The world desperately needs more people to fall in love with nature—with woods, wildlife, water, snowy mountains, coral reefs, and fragile habitats everywhere–because if people love something, they want to look after it. It’s that simple. At The Gardens at Heather Farm, we know exactly how to cultivate and spread that passion for nature. But we can’t do it without your help.

Maintaining a beautiful indoor/outdoor facility that takes you inside nature costs money. And offering a range of intensive science-education programs for kids and adults requires resources. The revenue we take in from events, foundation grants, and corporate gifts combined, pays for just over half of these ongoing expenses. We rely on donors like you to make up the difference.

It is only thanks to the support of people like you that The Gardens at Heather Farm is able to be all that we aspire to be. The need for loving stewardship of our environment is greater than ever. Won’t you please help us by making a gift that will enable us to do even more to help people fall in love with nature?

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Ways to Give

Did you know that there are MANY different ways you can provide financial support to The Gardens at Heather Farm? From memberships and individual gifts to corporate donations and grants, you can help The Gardens grow. See the donation options listed below.


At the core of The Gardens’ community is a group of dedicated supporters — our Members — who truly care about our work. For an affordable annual contribution, Members receive discounts on classes and plants sales, discounts at local garden retailers, and other select benefits. Join or renew your membership today!

Annual Fund

Tax-deductible gifts to the Annual Fund support The Gardens at Heather Farm’s core programs and operations. Your donation supports our beautiful gardens, children’s educational programs and essential operational needs.

Capital Campaign – Greenhouse & Community Garden Project

Support The Gardens’ fundraising efforts and help us build a greenhouse and community garden on our grounds.

Corporate Sponsorship

Be a sponsor for one of our fundraising events. The annual fundraiser, this year as Fiesta de Jardín in May, Harvest Festival in October, and Teddy Bear Tea in December are extremely popular public events that host hundreds of attendees each year. Fundraising events offer corporate sponsors broad-based visibility while serving to support our gardens and programs.

Corporate and Foundation Grants

Grants play a significant role in The Gardens’ future. Such funding provides sustainability to the gardens and our programs. We welcome the opportunity to establish new partnerships with the corporate and foundation community.

Designated Gifts

Designating your gift to your favorite program ensures it will grow into the future. Designated gifts have helped us renovate garden displays, develop new educational programs for schools and youth, and purchase new books for the resource library. Upcoming special projects include tree pruning, path graveling and updating teaching materials.

Donor Advised Funds

As your clients seek advice and counsel, please consider recommending the Gardens at Heather Farm as a beneficiary. We are happy, of course, to honor the donor’s preferences including, for example, maintenance or renovation of a particular demonstration garden, educational signage, support for our children’s environmental education programs, or sponsorship of our artist-in-residence program, or funding for a traveling garden exhibit. We can answer your questions and provide further information for individual donors, families, advisors and financial institutions.
For more information, please call or email our Executive Director, Joan Lucchese at (925) 947-0571.

Gifts of Stock and Other Securities

Giving appreciated stock, mutual funds or other securities can help you avoid capital gains taxes while providing important support to the Gardens. To give a gift of appreciated stock, call the The Gardens or contact Jim Titus our representative at Charles Schwab at (415) 667-6219.

Honorary & Memorial Gifts

Honor a loved one or commemorate a special occasion with an Engraved Brick in the Cowden Rose Garden.

Engraved Brick – Among the thousands of blooms in our rose garden, an engraved brick with your custom dedication will be placed on one of the pathways to provide a lasting memory for years to come. Donation: $200. Download a printable brick request form.

Matching Gifts and Giving Campaigns

If your employer sponsors a Matching Gift Program or participates in a company giving campaign (such as United Way) – please designate The Gardens as the beneficiary.

For more information on any of these donation opportunities or to make a gift, please call (925) 947-1678.

 An Extra Bonus


Every time you shop, GHF receives a percentage – at no cost to you. You can sign up your Safeway Club Card, your debit or credit cards and shop with hundreds of merchants that will also donate. Our Group Number is 137137616.

Just click on the eScript logo to register your cards.