Membership Central

 

Join us a member and come back to the Gardens all year long - for free! Our members enjoy a long list of exclusive benefits. Choose the level that's right for you and then click Join or Renew Online and become an instant member.

Single - $60

Dual - $90

Family - $120

Supporter - $150

Patron - $250

Benefactor - $500

Stewards of the Earth - $1,000 and above

Please note: Member benefits are subject to change.

All members receive the following benefits:

  • Admission to Selby Gardens all year-round and to over 300 reciprocal gardens in the US and Canada through the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program.* For a list of participating gardens, please view the list
  • Free or discounted admission to several Special Events
  • Early admission and sneak peeks at Member Appreciation Day and Plant & Garden Festivals
  • Free plants distributed at our Annual Member Appreciation Day in November
  • 10% discount in The Garden Shop
  • Discounts on Selby Gardens classes
  • Free admission to the fall and spring Garden Music Series Concerts (nominal guest charge applies)
  • Subscription to the Tropical Dispatch and E-Newsletter
  • Use of Selby Gardens Library (by appointment)

 

New! Gardens Partners Program

Gardens Partners is a new member benefit with discounts and special offers. See all current offers!

Reciprocal Benefits

Reciprocal Benefit Restriction Website Link
       
Florida Aquarium Free daily admissions for November 2013 (Each membership card will admit one member.  Does not include special events and does not cover parking fee of $6.00.) www.flaquarium.org
Florida Holocaust Museum Free daily admissions for May and November 2013 (Does not include any major fundraising day or evening events and may not be combined with any other discounts.) www.flholocaustmuseum.org
Great Explorations Children's Museum Free daily admissions for August 2013 (Does not include any major fundraising day or evening events and may not be combined with any other discounts.) www.greatexplorations.org
Historic Spanish Point Free daily admission for May 2013 (Does not include any major fundraising day or evening events and may not be combined with any other discounts.) www.historicspanishpoint.org
Mote Aquarium Free daily admission for September 2013 (Does not include any major fundraising day or evening events; discounts in the gift shops or diner; and may not be combined with any other discounts.  Parking is always free.) www.mote.org

Please note: Member benefits are subject to change.

  1. Online - Convenient, Secure, and Fast
  2. At our Welcome Center
  3. Phone - (941)-366-5731 ext. 231
  4. Mail - Print a membership application card (below) and mail it: Selby Gardens Membership Dept., 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota Florida, 34236
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A Selby Gardens membership is the perfect gift: it's like giving someone the gift of flowers for a whole year!  The recipient receives free admissions to the Gardens for an entire year, discounts in the shops and special events, and don't forget that you'll be giving them access to over 200 other gardens nationally and over a dozen local attractions.

The Process:

  1. Visit the Welcome Center between 10 AM and 5 PM.
  2. Contact the Membership Department via email or by phone (941)-366-5731 ext 231.
  3. Mail in the gift membership form (see below).
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Admission

Membership entitles you to admission to the Gardens year-‘round upon presentation of a valid Membership Card and photo ID during normal Gardens hours (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily).  

Membership Term

Membership is valid for one year from the date your application is processed. No refunds, extensions, or exchanges will be granted if you are for any reason unable to utilize your membership benefits.  In some cases, memberships are extended as a benefit (i.e. online purchases, etc.)

Refunds/Credits

If you have purchased regular-priced admission to the Gardens the same day you purchase a membership, the price of admission can be applied to the cost of a membership. At the Single level, the cost of up to two (2) regular-priced admissions is applied. At the Dual level and above, the cost of up to five (5) regular-priced admissions is applied.

The Gardens does not grant refunds once a membership has been activated.

Membership Cards

Memberships are not transferable. A second proof of identity may be requested at our front desk when entering the Gardens.

Memberships that include two persons will receive one Membership Card for each adult named on the membership. Children do not receive Membership Cards.

Lost, mishandled or stolen Membership Cards can be replaced upon request. There is a replacement fee of $5 for lost cards.

Membership Upgrades/Downgrades

If during the term of your active membership you wish to upgrade your level of membership, speak with a membership representative to arrange for payment of the difference between the two levels.  You may reach the membership office via email or (941) 366-5731, ext. 231.

The Gardens does not permit a member to downgrade to a lower level once the membership has been activated.

Membership Application Process

Please allow 10-14 days to receive your membership materials. The Gardens does send receipt confirmations when ordering online, but not for mail or phone orders or gifts. We will assume all proper membership materials have been received unless notified.  Please notify the membership office if you have not received your membership materials within three weeks.

Membership Renewals

Renewal letters are mailed two months prior to the expiration date of your membership, so there will be no gap in your membership privileges. Incentives are offered to renew early. If you renew before your membership expires, your membership will be extended for one year beyond the current expiration date.

You may renew your membership online, via mail, at the Welcome Center, or by phone through the Renewal Line at (941) 366-5731 ext. 231.

For security purposes, our membership office does not retain the financial information of its members on record. This information must be resubmitted with each renewal.

Temporary Membership Cards

You will receive a temporary membership card if you join or renew in person at the Gardens. Your permanent card(s) will be mailed to you within 10-14 days.  If you would like to use member benefits immediately, bring your photo ID and a temporary card, receipt, or confirmation email.  Please visit the member benefits area to learn more.

Guest Passes

Guest passes are for one-time use only, for regular daytime admission to the Gardens. You do not need to accompany these guests to the Gardens.  Expired guest passes will not be honored and cannot be replaced.

Special events

Members receive free admission to selected special events, such as the Plant & Garden Festival, and discount pricing on admission to other events, such as Lights in Bloom. For the most up-to-date information, please check our website, email, or call us at (941) 366-5731 and listen for details.

Guests of members may be charged a nominal fee for special events.

Membership FAQ

Membership in the Gardens is non-transferable. Free admission is for the member(s) named on the card(s). We can keep our memberships affordable by preventing misuse of member cards, and we appreciate your assistance with that effort.

Yes. Selby Gardens members have reciprocal privileges at a variety of local and regional attractions. Participating American Horticultural Society Gardens also offer reciprocity in most cases. (Please note: reciprocal privileges are for the member(s) named on the card only, and you will be required to show photo ID.)

A list of free or reduced admission to these local attractions during designated months.

Generally, yes. Selby Gardens is a member of the American Horticultural Association’s Reciprocal Admissions Program, with over 300 gardens and arboreta across the U.S. and Canada. For a list of participating organizations visit their website.
(Please note: reciprocal privileges are for the member(s) named on the card only, and you will be required to show photo ID.)

Yes. Your Selby Gardens membership is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your payment, less the fair market value of the benefits you receive, is deductible for income tax purposes. Under Internal Revenue Service guidelines, the estimated value of standard-level membership benefits is not substantial; therefore, the full amount of your payment is a deductible contribution.
 

Yes! Just stop by our Welcome Center with your photo ID so we can verify your membership. If you’ve misplaced your card permanently, you can order a new card for a $5 processing fee.
 

No. Memberships are non-transferable and are valid only for the person(s) whose name(s) appears on the card(s).

 

Yes.  You have these options:

  1. Go online 
  2. Visit the Welcome Center between 10 AM and 5 PM.
  3. Contact the Membership Department via email or by phone (941)-366-5731 ext 231.
  4. Mail in the gift membership form

Membership Office
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

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Yes, members receive a 10% discount on all plants and merchandise in The Garden Shop. Just present your valid membership card when you make your purchase.
 

You may email us, call us at xt 941.366-5731 xt. 231, visit us at the Welcome Center, or mail us.

Membership Office
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
 

Yes! We encourage online renewals as it saves the gardens time, money, paper, stamps, and means faster processing.

No. Memberships are nontransferable and are valid only for the person whose name appears on the card. Supporting photo ID is required for entrance.
 

In general, no. For events such as Lights in Bloom, and our Tropical 4th of July, members receive discounted pricing on tickets. For our Asian Cultural Festival, members are admitted free. For our Plant and Garden Festival, members are free and also admitted one hour prior to the public.

You may purchase your membership:
• in person at our Welcome Center, any day between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
• over the phone by calling (941) 366-5731, ext. 231
• by mail: send your check or credit card information to:
Membership Office
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Your membership includes free daytime admission to the Gardens. Selby Gardens is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We are closed on Christmas Day. And we close on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 3:00 p.m.
For special events – such as Lights in Bloom, and our Tropical 4th of July – members receive discounted pricing on tickets. Guests of members may be charged a nominal fee for entrance to certain events, including the Garden Music Concert Series.
For information on our special events, visit the Events area of our site for details.

 

Yes! Just bring your photo ID, and a temporary membership card, receipt, or confirmation email.

You will receive a receipt and an email confirmation of your membership purchase.

You may use your receipt as proof of membership until your permanent membership card(s) and Welcome Packet arrive by mail, usually within 10-14 days.

Your subscription to the Tropical Dispatch member magazine will begin with the next issue.  The Tropical Dispatch is published three times per year: in August, December and May.

You will begin receiving our monthly e-news, issued during the first week of each month.  The e-news contains timely information about events, classes, exhibits and other happenings at the Gardens.

Two months prior to the expiration of your membership, you will receive a notice from the Gardens telling you it’s time to renew.

When you renew, we will update your membership for 12 months beyond your current expiration date.

From time to time you may receive special mailings from us regarding other opportunities to support the Gardens.

Your membership card should arrive 10-14 days from the time of your purchase.

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