Coral Gables Merrick House
When The Merrick House (George Merrick’s family home at 907 Coral Way) became an historic site for the City in 1977, the Garden Club stepped forward to do the landscaping and received the District XII HANDS Award for doing so. When the House was officially opened in 1979, the Club received a bronze plaque of appreciation from the City. Our relationship with the Merrick House from then on has been constant.
Every Christmas Garden Club members decorate this lovely home, inside and out, for the holidays, and place lovely red poinsettias on the broad front steps. The Club also contribute funds for redecorating and refurbishing. Plant identification plaques were placed in the Merrick House garden as The Garden Club planted and re-planted many landscaped areas—an ongoing project. Club members dedicate themselves each year to ensuring the Merrick House remains a worthy tribute to George Merrick.
2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Merrick House. Special festivities such as the September Pie On The Porch event, a pie baking contest and tour of the home kicked off the celebrations. The Junior Gardener project, The Heritage Garden with vegetables and flowers originally grown at Merrick House were featured at this event.
In October 2010, a statue of George Merrick’s mother, Althea, was placed in the garden.