There’s no admission fee at Plantations, so we rely on support from our members and other donors to fund all of our programs. Memberships, charitable gifts and endowment income provide 80% of Plantations’ budget and strengthen every aspect of our mission. Your annual membership gift enables us to create beautiful gardens, preserve irreplaceable natural areas, and offer unique programs for people of all ages about the importance of plants in our lives.
3 easy ways to join Cornell Plantations:
Benefits for ALL Plantations Members:
- Free admission to Plantations drop-in garden tours
- Lower registration fees for Plantations’ classes and workshops
- Discounts at our Gift Shop in the Nevin Welcome Center
- Discounts at local garden centers: Ithaca Agway, Baker's Acres, Cayuga Landscape, and The Plantsmen
- Reciprocal benefits at other public gardens, arboreta, and conservatories in North America
- Invitations to Plantations art exhibit openings and special member-only events
- Expert advice and expanding knowledge through Verdant Views, our biannual magazine, our e-newsletter and other Plantations’ publications
Donors of $250 or more also receive:
- Museum Reciprocal Benefits: free admission and member discounts at over 840 museums and cultural institutions in North America, through our partnership with the North American Reciprocal Museums Association (NARM) and the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM).
Plantations Membership Levels
$25 Individual Student, Senior*, or Plantations Volunteer
$50 Individual (or Family Student, Senior*, or Plantations Volunteer)
$75 Family (2 membership cards)
$100–$249 Friend (2 membership cards)
$250–$499 Sustaining Member (2 membership cards)
$500–$999 Charter Society (2 membership cards)
$1,000–$4,999 Plantations Sponsor (2 membership cards)
$5,000+ Tower Club (2 membership cards)
Cornell Giving Societies
Donors to Plantations at these levels are also recognized by Cornell University through these giving societies:
$250 to $499 Ivy Society (alumni who graduated within the past 10 years)
$500– $999 Charter Society
$1,000– $4,999 Quadrangle Club
$5,000– $9,999 Tower Club
$10,000–$24,999 Dean’s Circle
$25,000+ President’s Circle
Garden Center Discounts
Show your Plantations membership card at Ithaca Agway, Baker's Acres, Cayuga Landscape, or The Plantsmen,and receive a 10% discount on the purchase of regular-price plants, gardening supplies and materials, up to $500 (maximum discount $50). Discount cannot be used with any other rewards program, and does not apply to sale or already-discounted items, everyday low-priced items, power tools and equipment, delivery fees, installation, design-build, and/or landscape maintenance services.
Public Garden Reciprocal Benefits
Do you enjoy visiting other public gardens when you travel? Show your Plantations membership card to gain free or discounted admission and other benefits at more than 270 beautiful destinations across North America!
Your Plantations membership provides shared benefits through the American Horticultural Society (AHS) at other botanical gardens, arboreta, and conservatories. This typically includes free or reduced admission to grounds and events, plus discounts in garden and book shops.
When you join Plantations, you’ll receive the AHS Reciprocal Gardens Brochure, which lists all participating living museums. The list is also updated regularly on the AHS online directory.