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

March 2015

Thursday, March 5

Backyard Buds: Messy Mud Pies
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Create unique art with natural materials as we make different kinds of mud pies, explore soil types and create a mud splatter painting. Using natural materials will encourage creativity and understanding of the environment around us. Dress for a mess!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 7

Nature Explorers: Garden Gross-ology
@ 10:00am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
There are many gross and disgusting things that the plants and animals do to survive. We will take a look at owl pellets, snail slime, plants that eat bugs, bugs that love blood, and more as we dive into the gross world of gardening!
Cost: $10 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, March 12

Backyard Buds: Messy Mud Pies
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Create unique art with natural materials as we make different kinds of mud pies, explore soil types and create a mud splatter painting. Using natural materials will encourage creativity and understanding of the environment around us. Dress for a mess!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, March 19

Backyard Buds: Fantastic Flowers
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Join us as we investigate the differences in flowers, go on a flower scavenger hunt and learn about all the parts of a flower.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 21

Try your hand at propagating different types of plants through various techniques. Participants will learn how to propagate from woody cuttings, stems and leaves using common household items. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate which type of plants work best for each propagation technique, and everyone will take their cuttings home to root and grow!
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Thursday, March 26

Backyard Buds: Fantastic Flowers
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Join us as we investigate the differences in flowers, go on a flower scavenger hunt and learn about all the parts of a flower.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 28

Get expert advice on keeping your backyards in bloom, learn how to manage pesky seasonal pests and see what’s growing on at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. In addition to garden-related activities, enjoy live music with Elliot and the Untouchables and arts-and-crafts stations just for kids.
Cost: Free with membership or general admission.

April 2015

Thursday, April 2

Backyard Buds: Busy Bees
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Try your hand at being a bee as we role play all the different jobs bees have in a colony. We will delve into pollination and life inside the hive!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, April 9

Backyard Buds: Busy Bees
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Try your hand at being a bee as we role play all the different jobs bees have in a colony. We will delve into pollination and life inside the hive!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 11

Nature Explorers: Healing Herbs
@ 10:00am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
Many herbs have therapeutic properties and are found in common products around our homes. Discover a few common herbs that can help heal, relax, or stimulate as we look at herbs and essential oils while making some healing products to take home.
Cost: $10 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, April 16

Backyard Buds: Spectacular Seeds
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Seeds are incredible tiny magical things with baby plants just waiting to grow inside of them. We will take a look at different types of seeds and how they move about in this fun seed exploration.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 18

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.

Kokedama is the Japanese art of using moss as a planter. Participants will make their own small “moss-ball” as we learn how to pot plants in sheet moss to create unique, organic containers, which can be used as centerpieces indoors or hung outside in light shade.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Thursday, April 23

Backyard Buds: Spectacular Seeds
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Seeds are incredible tiny magical things with baby plants just waiting to grow inside of them. We will take a look at different types of seeds and how they move about in this fun seed exploration.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, April 24

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.
Cost: $45 Riverbanks members / $55 general public. $65 day of event

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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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