Skip Navigation

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.

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.

Video : Come Explore the Riverbanks Botanical Garden

Upcoming Garden Events and Programs

January 2019

Saturday, January 26

With tantalizing treats and twists on typical teen favorites, this class will provide tips and techniques for creating easy masterpieces in the kitchen. Participants will prepare sweet potato fries with avocado aioli, French bread pizzas, mascarpone mousse in chocolate cups and more!
COST: $20 per participant.

February 2019

Saturday, February 2

Join us for an introduction on using natural materials from your garden to create rich dyes for fabric. During class, each participant will dye a silk scarf using black walnuts, while learning the basic techniques for natural dyes.
COST: $40 per participant.

Saturday, February 23

Succulents are easy to care for and fun to plant! Create unique centerpiece creations with a variety of succulents, while learning about other creative ways to use these plants.
COST: $25 per participant.

March 2019

Friday, March 1

Join us for a campfire as we show you fun and easy ways to cook while camping, including how to use a Dutch oven and how to create a cardboard box oven. We will also share tips on leave no trace, fire starters, handwashing stations, and other tricks that make camping easier. This class is great for adults and families, so kids are welcome to join in the fun.
COST: $20 per participant.

Saturday, March 30

Now is the time to get your garden ready for a bountiful summer crop! This workshop will cover crops to plant and when to plant them for the best results, as well as how to prepare your beds for a successful gardening season.
COST: $20 per participant.

April 2019

Friday, April 26

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: $60 Riverbanks members / $70 general public.
On Sale February 1  More Info

Saturday, April 27

The cure to what ails you might be growing in your garden! We will dive into traditional medicines, as we look at common medicinal herbs and how to use them. We will cover teas, tinctures and salves, and everyone will make something to take home.
COST: $25 per participant.

May 2019

Saturday, May 18

While growing plants in a container can be easier than growing them in the ground, there are many factors to consider in creating a beautiful container. This workshop will go over container basics, how to keep them healthy, points of consideration when shopping, and design techniques to create a gorgeous arrangement. Everyone will leave with a grouping of plants for either a sun or shade container (select your preference at registration).
COST: $40 per participant.

June 2019

Friday, June 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.
On Sale May 1  More Info

July 2019

Friday, July 19

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.
On Sale May 1  More Info

August 2019

Friday, August 16

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.
On Sale May 1  More Info

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.