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

October 2014

Thursday, October 30

Backyard Buds: Pumpkin Painting
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Join us for some messy holiday fun as we paint and decorate tiny pumpkins that are just the right size for little hands!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.
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November 2014

Saturday, November 1

Nature Explorers: Flavors of the World
@ 9:30am–2:30pm (ages 6–10)
As Thanksgiving draws near, we will discover some traditional uses of common foods around the world. Join us as we make Apple-slop (the original applesauce) herbal biscuits, churn butter and more! This will be an unforgettable feast and celebration of food and flavors.
Cost: $20 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 6

Backyard Buds: Lovely Leaves
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Play with leaves as we sort, pick, race and make pictures with leaves! We may even get to jump in a giant pile of this fall favorite. We will discuss why trees lose their leaves and explore the colors, shapes and textures of many leaf types.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 13

Backyard Buds: Lovely Leaves
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Play with leaves as we sort, pick, race and make pictures with leaves! We may even get to jump in a giant pile of this fall favorite. We will discuss why trees lose their leaves and explore the colors, shapes and textures of many leaf types.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 15

This class will go over basic bulb care and planting, how to use bulbs in the landscape and single out great performers in the South. Everyone will take home a sampling of Riverbanks’ favorite bulbs (minimum 30 bulbs per person).
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Thursday, November 20

Backyard Buds: Gourd Crafts
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Take a look at some different gourds and see how they are used in different places around the world. Everyone will make a gourd craft to keep.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

December 2014

Thursday, December 4

Backyard Buds: Stepping Stones
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Create a one-of-a-kind stepping stone to treasure forever as we get messy and creative with concrete and gems! For curing purposes, the stepping stones will have to be left for a minimum of 2 days before being picked up.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, December 6

Nature Explorers: Nature Crafts
@ 9:30am–2:30pm (ages 6–10)
Bring your creativity with you as we make unique crafts and gifts from natural items. Using flower petals, seed heads, sticks and stones, we will create a variety of ornaments and crafts and also look at how some of these natural items were used by people as tools before there were manmade conveniences.
Cost: $20 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 11

Backyard Buds: Stepping Stones
@ 10:00am (ages 2–5)
Create a one-of-a-kind stepping stone to treasure forever as we get messy and creative with concrete and gems! For curing purposes, the stepping stones will have to be left for a minimum of 2 days before being picked up.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, December 13

Using fresh greens, seed pods and natural accents, you can create unique decorations for the holidays. This workshop will cover the basics of how to use natural materials. Everyone will make a fresh wreath during the workshop. We recommend bringing a pair of pruners or sturdy scissors to the workshop.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

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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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