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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.

A Special Membership Message from RBG’s Board Chair

During these unprecedented times we hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.

We miss you! You are an important part of the RBG family and play a significant part in achieving our mission of bringing together plants, people and place.

My wife Toni and I have been members for over 20 years. It has been rewarding to see the organization grow from 10,000 members to over 20,000 members.  Membership is integral to the success of this organization and must continue to flourish. To encourage everyone to renew their membership now we have decided to make an extra donation.  For every membership renewal made now, Toni and I will be donating $10 to the RBG, up to a maximum of $25,000.

We are happy to be making this donation to not only ensure membership continues to grow, but to support RBG’s COVID 19 Sustainability Fund.  This fund supports children’s education, offering our new RBG at Home Initiative, which includes resources, activities and virtual programming for students, teachers, families and lifelong learners.

Please consider joining us and renew your membership today and support the future sustainability of RBG, including the new online educational programing that is being offered for free to everyone during the current health crisis.

The Board of Directors and management of RBG want to assure our members that upon re-opening, we will be extending all currently active and renewed memberships to cover the period of closure. We will be updating all members with specifics once normal operations have resumed.

Thank you for your continued support of RBG.

With sincere thanks,
Cliff Carson, Chair
RBG Board of Directors

Become an RBG Member

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-Sale and Discounts to 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

Student 1 cardholder (with valid student ID) $50
Single 1 cardholder $85 (Senior: $65)
Single Plus 1 cardholder plus 1 guest $120 (Senior: $95)
Family Dual 2 cardholders plus accompanying children* $130 (Senior: $100)
Family Dual Plus 2 Cardholder and accompanying children*, plus 2 guests $165 (Senior: $130)
  • *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 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

Was my membership extended during your closure?

Yes, if you were an active member when we closed your membership has been extended for 3 months. For example, if your original expiry date was in August, your new expiry date is the end of November.

Please continue to use your existing membership cards and parking passes as these will be honoured.  We’ve updated your new expiry date in our systems.

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, 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, 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 and we’d be happy to try and help!

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.