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

December 2016

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.

January 2017

Thursday, January 5

Backyard Buds: Wiggle Worm Party
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Wiggle Worms in the Garden are having a dance party and you’re invited. Wiggle like a worm, make a worm craft, meet our worms’ friends and see their home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, January 19

Backyard Buds: Birds
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no-wait, bird was right, definitely a bird. Come decorate a birdhouse and learn all about our backyard bird friends and how they use their beaks!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

February 2017

Thursday, February 2

Help us share the love with our plant friends as we explore heart-shaped plants and how they grow. Find out if you can plant a kiss and take home a heart-shaped seed ball.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, February 4

Learn how to make essential oils from herbs in the garden that can be used in a variety of things — including perfumes!
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Thursday, February 16

Backyard Buds: Ant Wranglers
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Take a peek at what goes on for ants underground. See the secret to how ants help plants and practice being an ant by lassoing aphids.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

March 2017

Thursday, March 2

Backyard Buds: Bug Eating Plants!
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Do plants eat meat? Sometimes they do! Join us to learn about our carnivorous plant friends and what makes them so special.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 11

Not having a lot of yard doesn’t mean you have to give up on gardening! Learn some techniques and tricks for gardening in small spaces including vertical growing, hay bale gardening and more.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Thursday, March 16

Everyone knows that leprechauns keep their gold at the end of a rainbow, but do you know about how rainbows form? Come learn what makes a rainbow, make a rainbow of your own and join us as we hunt for a pot of gold!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

April 2017

Thursday, April 6

Backyard Buds: Itsy Bitsy Spider
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Do you find spiders scary? Stop by and see how our spider friends help us and take a look at what happens in their webs.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, April 20

Backyard Buds: Bees
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Bee our friend and join us to learn all about bees. Dance like a bee to find food and discover all the jobs a bee has in its life as it makes honey and takes care of its hive.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 29

Bring a container (~24 inches in diameter) and fill it with a gorgeous combination of perennials and annuals. Take home a colorful container as well as ideas and techniques to make your containers standout.
Cost: $40 per person per class.

May 2017

Thursday, May 4

Backyard Buds: Fireflies
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Time to light up learning about lightning bugs. Join us as we play pattern games, make a firefly and have a glowing good time.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, May 13

Create a tiny, magical world through miniature plants, natural objects and imagination during this workshop. A terra cotta saucer will be provided for your garden, or you can bring your own creative container.
Cost: $30 per person per class.

Saturday, May 20

Learn how to preserve the bounty from your garden so you can enjoy that fresh homegrown taste year round. Everyone will make something to take home.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

June 2017

Saturday, June 10

Discover the common pollinators in this area, and learn how you can attract them to your garden and potentially increase their numbers. Participants will make a bug motel during the workshop as well.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

View a complete listing of what’s happening at Riverbanks.

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.

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