As an SDBG Member, you will receive access to exclusive programs and events throughout the year! Programs are free to Members, offering unique ways to explore and learn about plants in the Garden, and build relationships within the SDBG Membership community.

Registration is OPEN for this quarter’s programs and can be accessed on our Programs Calendar or via links sent exclusively to current Members. Please note: Space for these Member exclusive programs is limited and advanced reservations are required.

Exhibits & Member Previews

Get exclusive previews and sneak peeks of major exhibitions before they open to the public. Members will receive email invitations with full details and a link to register. Capacity is limited and reservations are required. Upcoming Member Previews include:

  • Savage Gardens Member Preview – Past event

San Diego Botanic Garden Members enjoy free access to all exhibitions with their entry to the Garden. Access will also be available to vendor booths on select weekends.

Member Book Group

Read and discuss books that align with the Garden’s mission: We garden to create, share, and apply plant wisdom in our world. This group meets on the first Monday of every quarter in January, April, July and October.

  • Monday, October 2 at 1 p.m.: “Finding the Mother Tree” by Suzanne Simard. Location: Lawn House Patio – Register 

Member Tours

Join an exclusive Member Tour! Led by Garden staff, quarterly tours highlight a specific area of the Garden and are held the first Tuesday of February, May, August and November.

  • Tuesday, August 1 at 9:30 a.m.: “Savage Gardens” exhibition tour led by SDBG Curator, Jeremy Bugarchich – Register
  • Tuesday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m.: Native & Medicinal Plants – Details coming soon 

Member Walking Group

Enjoy the Garden before it opens to the public! Stroll along pathways in the early morning, listen to the birds chirping, and beat the crowds to your favorite spot. The quarterly walk  meets the third Monday of March, June, September and December.

  • Monday, September 18 at 8 a.m. – Register
  • Monday, December 18 at 8 a.m. – Details coming soon

Please note: Member Programs are subject to change due to Garden operations or weather related events. Programs will be updated on the website and registrations. Members will be notified in the event of any changes to a pre-registered program.