Grow With Us

Membership is the best way to experience all that Duke Gardens has to offer. From exclusive members-only events and tours to discounts on education programs and plant sale purchases, the benefits you receive as a Gardens member will give you special access to the Gardens while providing vital support to Duke Gardens’ annual operations, helping us create a world-class botanic garden that is free to all visitors.

Basic Membership levels:

      All membership levels include:
  • Invitations to members-only events and experiences
  • Member pricing for education programs, with free admission to select programs and events
  • Members-only hours at the Spring and Fall Plant Sales, plus a 10% discount on purchases
  • 10% discount at the Terrace Shop
  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • Complimentary subscription to Better Homes and Gardens or Martha Stewart Living magazines
  • Special admission privileges and discounts at 320+ gardens throughout North America. Click here for participating gardens.

Family members also receive discounted rates and early registration for camps at Duke Gardens.

Gardens Partners

Get more from your membership and make a greater difference by joining us as a Duke Gardens Partner.

Includes membership benefits above plus:
  • Invitations to insider talks, events and seasonal tours
  • 1 complimentary dual gift membership to the recipient of your choice
  • Annual thank you gift
  • Flora magazine and annual report
  • 20% discount on Gothic Bookshop purchases
Includes Supporting Gardens Partner benefits plus:
  • 2 complimentary registrations for education programs
  • Discounts and advance registration for select ticketed events
  • 50% discount on a trolley or walking tour reservation for 2 guests
Includes Contributing Gardens Partner benefits plus:
  • 2 complimentary dual gift memberships to the recipient of your choice
  • Parking fee waived during special events and programs
  • Complimentary trolley or walking tour reservation for 2 guests

Duke Gardens Society

Includes membership benefits above plus:
  • Complimentary parking at Duke Gardens
  • Invitations to exclusive events and programs for Duke Gardens Society members, including the Duke Gardens Society dinner
  • Recognition in the Annual Report as well as in the Doris Duke Center
  • Inclusion as a member of Duke University’s leadership club, the Washington Duke Society
  • Concierge service for all Gardens benefits
  • Opportunity to host a private event in Kirby Horton Hall for a discounted rental fee (select hours, subject to availability)
  • Complimentary trolley or walking tour reservation for up to 4 guests
Includes all Bronze level benefits plus:
  • A private behind-the-scenes tour for up to 5 guests, customized to your interests
  • Complimentary trolley or walking tour reservation for up to 8 guests
Includes all Silver level benefits plus:
  • A private behind-the-scenes tour for up to 10 guests, customized to your interests
  • Exclusive domestic and international travel opportunities with Duke Gardens’ executive director
Includes all Gold level benefits plus:
  • Personal lunch and tour of the Gardens with the Gardens’ executive director
  • Opportunity to host a salon-style event in your home with the executive director or a curator, or a reception at Duke Gardens for up to 100 guests (complimentary rental during select hours and subject to availability; catering costs apply)
  • Recognition in our supporter newsletter (optional)
  • Inclusion as a member of Duke University’s leadership club, the President’s Society
Gardens Society Champion
$20,000
or more
Includes all Leader level benefits plus:
  • Home garden consultation with the Gardens’ executive director (seasonal, based on availability)
  • Opportunity to organize a Family Day for the local nonprofit of your choosing
  • To become a Gardens Society Champion, please email Kate Senner or call 919.684.5579.

All memberships are part of the Duke Annual Fund and are used entirely for the benefit and purposes of Duke Gardens. Duke alumni also receive reunion class gift credit. Gifts are tax deductible.

Duke Gardens also has membership opportunities for corporations and organizations. Learn more.

Questions? Please contact Lauren Smith Hong, Duke Gardens’ Annual Fund and membership officer, at 919.668.5253 or gardensmembership@duke.edu.