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 2017

Friday, April 28

Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
@ 7:00–9:30pm (ages 21 and up)
Sniff, swirl, sip and support wildlife conservation during this sell-out event at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Wine novices and enthusiasts alike can sample a variety of domestic and imported wines, enjoy an assortment of appetizers from local restaurants and listen to live jazz. Also, for those who prefer hops to grapes, select micro-brews will be available for tasting.
Cost: $50 Riverbanks members / $60 general public.
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Saturday, April 29

Bring a container (~24 inches in diameter) and fill it with a gorgeous combination of perennials and annuals. Take home a colorful container as well as ideas and techniques to make your containers standout.
Cost: $40 per person per class.

May 2017

Thursday, May 4

Backyard Buds: Fireflies
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Time to light up learning about lightning bugs. Join us as we play pattern games, make a firefly and have a glowing good time.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and tune in to music and flowers after hours at Waterfall Junction. Enjoy live music while your kids explore Riverbanks’ 3-acre children’s garden. Food and beverages, including a cash bar, will be available for purchase. Guests also will have an opportunity to sightsee in one of America’s best public gardens.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public

Thursday, May 11

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and tune in to music and flowers after hours at Waterfall Junction. Enjoy live music while your kids explore Riverbanks’ 3-acre children’s garden. Food and beverages, including a cash bar, will be available for purchase. Guests also will have an opportunity to sightsee in one of America’s best public gardens.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public

Saturday, May 13

Create a tiny, magical world through miniature plants, natural objects and imagination during this workshop. A terra cotta saucer will be provided for your garden, or you can bring your own creative container.
Cost: $30 per person per class.

Thursday, May 18

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and tune in to music and flowers after hours at Waterfall Junction. Enjoy live music while your kids explore Riverbanks’ 3-acre children’s garden. Food and beverages, including a cash bar, will be available for purchase. Guests also will have an opportunity to sightsee in one of America’s best public gardens.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public

Saturday, May 20

Learn how to preserve the bounty from your garden so you can enjoy that fresh homegrown taste year round. Everyone will make something to take home.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Thursday, May 25

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and tune in to music and flowers after hours at Waterfall Junction. Enjoy live music while your kids explore Riverbanks’ 3-acre children’s garden. Food and beverages, including a cash bar, will be available for purchase. Guests also will have an opportunity to sightsee in one of America’s best public gardens.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public

June 2017

Friday, June 9

The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction then enjoy 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. More information will be posted closer-to-date.
Cost: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.
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Saturday, June 10

Discover the common pollinators in this area, and learn how you can attract them to your garden and potentially increase their numbers. Participants will make a bug motel during the workshop as well.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

July 2017

Friday, July 14

The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction then enjoy 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. More information will be posted closer-to-date.
Cost: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.
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August 2017

Friday, August 11

The big screen returns to Riverbanks on select Friday nights this summer. Explore Waterfall Junction then enjoy 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. More information will be posted closer-to-date.
Cost: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.
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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.

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.

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