Explore Annual Membership Program

The Explore Program is a special membership benefit for verified employees of the following Atlanta organizations: Atlanta Public Schools, City of Atlanta, Grady Health System and MARTA.

The Explore membership is a grant-funded program and is not available for purchase at Garden Admissions. Join or renew below.

Explore Annual Membership Benefits

For any questions or concerns regarding your Explore Membership, see the Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us directly at 404-585-2067, explore@atlantabg.org.

The Explore membership program was launched in 2017 with generous multi-year support from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.

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The Garden hosts several members-only events each season, including exhibition previews, seasonal evenings of live music and more.


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Explore Membership FAQ

What are the benefits of membership?

Your Family Membership provides:

  • Unlimited free admission for two adults and children or grandchildren under 18 during daytime operating hours to the Atlanta and Gainesville Gardens
  • Invitation to attend exclusive member events
  • Subscription to the Clippings member newsletter, mailed 3 times per year
  • Discounts in the Atlanta and Gainesville Garden Gift Shop
  • Discounts on Garden Lights, Holiday Nights tickets
  • Discounts on Garden classes and programs
  • Bonus visits when you purchase a multi-visit parking pass in the Garden Shop

What is the direct phone number to Membership?

Please contact 404-585-2067 for Explore program membership assistance. Every effort is made to return your call promptly, so if you do not receive a return call within 24 hours during daytime business hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday), please leave a detailed message or call again. You may also email explore@atlantabg.org.

What is my Member Number?

Locate your member number here. If you are having trouble locating your member number, please contact us at explore@atlantabg.org or 404.585.2067 during regular office hours from Monday – Friday, 9 – 5pm. For weekend assistance, please call 404.876.5859 for further assistance.

How do I get my membership card?

On your next visit, please present your photo ID at Garden Admissions and ask the staff to print your new card(s) and/or guest passes for you. If you have lost your card you may get it reprinted at Admissions as well.

Why must I provide my work email?

A current, active employment status is required as a condition of membership. Therefore, a valid employee email is needed for the immediate verification of all Family Explore memberships, and is considered your primary email address. New memberships missing this critical information will be subject to cancellations. If you also wish to receive Garden communications at your personal email address, please call 404-585-2067 or contact Member Services at explore@atlantabg.org to have it added to your existing record as the secondary email.

May I share my membership with family and friends?

The Explore membership is offered exclusively to verified employees of four partner organizations. While the employee’s name must be listed as the primary adult on the membership, adding a secondary member is optional. Both names will be printed on your new cards. Only one membership of this type is permitted per employee.

Does an Explore Family membership include my college-age children?

Free admission with the Explore Family membership includes two adults and children/grandchildren ages 3-17. Please use a guest pass for your children over the age of 17. This includes children who live at home and are away at school.

At what age can my children or grandchildren visit the Garden unaccompanied by an adult?

Children/grandchildren must be 16 years old to enter the Garden unaccompanied by an adult.

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

Guests may come on their own using member guest passes. Please note that the name and address portion of the pass must be completed before it will be accepted.

How do I find out about Member events?

Right here! Details of Member Events are also listed in Clippings, the Garden’s quarterly newsletter, and on member event postcards mailed periodically throughout the year. You may also receive event notifications through the email associated with your membership.

At what times are guest passes valid?

Guest passes may be used anytime during normal operating hours. This includes Cocktails in the Garden and Fest-of-Ale (Atlanta) and Wine in the Woodlands (Gainesville). Member event listing will specify whether guest passes are accepted.

Are my guest passes valid for Garden Lights, Holiday Nights?

Guest passes are not accepted for Garden Lights, Holiday Nights because it is a special event outside of the Garden’s normal operating hours. Members receive a $5 discount per ticket on most ticket types. During Garden Lights, members may refer to the online ticketing chart to view ticket options.

May I use my guest passes at a Member Preview?

Because a Member Preview is an exclusive member event, guest passes are not accepted. For all membership levels, two adults and any children/grandchildren under 18 are allowed to attend Member Previews. Non-members are welcome to purchase a membership for entry to Member Previews.

May I use my guest passes at Member Evenings?

Yes, guest passes are accepted for Member Evenings at this time. Non-members are also welcome to purchase a membership at Admissions for entry to Member Evenings.

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

Yes! The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a member of the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admission Program. Your Garden membership offers benefits at more than 300 gardens, arboreta and conservatories in North America and the Cayman Islands. For a list of participating venues, please visit www.ahsgardening.org. To redeem your benefits, present your valid membership card to that garden. Please note that the 90-mile exclusion rule stipulates that gardens within 90 miles of each other will not offer reciprocal benefits.

Do I receive discounts at Garden Centers or other businesses as an Atlanta Botanical Garden member?

Yes, a 10% discount is offered at Garden*HoodNight Song Native NurseryBeech Hollow Wildflower FarmRandy’s Perennials and Water Gardens and Pike Nurseries. Please present a valid membership card to receive your discount.

How can I learn more about plants?

Learn answers to your gardening questions from Master Gardeners at the Garden’s Plant Hotline at 404-888-GROW (4769) or planthotline@atlantabg.org. Please include your contact information.

I still have questions!

Contact 404-585-2067 or explore@atlantabg.org. We’re happy to assist you!