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!
Unlimited Annual Admission
Unlimited visits let you enjoy our gardens throughout the seasons.
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!
Keep up to date on the latest news and happenings at the Gardens.
Enjoy a 10% discount on every purchase in our Gardenshop.
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
Join the family: become a member.
Contact our Membership Department
- Free admission to the Gardens during our regular season.
- A single one-time–use 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.
- A 10% discount in the Gardenshop.
- A 25% discount on mobility scooter rentals.
- Discounted tickets to Gardens Aglow.
- Access to the Gardens during members-only hours in May, June, July, and August.
- Member-exclusive events and programs at the Gardens.
- 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, Café, 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.
While admission is always free and we always love to welcome our members, we do ask that all of our members make reservations beforehand. We are currently limited to 50 people every half an hour to help ensure everyone’s health and safety during Covid-19. If you would like to make reservations, please visit our reservation page or call our main phone number at 207-633-8000.
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.
Membership Support FAQ
When registering/creating an account on our website, you’ll see an option to enter your Member ID number. The ID number is found on every membership card right below your membership level. Our system uses this number for all online discount purposes. Note: the only way to add a member ID is during the account creation process. If you would like to add your member ID number to an already active account, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name your membership is under and the account name you use to log in. Please do not send us your password!