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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

September 2018

Saturday, September 29

Create a beautiful cast of a large leaf and have a beautiful garden decoration that will outlast the frost. Cast concrete leaves can be used to create stepping stones or as a garden accent. All materials will be provided, and you can leave the mess here instead of making one at home! The leaf will need at least 48 hours to cure before you can pick it up to take home.
COST: $25 per participant.

October 2018

Thursday, October 4

Backyard Buds: Carnivorous Plants
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Carnivorous plants have the incredible ability to attract and eat a variety of bugs! Pretend to be a Venus fly trap as we explore these unusual plants.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Carnivorous Plants
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Carnivorous plants have the incredible ability to attract and eat a variety of bugs! Pretend to be a Venus fly trap as we explore these unusual plants.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 6

Teens can learn basic cooking techniques, equipment and tricks to get them started in the kitchen. We will cook a few different recipes for everyone to try.
COST: $20 per participant.

Thursday, October 18

Backyard Buds: Spiders
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Spiders get a bad reputation as being scary, but these eight-legged friends do some amazing things for the garden. Come and learn all about our spider friends!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Spiders
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Spiders get a bad reputation as being scary, but these eight-legged friends do some amazing things for the garden. Come and learn all about our spider friends!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, October 20

Fall is a great time to get in your garden and grow winter vegetables. We will demonstrate things you should be doing in the fall to prepare for a successful spring and summer, as well as discuss the edibles that you should plant now for winter and spring harvest.
COST: $15 per participant.

November 2018

Thursday, November 1

Backyard Buds: Opossums
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
From prehensile tails to sharp teeth, opossums have some unusual traits to help them survive!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Opossums
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
From prehensile tails to sharp teeth, opossums have some unusual traits to help them survive!
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 3

Get ready for the holidays with some new recipes and cooking tips! We will cover some ways to cook fall vegetables and use edibles straight from the garden.
COST: $20 per participant.

Thursday, November 15

Backyard Buds: Lizards
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Explore the world from a lizard’s point of view as we discuss what lizards eat, how they warm themselves on rocks and what they do when there is danger.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

 
Backyard Buds: Lizards
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Explore the world from a lizard’s point of view as we discuss what lizards eat, how they warm themselves on rocks and what they do when there is danger.
COST: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public.

Saturday, November 17

Air plants are an interesting addition to your home plant collection, and can be used in a variety of ways for a fun and fresh look in your home décor. Participants will choose air plants to work with, and will use both a shell and a glass orb to create two different planters. Learn how to care for your air plants, and how they grow successfully without any soil.
COST: $20 per participant.

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.