Current and Future Garden Leaders

Become a Garden Leader

Enrich Your Garden Experience

When you make an annual gift of $1,000 or more, you become part of a community of dedicated individuals whose support sustains all of the Garden’s programs.

Your gift will be put to immediate use where it is most needed. Your contribution might provide underwriting for a class of fourth graders to experience the living laboratory of the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse and the outdoor gardens, sharpening their science skills in the process. It might help fund a Green Corps student who learns powerful lessons about nature, discipline and work habits while planting and maintaining neighborhood gardens throughout the city. Or it might fund research on the Garden’s highest priorities. Your generosity will be rewarded with special opportunities to get to know the Garden through the people who make it such a vital and beautiful place.

Director's Circle ($1,000 - $2,499)

Enjoy free general admission for your family and up to four guests each time you visit, free admission and priority registration for Gourmets in the Garden, invitations to private events held exclusively for Garden Leaders and much more!

View Director's Circle Benefits

  • Free general admission* for two named adults at the same address plus their children or grandchildren under 18
  • Free general admission* for up to 4 additional guests per visit
  • 2 one-time use general admission guest passes
  • 5 free one-day parking passes
  • Invitations to member events and private events held exclusively for Garden Leaders, including the annual Fall Recognition event
  • Free admission and priority registration for the summer Gourmets in the Garden series (limited availability)
  • Special orchid plant pre-sale during Orchid Mania (reserve an orchid during a regular visit to the Garden)
  • Subscription to the Garden Leader newsletter

*excludes certain ticketed events such as RIPE! Fest

Plus enjoy these member benefits:

**excludes gardens and arboreta within a 90-mile radius of Cleveland Botanical Garden

Founders Society ($2,500 - $4,999)

Enjoy free parking in our garage and a special 20% discount in the Garden Store each time you visit. Plus, you'll receive two complimentary Family memberships to give as gifts. All this and more!

View Founders Society Benefits

  • Free general admission* for two named adults at the same address plus their children or grandchildren under 18
  • Free general admission* for up to 4 additional guests per visit
  • Free parking in the garage during all Garden visits
  • 20% discount in the Garden Store and personal shopping services by appointment
  • 2 complimentary Family memberships to give as gifts
  • 2 one-time use general admission guest passes
  • Invitations to member events and private events held exclusively for Garden Leaders, including the annual Fall Recognition event
  • Free admission and priority registration for the summer Gourmets in the Garden series (limited availability)
  • Special orchid plant pre-sale during Orchid Mania (reserve an orchid during a regular visit to the Garden)
  • Subscription to the Garden Leader newsletter

*excludes certain ticketed events such as RIPE! Fest

Plus enjoy these member benefits:

  • Additional special discounts including:
  • Recognition in the Garden’s annual report
  • Subscription to the Garden’s membership magazine and members-only e-newsletter
  • Opportunity to join the Cleveland Botanical Garden Photography Club
  • Borrowing privileges in the Eleanor Squire Library
  • Membership in the Reciprocal Gardens Program** providing various benefits at over 200 gardens and arboreta in 44 states, plus Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

**excludes gardens and arboreta within a 90-mile radius of Cleveland Botanical Garden

Frances M. Sherwin Society ($5,000 - $9,999)

Get to know your Garden when you schedule a private tour with a Garden horticulturalist or a special behind-the-secenes activity. Plus you'll receive free parking, a special 20% discount in the Garden Store and more!

View Frances M. Sherwin Society Benefits

  • Free general admission* for two named adults at the same address plus their children or grandchildren under 18
  • Free general admission* for up to 4 additional guests per visit
  • Free parking in our garage during all Garden visits
  • 20% discount in the Garden Store and personal shopping services by appointment
  • Opportunity to schedule a private tour with a Garden horticulturalist OR a behind-the-scenes activity (Feed the Chameleons, Release a Butterfly or Visit the Animal Room)
  • 2 complimentary Family memberships to give as gifts
  • 2 one-time use general admission guest passes
  • Invitations to member events and private events held exclusively for Garden Leaders, including the annual Fall Recognition event
  • Free admission and priority registration for the summer Gourmets in the Garden series (limited availability)
  • Special orchid plant pre-sale during Orchid Mania (reserve an orchid during a regular visit to the Garden)
  • Subscription to the Garden Leader newsletter

*excludes certain ticketed events such as RIPE! Fest

Plus enjoy these member benefits:

  • Special discounts including:
  • Recognition in the Garden’s annual report
  • Subscription to the Garden’s membership magazine and members-only e-newsletter
  • Opportunity to join the Cleveland Botanical Garden Photography Club
  • Borrowing privileges in the Eleanor Squire Library
  • Membership in the Reciprocal Gardens Program** providing various benefits at over 200 gardens and arboreta in 44 states, plus Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

**excludes gardens and arboreta within a 90-mile radius of Cleveland Botanical Garden

Elizabeth R. Mather Society ($10,000 and above)

Experience the Garden in a whole new way. Schedule a private tour of the Green Corps learning farms. Enjoy either a private tour with a Garden horticulturalist or a special behind-the-secenes activity. Not only that, you'll have the opportunity to host a private event on our grounds for up to 12 guests!  Enjoy this plus free parking, a special 20% discount in the Garden Store and more!

View Elizabeth R. Mather Society Benefits

  • Free general admission* for two named adults at the same address plus their children or grandchildren under 18
  • Free general admission* for up to 4 additional guests per visit
  • Free parking in our garage during all Garden visits
  • Invitations to member events and private events held exclusively for Garden Leaders, including:
    • Annual Mather Society dinner hosted by the Executive Director
    • Annual Fall Recognition event
  • 20% discount in the Garden Store and personal shopping services by appointment
  • Opportunity to schedule:
    • Private tour of the Green Corps learning farms
    • Private tour with a Garden horticulturalist OR a behind-the-scenes activity (Feed the Chameleons, Release a Butterfly or Visit the Animal Room)
  • Opportunity to host a private event in select locations on Garden grounds for up to 12 guests**
  • 2 complimentary Family memberships to give as gifts
  • 2 one-time use general admission guest passes
  • Free admission and priority registration for the summer Gourmets in the Garden series (limited availability)
  • Special orchid plant pre-sale during Orchid Mania (reserve an orchid during a regular visit to the Garden)
  • Subscription to the Garden Leader newsletter

*excludes certain ticketed events such as RIPE! Fest

**catering and guest parking costs not included

Plus enjoy these member benefits:

  • Special discounts including:
  • Recognition in the Garden’s annual report
  • Subscription to the Garden’s membership magazine and members-only e-newsletter
  • Opportunity to join the Cleveland Botanical Garden Photography Club
  • Borrowing privileges in the Eleanor Squire Library
  • Membership in the Reciprocal Gardens Program*** providing various benefits at over 200 gardens and arboreta in 44 states, plus Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

***excludes gardens and arboreta within a 90-mile radius of Cleveland Botanical Garden

Matching gifts

Many corporations match charitable contributions given to non-profit organizations by their employees, board members, employees’ spouses and/or retirees. Check with your human resources office to see if your gift may qualify.

For more information

For more information on the Garden Leader program and its benefits, please contact Bisi Mikleus, director of annual giving, at (216) 707-2819 or bmikleus@cbgarden.org

Cleveland Botanical Garden is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Federal Tax ID #34-0239538