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

February 2016

Saturday, February 6

Stamping metal allows for a personalized take on jewelry making and garden marking. The workshop will cover the basics of stamping metal, and everyone will create a unique and personalized piece of jewelry and a garden marker. Each participant will also take home a set of letter and number stamps, a steel block and a practice sheet. Please bring a hammer to the workshop if possible.
Cost: $40 per person per class.
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Thursday, February 11

Learn about opposites as well as carnivores, herbivores, diurnal and nocturnal animals.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, February 18

Backyard Buds: Camouflage
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover how all different kinds of animals blend into their environment, and test your skills in spotting them! Create your own camouflaged animal art to take home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, February 25

Backyard Buds: Camouflage
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover how all different kinds of animals blend into their environment, and test your skills in spotting them! Create your own camouflaged animal art to take home.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, February 27

How many things can you make with those old, burned-out incandescent light bulbs? If you have a stash of old light bulbs somewhere in your house, or are replacing all of your lights now, let us show you a few cool things you can do with them. We’ll show you how to safely take out the “innards” of those bulbs and provide you with some options of what to do with them.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

March 2016

Thursday, March 3

Backyard Buds: Clouds
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore the mystery of clouds and how they cause rain. Make your own cloud and rain shower.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, March 10

Backyard Buds: Clouds
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore the mystery of clouds and how they cause rain. Make your own cloud and rain shower.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 12

Learn basic principles, techniques and tips for a successful vegetable garden this summer! By incorporating good soil and space-saving techniques, a small area can provide a big bounty of home-grown produce. This class is full of fun, practical advice to maximize your time and effort on growing veggies.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

Thursday, March 17

Backyard Buds: Rainbow Connections
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover how a rainbow is formed and see if we can find a rainbow’s worth of colors in the garden. Make a rainbow streamer and have fun with a song and dance.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, March 24

Backyard Buds: Rainbow Connections
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Discover how a rainbow is formed and see if we can find a rainbow’s worth of colors in the garden. Make a rainbow streamer and have fun with a song and dance.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

April 2016

Thursday, April 7

Backyard Buds: Springtime in the Garden
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
What animals will we see outside this spring? Come find out the answer and make your own springtime crafts to take home!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 9

If you don’t have space for a full-sized compost pile, with a little help from our worm friends, we can help. Learn how to set up a small vermicomposting bin to help take care of some of that waste. Use the castings as a boost in your garden, and make “worm tea” for a beneficial drink for your plants.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Thursday, April 14

Backyard Buds: Springtime in the Garden
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
What animals will we see outside this spring? Come find out the answer and make your own springtime crafts to take home!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, April 21

Backyard Buds: Insect Life Cycles
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children will learn the basic life cycles of butterflies and dragonflies as we introduce the idea of metamorphosis.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 23

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 80 varieties of plants including a few staff favorites. Find a complete list of plants for sale and other important details online in early April.

Thursday, April 28

Backyard Buds: Insect Life Cycles
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Children will learn the basic life cycles of butterflies and dragonflies as we introduce the idea of metamorphosis.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, April 29

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

May 2016

Thursday, May 5

Backyard Buds: Painting and Stamping with Nature
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use a variety of natural materials as paintbrushes and stamps to make your own creative natural artwork and decorate cards and envelopes.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Rhythm and Blooms
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public
On Sale April 1Learn More

Saturday, May 7

Create a one-of-a-kind wreath for your wall or door using a sphagnum wreath base and hardy sedums. Every participant will plant a wreath to take home, as well as learn about alternative plants and forms to use for unique focal points.
Cost: $40 per person per class.

Thursday, May 12

Backyard Buds: Painting and Stamping with Nature
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Use a variety of natural materials as paintbrushes and stamps to make your own creative natural artwork and decorate cards and envelopes.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Rhythm and Blooms
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public
On Sale April 1Learn More

Thursday, May 19

Backyard Buds: Nature Patterns
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Work on pattern recognition and continuation by looking at patterns found in nature. Children will see both plants and garden animals that display these traits and participate in activities that reinforce these concepts.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Rhythm and Blooms
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public
On Sale April 1Learn More

Saturday, May 21

Add excitement to your garden through a creative use of vertical space as we create hanging planters. By wrapping the root ball with string and a special soil mix, the plants can grow suspended from tree branches, arbors, etc., for a one-of-a-kind garden. Everyone will string one plant to take home.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Thursday, May 26

Backyard Buds: Nature Patterns
@ 10:00–10:45am (ages 2–5)
Work on pattern recognition and continuation by looking at patterns found in nature. Children will see both plants and garden animals that display these traits and participate in activities that reinforce these concepts.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Rhythm and Blooms
@ 6:00–9:00pm
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.
Cost: Free for Riverbanks members / $5 general public
On Sale April 1Learn More

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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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