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Membership Benefits

What does my Atlanta Botanical Garden membership include?

  • Free unlimited admission for 12 months the Atlanta and Gainesville Gardens during regular hours
  • Free and reduced admission to special Garden events and exhibitions
  • Invitations to members-only events and exhibition previews
  • Discounts on educational programs and in the Garden Gift Shop
  • Discounts at select area garden centers and retailers
  • Discounts on multi-visit parking passes
  • Reciprocal privileges with more than 300 gardens, arboreta and conservatories
  • One guest pass for one-time use during regular hours
  • Subscription to Clippings, the member newsletter
  • Early purchase period and discounts on Concerts in the Garden and Garden Lights, Holiday Nights tickets

Which businesses offer a discount to ABG members?

A 10% discount is offered at GardenHood, Night Song Native Nursery, Beech Hollow Wildflower Farm, Randy’s Perennials and Water Gardens, Dorough Landscape Company and Pike Nurseries. A 20% discount is offered at Dorough Landscape Company Floral Nursery. Please present a valid membership card to receive your discount.

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, arboretums and conservatories in North America and the Cayman Islands.

View the a list of participating venues and the specific benefits they offer. Present your current membership card when you arrive at a participating garden.

Please note: The 90 mile exclusion rule stipulates that gardens within 90 miles of each other will not offer reciprocal benefits.

Membership Cards

How do I obtain my membership card and guest passes?

When you join or renew online or over the phone, you may pick up your membership cards and guest passes at Garden Admissions on your first visit to the Garden. You can request your cards at the Atlanta or Gainesville location.

Supporting and above members and those who join or renew by mail, will receive their membership cards by mail within two weeks of your processed payment.

What is my member number?

Your 9-digit member number is located on the front of the card to the right of your name and membership level. Please use this number online to receive member discounts.

I've lost my card. How can I obtain my member number?

How do I get a replacement card?

On your next visit to the Atlanta or Gainesville Garden, present your photo ID at Garden Admissions and ask the staff to reprint your card.

Guest Passes

Do I have to be with my guests when they use their guest passes?

Guests may visit on their own using member guest passes. The name and address portion on the pass must be completed before it will be accepted.

Are guest passes valid at all times?

Guest passes may only be used during regular operating hours. They are not valid for special events. Regular operating hours include Cocktails in the Garden and Fest-of-Ale in Atlanta and Wine in the Woodlands in Gainesville. View the listing of seasonal hours for Atlanta and Gainesville.

Are guest passes valid for (Garden Lights, Holiday Nights)?

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is a special event outside of the Gardens’ regular operating hours. It is a public ticketed event and not a member event. Members may purchase tickets at a discounted rate.

Are guest passes valid during the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights member preview?

The Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Member Premiere is an exclusive member event, and guest passes are not valid. However, members may purchase as many discounted tickets as they need in order to bring family and friends.

Are guest passes valid during the spring exhibition member preview?

Guest passes are not valid during the spring exhibition member preview. For all membership levels (including Individual), two adults and up to five children (3-17) may attend the spring exhibition member preview. Non-members are welcome to purchase a membership for entry to member previews.

Are guest passes valid during member evenings?

Yes! Guest passes are accepted for member evenings. Non-members are welcome to purchase a membership to attend member evenings.

Member Events

Where do I find out about member events?

View a list of upcoming member events online. Additionally, events are listed in Clippings, which you may receive by mail or view online. Member event postcards mailed periodically throughout the year.

Membership Level Benefits

Must a Dual membership or above have two names listed?

A second name is not required, but you can always bring a guest with you. If one name is listed, you will receive one card; if two names are listed you will receive two cards with both names listed.

If one named member is visiting and the other is not, you may bring a guest. If both named members are visiting, you must use a guest pass for any additional guests.

Who is covered under a Family membership and above?

Any membership at the Family level and above covers two adults plus children/grandchildren age 3-17. Children under three are free.

Can my live-at-home college student use my membership?

Any child over 17 is not included in your membership and must use a guest pass, unless that child is listed as the secondary name on your membership.

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

At the Family level and above, children/grandchildren must be 16 to visit the Garden unaccompanied by an adult. If the child brings a guest, they must use a guest pass to cover the guests’ admission.

What is the benefit of a Family Plus membership?

The Family Plus membership and above allows a caregiver (Nanny, Babysitter, Grandma/Grandpa, etc.) to bring the members’ children/grandchildren to the Garden in their place, even if two adults are named on the membership.

Give your card to the caregiver for the day. If your caregiver wants to bring a guest, they must use a guest pass to cover the guests’ admission. Please note that caregivers are not allowed to visit without the children unless they are the named secondary on the membership.

I have a Family Plus membership, but I have not received my Botanical Express Ride on Train Tickets. When will I receive them?

Botanical Express ride on train tickets are mailed in late October or early November before the train’s first date of operation for the holiday season. The tickets include the dates and times the train will be operating.

Does the Garden offer a senior, student or teacher discount on memberships?

The Garden does not offer a senior, student or teacher discount on memberships at this time.

Does the Garden offer a military discount?

The Garden offers a $2 discount on daily admission for up to four tickets. The Garden does not currently offer a military discount on memberships at this time. The Gainesville Garden offers 10% off of a daily admission ticket.

Does the Garden offer a discount to AAA members?

The Atlanta Garden offers a $2 discount on daily admission tickets to AAA members, and the Gainesville Garden offers a 10% discount off of daily admission tickets. The Garden does not offer a AAA discount on memberships at this time.

Parking

Do you offer free or discounted parking?

View current parking rates online. You may purchase a multi-visit parking pass in the Atlanta Garden Gift Shop to receive a discount on regular parking rates.

The current parking rate is $2/hour with a maximum of $15/day, versus $3.33 per use for a 6 visit parking pass with no time limit on your daily visit. Your uses do not expire and members receive bonus visits.

Multi-visit parking passes cannot be purchased or reloaded online. Visit the Garden Gift Shop for details on purchasing a new pass or reloading your current one. Please note that a parking pass does not guarantee you a parking space.

Occasionally during popular events, the SAGE Parking Facility may close for short periods of time until spaces become available. When that occurs, please seek legal off-street parking near the Garden. Alternate modes of transportation are encouraged.

Atlanta is served by the MARTA transit system. Bus #27 stops at the main entrance at 1345 Piedmont Avenue. Bus #27 may be boarded at either the Midtown or Lindbergh Center train stations.

Charitable Donations / Tax Benefits

Is my Garden membership gift tax-deductible?

Yes! Individual through Contributing 2-year memberships are 100% tax-deductible. The non-deductible portion of the following membership levels are:

Supporting $70
Donor $70
Director’s Club $170
Arbor Circle $498
Magnolia Circle $532
Orchid Circle $566

Is my membership eligible for a matching grant?

Matching grants are a great way for organizations to support the mission of the Garden. Check to see if your employer participates in matching gifts. Please note: matching gifts typically cannot be used to upgrade your membership.

Contact the Garden Membership Team

For additional questions, please contact Member Services at 404-591-1539 or membership@atlantabg.org. Your call may be forwarded to the Garden’s call center, or you may be prompted to leave a message. Every effort is made to return calls promptly.

Sometimes messages may not record clearly. If you do not hear from Garden staff within 24 hours, please call again. Membership business hours are Monday – Friday,9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Any calls received after 5 p.m. or on holidays will be returned the next business day.

Keep Us Updated

If you do not receive your seasonal Clippings or Member Event postcard by mail, or email event reminders, your on-file contact information may be incorrect. Please call or email to confirm or update your information.

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