University of California, Riverside

UCR Botanic Gardens

Become a Member

Join the Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens


Formally established in 1980, the Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens provide support for the maintenance and development of the UCR Botanic Gardens projects and programs. Friends annual membership fees and member volunteerism provide essential support for all aspects of Gardens operations. Together we are helping to create an environment that truly serves the needs and desires of the University and surrounding community. The UCR Botanic Gardens today would not have been possible without the generous support, help and enthusiasm of the Friends. Become a Friend and help us make a difference!

Join or renew online or complete the membership application and return it with your check payable to "UCR Foundation" and send to UCR Foundation, PO Box 112, Riverside, CA 92502-0112.

Benefits of membership

Quarterly Newsletter

The UCR Botanic Gardens newsletter contains features on upcoming and past events and activities in the Gardens, a calendar of events, and articles on horticulture, butterflies, and other relevant topics, all illustrated with beautiful photos taken in the Gardens.

Early admission to plant sales

The first two hours of the first day of each sale is reserved for Friends to make their purchases.

American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program

A Friends membership entitles you to the Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) of the American Horticultural Society (AHS), which gives you special admissions privileges and discounts at 320 participating gardens. To find a participating garden, visit their website at

Discounts and exclusive events

Friends receive discounts at Gardens events such as Lectures, Bird Walks, Twilight Tours, and Field Trips. A members-only annual meeting is held each June where the state of the gardens address is presented and other business is conducted. These are all fun, informal and satisfying educational and social occasions, featuring programs of garden and botanical interest and tasty refreshments.

Friends also receive a 10% discount at these participating local nurseries and garden centers:

Bonnett Irrigation
3230 Madison Street
Riverside, CA 92504

Louie’s Nursery
16310 Porter Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504

Paradise Garden Center
7109 Dufferin Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504

Parkview Nursery
4377 Chicago Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507

Parkview Nursery
3841 Jackson Street
Riverside, CA 92503

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
Botanic Gardens

Tel: (951) 784-6962

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