Friends of the Garden

"The Friends of the Garden” is a registered charitable society founded in 1971 to support the development of the Garden. Since its founding, the Friends have contributed over $5 million to support development of the Garden’s plant collections, displays, facilities, and education programs.

In recent years, Friends’ fundraising efforts have supported, among other projects: construction of an expansion to the Ozawa Pavilion Teahouse (the Ikoi no ba); upgrades to the Garden’s production greenhouses; brick pathway expansion; and support of the UABG's award-winning Green School program.


A Friends of the Garden Membership entitles the cardholder to:

  • free admission to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden (excludes some special events)
  • discounted or first-in-line tickets to select Garden events
  • 10% off most purchases in Shop-in-the-Garden
  • $5 off Plant Sale purchases at the UABG Annual Plant Sale Opening Weekend
  • special Friends events held throughout the year

Friends of the Garden 2019 Membership Fees

Individual 1 year $60
5 year $240
Student 1 year $30
5 year $120
Senior (65+)  1 year $43
5 year $172
Family/Couple 1 year $120
2 adults & all children under 18 5 year $480
  • Membership is valid for one year from purchase date.
  • Membership benefits are subject to change.
  • Prices include GST.

For more information on becoming a Friend of the Garden: