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Join UDBG Friends

Join friends along the garden path and cultivate your love of gardening…

Join or renew online using a credit card
Download a membership renewal form to print and mail

What is the UDBG?

The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens is an outside laboratory and classroom in which studies in landscape design, horticulture, wildlife ecology, water quality, plant pathology, and entomology are pursued through experiential learning. UDBG maintains a diverse living plant collection that stimulates and engages, with more than 3,000 species and cultivars of plants. UDBG provides a welcoming environment for visitors to learn.

Who are the UDBG Friends?

The UDBG Friends play a vital part in funding, volunteering, and helping with the further development of the UDBG. The Friends help UDBG establish and expand programs in research, education, and environmental stewardship. Anyone with a lively interest in learning about gardening, design, or nature, is encouraged to join. As a member of UDBG Friends, you are a partner in the future of the gardens.

What are the benefits of membership in the UDBG Friends?

Basic Membership Benefits

    • Free admission to UDBG semi-annual lectures
    • Friends-only Shopping Day at Spring Plant Sale
    • Full Color Spring Plant Sale Catalog
    • Discounted admission to events open to the public
    • Reciprocal admission privileges to over 325 public gardens and arboreta through the American Horticultural Society.

Member testimonials on Reciprocal Admissions Program:  “My UDBG membership allowed me entry to the Leu Gardens in Orlando FL, which has over 200 varieties of Camellia” and “It was a beautiful day at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix AZ, with free entry because of my UDBG membership.”

$10 Student Membership Benefits (must be University of Delaware student or equivalent university with .edu email account)  ($0.00 tax deductible)

  • Basic Membership benefits

$40 Individual Membership Benefits ($17.00 tax deductible)

  • Basic Membership benefits for 1 person
  • Two herbaceous plant dividends per year (distributed at free member lectures in spring and fall)

$60 Family Membership Benefits ($30.00 tax deductible)

  • Basic Membership benefits for 2 adults in same household
  • Four herbaceous plant dividends per year (2 distributed at spring lecture; 2 at /20fall lecture)

$85 Nonprofit/Garden Club Membership Benefits ($62.00 tax deductible)

  • Basic Membership benefits for 1 representative of nonprofit/garden club
  • Two herbaceous plant dividends per year (1 distributed at spring lecture; 1 at fall lecture)
  • One free guided garden tour per year

$195 Sustaining Membership Benefits ($159.00 tax deductible)

  • Basic Membership benefits for two adults in same household
  • Six herbaceous plant dividends per year (distributed at UDBG at convenient time for member)

$500 Benefactor Membership Benefits ($465.00 tax deductible)

  • Basic Membership benefits for two adults
  • Choice herbaceous and/or woody plant dividends (distributed at convenient time for member)
  • Meet horticulturist at UDBG to discuss personal plant needs

$1,000 or above DIRECTOR’S FRIEND Benefits ($950.00 tax deductible)

  • Basic Membership benefits for two adults
  • Connoisseur plant dividends (distributed at convenient time for member)
  • Meet horticulturist to discuss personal plant needs

How to join?

Join or renew online using a credit card
Download a membership renewal form to print and mail to:
UDBG
152 Townsend Hall
University of Delaware
Newark DE 19716

Make checks payable to ‘UDBG’

Membership begins in the month your application is received. For more information, call Melinda Zoehrer at 302-831-0153 or email at mzoehrer@udel.edu