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 85% 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.

Benefits for ALL Plantations Members:

  • Free admission to Plantations drop-in garden tours
  • Lower registration fees for Plantations' classes and workshops
  • Discounts at the Garden Gift Shop in the Nevin Welcome Center
  • Discounts at Ithaca-area garden centers
  • Reciprocal benefits at 300+ Public Gardens 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

3 easy ways to join Cornell Plantations:

  • Join online below! 
  • Print and mail membership form with your check.
  • Call us at (607) 255-8734.

Plantations Membership Levels

Please click on the level of your choice to make your membership gift through Cornell's secure website.

All of the benefits above

IRIS for students, seniors (65+), or Plantations volunteers:

PEONY ($100 - $249)
All benefits above, plus:

  • $20 registration credit for one Plantations class program

AZALEA ($250 - $499)
All benefits above, plus:

TRILLIUM ($500 - $999)
All benefits above, plus:

  • Free IRIS gift membership for a friend
  • Recognition by Cornell University's Charter Society

OAK ($1,000 - $2,499)
All benefits above, plus:

  • Private garden or natural area tour for up to 10 people
  • Recognition by Cornell University's Quadrangle Club

CASCADILLA CIRCLE ($5,000 or more)
All benefits above, plus:

  • Private garden or natural area tour led by Plantations Director for up to 20 people, including a reception wtih light refreshments
  • Discount on Plantations facility rental rates
  • Recognition by Cornell University's Tower Club

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.

Museum Reciprocal Benefits

Donors of $250 or more also receive free admission and member discounts at over 800 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).