Membership Benefits

Become a Member of Friendship Botanic Gardens and enjoy unlimited access to the beautiful natural setting every season of the year!

It’s an exciting time to become part of the Friendship Botanic Gardens family! Through our slate of new events and public programs, we’re transforming The Gardens into an essential spot for outdoor recreation and culture in Northwest Indiana. Become a member today and take advantage of everything The Gardens have to offer while helping us fully realize the potential of an Indiana treasure.

Our gardens provide many nature experiences for outdoor enthusiasts, bird and wildlife lovers, botanists, hikers, and dog-walkers.  There are different areas to explore, and there is something to do for everyone, whether an individual, family, or group.

Some Highlighted Benefits from your Membership to Friendship Botanic Gardens:

  • FREE Admission to Gardens
  • Access to the Gardens year round from dawn to dusk
  • Access to the following Activities at the Gardens: Hiking, Dog-Walking, Picnics, Bird-Watching, Cross Country Skiing
  • Access to world-class trout and salmon fishing on (Trail Creek with appropriate license and FBG Fisherman's Membership)
  • Reciprocal Membership with Special Admission privileges and discounts to over 200 American Horticultural Society Gardens Nationwide (see Link Below)
  • Discount on Tickets on Performances held at Friendship Gardens during Season
  • 3 Miles of Trails for Hiking and Walking-Dog Friendly!

A current membership card with FBG entitles the visitor to special admissions privileges and discounts at many different types of gardens throughout the country. Please see the List of Participating Gardens.

To find out more information about the Reciprocal Admissions Program with the American Horticultural Society, please visit their website here.

HELP THE GARDENS GROW BY JOINING AT THE FOLLOWING LEVEL: 

When  you join online, you will be directed to a PayPal link to pay with a credit card or debit card. Membership Cards will be mailed to you within the week. Please provide your mailing address and phone number.


  • Student $20

    1 Year membership for admission to Gardens for 1 person aged 16-22.


    Individual $40

    1 Year membership for admission to Gardens for 1 person.


    Fisherman's $50

    1 Year membership for admission to Gardens for fishing- must have fishing license.


    Family $60

    1 Year membership for admission to Gardens for 2 adults plus any children under 18 in household.


    Family + Fisherman's $85

    1 Year membership for admission to Gardens for 2 adults plus any children under 18 in household. 1 Year membership for admission to Gardens for fishing- must have fishing license.


    Friend $100

    1 Year membership plus admission up to 3 people.


    Violet $150

    1 Year membership plus admission up to 4 people and one Milestone Brick.


    Daisy $250

    1 Year membership plus admission up to 6 people and two Milestone Bricks.

  • Iris $500

    1 Year membership plus admission for up to 8 people and two Milestone Bricks and prominence on our Donor Board.


    Tulip $1000

    1 Year Iris membership plus prominence on our Donor Board. With an annual gift of $1000 or more, you become part of a group of dedicated patrons who provide critical support to sustain our ongoing mission.


    Hyacinth $2500

    1 Year Iris membership plus prominence on our Donor Board, a private tour by a Board Member, and the use of the Symphony Garden for one event Monday through Thursday, or on a weekend booked no more than 30 days in advance depending on availability.


    Rose $5000

    1 Year Iris membership plus prominence on our Donor Board, a private tour by a Board Member, and the use of the Symphony Garden for one event Monday through Thursday, or on a weekend booked no more than 30 days in advance depending on availability.

  • We welcome Photographers to take photo shoots to our lovely grounds and have three different levels of Photography Memberships for you to choose from. You will have access to the Gardens year round from dawn to dusk. Please call or email us ahead 24 hours prior to schedule your photo shoot so we have it on our calendar. For more information call 219-878-9885 or email info@friendshipgardens.org


    One Time Photo Shoot $20

    Covers Photographer Admission/Photo Fee. $6 admissions for anyone else in photo client group 13 and over.


    Photographer Membership $75

    Unlimited Photo Shoots for Photographer but their clients still pay admission fee. $6 admissions for anyone else in photo group 13 and over.



    Unlimited Photographer Membership $150

    Unlimited Photo Shoots and Clients do not pay admission fee.


Please Email questions to: info@friendshipgardens.org

Friendship Botanic Gardens

2055 East U.S. Highway 12

P.O. Box 8834

Michigan City, IN 46361

219-878-9885