San Francisco Botanical Garden is known for its unique, diverse and significant plant collections. Become a member today, and support our 55-acre living museum of plants, right in the city.
Members receive many special benefits, including invitations to member-only events, discounts on SFBGS programs, books, and plants, and at selected local nurseries and free or discounted admission to nearly 300 gardens! See below for all the benefits by membership level.
Together, we make the Garden thrive – Become a member today.
Levels & Benefits
Click on each level for a full list of benefits:
Avid Gardener – $60
Unlimited free admission to SFBG, invitations to member-only Extended Evenings, Member Appreciation Events, and the Annual Plant Sale Preview, discounts on programs, books and plants at San Francisco Botanical Garden and at selected local nurseries, free admission and discounts at many other gardens and much more.
- One Personalized Membership Card
- Free Unlimited Admission
Each cardholder is admitted to the Garden with one guest per visit.
- Invitations to Seasonal Member Appreciation Events
Meet fellow garden lovers, listen to live music and enjoy treats and beverages in select corners of the Garden each season.
- Extended Evenings
From 6–8pm on Wednesdays in September, members have exclusive access to the Garden. Set up a picnic in one of your favorite gardens or enjoy a twilight stroll.
- Invitation to the Annual Spring Plant Sale Preview
The largest annual plant sale in Northern California opens its doors a day early for members only. Find unique plants that thrive in the Bay Area and beyond!
Enjoy 10% off at the Garden Bookstore, Plant Arbor, and at monthly plant sales, and get member pricing on the Garden's unique classes. With a current membership card, you will also receive discounts at over 75 local nurseries.
- Free or Reduced Admission at Nearly 300 Gardens
Receive free or reduced admission and other discounts at nearly 300 participating gardens and arboretums nationally, including 24 in California alone.
- Subscription to Leaflet, SFBGS' Annual Print Newsletter
- Discounted Subscription to Pacific Horticulture magazine
Family/Dual – $75
All the benefits of Avid Gardener level plus:
- Benefits for Two and Children Under the Age of 18
Includes access to hands-on family programming throughout the year.
- One Additional Membership Card (2 total)
- Children's Book Borrowing Privileges
Bring story time home with books from SFBGS' celebrated Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, Northern California's most comprehensive horticultural collection.
Garden Lover – $125
All the benefits of Family/Dual level plus:
- Two Guest Passes
These one-time-use passes may be given to friends and family to attend Member Appreciation Events, Extended Evenings, Annual Plant Sale Preview and for general admission to the Garden.
- Early Access to Monthly Plant Sales
Members get first pick with early entry – a full 30 minutes before the public opening – at the monthly plant sales held at the SFBGS Nursery or Plant Arbor.
- Annual Spring Plant Sale Preview Reception
Attend an exclusive reception preceding the member only plant sale preview event.
Garden Steward – $250
All the benefits of Garden Lover level plus:
- Two Additional Guest Passes (4 total)
- Acknowledgement in SFBGS' Annual Report
Garden Conservator – $500
All the benefits of Garden Steward level plus:
- Two Additional Guest Passes (6 total)
- Invitation for Two to a Strybing Circle event
All Member levels are 100% tax deductible. Please note that Membership charges $3 to replace lost or stolen membership cards. We offer discounted memberships to Seniors, Educators, Students, Docents and Golden Gate Park Cultural Collaborative Staff.
You can join/renew online, over the phone by calling (415) 661-1316 ext 301 or in person at the Garden. If you have any questions, please contact us at (415) 661-1316, ext. 301 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Strybing Circle, our higher-level giving program with exclusive access to curator-led tours and intimate receptions.
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How Members Help
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Membership helps us inspire visitors of all ages to protect their natural environment. Become a member today and support our important work:
- Keeping the Garden Flourishing
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society members finance new collections, renovate existing ones, label the plants and fund interns to assist the gardeners.
- Sharing Knowledge
San Francisco Botanical Garden welcomes over 11,000 schoolchildren every year for free programs where they can learn about nature in nature. The Garden offers exceptional educational programs for all ages that promote an understanding of plants and our natural surroundings.
- Preserving Rare and Unusual Plants
San Francisco Botanical Garden protects many rare and endangered species, some of which can no longer be found in the wild. The nursery preserves and raises thousands of unusual and hard-to-find plants and makes them available to Bay Area gardeners at plant sales throughout the year.
- Helping Bay Area Gardeners
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Library (northern California's most comprehensive horticultural library) and Bookstore (offering one of the Bay Area's finest selections of books about plants and gardening) are a leading source of information for gardeners, horticulturists, scientists and students.