserve it, save it and protect it from any future development, forever, please explore and enjoy!
This is a huge milestone in the evolution of The Merwin Conservancy as we work to realize the life-long dream of W. S. Merwin! Funds are being raised now to steward the land, manage the palm collection and expand the work of W. S. Merwin for future generations. Please join us!
… a living treasure house of palm DNA.
– National Tropical Botanical Gardens