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Extended summer hours,
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all ages to connect with
plants and nature.

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Support the Garden

Your generous contribution supports the Gardens' valuable work in horticulture, conservation, education and providing an urban retreat. Our diverse exhibits, classes and programs offer everyone from schoolchildren to international visitors the opportunity to explore the beauty of plants and nature learn about their connection to our lives.

Support the environment, the community, the education of our children, the future of our planet. Support San Diego Botanic Garden. Here are some ways to do just that.

Cash gifts - simple and direct, your gift is fully deductible as provided by law. Make a contribution online or by mail to San Diego Botanic Garden, PO Box 230005, Encinitas, CA, 92023-0005.

Tribute and Memorial Gifts - The Gardens’ tribute program is a wonderful way to honor family and friends throughout the year. A personal acknowledgment is sent to the family or individual being honored, without reference to the size of the gift, and your tribute is listed in the Gardens’ quarterly newsletter. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and engagements, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any holiday... or as an expression of sympathy. Tribute and Memorial gifts may be made online or by mail.

Tribute/Memorial mail-in form (PDF file)

Purchase a Tribute bench – remember or pay lasting tribute to a loved one by having their name and/or a message of your choice etched in a stainless steel plaque on a teak bench placed in a special location of your choosing within the Garden for a tax-deductible donation of $15,000. Limited locations are available. Please contact Nancy Kelly, Deputy Director of Development, at 760/ 436-3036 x219 or to learn more and arrange a tour.

Purchase a Commemorative Tile in the Hamilton Children’s Garden – remember or pay lasting tribute to a loved one by having their name and/or a message of your choice etched in an attractive tile in the sitting walls located in high traffic areas of the Hamilton Children’s Garden.

Commemorative Tile form (PDF file)

Appreciated investments - avoid capital gains tax and receive a full income tax deduction.

Life insurance gifts
- naming the Gardens as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy generally entitles you to a tax deduction approximately equal to the cash surrender value of the policy.

Deferred gifts - planned giving is the cornerstone of San Diego Botanic Garden's history and the key to its future. Because of this, the Arbor Vitae Guild was established to honor the Gardens’ many friends in the community who have indicated that they have included the Gardens in their wills or trusts. Bequests of all sizes are welcome, for they ensure San Diego Botanic Garden's vitality for the benefit of future generations. We invite you to help build a future for your children here at San Diego Botanic Garden by joining the Arbor Vitae Guild.

Endowment gifts - a contribution to our endowment fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Jewish Community Foundation, or The San Diego Foundation will help ensure the financial future of the Gardens by providing annual income while the principal remains untouched.

For all questions regarding giving programs, please call Tracie Barham, Director of Development at
760/ 436-3036 x216.

San Diego Botanic Garden is a registered 501 (c) (3) charity with federal tax ID # 95-6120581

Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation Inc., d.b.a. San Diego Botanic Garden.

You can also support San Diego Botanic Garden by becoming an individual or corporate member.

When you become a San Diego Botanic Garden member you are helping to preserve and enhance the Gardens for all who visit.

Learn about individual memberships and join online.

Become a Corporate Partner