Gardens Membership

The best way to enjoy the Gardens is as a member. When you become a member, you receive free admission during our regular season as well as many exclusive benefits. The support you provide by becoming a member helps us deliver our mission to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through horticulture, education, and research. Help the Gardens flourish by becoming a member; explore all of the benefits below and find out what level is right for you! Please note that it may take two to three weeks for your new membership materials to arrive after purchase.

We are going green!

Memberships will be processed as digital unless you select ‘Physical Card’ when adding membership to cart.


Unlimited Admission During Regular Season

Unlimited visits during our regular season, May-October, let you enjoy our gardens throughout the seasons.

Reciprocal Membership

Enjoy reciprocal access to over 330 gardens and arboretums across the United States and Canada.

Exclusive Member Events

Join us for our Member Insider Tours or enjoy a Members-only evening watching the sun set over the Great Lawn during members-only events.

Discounts on Classes and Special Events

Members enjoy a 20% discount on our classes, lectures, and special events. This includes Gardens Aglow!

Members E-Newsletter

Keep up to date on the latest news and happenings at the Gardens.

Discount in Gardenshop and Culinary

Enjoy a 10% discount on every purchase in our Gardenshop and culinary offerings.

Gift Membership

Give the gift of the Gardens! Supporting our local community and cultural institutions has become more important than ever. A Gardens Membership is a meaningful gift that allows your loved ones to spend restorative time in a calm, relaxing place all year long.

Hear from our Members

“I’m always happy to be there and proud to share this slice of Maine with my out-of-state friends and family.”
– Susan & Marc G.

“We are so fortunate here in Maine to have these stunning botanical gardens.”
– Susan D.

“The garden activities for our grandchildren are magical!”
– Eileen M. and Charles S. III


Our Membership Levels

Join the family:

Become a member.


Contact our Membership Department

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Membership phone: (207) 633-8015
Membership email:

Betsy Hills
Membership and Annual Fund Manager
(207) 633-8013

Josh Pearce
Membership Coordinator
(207) 633-8018

Haili Hardwick
Membership Coordinator
(207) 633-8010

Member FAQ

  • Free admission to the Gardens during our regular season. 
  • A single one-timeuse guest pass per year, two per year for leadership levels. 
  • Free or discounted admission at approximately 330 gardens across the U.S. and Canada through the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program. 
  • Discount on mobility scooter rentals. 
  • Discounted tickets to Gardens Aglow. 
  • Access to the Gardens during members-only hours in May, June, July, and August. 
  • The Member Insider e-newsletter. 

We have several member’s insider tours each season that offer an up-close and personal look at the fascinating plants, creatures, history, and science the Gardens has to offer. During the summer, we host member’s evenings when the Gardens and Gardenshop stay open late, exclusively for members. Hop on over to our events page to sign up now!

We are part of the American Horticulture Society Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP). As a part of the RAP, our members get free or discounted admissions to over 330 gardens across the United States and Canada. For a full list, please click here. 

No, our members no longer need to reserve tickets in advance.

For a child to get free entry under your family membership, they must be between the ages of 3-17; 0-2 year-olds receive free admissions regardless of membership. 

A “Named Member” is the name you want to appear on your card(s). The “Named Member(s)” are the people who will be receiving the full membership benefits.

No. Memberships are non-transferable. However, we do provide every membership with a one-time-use guest pass that is transferable!

No. Guest passes are only valid for regular season admission.

No. The guest pass is one-time-use only. We do, however, offer the option to upgrade every membership with the Add-A-Guest upgrade.

The Add-A-Guest add-on is an upgrade that can be added to any membership. The Add-A-Guest upgrade allows one guest to accompany you for free on every visit. Note: the cardholder must be present upon entry.

No, you will not lose any time on your membership. We add the additional membership time to your current expiration date. We encourage everyone to renew early so that your benefits do not lapse! 

The duration of a one-year membership is twelve months. Your membership will be valid until the following year at the end of the month in which you purchased it. For example, if a membership were purchased on July 3rd 2024, it would expire July 31st 2025. 

A digital membership card is a membership card stored on your phone. It includes all the same benefits of a physical card, but is always available in your phone’s “wallet.”

Yes! Your digital card works the same as a physical card, and can be scanned the same way by admissions at other gardens. If you have your phone, then you have access to your digital card when traveling.

While digital cards are one of the ways the Gardens is working to be more sustainable by cutting down on extra paper and postage, physical membership cards are still available for those who prefer them. Just select ‘Physical Card’ when adding a membership to your cart.

When you renew your membership, your digital card will update automatically in about a week.

Guest passes are stored on our sales system. Simply let guest services know at check-in that you would like to use a guest pass.

Download your digital membership card to your phone through this link. Make sure you have your member number handy.

Membership Support FAQ

It should take approximately two weeks for you to receive your membership packet and membership cards. If it has been longer than three weeks, please reach out to us at (207) 633-8015 or 

You can reach out to us by email at or call the membership office at (207) 633-8015. You can also update your information at the admission desk on your next visit.

Please call our membership office at (207) 633-8015 or email us at, and we will mail another copy of your membership card to you.