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 2014

Thursday, April 24

Backyard Buds: Less Is More—Earth Day
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Earth Day is a time to celebrate the Earth, and to learn some good things we can do to help take care of it through activities and a craft.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, April 25

Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
@ 7:00–9:30pm (ages 21 and up)
The annual Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden invites wine novices and enthusiasts alike to sip a variety of domestic and imported wines in one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring public gardens. Listen to live jazz, sample light bites from local restaurants and gab about grapes with wine experts. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. Event is rain or shine.
Cost: $40 members / $50 general public / $60 day of event

Saturday, April 26

Spring Plant Sale
@ 9:00am–12:00pm
Liven up your landscape this growing season with a wide selection of flowers, plants and shrubs available during Riverbanks’ spring plant sale. Pick from more than 60 varieties of plants including a few staff favorites. Find a complete list of plants for sale and other important details online in early April.

May 2014

Thursday, May 1

Backyard Buds: Lucky Ladybugs
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Ladybugs are considered lucky in many cultures. Discover why these spotted ladies are good to have around!
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 and local artists in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase at the event.
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Thursday, May 8

Backyard Buds: Lucky Ladybugs
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Ladybugs are considered lucky in many cultures. Discover why these spotted ladies are good to have around!
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 and local artists in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase at the event.
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Saturday, May 10

Nature Explorers: Creative Containers
@ 10:00–11:00am (ages 5–10)
Each child will make a container out of an unexpected, everyday item. We will learn how to grow plants in containers as we get dirty and creative in this hands-on program.
Cost: $10 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Bring your own 18” to 24” container and we will help you fill it with thriving tropical plants for the summer! You will learn great design tips for spectacular, year-round containers as you make a potted plant that your neighbors will envy. To help in the care of your new container, please choose sun or shade when you register.
Cost: $40 per person per class.

Horticulture experts from Clemson Extension will be on-site to answer your gardening questions, diagnose plant problems and even accept soil samples for testing at Riverbanks Botanical Garden Visitors Center. Soil tests cost $6 and may be paid with cash or check (payable to Clemson Extension).

Thursday, May 15

Backyard Buds: Crawly Caterpillars
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Caterpillars can be just as showy as their adult butterfly forms. Learn how caterpillars live and protect themselves before their triumphant change into butterflies.
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 and local artists in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase at the event.
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Thursday, May 22

Backyard Buds: Crawly Caterpillars
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Caterpillars can be just as showy as their adult butterfly forms. Learn how caterpillars live and protect themselves before their triumphant change into butterflies.
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 and local artists in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase at the event.
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Thursday, May 29

Music and flowers after hours—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia! Guests can enjoy live entertainment and local artists in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase at the event.
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June 2014

Saturday, June 14

Horticulture experts from Clemson Extension will be on-site to answer your gardening questions, diagnose plant problems and even accept soil samples for testing at Riverbanks Botanical Garden Visitors Center. Soil tests cost $6 and may be paid with cash or check (payable to Clemson Extension).

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.

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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