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

May 2016

Thursday, May 5

Backyard Buds: Painting and Stamping with Nature
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use a variety of natural materials as paintbrushes and stamps to make your own creative natural artwork and decorate cards and envelopes.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.
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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.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public

Saturday, May 7

Create a one-of-a-kind wreath for your wall or door using a sphagnum wreath base and hardy sedums. Every participant will plant a wreath to take home, as well as learn about alternative plants and forms to use for unique focal points.
Cost: $40 per person per class.

Thursday, May 12

Backyard Buds: Painting and Stamping with Nature
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use a variety of natural materials as paintbrushes and stamps to make your own creative natural artwork and decorate cards and envelopes.
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.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public

Thursday, May 19

Backyard Buds: Nature Patterns
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Work on pattern recognition and continuation by looking at patterns found in nature. Children will see both plants and garden animals that display these traits and participate in activities that reinforce these concepts.
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.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public

Saturday, May 21

Add excitement to your garden through a creative use of vertical space as we create hanging planters. By wrapping the root ball with string and a special soil mix, the plants can grow suspended from tree branches, arbors, etc., for a one-of-a-kind garden. Everyone will string one plant to take home.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Thursday, May 26

Backyard Buds: Nature Patterns
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Work on pattern recognition and continuation by looking at patterns found in nature. Children will see both plants and garden animals that display these traits and participate in activities that reinforce these concepts.
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.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public

June 2016

Friday, June 10

The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction as part of this all-new experience followed by a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk (Waterfall Junction will open at 6:00pm and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages also will be available for purchase.
Cost: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

July 2016

Friday, July 8

The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction as part of this all-new experience followed by a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk (Waterfall Junction will open at 6:00pm and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages also will be available for purchase.
Cost: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

August 2016

Friday, August 12

The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction as part of this all-new experience followed by a family-friendly movie beginning at dusk (Waterfall Junction will open at 6:00pm and close just prior to the start of the movie). Food and beverages also will be available for purchase.
Cost: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

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.

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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