Historic Homes and Gardens of Merion 

 Walking Tour

 This Sunday, May 23, from 1-4 pm

Tour begins at Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion 

Register Online Now! or pay as a walk-in at Adath Israel 

 $35 Conservancy members, $40 non-members

A sneak peek into our six locations..

This 7-acre location, with its historic grand manor house, recalls Merion's history as a neighborhood of large estates.  Magnificent sculptures located throughout the grounds stand in fanciful juxtaposition to gorgeous formal plantings. 


Another Merion garden surrounds a beautiful 80-year old home with stained glass salvaged from an earlier farmhouse. Every turn in this garden holds a surprise, including a koi pond and lovely ironwork.


SneakPeek2.jpgThe colors and light patterns you will encounter throughout this 2-acre garden may inspire you as it has the artist who lives here.  The paintings that decorate the 130-year old home stunningly captures the life in and around the many family-planted garden "moments."  Look for several special plantings here, including a specimen katsura tree, mock orange, and several plants that may have been introduced by Laura Barnes.


The tour also features a 1935 colonial home with a sunken stone walled garden designed by renowned Philadelphia landscape architect, Thomas W. Sears.  Peonies, roses, rhododendron, irises, viburnim and mountain laurel are now in bloom here!  You will also be welcome to tour the spectacular garden of a beautiful mid-century modern home nearby.


SneakPeek3.jpgThe location at left was affectionately called "Weed Hill" by its owners, until they reclaimed it with an astounding garden renovation.  Birch, azaleas, viburnum, holly, cypress, crepe myrtle, weeping cherry, and many flowering plants and grasses were introduced to complement the 90-year old home.  Don't miss the English Knot garden, with patterns made of boxwoods.






 Rain or shine!!!


Register Now for this Sunday's event!

Click HERE or call 610-645-9030 


Co-sponsored by the Merion Civic Association


About Lower Merion Conservancy
The Lower Merion Conservancy protects and enhances our quality of life by engaging residents in preserving open space, the natural environment and the historic character of the community.  Through education, advocacy and research, we promote collective responsibility for these shared resources.



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The 2010 Historic Preservation Lecture Series is sponsored by:


F. L. Bissinger, Architects 


E. B. Mahoney, Builders