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Membership

Whether you are a master or beginner gardener, a birdwatcher, hiker, five years old or 105, you’ll agree that Royal Botanical Gardens is paradise found. History, culture, science, recreation and beauty—we have it all.

As Canada’s biodiversity hotspot, Royal Botanical Gardens provides its members with a one-of-a-kind experience, harmonizing cultivated gardens and natural landscapes with entertaining recreation and beauty.

Member Benefits

Members have access to the following benefits when presenting their membership card and one piece of photo identification.

  • Unlimited Visits All Year Round
  • Free Parking
  • Specialty Food, Gift & Program Discounts
  • Pre-Sales for Special Ticketed Events
  • Subscription to Members’ Magazine, Paradise Found
  • Free admission to RBG’s Winter Exhibit
  • Free Admission and Discounts at Botanical Gardens Across North America

Membership Levels

Single $85 
1 Cardholder
(senior $65)

Single Plus $120
1 Cardholder plus 1 guest
(senior $100)

Family $130
2 Cardholders plus up to 6 children
(senior $110)

Family Plus $175
2 Cardholders, up to 6 children, plus 2 guests
(senior $155)

Contributing $250

  • 2 Cardholders and children, plus 2 guests
  • Tax receipt for maximum allowable portion
  • Invites to preview of special exhibitions
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • Special discounts and offers with partner organizations
  • Additional Benefits

Supporting $500

  • 2 Cardholders and children, plus 2 guests
  • Tax receipt for maximum allowable portion
  • Invites to preview of special exhibitions
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • Special discounts and offers with partner organizations
  • Additional Benefits
  • + Behind the scenes tour

Sustaining $1,000

  • 2 Cardholders and children, plus 2 guests
  • Tax receipt for maximum allowable portion
  • Invites to preview of special exhibitions
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • Special discounts and offers with partner organizations
  • Additional Benefits
  • Behind the scenes tour
  • + VIP invites to preview events

Curator’s Circle $2,500

  • 2 Cardholder and children, plus 2 guests
  • Tax receipt for maximum allowable portion
  • Invites to preview of special exhibitions
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • Special discounts and offers with partner organizations
  • Additional Benefits
  • Behind the scenes tour
  • VIP invites to preview events
  • + Curator’s Choice educational tour

Benefactor’s Circle $5,000

  • 2 Cardholders and children, plus 2 guests
  • Tax receipt for maximum allowable portion
  • Invites to preview of special exhibitions
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • Special discounts and offers with partner organizations
  • Additional Benefits
  • Behind the scenes tour
  • VIP invites to preview events
  • Curator’s Choice educational tour
  • + Private RBG garden tour for 2-4 people
  • + Discounts on event space rentals

RBG Guardian Circle $10,000

  • 2 Cardholders and children, plus 2 guests
  • Tax receipt for maximum allowable portion
  • Invites to preview of special exhibitions
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • Special discounts and offers with partner organizations
  • Additional Benefits
  • Behind the scenes tour
  • VIP invites to preview events
  • Curator’s Choice educational tour
  • Discounts on event space rentals
  • + Private Gathering with the CEO and donors
  • + Private RBG garden tour for 10-12 people
  • *Accompanying children must be under the age of 18 to qualify. Does not apply for school, youth or other group tours
  • RBG considers a senior to be a person of 65+ years of age
  • Prices include HST

Give the Gift of Membership

Gift them the gift that never goes out of style… give them the great outdoors! Share a one-of-a-kind experience that lasts all year long, harmonizing cultivated gardens and natural landscapes with an entertaining adventure in education.

Other ways to Purchase or Renew a Membership

In person – at the main desk in RBG Centre during our business hours. Receive your permanent membership cards on the spot!

By Phone – Call us at 905-527-1158 x 514

By MailClick here for the membership form. Fill it out and mail it to Royal Botanical Gardens, Membership, P.O. Box 399, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3H8

Need some assistance? Contact the membership team using the form below.

Giving Programs

You can help us Plant Seeds for Life! With a donation, you can ensure an active, vibrant and healthy future for the children of today and tomorrow through our horticultural and conservation projects and award-winning educational programming.

Learn More

Membership FAQ

Have a question about your membership? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, email us at membership@rbg.ca or give us a call at 905-527-1158 ext. 514.

What is included in my member admission?

Your RBG membership provides you with complimentary admission to Royal Botanical Gardens; simply present your membership card and one piece of photo ID to the kiosk attendant upon arrival. General Admission includes access to our cultivated garden areas (during regular operational hours), as well as any discovery activities, taking place during your visit.

While some activities and events are included in your membership, others require a separate event ticket and/or pre-registration. If you are interested in a specific event, please check the admission requirements at rbg.ca/events.

Can I bring guests with my membership?

The number of visitors you can bring under your membership is dependant on your membership type. Please see the details under the membership charts above. Please note the membership benefits and discounts do not transfer to guests accompanying members.

How long will it take for my membership to arrive?

Memberships (including Gift Memberships) purchased or renewed online may take up to 10 business days to process before mailing to the address provided. Are you a new member waiting on your cards to arrive, but still want to visit the gardens? No problem! Just print off your confirmation email and present that upon arrival.

If you would like to receive your membership cards and passes on the spot, consider visiting our membership representatives at the RBG Centre kiosk to purchase or renew.

How do I upgrade or change my membership?

If you would like to change your membership type at the time of renewal, simply select a different membership category, or if you are renewing in person, let us know at the start of the process.

If you would like to upgrade an active membership before the expiry date, please visit RBG Centre where a membership representative would be happy to upgrade your current category and print a new card for you.

How do I update my personal information?

If you experience a change in mailing address or contact information (including phone number and email address), please send us an email at membership@rbg.ca, or notify the membership representative at RBG Centre during your next visit.

What happens if I lose my membership card?

There is a $10 reprint fee for all lost or stolen membership cards or parking passes.  Cards can be reprinted once the fee is paid in person at the RBG Centre Kiosk.  One-time-use Membership Ambassador admission passes cannot be replaced so please do your best to keep those in a safe place!

Why don't I receive member emails?

RBG members receive updates on upcoming events, programs, and more. It is possible we do not have the correct email address on file, or that you have unsubscribed from our email list. Please send us a message at membership@rbg.ca, and we can look into this for you.

Don’t forget to check your spam / junk / promotions folders!

Can I change a named cardholder?

Membership cardholders can be changed at the time of renewal only, but if there is a special situation to consider please contact our membership office directly at membership@rbg.ca and we’d be happy to try and help!

Will my membership be extended?

RBG memberships are still valid throughout the provincial shutdown as RBG continues to offer a wealth of experiences with early spring blooms at its Arboretum, and throughout 27km of trails within 2,400 acres of natural lands.  A members’ parking pass provides complimentary parking at our parking lots and trailheads. We’re using this time to get our gardens prepared, and we hope that the situation with the pandemic improves so that we can welcome you back to our cultivated garden areas for the upcoming bloom season.

Contact the Membership Team

The membership team will do our best to reply to your message within 5 business days. If you have an urgent request, please give us a call at 905-527-1158 and ask to speak to a membership representative, or visit the membership desk at RBG Centre during regular business hours.