I just bought a membership – what happens next?

You may use your receipt (online purchase) or temporary membership card (Entrance Kiosk purchase) as proof of membership until your permanent membership card(s) and Welcome Packet arrive by mail, usually within 3 weeks. During busier seasons, processing can take longer. If you plan to visit soon, please call 510-643-1924 to ask us to hold your member cards and materials at the Admissions Kiosk. We are happy to assist you with time sensitive memberships as well. Contact Member Services at 510-643-1924 or gardenmembership@berkeley.edu to request rush membership

You will begin receiving our monthly email newsletter, Members’ News, shortly after purchasing your membership. Members’ News contains timely information about tours, events, classes and other happenings at the Garden. From time to time you may receive special mailings from us regarding other opportunities to support the Garden.

When will my Membership expire?

Your Membership is valid for one year from the end of the month of purchase. If you have purchased a two-year Membership, then it is valid for two years from month of purchase. One month prior to the expiration of your Membership, you will receive a notice from the Garden telling you it’s time to renew. When you renew, we will update your membership for 12 months beyond your current expiration date.

I lost my membership card; what should I do?

Contact Member Services at 510-643-1924 or gardenmembership@berkeley.edu to request a replacement. You should receive your new card within 7 business days by mail. While waiting for your new card, you may visit the Garden by showing your photo ID at the Entrance Kiosk.

If I forget to bring my membership card, can I still visit the Garden for free?

Yes! Just bring your photo ID.

Do you have a discounted Membership level for seniors, teachers, and students?

We do not offer teacher discounts on Garden Memberships. However, we do offer senior and UC Berkeley Affiliates discounts on the following terms.

Seniors ages 65 and over qualify for a discount on the Individual level only. Our senior discount is not available for purchase online. To join or renew at this rate, please either mail your us membership payment with proof of age, or pay at the Garden shop or kiosk with valid ID.

UC Berkeley students are eligible for our Student rate.

Current California Alumni Association members; UC Retirement Center members, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members, as well as UCB or LBL staff or faculty, and UCBG volunteers qualify for UC Berkeley Affiliates rates (available at the individual and family levels only). To qualify for UC Berkeley Affiliates rates, please provide proof of your eligibility.

Is my Garden Membership payment tax-deductible?

All memberships at the $500 level or below are 100% tax deductible. At the Director’s Club level $900 is tax deductible. Please contact Member Services for information about the tax-deductible portion of your membership gift at other levels.

Can I change the name(s) on my Membership card after purchase?

You may change the name(s) on your Membership cards at anytime, simply let us know the current name(s) you wish to be on the membership and return all of your current Membership cards. You will then be issued cards with the new name(s).

Must a Family Membership have two names listed?

No. If only one name is on a Family level Membership, or higher, that one person may bring a guest with them each visit. One named member must always be present to use this benefit. Family level and above allow free admission for up to four children ages 5-17.

At what age do children need to be included on a Membership?

Children ages 4 and under may visit the Garden for free. Memberships at the Family level and above allow free admission for up to four children ages 5-17.

Does the member need to be present when using one-time guest passes?

No, guests may come on their own using member guest passes.

May I visit other gardens with my UC Botanical Garden membership?

Yes! The UC Botanical Garden is a member of the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admission Program. Your Garden membership offers benefits at over 270 gardens, arboreta and conservatories nationwide! For a list of participating venues and the benefits they offer, please visit ahsgardening.org. Please be aware that the list is subject to change. Before visiting any garden, be sure to visit its website or call to verify hours of operation. Please remember to carry your UC Botanical Garden membership card with you when you travel to reciprocating gardens. (Please note: reciprocal privileges are for the member(s) named on the card only, and you may be required to show photo ID.)

Can I bring my nieces/neighbors/friends to a member’s only event?

Members-only events are designed specifically to benefit our named cardholders. To preserve the integrity of our membership program, we generally do not allow members to bring guests to our members-only events. In the case where guests may be permitted to attend, it will be noted in the event description. Complimentary one-time use guest passes may not be used for members-only events.

Can I transfer my membership to someone else?

No. Memberships are non-transferable.

May members bring a guest to the Members’ Plant Sale?

Members at the Family Plus level and above receive plant sale guest passes as part of their membership benefits. Otherwise, only members are admitted to the Members’ Plant Sales. If you have an Individual membership, only the member may attend the Members’ Plant Sale. If you have a Family membership, only the two individuals named on the cards may attend the Members’ Plant Sale. We suggest purchasing an upgrade if you would like to bring a guest to the Members’ Plant Sale.