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Riverbanks Offers Wildly Different Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2012

[Columbia, SC] — Tired of chocolate and roses for Valentine’s Day? Try something wildly different with a gift from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. From wild adventures to timeless treasures, Riverbanks offers extra sweet Valentine’s treats for your dearest.

Wine Tasting Tickets

Love is in bloom with Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Uncork the perfect gift for your sweetheart with tickets to this sell-out event that’s set in one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring public gardens. The vintage fundraiser features more than 100 varieties of wines, light bites from local restaurants, live jazz, and new this year—a silent auction and beer garden. Wine Tasting will take place rain or shine on Friday, April 27. Buy your tickets today at

Delectable Dining Experience

Treat your Valentine to a one-of-a-kind dining experience—"From Farm to Fork” dinner and demo at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Chef Chris Rawlings of Gourmet2Go Catering will demonstrate how to cook a sustainable, 3-course meal using fresh ingredients from local farmers. The menu will include peppercorn encrusted pan seared beef with a bourbon cream sauce, winter root vegetable ratatouille with goat cheese, handmade Irish soda bread, winter greens salad with maple vinaigrette and dessert. This delectable cooking workshop will take place on Saturday, February 18, from 5pm-8pm. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more information or to reserve your spot, email

Orchids on the Riverbanks

Perfectly timed for Valentine’s weekend, Orchids on the Riverbanks will take place February 10-12 at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Spend time with your Valentine while soaking in the sights of blooming orchids from around the world. Orchid vendors from across the Carolinas will also be on hand with live plants for your someone special. The orchid show is a partnership with the South Carolina Orchid Society and Ikebana International Chapter 182. The event is free with paid admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Lasting Impressions

Looking for a timeless, heartfelt gift for someone wild about the Zoo? Engraved tribute bricks not only serve as a permanent celebration of love and friendship, but they also provide building blocks for the future, helping to make Riverbanks Zoo a better place for the animals, our children and our community. Tribute bricks are available for a tax-deductible contribution of $100. You will receive a certificate of engraving to give to your Valentine, and a certificate of installation identifying the brick’s location will be mailed when the brick is installed.

Behind-the-Scenes Adventure Tours

Take your Valentine on a wild adventure with an inside look at some of the Zoo’s most out-of-sight places. Adventure Tours allow guests to experience Riverbanks through the eyes of the animal care staff while encountering animals up-close and learning about the unique challenges of animal care and the amazing efforts that go into creating and sustaining a world-class zoo. For more information about Adventure Tours, visit

Wild Parent Animal Sponsorship

Is your sweetie wild about wildlife? Sponsor an animal at the Zoo in his or her name. Wild Parent sponsorship will help provide care to one of your loved one’s favorite animals while supporting the preservation of its species. Sponsorship is tax-deductible and renewable every year. For just $35, Wild Parents receive an official sponsorship certificate, fact sheet with color picture and magnet. Higher levels of sponsorship include an adorable plush animal and certificate for a behind-the-scenes Adventure Tour. For more information, visit.

To learn more about these and other gift ideas, visit or call 803.779.8717.