Membership FAQs

What is the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program and which other gardens can I visit with my membership?

Participating gardens across North America offer free or reduced admission to our Garden members as a valuable benefit to membership. You can find the full list of participants here. We recommend calling a garden you wish to visit before you go to find out if they have any restrictions or exclusions.


Where can I use my Garden membership to receive discounts on plants and garden supplies?

Please click here for a current list of participating nurseries and specialty garden stores that extend a 10% off discount to our members. All you have to do is show your card! Members also receive 10% off at the Garden Nursery and Garden Shop.


What is the Garden’s tax ID and donation policy?

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax ID number is 95-1644628. Memberships are tax deductible within the limits of the law; please retain your membership welcome letter as receipt of donation.

Donations from a donor advised fund (DAF) must not provide any material benefit or privilege to the donor advisor, including tangible membership benefits. If you wish to make a donation with your DAF to pay for a membership, please let us know that you would like to waive any tangible benefits by calling (805) 682-4726, ext. 110. Find more information about charitable giving to the Garden here.


What is the difference between an Individual Plus membership and a Family/Dual membership?

Individual Plus membership allows one primary member to bring one free guest each time you visit the Garden. This could be a friend, family member, neighbor – any one person you want to bring any time. A Family/Dual membership allows two primary members to have their own membership cards and to bring their children or grandchildren along. The difference is whether you want one named member and a guest, or two named members with children.

*All members can add a Plus guest to their membership for an additional $25. Join now to select this option.


Am I required to have a Dog-Friendly membership to bring my dog to the Garden?

A Dog-Friendly membership is not required, but it does support the Garden’s dog-friendly policy by allowing us to provide mutt mitts (for doggy-doo) and maintain the Garden in a way that welcomes our four-legged family members. This membership comes with a pet bandana for your dog to wear so that they are an official member.


The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden conserves California native plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and the planet.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Our Tax ID number is 95-1644628.