Support the National Fund

The United States Botanic Garden celebrates the vital role of plants in our everyday lives through programs, exhibits and partnerships. There are many ways that you can support this important work --- by becoming a Friend of the National Fund, with a one-time donation, or by volunteering in a variety of interesting roles at the USBG. 



  • CAPITOL FRIEND: $1,000


  • FIRST FRIEND: $250

  • FIRST FRIEND (UNDER 40): $150

  • FRIEND: $75


Your membership is critical to our success. The National Fund hosts a variety of events throughout the year to benefit our members, raise support and awareness for the USBG, and bring together our unique community to enjoy this green oasis adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. All members receive an invitation to the private Seasons Greenings winter reception, discounted registration fees for programs sponsored by the USBG, a quarterly USBG calendar of events, and other benefits! First Friends and above also receive an invitation to the exclusive Cocktails in the Garden reception in the spring, including complimentary guest admissions as listed: First Friends (1), National Friends (3), Capitol Friends (5), Wilkes Circle (7). 


Contributions of $1500 and above place members in the distinguished Charles Wilkes Circle of Friends. In 1838, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes led the history-making U.S. Exploring Expedition which surveyed the Pacific Ocean and South Seas, and eventually circumnavigated the globe. Among the tens of thousands of specimens collected by the small team of scientists and artists aboard the ships were 254 live plants. These plants formed the heart of what would soon become the U.S. Botanic Garden. 

Specimens from the Wilkes Expedition not only formed the foundation of the USBG but also was the catalyst for a scientific awakening in early America.  Today, contributions from the Wilkes Circle of Friends sustain the National Fund and ensure that educational programming at the USBG continues to grow and thrive.

If you wish to mail in your membership, please print and fill out a Membership Form. Please make your check or money order payable to NFUSBG.

Mail your completed form to the following address:

National Fund for the USBG
PO Box 23796
Washington, DC 20026



The National Fund is a non-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All memberships are tax-deductible to the maximum amount allowed by law. Membership term is 12 months in length. All renewals are effective January 1st, but new members are welcome to join at any point throughout the year. Membership terms will run from January through December of each calendar year. 

If you have any questions about membership, please contact or (202) 225-1281.

gift memberships & PLANNED GIVING

The National Fund provides a variety of opportunities to contribute to our mission. You may give your friends or loved ones a gift they can enjoy throughout the year.  In addition to one-time donations or ongoing monthly contributions, planned giving possibilities include bequests, trusts and life insurance are also options. Donations to support the National Fund, a 501(c)3 organization, are tax-deductible.

If you would like to discuss making a gift in memory or in honor of someone, remembering the National Fund in wills or estate planning, or are interested in other forms of planned giving, please contact the National Fund at (202) 225-1281 or

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