Welcome To Our Family!

We are a family company with roots that extend back to the 1890's. It's important to us that our residents and team members feel like they are a part of our family and we are honored to be recognized as the Family Business of the Year.

Merrill Gardens owns and operates senior living communities with a focus on residents and team members.

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About Merrill Gardens

At Merrill Gardens our focus is always on the people who live and work at our communities.

Our commitment comes from the deep roots of our family company. Our founder, Richard Dwight (R.D.) Merrill, came to the Pacific Northwest in the 1890's to establish timber holdings. He was an innovator, the first to practice sustainable forestry, and his tradition of attention and thoughtfulness eventually grew to include the business of caring for people.

Merrill Gardens started with one community in Seattle, Washington in 1993 and we now have thousands of team members across the country. Through innovative programs and a determined commitment to residents and team members, Merrill Gardens is one of the most respected senior living providers in the country.  We have 33 communities in eight states offering independent living, assisted living and memory care and we are growing too, with eight new communities in development.   

Our company is still privately owned and family run, our chairman is a fourth generation Merrill family member. The management and resources of the R. D. Merrill Company ensure a long-term commitment to quality, built on a strong foundation of family, community, and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Our senior living communities offer a 60-day guarantee


We’re so confident you’ll love joining our family that if we don't meet all your hopes and expectations we’ll refund your rent for up to 60 days. That's the Merrill Family Guarantee.

Our senior living communities support your independence


We enjoy working to make space for who you are and everything you want to do. Imagine the freedom of a home where the duties and details are taken care of, so that you can spend your days the way you deserve.

Enjoy a full calendar of activities at our senior living communities


Our Active Living Director at each Merrill Gardens community oversees a full activities calendar created around the interests and desires of residents– day trips, recitals, Wii bowling, park walks, book clubs, high tea, spiritual direction, and everything in between.

Merrill Gardens takes pride in being a family business

This is what we stand for. 

Our mission is to provide an inspiring environment for our residents, families and team members where every life is defined by the possibilities



Yes You Can

At Merrill Gardens we believe life should be all about the choices you can make and the things you can do.  It's what drives us.

As a private, family owned company, we enjoy a level of autonomy that allows us to deliver for our residents and team members every day. 

Yes You Can is what fuels our passion and our purpose.  Because we believe everyone deserves a life defined by the possibilities. 


Family Business of the Year 2020

We are honored to be recognized as the Family Business of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal

and we are so grateful for our family of residents and team members.

Meet our Leadership Team

Merrill Gardens chairman, Charles Wright

Charles Wright

Chairman, R.D. Merrill Company

Merrill gardens chief operating officer, Bill Pettit

Bill Pettit

President, R.D. Merrill Company

Doug Spear, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Tana Gall

President, Merrill Gardens

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Merrill Gardens, Morei Lingle

Morei Lingle 

Chief Administrative Officer

Cody Wright

Doug Spear

Chief Financial Officer

Cole Wright

Managing Director, China

We are always looking for the right people to join the Merrill Gardens team

We are always looking for the right
people to join our team.

Great Place to Work, Merrill Gardens Award 2019