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Grow with us.

The existence and impact of these beloved Gardens are thanks to the support of a community that cares. By becoming a member, including the Friends in your charitable giving, and volunteering, you help keep the Gardens growing, enabling us to care for this urban oasis and extend its reach for our community and all who visit.

Become a Member

Member support makes so much possible. Only through your annual membership do we have the capacity to educate thousands of schoolchildren about the science of plants and our dependence on them, to grow and harvest thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables each year to combat hunger in our community, to help maintain beloved garden spaces and spearhead much-needed improvement projects, and to promote the Gardens as a destination of regional significance.

We can’t do it without you. Please join our efforts. You’ll also enjoy great benefits such as free or discounted admission at 340+ botanical gardens nationwide and 10% off at our member partner nurseries, garden centers, and flower shops. Choose your membership level, then stop by our offices weekdays to select your member gift.

Donate

We rely on your annual membership and charitable contributions to sustain the Gardens. Please support our mission—to protect, nurture, and share the wonders of the Gardens—by making a gift today to the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 

Thanks to your support, the Friends is able to offer a broad range of programs that feed our community—mind, body, and soul. Your contributions also enable the Friends to play a critical role in supplementing the Gardens’ operational needs and ensuring the ongoing stewardship and enhancement of this community treasure.

It’s easy to give.

Mail your donation to

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 35223


Call us

Contact the Friends’ Development team at 205.414.3950, ext. 102,
to make a donation by phone.


donate online

Charitable Information

The membership-based, mission-driven Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Friends’ employer identification number (EIN) is 63-0495111.

Other Ways to Give

There are many ways that the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens can become part of your charitable giving.

Major Gifts

Major gifts are transformative, keeping one of Birmingham’s most important and beloved cultural institutions growing while also strengthening our community and enriching the lives of all who live here and all who visit. 

Recent major gifts have made possible the Protective Life Boardwalk and education platform in the Japanese Garden.

Extending from the Kasuga doro lantern on the north end of the Bamboo Grove to the spirit lantern at the grove’s southern tip, the 200-foot linear addition and 36-foot octagonal platform were funded by Protective Life Corporation with additional funding from the CS Beatty Family Foundation in memory of Craig Shipley Beatty, Jr.

Opportunities abound throughout the Gardens. To join us in our mission, please contact us.


Benefactor Circle

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Benefactor Circle is our top membership level and premier annual giving forum, dedicated to ensuring the life of the Gardens for our children and future generations.

It is composed of visionary partners who recognize the Gardens’ role in the community and region as a cherished place of respite; a meaningful connection to nature; and a vibrant source of plant, gardening, wellness, and environmental education.

Benefactor Circle members receive all of the benefits of our Benefactor Circle membership with additional recognition throughout the year and invitations to special events with other distinguished leaders in our community.


Honorary & Memorial Gifts

Tribute gifts are a meaningful way to honor, remember, or celebrate special people, occasions, and life events. Honorees or a designated family representative will receive a letter notifying them of the gift.

Each honorary and memorial gift supports the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ mission: to protect, nurture, and share the wonders of the Gardens. We thank you for your support.

Limited opportunities to make a named tribute gift are available. These start at $1,000 to dedicate a select tree. To discuss availability as well as dedication process and restrictions, please contact Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Donor Relations Officer Drew Rickel at 205.414.3950, ext. 102, or drickel@bbgardens.org.


Perennial Legacy Giving Circle

Plant the seeds for your lasting legacy at the Gardens by joining our Perennial Legacy Giving Circle.

You can help us perpetuate the wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and all that it means to our community and region by including the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens in your estate planning. Planned gifts to the Friends ensure that this botanical treasure will remain a place of beauty and source of inspiration to all who visit for generations to come. 

Every gift makes an impact.

For more information or to notify us of your inclusion of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens in your estate plan, please contact Director of Development Penney Hartline at 205.414.3950, ext. 103, or phartline@bbgardens.org.


Corporate Giving & Sponsorships

Corporate support is crucial and provides an opportunity for companies of all sizes to give back to the community by supporting a treasured community asset. Giving opportunities range from sponsorships to major gift naming opportunities.

Event sponsorships are available annually through all of our special programming and events, from our plant sales to Junior Board fundraisers to our volunteer-led Antiques at the Gardens show, the Friends’ largest fundraiser of the year. We also welcome in-kind donations. Contact us to talk about your interests and opportunities.


Endowed Gifts

Endowment gifts provide the Gardens with self-sustaining resources to support educational programs, specific gardens, and special projects. By making an endowed gift, you ensure that funds will be available in perpetuity to be used as intended.


Contact Us

For more information on current gift opportunities, please contact

Penney Hartline
Director of Development
phartline@bbgardens.org
205.414.3950, ext. 103

Drew Rickel
Donor Relations Officer
drickel@bbgardens.org
205.414.3950, ext. 102

Volunteering

Volunteering has been a part of the culture of Birmingham Botanical Gardens since the Gardens opened six decades ago, and it remains integral to what we achieve—in our programming, our fundraising, and our stewardship of this special place. No experience is required. As a volunteer, you’ll learn as you grow while also sustaining this community treasure and all that it makes possible.