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

April 2015

Thursday, April 30

Backyard Buds: Mother’s Day Craft
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children can come and make a unique gift that any special person will treasure! All materials and wrapping will be provided.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

May 2015

Saturday, May 2

Bring your own container (18” to 24” in diameter), and we will help you fill it with great, tropical-looking plants for the summer. You will learn great design tips for great-looking containers all year long as you make a container your neighbors will envy. To help in the care for your new container, please choose sun or shade when you register.
Cost: $40 per person per class.

Thursday, May 7

Backyard Buds: Mother’s Day Craft
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children can come and make a unique gift that any special person will treasure! All materials and wrapping will be provided.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. The event includes a cash bar; food also will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 9

Nature Explorers: Wizardry and Magic in the Garden
@ 10:00am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you will love this class on gardening magic. We will explore the world of plants that are used for potions and poisons, discuss animals capable of transfiguration, and care of magical creatures!
Cost: $10 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

How Does Your Garden Grow?
@ 10:00am–4:00pm
Richland County Master Gardeners will be on-site and available to provide their expertise at Riverbanks Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden Pavilion. Guests are encouraged to bring their plant problems, samples or pictures of plants or pests to ID and general gardening questions.

Thursday, May 14

Backyard Buds: Frogs and Toads
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Time to get hopping as we dive into the difference between frogs and toads! We will do lots of jumping games as we explore the life cycles and habitats of these amphibians.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. The event includes a cash bar; food also will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 16

A new trend in gardening has gardeners creating all sorts of creative garden arrangements and fairy gardens out of broken pots, natural items and miniature accessories. Learn how to create these detailed masterpieces full of life and imagination, using things you have around home. Bring a saucer or broken pot with you to create your magic!
Cost: $30 per person per class.

Thursday, May 21

Backyard Buds: Frogs and Toads
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Time to get hopping as we dive into the difference between frogs and toads! We will do lots of jumping games as we explore the life cycles and habitats of these amphibians.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. The event includes a cash bar; food also will be available for purchase.

Thursday, May 28

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. The event includes a cash bar; food also will be available for purchase.

June 2015

Saturday, June 13

How Does Your Garden Grow?
@ 10:00am–4:00pm
Richland County Master Gardeners will be on-site and available to provide their expertise at Riverbanks Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden Pavilion. Guests are encouraged to bring their plant problems, samples or pictures of plants or pests to ID and general gardening questions.

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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.

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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