Membership FAQs

 Q: How do I get my exclusive Member gift?

A: Simply stop by our offices during normal business hours (M-F; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) to choose your exclusive Member gift. When you enter the Garden Center, take the elevator or stairs to the second floor. Look for our logo on the door. (Limit one gift per membership. Gifts have no cash value and cannot be mailed.)


Q: What gardens honor reciprocal admission privileges?

A: Click here to explore or download an up-to-date list of participating gardens. Some gardens have certain exclusions for special events or if you live within 90 miles of the garden, and each garden has its own unique admissions policy and hours of operation. Be sure to take your current membership card with you when you travel!


Q: How do I learn about Members-only classes and events?

A: As a current member, you have the exclusive opportunity to attend special Members-only programs each year. Class offerings are posted in The Garden Dirt newsletter, our biweekly e-Newsletter, and on our Facebook @BirminghamBotanicalGardens. Pre-registration is required. Not receiving our e-newsletter? E-mail us at [email protected]!


Q: Will I receive a ticket to get into the Spring Plant Sale Members-only Shopping event?

A: You will receive a postcard that may be used for entrance. We will also have a check-in list for anyone without a membership card or postcard. Your membership will admit:

One person at the following level:
Friend

Two people at the following levels:
Dual, Family

Three people at the following levels:
Contributor, Supporter

Four people at the following levels:
Ambassador, Benefactor Circle


Q: How do I get my out-of-county library card?

A: The normal charge for an out-of-county library card is $50 per year. The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens will waive $35 of that fee if you are a current Member of the Friends. To receive your library card, bring your current Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens membership card and current Alabama driver’s license to the Library at the Gardens, which is open daily The $15 yearly fee must be renewed at the Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Contact the Library at 205.414.3920 with questions.


Q: I am a member at the Family (or higher) level; when will I begin to receive my subscription to Birmingham Home & Garden?

A: Your current membership provides a one-year subscription (6 issues) to Birmingham Home & Garden. Due to processing, it can take 4-8 weeks for you to receive your first issue.  Please note that this complimentary subscription does not include special editions.


Q: How do I receive my Member discount in the gift shop or at the café?

A: Members should present their current membership card at checkout to receive their 10% discount. Members dining in the cafe should mention to their waiter that they are a current Member. The gift shop discount applies to regularly priced purchases at Leaf & Petal at the Gardens and does not apply to other Leaf & Petal locations.


What participating nurseries and garden shops offer 10% to Members of the Friends?

Many thanks to the following local nurseries and garden shops for offering a 10% discount to our Members!

Botanica (10% off pots and plants only)
Dorothy McDaniel's Flower Market
Leaf & Petal at the Gardens (10% off regularly priced purchases, this location only)
Myers Plants & Pottery (10% off plant materials only)
Petals from the Past (10% off regularly priced purchases)
Shoppe (10% off plant materials only)
Sweet Peas Garden Shop (10% off regularly priced purchases)


Q: How many cards are included with my membership?

A: All levels receive one card per membership. Additional cards may be requested but are not required.


Q: How can I replace a lost or stolen membership card?

A: Please contact our donor services coordinator at 205.414.3950, ext. 117, for a replacement card. Please allow up to one week for delivery.


Q: How can I stay up to date on Gardens events and news?

A: As a member, you will receive our exclusive newsletter, The Garden Dirt, and biweekly e-newsletter. Updates are also posted regularly on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Not receiving our e-newsletter? Email us at [email protected]


Q: Is my membership tax-deductible?

A: Your membership is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax adviser.  

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