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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

February 2022

Saturday, February 26

The time to think about spring planting is now, before the weather warms up! This basic gardening class will focus on spring vegetables, basic soil conditioning, and gardening in small spaces. We will give a broad overview of what you should be doing in your yard to prepare for spring, but feel free to bring your gardening questions to the experts!
COST: $20 per person, pre-registration required.

March 2022

Saturday, March 26

We are proud to host the nation’s best topiary artist, Mike Gibson, to showcase his skills and demonstrate how to create topiary art. Mike Gibson is currently the Topiary-Artist-in-Residence at Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, SC, where he is helping to restore the legendary garden. He has created close to 500 topiary designs for properties nationwide with his company Gibson Works Property Art. In 2021, Gibson was a featured contestant on the HGTV reality TV competition "Clipped" featuring Martha Stewart as a judge. In this program, see a slideshow of Gibson’s work, see how to create topiary with trees and shrubs, and learn from the best!
COST: $75 Riverbanks members / $95 general public. Pre-registration required.

April 2022

Thursday, April 7

Join us for “happy hour” in the Garden as we start everyone off with a refreshing mocktail using herbs and fruit from the vegetable garden. We will showcase recipes that use fresh, local ingredients to create a delicious beverage. Then you can settle down and enjoy a delightful demonstration of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Ikebana arrangements are not unlike sculpture. Considerations of color, line, form, and function guide the construction of a work, making each one a piece of art.
COST: $15 per person, pre-registration required.

Friday, April 29

Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden
@ 7:00–9:30pm (ages 21 and up)
Event details TBA.
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May 2022

Saturday, May 14

Moss art is a technique of combining preserved mosses in an artistic form to create natural, maintenance-free green spaces on your wall. Participants will design a small frame of moss art to take home.
COST: $40 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.