Benefits of Membership

Thank you for helping the Garden grow and thrive! Your gift of membership preserves and maintains the Garden’s priceless collection.

Benefits common to all membership levels:

  • Free daily admission, no reservation required
  • Members’ Only Hour, Wednesday–Monday, 9:00-10:00 am (Closed on Tuesdays)
  • Exclusive members-only events and tours, including behind-the-scenes tours of the Garden’s vast collections with UCBG horticulturists and experts
  • Reciprocal privileges at over 300 gardens, arboreta, and conservatories throughout North America and the Cayman Islands
  • 10% discounts at the The Garden Shop, Plant Deck, and select local nurseries
  • Discounts on classes and workshops
  • Exclusive mailing of the Garden Annual Report/Newsletter
  • Receive a special discount to a Bay Nature membership, which includes a one-year subscription to the quarterly Bay Nature magazine along with many other great benefits like free access to exclusive Bay Nature Hikes and Bay Nature Talks. Find a complete list of Bay Nature benefits here. ($15 off a 1-year $40 membership for UCB Botanical Garden members. Discount code provided upon membership purchase, included in receipt).

Visit the Join/Renew section to see the additional unique benefits associated with each membership level.

Reciprocal Admissions Program: Garden members have access to more than 345 botanical gardens, arboreta, and conservatories throughout North America offering special admission privileges and many other benefits through the American Horticultural Society program. Present your membership card for free admission at gardens such as the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona or the New York Botanical Garden. Closer to home, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, and the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek offer UCBG members free admission. Click here for details and more.

Membership Homepage

Upcoming Member Events:

Member Appreciation Morning:
New Book Release and Author Talk!
The Art and Philosophy of the Garden
with Author and UCBG Horticulturist Ethan Fenner

Sunday, August 11, 9:00–10:30 am

Free, registration required


Member Walk: Australasian Area
With Horticulturist James Fong

Friday, August 23, 10:00–11:30 am
$10, registration required


Member Appreciation Evening
Experience the ‘Golden Hour’ at the Garden!
Tuesday, August 27, 5:00–7:00 pm
Free, registration opens soon