Membership Levels

  • Student ($25)
    • This membership level is available for purchase on-site with a valid student ID. Students must be K-12 or in a degree/certificate seeking program at an accredited college or university.
  • Individual ($45)
  • Household ($60)
  • Rhododendron ($125)
  • Laurel ($250)
  • Holly ($500)
  • Leadership Giving Circle ($1,000+)

Benefits for Student ($25), Individual ($45) and Household Memberships ($60)

  • Free parking
  • Year-round access to:
    • 65 acres of cultivated gardens and seasonal landscape exhibits
    • 10+ miles of natural, wooded trails for walking, hiking and biking
    • Rotating art/science/educational exhibits
  • Supporting important conservation programs
  • Invitations to member events
  • Discounts on adult education programs, gift shop purchases, cafe and more
  • Special mailings: newsletter, e-newsletter and adult education catalog
  • Reciprocal privileges with nearly 300 American Horticultural Society Gardens nationwide
  • Reciprocal privileges with the North Carolina Zoo
  • Discounts on "Discovery Camps for Youth" and other youth programs (Student, Household and Supporting Level memberships only)
  • Tax-deductible contribution

Member Card and Discount Info:

  • Member cards are not transferable.
  • You may not give your membership card(s) to others to use.
  • Student and individual members receive one card.
  • Household members may receive a card and discounts for dependent members living in the household.
  • Cards for children are optional. Children receiving membership cards receive discounts (Discovery Camp for Youth included) and can visit free with a caretaker.
  • Grandparents can receive cards for grandchildren.
  • Members can bring guests in their personal vehicles.

Additional Benefits for Supporting Level Membership
s ($125+)

Rhododendron Membership ($125)

All Household level benefits, plus:

  • Special invitation to an exhibit opening
  • Notification of plants for sale at the Arboretum
  • Greater positive impact on Arboretum programs and initiatives


Laurel Membership ($250)
All Rhododendron benefits, plus:

  • Arboretum Appreciation Plant...connecting our garden with yours


Holly Membership ($500)
All Laurel benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to special annual luncheon with Arboretum directors


Tax information for Laurel and Holly members: The tax-deductibility of your donation is reduced by the value of the appreciation plant ($15). If you prefer for your donation to be fully tax deductible, you may decline the Arboretum Appreciation Plant.   

Leadership Giving Circle ($1,000+)

All Holly benefits, plus:

  • Special behind-the-scenes updates, previews and tours of Arboretum projects & programs.


Organizational Memberships
If your garden club, organization or business is interested in a membership, please contact Member Services at 828.665.2492 or e-mail

Questions? Please contact Member Services, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 828.665.2492 or e-mail.