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The Friends of the Arboretum & Botanic Garden was formed to support the development and maintenance of the Garden's extraordinary collections and gardens.

arb barbequeMembership provides an opportunity to explore, learn, and be inspired 365 days of the year. Along with an array of member benefits and privileges for you and your family, you also are supporting the Garden’s internationally recognized collections, regional conservation efforts, leading scientific research, and pioneering education and horticulture programs.   

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Six levels of Friends membership are available to choose from. Highlights of benefits provided are free admission to the Garden and affiliated AHS gardens, discounts at nurseries and gift shops, priority entrance to Garden plant sales, guest passes, and invitations to members-only and other special events.

Three exciting NEW benefits have been added this year: a one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens; and participation in ROAM (Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums), which lets Garden members take their benefits with them when they travel, including admission for two and discounts in stores and restaurants. ROAM has hundreds of participating museums around the country and Canada— over 50 in California alone!

When I visit friends and family in Chicago and Cincinnati, I'll be using my Garden membership card to visit some of my favorite museums including the DuSable, Oriental  and Richard H. Driehaus Museums in Chicago and one of my favorites, the Taft Museum in Cincinnati!”  - Julia Cowell, Chair, Fund Development & Membership Committee

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Benefits of Membership and Member Levels

California Poppy Level $50 Individual
  • Free admission to the garden
  • 10% Discount at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop
  • Discount at local nurseries (see below)
  • Priority Entrance to Plant Sales
  • Discount on admission to special events
  • Monthly e-Bulletin
  • Reciprocal admission to American Horticultural Society Affiliate Gardens
  • Invitation to members-only events
  • One one-time Guest Admission Pass
  • NEW: One year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine
Salvia Level $75 Dual/Family - All of the above plus
  • Two One-time Guest Admission Passes
Best Value! Kauri Level $125  - All of the above plus
  • Two additional guest admission passes (four total)
  • One-specially propagated plant
  • NEW: Reciprocal Admissions & Discounts with ROAM Affiliate Museums
Erica Level $250  - All of the above plus
  • Invitation to special receptions and presentations
Banksia Level $500 - All of the above plus
  • Invitation to curator events
Protea Level $1000 - All of the above plus
  • Invitation to Director's Dinner

Show your current membership card for the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden and receive discounts at the following nurseries!

Gold Rush Nursery

Ladera Garden Center

(The following shops give discounts on plants only)

Carry your Arboretum & Botanic Garden membership card!