Become a Friend of the Garden

Red-shouldered hawk nestlings in the Woodland Wildflower Garden, courtesy of Louis BreggerThe South Carolina Botanical Garden relies heavily on our Friends memberships for a significant portion of our operating budget. Your support helps us achieve our mission to serve as an interdisciplinary resource center focusing on teaching, research and outreach that advances awareness of botanical, cultural and natural resources. With your support, we can continue to provide quality programs throughout the year and to enhance the lives of people in the community. Join today!

If you would like to join now please call Shaunda Soto at 656-3405 or email lwhitte@clemson.edu

Five Reasons to Love the Garden

  • In our busy world, the Garden offers a tranquil retreat—free of charge.
  • We connect kids with nature—building excitement and joy for science and stewardship of the environment.
  • We’re cheaper than a gym membership, and offer a much lovelier place to exercise!
  • We offer enriching programs such as nature hikes, geology museum tours, nature-based sculptures and gardening classes.
  • We protect and grow native plants and habitats.

Five Reasons We Need Your Support

  • Staffing needs: We only have 5 full-time staff to maintain 295 acres: we need more.
  • Increased expenses: As gas and materials prices increase, so do our expenses for equipment and garden maintenance.
  • More education programs: We want to meet the increasing interest from adults and children to learn about plants and nature.
  • Continued mission: We keep the Garden open every day, free of charge, to anyone who needs a quiet retreat, a delightful walk, or a chance to commune with nature.
  • Growing under restraint: We are trying to reduce our dependency on ever-fluctuating state funds by gaining more financial independence.

Benefits of Friends Membership

As part of your membership, you’ll also receive many great benefits, including:

Membership Levels

Hosta (individual): $45/year; includes all benefits listed above and admission for 1 to the Preview Plant Sales; 100% tax deductible
Holly (family): $60/year; includes all benefits listed above and admission for 2 to the Preview Plant Sales; 100% tax deductible
Camellia (family): $100/year; includes all benefits listed above, admission for 2 to the Preview Plant Sales; Dual membership with the Bob Campbell Geology Museum (which includes free admission to the Museum and 10% discount in the Museum gift shop)
Maple (family): $250/year; includes all benefits listed above, admission for 2 to the Preview Plant Sales and 2 guest passes; Dual membership with the Bob Campbell Geology Museum (which includes free admission to the Museum and 10% discount in the Museum gift shop)
Magnolia (family): $500/year; includes all benefits listed above, admission for 2 to the Preview Plant Sales and 4 guest passes; Dual membership with the Bob Campbell Geology Museum (which includes free admission to the Museum and 10% discount in the Museum gift shop) and special donor receptions
Patron (family): $1000+/year; includes all benefits listed above, admission for 2 to the Preview Plant Sales and 4 guest passes; a Holly membership to share; a free 2-hour rental of the Carriage House or Haydon Conference Center; Dual membership with the Bob Campbell Geology Museum (which includes free admission to the Museum and 10% discount in the Museum gift shop) and special donor receptions

Join Today!

To join by mail, send a check (made to the CU Foundation) or send credit card information to SCBG Friends, SC Botanical Garden, 150 Discovery Lane, Clemson, SC 29634-0174

To join by phone, call 864-656-3405 and pay by credit card.

To join online, visit Clemson's online giving page for the Garden and follow instructions to log-in.