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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

December 2018

Saturday, December 1

Terrariums have been popular since the late 19th century and have come in vogue once more. Bringing the nature indoors can be an interesting way to observe the water cycle with children, but also a beautiful accent to your home décor. Join us in making small terrariums in a glass container. Learn how to care for your terrarium, and how to trouble shoot any problems that may occur.
COST: $30 per participant.

Thursday, December 6

Backyard Buds: Ducks
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
A pond isn’t complete without seeing a few ducks! Let’s take a look at how ducks live on both land and water.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Ducks
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
A pond isn’t complete without seeing a few ducks! Let’s take a look at how ducks live on both land and water.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Thursday, December 13

Nature provides a plethora of decorations! With some natural materials and a bit of creativity, we can create some unique ornaments.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Nature’s Ornaments
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Nature provides a plethora of decorations! With some natural materials and a bit of creativity, we can create some unique ornaments.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, December 15

Create a fresh wreath with a variety of evergreen material from Riverbanks. We will teach the basics of wreath making and provide an array of seed pods and natural materials to adorn your creation!
COST: $25 per participant.

 
Create a fresh wreath with a variety of evergreen material from Riverbanks. We will teach the basics of wreath making and provide an array of seed pods and natural materials to adorn your creation!
COST: $25 per participant.

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.