Fernwood’s Board of Directors has offered a generous
Membership Challenge, but you must act quickly!

JOIN, RENEW (yes, you may renew EARLY!), UPGRADE, or purchase GIFT memberships by MARCH 31,
and receive as our thanks, a free plant selected for you at our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 4.

Every membership contribution to Fernwood between now and
March 31 , 2019, will be matched dollar for dollar up to $12,000!

Fernwood Memberships
Memberships provide about 15% of Fernwood’s operating income. Dues are tax-deductible* to the member and offers the following benefits:

  • Free admission* all year round (some events require an additional fee).
  • Subscription to Fernwood's quarterly newsletter, Fernwood Notes.
  • 20% discount on Fernwood classes and programs.
  • 10% discount on select Gift Shop and Plant Shop merchandise.
  • Borrowing privileges in Fernwood's library.
  • Free admission at more than 450 other botanical gardens and nature centers throughout North America.

NEW! Exclusively for Fernwood members. Bring your canine for a walk at Fernwood! Every second Saturday, May–October, from 8–10am, enjoy a stroll through the gardens, nature preserve, prairie, or arboretum with your favorite furry friend. Please check in at the front desk.


Individual Membership Dual Membership Family Membership Family Plus Membership Button Century Membership Plym Society
$60/year  $80/year  $100/year  $250/year
1 person 2 people 4 people 6 people 7 people
Member + 10 guests


$2500/year  $5000/year






* Free admission to Fernwood during normal public hours for the appropriate amount of people per membership card, per visit.

Century level and above may enjoy reciprocal admission and discounts to an eclectic list of more than 350 art, history, and cultural centers in North America through the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM), and a 10% discount on facility rentals.

Plym Society
members receive free admission to Fernwood during normal public hours for member and up to 10 guests per membership card, per visit, plus additional benefits listed above, as well as invitations to exclusive previews and events, advance registration opportunities, recognition in the Annual Report at giving level, and other special privileges.


 Better Homes and Gardens OR Martha Stewart Living
New and renewing members of Fernwood will receive a free subscription to their choice of 
Better Homes and Gardens OR Martha Stewart Living magazine. Free magazine subscriptions are made possible through a partnership between Better Homes and Gardens/Martha Stewart Living, the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and Fernwood to promote public gardens and their importance in our communities. To receive this special offer, click here or fill out the form here and mail it to: Public Gardens Magazine Offer, P.O. Box 37374, Boone IA 50037-0374.

Forever Clean Soap Works
Present your Fernwood membership card and enjoy 10% off your total purchase. 

Lavender Hill Farm Shop
Present your Fernwood membership card and enjoy 10% off your total purchase (in store only).

McKinley Garden Center 
Present your Fernwood membership card and enjoy 10% off your total purchase.

Vite Greenhouses
Receive a 5% discount on your purchase with your Fernwood membership card.

White Flower Farm
To encourage support of the important missions of public gardens, White Flower Farm, the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and Fernwood have formed a partnership. New and renewing members of Fernwood, will receive a coupon for a free White Flower Farm catalog and details on how to receive 20% off your next order. Click here to view a White Flower Farm catalog.

* Fernwood is a private, not-for-profit institution. We receive no government funds, so contributions are necessary for our operation and development. About 2,500 members and friends help make Fernwood the special place that it is, through their donations of money and service. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes Fernwood as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Membership dues and contributions are tax-deductible to the donor.