Years ago, we fell totally in love the with The Morton Arboretum here in Lisle, Illinois. With the range of hiking trails weaving through striking tree groves, peaceful ponds for contemplation and impressive children's garden full of activities, we knew that we would be back many times and had to become members. We have been members for years now and I can honestly say it has been one of the best choices we have ever made! The Morton Arboretum membership is part of the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Gardens Program and we have certainly enjoyed the program!
Reasons to become a garden member:
- Joining the program will cover admission or parking for your designated garden for the year. If you are a frequent visitor, do a little math to see what you will save.
- Membership can give you discounts on events at the garden.
- Gift shop discounts may also be available.
- You can pop in for short visits here and there as time allows rather than feeling that you are not getting your money's worth for a short visit at regular admission prices.
- When you travel, you may use your benefit at other participating gardens. We have used our membership in both Cleveland and Phoenix.
- There is a 90 mile exclusion clause that can exclude members of gardens up to 90 miles away. In the Chicago area, The Morton Arboretum and Chicago Botanic Garden waived the clause. So, our membership through The Morton Arboretum provides us benefits at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
- Membership privileges differ based on garden so check online or call the garden before visiting.
- You do need your card with you to receive benefits and may also need photo ID.
- All gardens are very reliant on donations, so if you can give a few dollars while enjoying reciprocal admission it is very much appreciated. Shopping at the gift store helps too!
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