Through a contribution to the Gardens, you can honor a loved one’s memory or pay tribute to a special person. A memorial in the Gardens offers a quiet place for reflection in our lush tropical setting on Sarasota Bay. We have an array of opportunities to choose from. For more information, please contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224
Tribute and Memorial Gifts
Non-designated donations in any amount in the name of a loved one are always appreciated and greatly aid the Gardens by providing income toward our operating expenses. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible and will be recognized in our newsletter, the Tropical Dispatch. You may designate a relative or friend to receive notification of your gift.
Brick Walkway in the Butterfly Garden
Honor a loved one or special occasion with an engraved brick that will become a permanent part of the Gardens, on the walkway surrounding our Butterfly Garden. Your brick can be engraved with names, dates, places, or personal messages. Purchasing multiple bricks gives you more space to create the perfect message. A single brick is available for a donation of $300. Two bricks are $250 each, and three or more are $225 each. Your donation is fully tax-deductible. Contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224 for more information.
Memorial benches are a beautiful way to honor a loved one’s memory. Picture yourself resting in a peaceful setting, reliving happy memories and cherished moments as you enjoy the calm and serenity of the Gardens. Your personal message will be inscribed on a plaque that is affixed to the bench. Benches are available for donations of $3,000 and are designated for the life of the bench. Contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224 for more information.
Create a living memorial by purchasing a tree at the Gardens. Your tree will be labeled with an attractive plaque recognizing your loved one, a brief inscription, and the species scientific and common names. Your donation is fully tax-deductible and the designation is valid for the life of the tree. Contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224 for more information.
Many people choose to hold memorial services in the Gardens. For more information, please contact our Events Department at (941) 366-5731, ext. 230 or visit the private events area of the website.
You may want the Gardens to be your loved one’s final resting place. Our Director of Horticulture will choose an appropriate place, and you will be notified when the process is complete. A $500, tax-deductible donation is required. Please note: cremains will be distributed at the Gardens’ discretion, and not as part of a memorial service.
For more information on any of these options, please contact the Development Office at (941) 366-5731, ext. 224.