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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 2020

Friday, December 11

Create a unique wreath out of greenery from Riverbanks’ campus. With more than a dozen types of fresh greenery and unusual seed pods for accents, each wreath is a true expression of your individuality!
COST: $25 per person, pre-registration required.

Saturday, December 12

Adult Garden Workshops: Holiday Wreath Workshop
@ 10:00–11:30am / 1:00–2:30pm
Create a unique wreath out of greenery from Riverbanks’ campus. With more than a dozen types of fresh greenery and unusual seed pods for accents, each wreath is a true expression of your individuality!
COST: $25 per person, pre-registration required.

February 2021

Saturday, February 6

This intro to propagation workshop will give the basic principles on ways to grow new plants, with a focus on stem cuttings. Participants will take several cuttings as well as learn the techniques needed to continue propagation at home.
COST: $20 per person, pre-registration required.

March 2021

Saturday, March 6

Make your spring cleaning a little greener this year by creating your own cleaning solutions. By using mostly common household ingredients and herbs, you can make cleaners and insect repellants that are better for Earth and your wallet.
COST: $25 per person, pre-registration required.

April 2021

Thursday, April 15

Riverbanks’ horticulturists will lead participants through the Botanical Garden as we discuss tips and tricks for gardening in the South. This expert advice will help your garden flourish. We encourage participants to bring their questions for this informal program.
COST: $15 per person, pre-registration required.

May 2021

Saturday, May 8

Have a vegetable garden but don’t know what to do with all the bounty? This basic canning workshop will demonstrate how to make jams and jellies, as well as canning common crops like tomatoes and corn.
COST: $25 per person, pre-registration required.

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.