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SC Botanical Garden

Help the Garden Grow!

There are so many ways to get involved and help support the South Carolina Botanical Garden. We depend on the generosity of time, talent and funds offered by our volunteers and our members. To keep the Garden's 295 acres open year-round with no admission fee, we need the support of the community, fellow gardeners, businesses, teachers, donors and anyone who wants to help people connect with nature and culture.

Become a Friend of the Garden Volunteer

Make a donation or memorial gift


Become a Friend

Friends of the Garden membership is on a fiscal year cycle (July 1 – June 30 of each year). We will contact members in June to renew their membership for the upcoming year.

Benefits based on membership levels Hosta Holly Camellia Maple Magnolia Patron
(I)individual or (F)amily Membership I F F F F F
Annual Dues (100% tax-deductible) $45 $60 $100 $250 $500 $1,000
# of admissions to the Friends of the Garden Plant Sale 1 2 2 4 6 6
Reciprocal admission to 300+ gardens and arboreta in North America, as part of the AHS  Reciprocal Program.
A 10% discount @ Garden Gift Shop
The Garden's Gate newsletter
Monthly Friends e-mail updates on Garden happenings and events
10% discount on Garden education programs
Dual membership with the Bob Campbell Geology Museum - -
10% discount @ Museum Gift Shop - -
Free two-hour rental of the Carriage House or Hayden Conference Center - - - - -

Benefits of Friends Membership

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

  •     Advanced entry to the Fall and Spring Plant Sales
  •     A 10% discount in the Garden gift shop
  •     Invitations to members-only special events
  •     The Garden's Gate newsletter, mailed every season
  •     Monthly Friends e-mail updates on garden happenings and events
  •     Discounts on Garden education programs
  •     Reciprocal admission to nearly 300 other gardens in the United States, as part of the AHS Reciprocal Program
  •     At some giving levels, you’ll also enjoy a 10% discount in the gift shop at the Bob Campbell Geology Museum.

To join online, visit Clemson's online giving page for the Garden, and follow instructions to log in. For questions about your membership or the membership program, please email

Tribute Opportunities

wooden bench on the edge of a walking path

Sponsor/Name a Bench

Garden benches are ideal locations for personal reflection and meditation or simply relaxing during a stroll. Garden benches are made of kiln-dried, sustainably-grown teak and are mounted on brick pads. Exact locations for benches are determined by the Garden's master landscape plan, but specific areas may be requested. For more details, please call 864-656-3405 or email.

Email Sponsor/Name a Bench

Sponsor a Tree

Planting a tree adds enjoyment and life to the Garden for years to come. For $500, you may purchase a tribute tree. Garden staff will discuss with you the types of trees that would be appropriate for specific areas and will provide information on the tree and its future location. Trees will be purchased and planted, and a very brief note about the honoree will be added to the sign that identifies the tree. Tree donations cover the life of the tree only.

Email to Sponsor a Tree
trees and shrubs lining a paved road
decorative stone wall and iron gate entrance to the botanical garden

Donations & Memorial Gifts

Your charitable donations support the teaching, research, and public service missions of the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Our Development team has established endowment opportunities in the form of One-Time-Gifts, Naming Opportunities Planned Giving and Service Projects.

Learn About Donations & Memorial Gifts
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