A Botany Bargain


From our visit to the Quad Cities Botanical Garden

Do you like free admissions to places?

I do.

For the past couple years we’ve been taking advantage of (what is to us) a great discounted admission program that I’m not sure how many RV’ers know about.


At the Chicago Botanic Garden

mobotA couple years ago we visited the Missouri Botanical Gardens with our daughter.  Now Peg and I have been visiting botanical gardens for years but on this occasion they local garden was doing some fun raising — it happened to be the first day of a traveling exhibition — and they had Garden members out soliticiting new memberships.  I looked at the cost of the membership, and the cost of the admission and decided to join the Garden and end up getting in for less than if we spent the special exhibit entry fees.

And then we started to think….


From Missouri Botanic Garden on opening day of a special exhibit

AHS LogoMissouri Botanical Garden like a great many other gardens (some 270+ of them) are members of the American Horticultural Society.  And membership to their Garden entitles members to special privileges at many of the other American Horticultural Society locations.   We started looking at our RV routes  and stays with a different perspective:  why not check out the local gardens when we’re in town.  The Reciprocal Admissions Program varies by garden.  In some you get free admission and/or free parking, discounts in their gift shop, sometimes there might be reduced fees for educational programs.  And in a few cases there are gardens that do not offer discounts to those from member gardens that are less than 90 miles away.

Another from Chicago

Another from Chicago

It’s a good program.  If you like botanical gardens (and we do) you don’t have to visit many before you have paid for your annual membership fee!

So, there you have it.  If you like flowers and “stuff” you might want to consider a membership to your local garden (or one that has reciprocal privileges) — and then take advantage of the benefits!

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.


3 thoughts on “A Botany Bargain

  1. I read your blog daily and really enjoy it. We decided to keep our membership at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI (www.meijergardens.org) when we go on the road because of the reciprocal benefits. Have you been there, yet? I look forward to visiting the parks that you mentioned.


    1. Hi Diana!

      I’m glad you come along for the ride and have been enjoying the blog.

      We have not been to Grand Rapids in a long time. 15 years ago we were there quite frequently and then life changed and we have not been back. Now that you have put Meijer Gardens on my radar I’m sure we’ll stop there whenever we get to Central Michigan!

      Don’t hestitate to comment if you want. I’m always glad to chat with readers.

      How long before you hit the road?



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