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Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens


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 enriching experiences are provided for students of ages 3rd grade and older. The UCR Botanic Gardens today would not be possible without the enthusiasm and support of the Friends. Become a Friend and help make a difference!


UCRBG Membership Benefits (Student and Individual) include:

  • Free Admission
  • Early admission to in-person and online plant sales, members-only plant sales
  • 10% discount at participating local nurseries and garden centers
  • eNews and quarterly digital UCRBG Newsletter
  • Discounted and members-only Gardens educational events
  • Use of UCRBG Horticultural Library
  • American Horticultural Society (AHS) Reciprocal Garden Network: entitles a member to special admission privileges and discounts at 360+ gardens throughout North America (local visitor exception)


All of the Student/Individual Membership Benefits (see above)

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


All of the Family Membership Benefits

Free admission for two to Gardens educational events

Option of receiving printed UCRBG Newsletter at no extra charge


All of the Sustainer Benefits

Invitation for two to exclusive Gardens events



All of the Benefactor Benefits

Invitation for two to special VIP Gardens events with Director and special guests



Annual Membership levels and dues:










Receipt of UCRBG Newsletter in print form:


UCR Faculty/Staff receive 10% discount

Gift Memberships available!


The UC Riverside Foundation is a California non-profit, public benefit corporation organized for the purpose of encouraging voluntary private gifts, trusts and bequests for the benefit of the University of California, Riverside.  Responsibility for governance of the Foundation, including investment of gifts and endowments, is vested in its Board of Trustees.  A portion of a gift may be used to support administrative costs. Unless otherwise indicated, no goods or services are provided in exchange for a gift. Please save gift documents for your taxes. For additional information, please contact: Gift Administration, University of California, Riverside, PO Box 112, Riverside, CA  92502, Tel. 951-827-3486, ucrgifts@ucr.edu.


Membership Benefits


  • Free Admission

    Friends members enjoy free admission to the UCR Botanic Gardens.

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

    Friends members may shop ahead of general admission by the public at both in-person and online plant sales. Special plant sales will also 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 Garden Network

    The UCRBG is an institutional member of the American Horticultural Society (AHS). A Friends membership entitles you to the benefits of participating in the AHS Reciprocal Garden Network, which gives you free or discounted admission and other discounts at 360+ gardens and arboreta throughout North America (local visitor exception). The AHS Reciprocal Garden Network 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.

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