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Membership FAQ

Have a question about membership? Check here for answers to frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer, feel free to contact Ashley Chaney, Member Relations Manager, at achaney@fpconservatory.org or 614.715.8054 (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply my paid admission to my membership if I decide to join?

Yes, you may apply a portion of paid admission toward the cost of your membership before 5pm on the day of your visit. The amount that you can apply depends on the category of memberships that you are purchasing. At this time we are not able to apply the credit online. Please stop by the Visitor Center before leaving or call 614.715.8054 before 5pm.

What is the best level of membership if I want to bring my whole family?

Members have several options.­­ The Family level allows a total of two adults and children 18 and under free admission. You may also add a “plus one” for an additional $25 to bring one guest at each visit. If you typically bring two guests when you visit, you can join at the Family Premium level which includes two adults, children 18 and under and two additional guests free admission.

Can my nanny/babysitter/caregiver bring my children to the Conservatory using the Family Premium membership level?

Yes, your childcare provider may bring your children to the Conservatory without one of the named cardholders present. Please have them stop by the Visitor Center with one of the active membership cards. We will ask them to verify the address on the membership.

Is there an additional cost for the Children’s Garden on top of membership?

No, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden is included in all membership levels.

Do you offer any discounted memberships?

Yes, we offer an Access Membership for those who participate in Ohio Medicaid, Molina Healthcare, Ohio Direction, CareSource and WIC. The Access membership has all the same benefits as the Family Membership for $30. This must be purchased from the Visitor Center with proof of participation.

We also off a 10% off discount to full-time educators and military personnel. This is not offered with donor-level memberships. Please bring proof of participation to the Visitor Center.

When I buy a membership, when can I begin to use it?

You can use your membership right away!

When you purchase a membership through the mail: You will receive your permanent membership card(s) within 10–14 business days from purchase. When you purchase a membership at the Conservatory’s Visitor Center or Botanica: You will receive a temporary membership card that you may use until you receive your permanent cards within 14 business days. When you purchase a membership online: You may use your email confirmation until you receive your permanent membership cards by mail.

How many cards will I receive?

Individual (Individual Plus One and Plus Two) and Senior (Senior Plus One and Plus Two) members receive one card. Duo level membership and higher receive two cards.

Is there an option to bring a guest?

For an additional $40, an un-named guest can be added to any level of membership, with the exception of Access, Patron and Benefactor level memberships.

Can my handicapped adult child be added to my account?

If you have a handicapped child who is 18 years of age or older and would not be covered by your membership, we will add your child’s name to your membership card at no cost to insure their entrance.

Do you offer a membership for young adults?

Full-time college students can purchase an Individual membership at a 10% discount with a college ID.

Can I upgrade my membership?

You may upgrade your membership at any time to make a greater contribution to the Conservatory’s mission. If you want to upgrade your current membership, you may pay the difference between the two levels and you will begin receiving the new benefits immediately. Your membership expiration date will stay the same.

Another option is to upgrade by paying the full price of the new membership level. You will begin receiving the new benefits immediately and if you choose this option, your membership expiration date will be extended for 1 year from your current expiration date.

How do I know when my membership expires?

Your membership expiration date is printed on the front of your membership card. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail in the weeks prior to your expiration date. You will also receive an email the day of your expiration.

Can I change a name on my card or transfer a membership?

We only process name changes at the time of renewal, or within 30 days of purchase.

If I renew my membership before it expires, how will this affect my expiration date?

Your membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase. If renewing early, your new membership will add one year to your current expiration date.

What are the benefits of being a member?

Benefits include year-round admission to the Conservatory, 10% discounts on dining at the Garden Café and 10% discount in Botanica Gift Shop and Greenhouse. Please click here to view the full list of member benefits.

Do member benefits apply to the guests that I bring in using my membership?

Member benefits only apply to named cardholders.

I frequently visit other botanic gardens throughout the country. Is there a reciprocal membership program?

Yes, you can enjoy special admission privileges and discounts at nearly 300 gardens throughout North America and the Cayman Islands. See a list of participating gardens at http://ahsgardening.org/gardening-programs/rap/the-garden-guide.

How do I receive discounts on continuing education classes?

Find the class online then log-in as a member for your discounted rate.

Who can use my membership?

Those who are named on the card(s). If your membership includes guests, a named member must be present for guest(s) to receive free admission.

Can member children visit the Conservatory when a parent is not present?

Yes. Children under the age of sixteen must be with an adult chaperone, if not a parent. Children should present their membership card at the Visitor Center to receive free admission. If a caregiver accompanies your children: Your child is listed on the membership and is considered the member. The caregiver is considered a guest on your Family Plus One or Family Premium level or higher membership.

How do I update my contact information?

Members receive personal assistance with any membership questions. Call 614.715.8054 or email membership@fpconservatory.org for changes in contact information.

What do I do about lost or stolen membership cards?

You can still visit the Conservatory if you do not have your card. Simply show your photo ID at the Visitor Center so your membership can be verified.

Contact the membership office at 614.715.8054 or membership@fpconservatory.org to arrange for a replacement card. Your membership card will be replaced once at no charge during the twelve months of your membership. Additional replacement cards cost $5.

Can I bring a guest to members-only events?

Unless otherwise noted, members’ events are for members only and are an exclusive benefit.

Can I put my membership on hold?

Memberships to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are good for one year from the date of purchase or renewal. Because they are a one year membership, we are not able to pause or extend the membership.

Are memberships tax-deductible?

Yes, a portion of your membership may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

Can an individual under 16 years old purchase a membership?

A primary member must be 16 years of age or older. A person under 16 may not be listed at the Individual (Individual Plus One or Plus Two) membership level.

Membership Terms and Conditions

All sales are final and non-refundable. Memberships may not be sold or otherwise transferred between individuals. Photo ID is required with membership card(s) for entry in the Conservatory. Discounts on special events and performances apply, if membership is active through event date.

Membership cards are non-transferable. Please visit the membership levels page of our website for further details on these memberships.