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UCR Botanic Gardens



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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 education programs have provided enriching experiences for students of all ages. The UCR Botanic Gardens today would not be possible without the leadership, enthusiasm, and support of the Friends. Become a Friend and help make a difference!

UCRBG Membership Benefits (Student and Individual) include:

  • Early admission to plant sale events and members-only plant sales
  • 10% discount at participating local nurseries and garden centers
  • eNews and quarterly digital UCRBG Newsletter
  • Discounted and member-only Gardens events
  • Use of UCRBG Horticultural Library
  • American Horticultural Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) 

Family

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

Sustainer

  • All of the Family Membership Benefits
  • Free admission for two to Gardens educational events
  • Option of receiving printed AHS RAP Directory
  • Option of receiving printed UCRBG Newsletter at no extra charge

Benefactor

  • All of the Sustainer Benefits
  • Invitation for two to exclusive Gardens events

Patron

  • All of the Benefactor Benefits
  • Invitation for two to special VIP Gardens events with Director and special guests

Receipt of UCRBG Newsletter in print form

$20

Annual Membership Dues

Student $20
Individual  $50
Family   $75
Sustainer  $150
Benefactor  $500
Patron  $1,000

UCRBG Membership Benefits

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

The first two hours of each Garden Market & Plant Sale are reserved for Friends to come early and make their purchases ahead of general admission by the public. Special plant sales will 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
http://louiesnursery.com

Paradise Garden Center
7109 Dufferin Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
951-789-0386
paradisegardencenterriverside.com

Parkview Nursery
4377 Chicago Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507
951-784-6777
parkviewnursery.net

Parkview Nursery
3841 Jackson Street
Riverside, CA 92503
951-351-6900
parkviewnursery.net

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 Admissions Program (RAP)

The UCRBG is an institutional member of the American Horticultural Society. A Friends membership entitles you to the benefits of participating in the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program, which gives you free or discounted admission and other discounts at 320 gardens and arboreta throughout North America. The AHS RAP Directory can be viewed and downloaded at their website at http://www.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.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Botanic Gardens Information

Botanic Gardens Schneider House Office
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Tel: (951) 784-6962
E-mail: ucrbg@ucr.edu

Mailing Address:
Botanic Gardens
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0124

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