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

January 2018

Thursday, January 18

Backyard Buds: Deer Me!
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Deer are extremely common in South Carolina, but what do we know about them? We will take a closer look at hooves and antlers, adaptations deer have to survive and what they do in the winter.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Backyard Buds: Deer Me!
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Deer are extremely common in South Carolina, but what do we know about them? We will take a closer look at hooves and antlers, adaptations deer have to survive and what they do in the winter.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

February 2018

Thursday, February 1

Backyard Buds: Coy Coyotes
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Coyotes are related to dogs and known for their howling. Jump into character as we pretend to be a coyote on the hunt—discovering all kinds of cool stuff along the way!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Backyard Buds: Coy Coyotes
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Coyotes are related to dogs and known for their howling. Jump into character as we pretend to be a coyote on the hunt—discovering all kinds of cool stuff along the way!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, February 15

Backyard Buds: Backyard Birds
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
The singing of birds in the trees is a cheerful way to start the day. We will listen to different bird calls, examine birds’ nests and create a nesting box to help the birds build their nests this spring.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Backyard Buds: Backyard Birds
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
The singing of birds in the trees is a cheerful way to start the day. We will listen to different bird calls, examine birds’ nests and create a nesting box to help the birds build their nests this spring.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, February 24

If you don’t have space for a full-sized compost pile, with a little help from our worm friends, you can compost kitchen waste. Learn how to set up a small vermicomposting bin to help take care of organic 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.

March 2018

Thursday, March 1

Backyard Buds: Dynamic Dinosaurs
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Dinosaurs may be extinct, but their sheer size and existence still amazes us. We will play, explore and imagine a land where dinos once roamed.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Backyard Buds: Dynamic Dinosaurs
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Dinosaurs may be extinct, but their sheer size and existence still amazes us. We will play, explore and imagine a land where dinos once roamed.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, March 10

Create unique gardens using reclaimed pallets. This not only gives pallets a new purpose, it also provides an original approach to your planting space. We will demonstrate a variety of ways to use pallets in gardening, and all participants will prepare a pallet for a vertical garden. We will provide pallets, materials and tools. Soil and plants can be added on your own at home.
Cost: $25 per person per class.

Thursday, March 22

Backyard Buds: Bouncy Bunnies
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Bunnies may seem sweet and quiet, but they have a lot going on behind their twitching noses and long ears! Let’s take a look at what makes rabbits different from other animals.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Backyard Buds: Bouncy Bunnies
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Bunnies may seem sweet and quiet, but they have a lot going on behind their twitching noses and long ears! Let’s take a look at what makes rabbits different from other animals.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

April 2018

Thursday, April 12

Backyard Buds: Beetle Brigade
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Beetles are an amazing group of insects. The Hercules beetle is super strong and a click beetle makes a “click” as it flips from its back to its feet. Wanna know more fascinating beetle facts? Come to the Beetle Brigade!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Backyard Buds: Beetle Brigade
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Beetles are an amazing group of insects. The Hercules beetle is super strong and a click beetle makes a “click” as it flips from its back to its feet. Wanna know more fascinating beetle facts? Come to the Beetle Brigade!
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, April 14

Hypertufa troughs are made from a lightweight, porous material that provides great drainage for plants like herbs, succulents, and more. Participants will make their own planters and see a variety of ways to plant and use them in the garden.
Cost: $20 per person per class.

Thursday, April 19

Backyard Buds: Cicada Chorus
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Even if you don’t realize it, you have probably heard a cicada chorus. We will try to replicate the cicada sound as we discover how and where these insects live.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Backyard Buds: Cicada Chorus
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Even if you don’t realize it, you have probably heard a cicada chorus. We will try to replicate the cicada sound as we discover how and where these insects live.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Friday, April 27

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 28

As we look for more ways to be natural and healthy, it is important to remember our garden, too. We will discuss natural remedies for many garden enemies, and everyone will make a natural pest repellent to take home.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

May 2018

Thursday, May 3

Backyard Buds: Praying Mantis
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Praying mantises are superheroes of the bug world—saving plants from harmful pests! Join us in a celebration of these amazing bugs.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Backyard Buds: Praying Mantis
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Praying mantises are superheroes of the bug world—saving plants from harmful pests! Join us in a celebration of these amazing bugs.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, May 12

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 17

Fast and light, discover how hummingbirds can dart so quickly and hover in the air for feeding.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Fast and light, discover how hummingbirds can dart so quickly and hover in the air for feeding.
Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, May 19

Get a few new ideas on how to incorporate fresh herbs from the garden into your cooking. We will also share some of our favorite recipes for cooking a healthy crop of summer vegetables. Everyone will make a tasty treat to keep.
Cost: $15 per person per class.

June 2018

Friday, June 8

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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July 2018

Friday, July 13

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 2018

Friday, August 10

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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View a complete listing of what’s happening at Riverbanks.

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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