Center Circle Associates

At Descanso Gardens, the Center Circle is the physical place where all garden journeys begin. A walk through these gardens reveals the uses and character of nature in an environment shaped both by natural forces and the impact of the people who, for many thousands of years, have lived on and loved this land.

A Philanthropic Support Group

The Center Circle Associates are the Gardens’ philanthropic support group—stewards, advocates, financial supporters, guides, creators of legacy and heritage.

In addition to the benefits accorded regular members, Center Circle Associates enjoy special privileges such as a year-round schedule of events, talks, tastings, walks, and other opportunities to expand their appreciation of the institution they support so generously.

Levels of Support

Circle Associate

$1,000 Annual contribution


  • Free admission to Descanso all year for 2 cardholders, 4 guests, and all children under 18 (total of 6 adults)
  • VIP concierge service for special requests
  • Access to a private, behind-the-scenes tour for 5
  • Invitations to all exclusive Center Circle events and programs throughout the year
  • 4 train tickets
  • 4 one-time individual Guest Passes
  • One-time free photo booking
  • Free admission privileges to more than 250 reciprocal gardens
  • Members-Only early admission every day at 8 a.m.
  • Access to members-only classes and events
  • Express entry during major festivals, performances, and concert events
  • Subscription to quarterly member newsletter and weekly email bulletins
  • 15% discount on all purchases at Descanso Gift Store and Plant Patio
  • 10% discount at Descanso Café food and beverage purchases
  • 10% discount on purchases from participating commercial nurseries



Curator’s Circle

$2,000 Annual Contribution

All of the above, plus:

  • Free admission at any time for 2 additional guests (total of 8 adults)
  • 1 gift certificate good for a basic membership
  • 2 additional one-time Guest Passes (total of 6)



Director’s Circle

$5,000 Annual Contribution

All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to schedule a private tour of the Gardens with a Curator or the Executive Director
  • A special evening invitation from the Executive Director



Descanso Circle

$10,000 Annual Contribution

All of the above, plus:

  • Private consultation and periodic personal updates with Curators and/or the Director of Horticulture
  • Invitation to use select garden locations for private events
  • Immediate addition to Descanso Donor Recognition display



Consult with your tax advisor regarding deductibility of your contribution. Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID 95-2511202.