Botanical Garden

Whether it’s a spectacular bloom, a mass of color or an unusual plant structure, there’s always something growing on at Riverbanks Botanical Garden! Hailed by Horticulture magazine as one of 10 gardens that inspire and by HGTV as one of 20 great public gardens across America, Riverbanks Botanical Garden boasts 70 acres of unparalleled beauty.

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Upcoming Garden Events & Programs

September 2014

Saturday, September 27

Hypertufa troughs are made from a lightweight, porous material that provides great drainage for plants like herbs, succulents and more. Participants will make their own planters and see a variety of ways to plant and use them in the garden.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

October 2014

Saturday, October 18

Amateur photographers can explore the garden with their cameras and learn the tricks to make their nature photography blossom. Each participant must have a camera that he/she is familiar with using. Class will cover composition, lighting and photography basics.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Saturday, October 25

Participants will create their own small terrarium and learn how to maintain a healthy environment for terrarium plants.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

November 2014

Saturday, November 15

This class will go over basic bulb care and planting, how to use bulbs in the landscape and single out great performers in the South. Everyone will take home a sampling of Riverbanks’ favorite bulbs (minimum 30 bulbs per person).
Cost: $25 per person per class.

December 2014

Saturday, December 13

Using fresh greens, seed pods and natural accents, you can create unique decorations for the holidays. This workshop will cover the basics of how to use natural materials. Everyone will make a fresh wreath during the workshop. We recommend bringing a pair of pruners or sturdy scissors to the workshop.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

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Themed Gardens

Dramatic and themed gardens showcase more than 4,200 species of native and exotic plants, providing a living classroom for gardeners and non-gardeners alike—and an ideal location for weddings and special events.

The Asian Garden

Thanks to the assistance of the Ikebana Chapter 182, the Asian Garden has grown into a lush and botanically diverse space.

Bog Garden

Just inside the Garden gate, visitors will enjoy an impressive welcome in the midst of a waterfall and lush bog-loving plants.

The Collection Garden

Riverbanks Botanical Garden is home to more than 100 different species and hybrids of Crinum lilies, more commonly known to some as milk and wine lilies.

Dry Garden

Botanical Garden adventures begin in the parking lot with drought-tolerant plants and river rocks.

Old Rose Garden

Experience one of the world’s largest public collections of Noisettes, known for their sweet perfume, long blooming season and historical ties to South Carolina.

Play Garden

Kids and adults alike enjoy the whimsical elements of the Play Garden. Imaginations soar inside the little play house, atop the giant chair and around the Secret Play Garden.

Shade Garden

A leisurely walk over the Treetops Bridge leads to this tranquil garden showcasing traditional shade-loving plants as well as perennials, vines and woody plants.

Walled Garden

This 34,000-square-foot garden is Riverbanks’ premier botanical exhibit. This magnificent maze of seasonal and themed gardens inspires new ideas and awakens the imagination, often influencing the design of local backyards.

Woodland Walk

This serene half-mile trail through the woods leads visitors past the historic Saluda Mill Ruins and Interpretive Center.

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