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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

March 2020

Saturday, March 21

Location: Waterfall Junction Learning Center. Create a unique living wreath by planting a variety of succulents in a sphagnum wreath base. Succulents are drought tolerant, tough plants that can live year-round, providing a beautiful focal point indoors or out. All materials are provided.
COST: $40 per person, pre-registration required.

April 2020

Thursday, April 16

Location: Botanical Garden entrance. Through this informal walk with our horticulture experts, you will find all the info you need to garden successfully in the South. While our talk will include best planting and watering practices, as well as helpful tips, we encourage you to bring your best gardening questions to the experts during this informal walk.
COST: $15 per person, pre-registration required.

Friday, April 24

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.
On Sale March 1  More Info

May 2020

Friday, May 15

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.
COST: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.
On Sale May 1  More Info

June 2020

Friday, June 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.
COST: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.
On Sale May 1  More Info

July 2020

Friday, July 17

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.
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.