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Support Fernwood

  Railway Garden Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertise your business or display a message in the popular Fernwood attraction with a mini billboard. Contact for more details.


 If you would like to provide a memorial at Fernwood in honor of a family member or friend, please contact Executive Director Carol Line at 269.695.6491 or click here to send an email message. We do not offer a list of memorial opportunities because every circumstance is different, and we work individually with each family to find the right memorial for them. Some examples of items that families have chosen include trails, gardens, benches, foot bridges, garden structures, and books for the library. If you would like to provide a tribute contribution at Fernwood in honor of a family member or friend, please click here.

Advertise your business or display a message in the popular Fernwood attraction with a mini billboard. Contact for more details.

Newsletter Sponsors Wanted

Consider showing your support for Fernwood and gain great exposure for your business or organization by sponsoring an issue of Fernwood Notes. Fernwood Notes is seen by over 5,000 households in the Michiana area four times a year, and different sponsorship levels are available. Call Fernwood for full details. 

Guide to Growing

For ways in which you can support Fernwood, download our 
Guide to Growing.

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Community Foundations

Supporters have established endowments at two local foundations to benefit education at Fernwood. For more information, contact the foundations as follows:

Michigan Gateway Community Foundation
, 111 Days Ave., Buchanan, MI 49107. Phone 269.695.3521, or visit their website.

Berrien Community Foundation, 2900 South State St. Suite 2 East, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Phone 269.983.3304 or visit their website.

Planned Giving to Fernwood Botanical Garden

You can help ensure a sound future for Fernwood by arranging a gift from your estate that will come to Fernwood at a later date. There are many ways to contribute, including bequests, life insurance, charitable remainder and annuity trusts, and United States Savings Bonds. Planned gifts are used as the donor requests, or if undesignated, are used where needed most. Of note, Fernwood has established the Kay Boydston Society to honor and encourage planned gifts.

We especially encourage gifts to our endowment, as these benefit Fernwood perpetually.

If you have arranged a future gift for Fernwood, or are considering doing so, please contact Fernwood.

While we cannot replace your attorney or accountant, we can help you in your planning.

Anyone who has planned an estate gift is automatically a member.

Members meet annually at Fernwood, and receive periodic updates by mail. 

Fernwood is also pleased to accept tax deductible donations online, which can be an especially expedient way to document your continuing support. 

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.

In-Kind Gifts

Fernwood welcomes gifts of goods and services. Donated items for our annual auction are especially appreciated. If you have an item or service you would like to share, please call us at 269.695.6491. For gift-in-kind suggestions, please contact Fernwood's Executive Director, Carol Line, to discuss other funding opportunities.


Help Support Fernwood at Hardings Market!

The next time you are in a local Hardings Market, ask for an eScrip card. When you activate the card, select Fernwood Botanical Garden as the recipient of a 4% dividend on what you spend. Scan your card during every Hardings Market purchase, and Fernwood's dividend will grow! It's a great way to help Fernwood, and it doesn't cost you a thing.

If you would like more information on the eScrip card, inquire at any Hardings Market.

We thank you so much for your support, and we thank Hardings Market for supporting Fernwood as well!


Give the Gift of Birds and Help Support Fernwood!

Know someone who enjoys birds at their backyard feeders? Or perhaps someone who is a serious birder, hitting local hotspots every weekend? Give them the gift of birds all year long and support Fernwood at the same time. 

When you place a new one-year subscription to Bird Watcher's Digest magazine or their other publications, Fernwood receives 50% of the subscription price. Mention Fernwood when placing an order at 800.879.2473 or subscribe at This great publication covers bird identification, feeding, behavior, gardening, and much more. It makes a great gift for the bird-lover on your list!