Merrileaf Dinnerware — DUPLICATE QUESTION

I recently picked up a box of Merrileaf at a flea market. While I am sure it has some small worth, that is not my question. My question is: Can you tell me who the designer is? I thought it might be Charles Murphy. I would love to know who the designer is, and what his/her inspiration was, how the pattern was received when released, etc. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I really love this pattern. Thanks, Dawn