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 2017 Membership Fees 

Individual  1 year $52.50
  5 year $210.00
Student  1 year $42.00
  5 year $157.50
Senior (65+)   1 year $42.00
  5 year $157.50
Family/Couple 1 year $78.75
2 adults & all children under 18 5 year $315.00
  • 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: