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Membership and Donations at The Water Conservation Garden

Membership & Donations

Hummingbird and kalanchoe at The Water Conservation Garden

Become a Member

Become a member of The Water Conservation Garden and help San Diego save water when you support one of Southern California's premier botanical gardens.  A variety of Membership Levels & Benefits are available that include discounts in the Gift Shop, free admission to classes and events, and a subscription to In Bloom, our quarterly newsletter.  Become a member at the $100 Wild Grape Level or above, and receive FREE admission to 250+ botanical gardens worldwide through our partnership with the American Horticultural Society.



Friends of the Butterflies

The "Friends of the Butterflies" are donors who are committed to supporting The Water Conservation Garden’s Dorcas E. Utter Butterfly Pavilion and its related educational programs. By joining the "Friends", you will help The Garden maintain the Butterfly Pavilion to ensure it serves as an educational resource for the community in perpetuity, so that others may learn about the critical role butterflies play in San Diego’s eco-system.

In recognition of each gift, donors will receive a handcrafted, custom-engraved, unique glass butterfly.  The size and placement of your butterfly will be commensurate with your donation. All butterflies will be displayed prominently in the "Tree of Friends" in the Butterfly Pavilion courtyard.  Naming opportunities are also available for the Butterfly Pavilion courtyard and other features within the exhibit.


Brick Paver and Garden Bench Program

Become a part of The Garden’s legacy and sustainable future by participating in our Brick Paver and Garden Bench program.  In key areas throughout The Garden you may have your name or the names of your loved ones inscribed on specially designed pavers and/or benches. This program is open to both private parties and our friends in the business community.

Brick Paver Program at The Water Conservation Garden
Brick Paver Program at The Water Conservation Garden

Garden Bench Program at The Water Conservation Garden
Garden Bench Program at The Water Conservation Garden

The Paver program offers two levels of participation as follows:

  • Front Gate Pavers: A limited number of pavers are located at the main entrance to the Garden and garner significant visibility. You may invest in one or more at $500 each.
  • Plaza Pavers: Located in the plaza just after you enter The Garden through the main entrance and in the plaza near the Gift Shop, you may invest in one or more of these pavers at $250 each.
  • Garden Benches:  Sponsor a bench to commemorate or memorialize a person or event for $2500 for a 10-year period after which time you may renew your exclusive patronage of the bench. 

To support The Garden through the Brick Paver and Garden Bench Program, please contact our Development Officer.

Valued Partner, The San Diego FoundationEarly Adopter, The San Diego Foundation




Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Admission is by suggested donation.

The Water Conservation Garden is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Federal Tax ID# 20-4395919.

The Water Conservation Garden  •  12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West  •  El Cajon  California  92019
Tel: (619) 660-0614  •  info@TheGarden.org