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Garden Patrons

The Garden Patrons Program is a community of individuals who go above and beyond to champion The New York Botanical Garden. In appreciation for their commitment, Garden Patrons receive unparalleled concierge service and invitations to exclusive events throughout the year (scroll down for list of benefits). Join today to receive:

  • Unlimited free admission for up to six adults and six children
  • Complimentary reserved parking
  • One private weekday golf cart tour of our 250-acre grounds, with a staff guide, for up to five people†
  • A dedicated phone line to assist with tickets, parking, restaurant reservations†, course enrollment, and events

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Patrons ($1,500) | Sponsor ($2,500)
Benefactor ($5,000) | Fellow ($10,000)

Throughout the year, Garden Patrons enjoy a full calendar of events, including:

  • Exhibition Receptions
    These cocktail receptions celebrate each of our major exhibitions, including the Holiday Train Show® and The Orchid Show
  • Seasonal Walks
    These walking tours focus on specific collections on the Garden’s 250-acre grounds and are followed by an informal reception. (Past tours have included the Native Plant Garden, Rock Garden, and the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Maple Collection.)
  • Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture
    Leaders in the fields of horticulture, conservation, landscape design, and more present their work. Past speakers have included Lord Jacob Rothschild and Lady Mary Keen on the productive garden of Eythrope, Victoria Johnson on the historic Elgin Garden, and Cassian Schmidt on the new perennial movement at Hermannshof Gardens.
  • Exclusive Limited-capacity Events for High-Level Patrons

We hope you will join NYBG’s most dedicated group of supporters. If you have any questions, please contact us at 718.817.8553 or gardenpatrons@nybg.org.

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Patron

$1,500–$2,499 ($105 non-deductible)

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Unparalleled access:

  • Unlimited free admission for six adults and six children
  • Complimentary reserved parking at the Garden’s Mosholu Entrance
  • Early morning grounds access, with entry into the Garden beginning at 6 a.m. on all days that the Garden is open to the public
  • Opportunity to arrange a free garden visit (tickets and parking) for unaccompanied guests per year*

Exclusive Patrons events, including:

  • Evening Viewings and early morning preview event for each of the Garden’s popular seasonal exhibits
  • Seasonal Walks with Garden curators
  • Annual lectures and symposia, featuring distinguished international luminaries from the fields of science and horticulture

Concierge service:

  • One private weekday golf cart tour of our 250-acre site, with a staff guide, for up to five people*
  • Dedicated phone line to assist with tickets, parking, restaurant reservations, course enrollment, and events
  • Personal assistance and priority enrollment for lectures, symposia, adult education courses and public programs, including discounted registration*
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Sponsor

$2,500–$4,999 ($105 non-deductible)

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All the benefits of Patron, plus:

  • One private weekend golf cart tour of the Garden’s grounds, with a Patron Program staff guide, for up to five people**
  • Opportunity to attend one complimentary class from a curated selection of educational courses in botanical art, horticulture, and plant science
  • Guided weekday tour of the Edible Academy, with a Garden educator, for up to five people*
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Benefactor

$5,000–$9,999 ($105non-deductible)

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All the benefits of Sponsor, plus:

  • Special invitation to The Orchid Lunch, featuring exclusive curator-led tours of The Orchid Show and an elegant lunch with the Garden’s President
  • Behind-the-scenes weekday tour of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections, with a staff guide, for up to five people**
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Fellow

$10,000–$24,999 ($187 non-deductible)

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All the benefits of Benefactor, plus:

  • Annual briefing by NYBG staff, at the Garden or at your home or office
  • Behind-the-scenes weekday tour of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, or Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory, with a Garden curator or program expert, for up to five people**
  • Four complimentary tickets to one public event (such as Orchid Evenings, Bar Car Night, Spring Uncorked, or Bales & Ales), upon request**
  • A signed copy of a recent NYBG Press Publication
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* Arrangements must be made through the Garden Patrons Office at 718.817.8553, with a minimum of one week’s advance notice.

** Arrangements must be made through the Garden Patrons Office at 718.817.8553, with a minimum of two weeks’ advance notice and are limited to staff availability.