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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!
Receipt of UCRBG Newsletter in print form
Annual Membership Dues
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
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.