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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

July 2019

Friday, July 19

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.
COST: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

August 2019

Friday, August 16

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.
COST: $3 Riverbanks members / $5 general public.

Saturday, August 17

Discover tips and tricks to reduce waste and expenses in the kitchen. We will demonstrate how to make beeswax wraps for food and provide the supplies to make wraps of your own.
COST: $15 per participant.

September 2019

Thursday, September 12

Join us on an informal walk through the Garden as we discuss tips on gardening in our climate, soil challenges and what to plant for a beautiful yard.
COST: $10 per participant.

Saturday, September 14

Cast concrete leaves can be used to create your own bird feeder, stepping-stones or garden accent. All materials will be provided. The leaf will need at least 48 hours to cure before you can pick it up to take home.
COST: $25 per participant.

October 2019

Saturday, October 5

Learn two different ways to use dried flowers to decorate a candle with a personalized touch. Everyone will take a candle home.
COST: $20 per participant.

Saturday, October 19

Get ready for cold and flu season as we discuss various ways to prevent and alleviate cold symptoms while we make fire cider and syrups for everyone.
COST: $20 per participant.

November 2019

Saturday, November 2

Using dried herbs and beans from the garden, we will create edible mixes to use for dips, meats and soups.
COST: $20 per participant.

Saturday, November 16

Learn tips and tricks for cooking with cast iron as we demonstrate how to cook several different types of food using traditional cast iron cookware.
COST: $15 per participant.

December 2019

Saturday, December 7

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.