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Helping veterans through the healing power of plants

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You can help valuable Chicago Botanic Garden programs make a difference in people’s lives. Watch a delightful and insightful video about an exciting horticultural therapy program centered at the Buehler Enabling Garden. This hands-on teaching garden engages people of all abilities and ages. Through a partnership with the Thresholds Veterans Project, the program helps veterans who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges.

The Annual Fund provides unrestricted funds that support everything from beautiful horticultural displays to the purchase of lab equipment for research. Your tax-deductible gift ensures that the Garden may pursue its mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Thank you!

View the Garden's strategic plan website, where we share our vision for the next ten years, and see the Annual Report.

Donors to the Annual Fund are members of the Garden and receive exclusive benefits and privileges. Consider joining our community of supporters. For more information, contact the Membership Desk at (847) 835-8215.

Donate to the Annual Fund

Thank you for your support!

Additional ways to give to the Garden:

President's Circle

Click here to find out additional information about the President's Circle benefits and events.

Members who support the Chicago Botanic Garden's Annual Fund with a leadership gift of $1,500 or more enjoy the following President's Circle benefits:

Founding Member $1,500 – $2,499
All the benefits of the Director's Circle, plus:

  • Invitations to exclusive events, previews, lectures, travel opportunities, and special programs
  • Advance registration for Camp CBG, as well as a member discount
  • Recognition on the Donor Wall in the Visitor Center

Sustaining Member $2,500 – $9,999
All the President's Circle Founding Member benefits, plus:

  • Opportunities to personalize Garden visits, including private golf-cart tours of the gardens and greenhouses
  • Advance registration for select programs, including certain events and travel opportunities

Laureate Member $10,000 – $24,999
All the President’s Circle Sustaining Member benefits, plus access to intimate events with special guests and curators

Chairman's Circle $25,000
All the President's Circle Laureate Member benefits, plus a home garden consultation with a Garden horticulturist

Director's Circle

Ambassador $250 - $999

Patron $1,000 to $1,499

  • Free year-round parking for two cars
  • Ten percent discount at the Garden View Café with proof of membership
  • Keep Growing, seasonal member magazine and program guide
  • Ten percent discount at the Garden Shop
  • 20 percent discount on select classes
  • 20 percent discount on select family programs, including Camp CBG
  • Members-only free days for the outdoor Model Railroad Garden and tram tours, plus discounts during normal visitor hours
  • Checkout privileges in the Lenhardt Library
  • Ten percent discount at selected area nurseries and our Do North partners through the Garden Value Discounts program
  • Free admission to more than 200 botanic gardens and arboreta nationwide
  • Members-only hours for select Garden events
  • Facility rental privileges
  • Discounts at many Chicagoland garden retailers and our Do North partners through the Garden Value Discounts program

Invitations to special previews and exclusive donor events
Recognition in the Annual Report at the giving level