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

November 2016

Thursday, November 3

Backyard Buds: Rascally Raccoons
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Did you hear that? I think someone is in the trash again! Is it your dog? Nope. It’s that rascally raccoon! Raccoons are one of the most common backyard critters and are found all over the United States. Participants will find out why those raccoons have been so successful in living with humans for so long and what the night life looks like for our raccoon friends.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 17

Backyard Buds: Nature Painting
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Back by popular demand, use items found in nature to make some interesting fall-inspired paintings and crafts.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

December 2016

Thursday, December 1

Backyard Buds: The Icky Bug ABC’s
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Based upon the “Icky Bug ABC’s” book, reinforce the ABC’s and early reading skills while taking a look at some crazy bugs. Learn what a true bug is and have a chance to look at some very icky bugs up close. See if you can make a letter look like an icky bug!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 15

Backyard Buds: Nature’s Ornaments
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use natural materials to make holiday decorations that you can share with your family and friends. This session is focused mainly on fun and creativity and sharing with others for the holidays.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, December 17

Celebrate the season by making a fresh wreath to welcome your guests at the front door. This annual class is well loved and enjoyed with friends and family. Plant material and wreath forms are provided, and each wreath becomes a festive and unique expression of your holiday spirit.
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.

Waterfall Junction

Visitors of all ages are invited to get outdoors and connect with nature at Waterfall Junction, Riverbanks’ brand-new 3-acre children’s garden, featuring a dino dig, giant tree houses, splash zone and more.

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.

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.