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Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens Memberships

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Be a Friend...

...and contribute to the mission of the UCR Botanic Gardens. Formally established in 1980, the mission of the Friends is to provide support for the development and maintenance of the Gardens. Through funds accrued from annual membership dues the Gardens have been enhanced, unique collections have been expanded, and education programs have provided enriching experiences for students of all ages. The UCR Botanic Gardens today would not be possible without the leadership, enthusiasm, and support of the Friends. Become a Friend and help make a difference!

UCRBG Membership Benefits (Student and Individual) include:

  • Early admission to plant sale events and members-only plant sales
  • 10% discount at participating local nurseries and garden centers
  • eNews and quarterly digital UCRBG Newsletter
  • Discounted and member-only Gardens events
  • Use of UCRBG Horticultural Library
  • American Horticultural Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP): entitles a member to special admission privileges and discounts at 320 gardens throughout North America

Family

  • Membership benefits apply to two adults and two children under age 18 per household

Sustainer

  • All of the Family Membership Benefits
  • Free admission for two to Gardens educational events
  • Option of receiving printed AHS RAP Directory
  • Option of receiving printed UCRBG Newsletter at no extra charge

Benefactor

  • All of the Sustainer Benefits
  • Invitation for two to exclusive Gardens events

Patron

  • All of the Benefactor Benefits
  • Invitation for two to special VIP Gardens events with Director and special guests

Receipt of UCRBG Newsletter in print form

$20

Annual Membership Dues

Student $20
Individual  $50
Family   $75
Sustainer  $150
Benefactor  $500
Patron  $1,000

Membership Benefits

  • Early admission to plant sale events and members-only plant sales

    The first two hours of each Garden Market & Plant Sale are reserved for Friends to come early and make their purchases ahead of general admission by the public. Special plant sales will be held for Friends members only.

  • Discounts at local nurseries and garden centers

    Members receive a 10% discount at participating local nurseries and garden centers in Riverside and the Inland Empire. More participating businesses are added each year.

    • Bonnett Irrigation, 3230 Madison Street, Riverside, CA 92504, (951) 688-2100
    • Louie’s Nursery, 16310 Porter Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504, (877) 568-4425
    • Paradise Garden Center, 7109 Dufferin Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504, (951) 789-0386
    • Parkview Nursery, 4377 Chicago Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507, (951) 784-6777
    • Parkview Nursery, 3841 Jackson Street, Riverside, CA 92503, (951) 351-6900
  • UCRBG Newsletter

    All Gardens members receive in digital form the quarterly UCRBG Newsletter, which contains Gardens news, updates on projects and initiatives underway, a calendar and information about upcoming events and recaps of past events, and informative articles pertaining to plants, horticulture, and wildlife, all illustrated with beautiful photos taken in the Gardens. At the Basic and Family membership levels, print copies of the Newsletter may be added for $20 per year, which covers the cost of production and printing. Higher membership levels may select to receive the newsletter by print free of charge.

  • Gardens educational events

    Friends receive discounts at Gardens events including lectures, workshops, Bird Walks, and Twilight Tours. A members-only annual meeting and reception is held each June where the State of the Gardens Address is presented and other business is conducted. These are all fun, informal, and informative events with opportunities for socializing with other members and guests over tasty refreshments while learning more about the Gardens.

  • Use of the UCRBG Horticultural Library

    The Schneider House Office houses a curated Horticultural Library that is available for use by members. Books on a diversity of horticultural subjects, plant species, and gardens around the world are included. The library houses many older classic editions, and newer acquisitions are continually being added.

  • American Horticultural Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP)

    The UCRBG is an institutional member of the American Horticultural Society. A Friends membership entitles you to the benefits of participating in the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program, which gives you free or discounted admission and other discounts at 320 gardens and arboreta throughout North America. The AHS RAP Directory can be viewed and downloaded at their website at ahsgardening.org/gardening-programs/rap.

  • Exclusive and special VIP Gardens events

    Members at the Benefactor and Patron levels will receive invitations to exclusive Gardens events and receptions such as a behind-the-scenes presentation and tour of new installations and areas not yet open to the public.