What is 'Friends of the Coastal Gardens'?

Friends of the Coastal Gardens (FoCG) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization formed for the purpose of supporting growth and development of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Its membership includes citizens from various backgrounds who appreciate the horticultural projects and educational and family-oriented programs provided. The Friends help through volunteer work and fundraising activities.

Our Mission

The Friends of the Coastal Gardens "provide financial and human resources to support the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm."

What Do the Friends Do?

Donations -- either in large gifts from individuals or through proceeds from Friends' fundraising events-- have facilitated many new garden expansion projects. In the last few years, Friends' support led to the creation of the Formal and White Gardens, Woodland Shade Garden, handicap-accessible crushed gravel walkways, new garden directional signage and more teak benches.

Friends volunteers also help manage specific garden areas, assist in greenhouse or grounds maintenance projects, conduct group educational tours, lead parts of the 'Roots & Shoots' program for schoolkids, and a wide array of special fundraising events and activities.

The Friends play a valuable role in events such as the Friends Annual Gala, Strawberry Supper, Wild Game and Fish Fry Dinner, Autumn Gardenfest and December Nights & Holiday Lights. Young children, families, seniors, garden clubs, students, teachers, homeowners, professionals and botanical garden visitors all benefit from the programs and events the Friends members help sponsor.

An Invitation to Join

As a Friends member, you will receive special invitations and advance notification of programs and events. These include previews and early access to plant sales and December Nights & Holiday Lights as well as discounts on summer camp or continuing education programs.

Most importantly, each Friends member gains the satisfaction of knowing your resources contribute to the development and expansion of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (as guided by the 2009 Master Plan). CGBG continues to increase its presence and value as a horticulture and education resource for people in Coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

How Do I Become a Friend?

You may become a new member or renew your annual membership by credit card (transaction completed securely through PayPal) or mail in a check. We will place you in the appropriate membership category based on your donation.

When paying by PayPal, any valid credit card may be used (you don't need to have your own PayPal account). Please provide us your email address in the "special instructions" box if you want to receive electronic-format newsletters and special event invitations. You may also give a membership as a gift to someone or as a memorial. Please share the name of the person receiving your gift or is being honored with the memorial.

Make your check payable to "Friends of the Coastal Gardens" and mail it to:

Friends of the Coastal Gardens
2 Canebrake Road
Savannah, GA 31419

Friends Membership Categories
Group Level Donation Range
Individual $35
Family $60
Bronze $100 to $499
Silver $500 to $999
Gold $1,000 to $4,999
Platinum $5,000 to $9,999
Benefactor $10,000 +