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

September 2015

Thursday, September 3

Backyard Buds: Sowing Seeds
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover how seeds move from one place to another through hands-on exploration. Make jumping apple seeds and plant your own lettuce seeds to take home and watch them grow.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, September 10

Backyard Buds: Sowing Seeds
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover how seeds move from one place to another through hands-on exploration. Make jumping apple seeds and plant your own lettuce seeds to take home and watch them grow.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, September 17

Backyard Buds: Art Naturally
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use crushed minerals to paint a picture and magic paper that turns blue in the sun. Make dragonflies out of seeds and bowls out of leaves.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, September 19

Join us as we discuss how to use commonly grown herbs, as well as how to dry and store them. Learn how to make attractive swags for drying and displaying herbs in your home as well as products for your beauty regimen and wellbeing. Take home a calming bath soak, flavored cooking oils and your own swag of herbs. This class is bound to be the best smelling class this fall!
Cost: $30 per person per class.

Thursday, September 24

Backyard Buds: Art Naturally
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use crushed minerals to paint a picture and magic paper that turns blue in the sun. Make dragonflies out of seeds and bowls out of leaves.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

October 2015

Thursday, October 1

Backyard Buds: Environmental Superhero
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Become a superhero for the earth and make your mask out of recycled materials. Learn the importance of saving the earth and how to help through fun crafts and ideas. Earn an Environmental Superhero Badge with the completion of this class!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 3

Nature Explorers: Gross Science
@ 10:00am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
There are many gross and disgusting things that the plants and animals do to survive. We will explore all that is icky, sticky and gross in a program for kids who are not afraid of getting more than a little dirty!
Cost: $10 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Gardening and beekeeping naturally go together, and hobby beekeeping is increasing in popularity. During this basic overview, we will discuss the equipment needed for beekeeping, cost of keeping bees, basic care requirements and preliminary information to help you decide if this is the hobby for you. With this general overview, participants can decide if it is worth the time and investment for a more intensive beginner beekeeping course.
Cost: $10 per person per class.

Thursday, October 8

Backyard Buds: Environmental Superhero
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Become a superhero for the earth and make your mask out of recycled materials. Learn the importance of saving the earth and how to help through fun crafts and ideas. Earn an Environmental Superhero Badge with the completion of this class!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, October 15

Backyard Buds: Gross Science
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore all that is icky, sticky, and gross in program for kids who are not afraid of getting more than a little dirty.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 17

Have you ever wondered what that odd looking fungus in your front yard is or whether or not you can eat it? Learn how to identify those fabulous fungi living in your yard or along the trail at your favorite hiking spot. This class will cover the basics: what structures you need to know, where to look for common species and preparation and storage for edible bounty. Learn a little bit more about fun and fascinating world of fungi.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Thursday, October 22

Backyard Buds: Gross Science
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore all that is icky, sticky, and gross in program for kids who are not afraid of getting more than a little dirty.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, October 29

Backyard Buds: Pumpkin Painting
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Join us for jack-o’-lantern painting and other fun and scary fall crafts using natural materials.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

November 2015

Thursday, November 5

Backyard Buds: Changing Leaves
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover the key to the mystery of why leaves change color in the fall and make a variety of changing leaves to take home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 7

Participants will learn about paper and its history and will participate in the ancient art of papermaking. Students will experiment with papermaking techniques and create their own unique paper using items of their choice.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Thursday, November 12

Backyard Buds: Changing Leaves
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover the key to the mystery of why leaves change color in the fall and make a variety of changing leaves to take home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, November 19

Backyard Buds: Birds (are the word)
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Learn a little bit about flying friends — day and night. Learn about what they eat and why they sing.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 21

Nature Explorers: Harvest Time
@ 10:30am–12:00pm (ages 5–9)
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so get ready to celebrate as we harvest and use some of fall’s bounty for food and crafts.
Cost: $10 per child per class. Plus admission for general public.

Air plants are an interesting addition to the home plant collection and can be used in a variety of ways for a fun and fresh look in home d├ęcor. Participants will choose air plants to work with and make an exciting project to take with them. Learn how to care for your air plants and how they grow successfully without any soil.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Thursday, November 26

Backyard Buds: Birds (are the word)
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Learn a little bit about flying friends — day and night. Learn about what they eat and why they sing.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

December 2015

Thursday, December 3

Backyard Buds: Nature’s Ornaments
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Join us as we make natural decorations for the winter season and discover the plants that give the holidays their taste, smell, and glow.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 10

Backyard Buds: Nature’s Ornaments
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Join us as we make natural decorations for the winter season and discover the plants that give the holidays their taste, smell, and glow.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, December 12

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, and 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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