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Sargent Olmsted Society

Sargent-Olmsted Society event in the oak collection, spring 2018.
Sargent-Olmsted Society event in the oak collection
Sargent-Olmsted Society event in the crabapple collection, spring 2018.

Named to commemorate the founding director of Arnold Arboretum and its famed landscape designer, the Sargent-Olmsted Society recognizes a community of plant, garden, and science enthusiasts who provide philanthropic support to the Arnold Arboretum. Cultivate a deeper understanding of the botanical world through exclusive access to the Arnold Arboretum, its collections, and expert staff through select benefits including special programs and signature events.

Sargent-Olmsted Society Giving Levels

All members of the Sargent-Olmsted Society enjoy the benefits of membership in the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum at the Benefactor level.* Additional benefits are available at each giving level of the Society as detailed below:

Ginkgo Circle $2500–$4999

  • Invitation to Sargent-Olmsted Society Reception and plant gift
  • Behind the scenes tour with the Director

Stewartia Circle $5000–$9,999

  • Invitation to Sargent-Olmsted Society Reception and plant gift
  • Behind the scenes tour with the Director
  • Invitation to Collections Spotlight program

Maple Circle $10,000–$24,999

  • Invitation to Sargent-Olmsted Society Reception and plant gift
  • Behind the scenes tour with the Director
  • Invitation to two Collections Spotlight programs
  • 1 Contributing level gift membership
  • Invitation to one DLS lecture dinner

Metasequoia Circle $25,000+

  • Invitation to Sargent-Olmsted Society Reception and plant gift
  • Behind the scenes tour with the Director
  • Invitations to three Collections Spotlight programs
  • 2 Contributing level gift memberships
  • Invitation to two DLS lecture dinners
  • Special New England Garden Tour

*Benefactor level benefits include: one-year subscription to the print edition of Arnoldia and early access to the digital edition; one-year subscription to Silva, our biannual member magazine; discounts on Arboretum lectures and classes; discounts at participating nurseries and garden centers; free or discounted admission at North American gardens and arboreta participating in the reciprocal gardens program of the American Horticultural Society; option to receive the annual Arbor Day Seedling by mail or pick-up; priority registration for select programs; and invitations to two Benefactor events annually.

How to Join

To join the Sargent-Olmsted Society by credit card, please use our online membership form or call Janetta Stringfellow, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 617.384.5043 or email janetta_stringfellow@harvard.edu.