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Adult Programs

We didn’t forget about the grown-ups at Riverbanks! Get to know the Botanical Garden, learn new gardening techniques, or invite us to visit your community with one of our Adult Programs.

Garden Workshops

Hands-on workshops and classes for those with a love for learning to dig up fascinating facts about native and exotic plant life at Riverbanks and beyond. Expert horticulturists engage participants with hands-on workshops and demonstrations.

Scheduled Programs

Fall Gardening

Fall is a great time to garden in South Carolina. With cooler temperatures but mild winters, homeowners can grow fresh produce all winter long. Learn what vegetables grow well in the fall and winter, as well as tips and techniques to having a successful garden in the spring.

Saturday, September 24


$15 per person. Pre-registration required.

Air Plants

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 create two different air plant projects with a glass orb and a natural material as we discuss how to care for these unique plants.

Saturday, October 22


$25 per person. Pre-registration required.

Monarchs and Mexico

Join us for an informal evening in the Garden as we talk about Monarch migration to Mexico and Riverbanks’ role in helping to tag these amazing insects to monitor their trek. This is the time of year that monarchs end their journey to Mexico, and it coincides with Day of the Dead on November 2. For some people in Mexico, monarchs represent the souls of their ancestors returning to visit them for Day of the Dead. A guest speaker will join us to explain the Day of the Dead traditions and symbolism.

Thursday, October 27


$15 per person. Pre-registration required.

Blooming Bulb Containers

Participants will learn the secret to having long term spring blooms as we put together a bulb container with layers of 5 different bulbs for successive blooming over a few months. The instructor will cover basic bulb care and discuss which bulbs will be in the container. Program fee includes container, soil and all bulbs for each participant.

Saturday, November 12


$50 per person. Pre-registration required.

Wreath Workshop

Riverbanks will provide the wreath base and all the fresh greenery for you to create a unique fresh wreath. We will provide basic instructions and an assortment of seed pods to inspire participants to create the perfect wreath for their home.

Friday, December 9


$30 per person. Pre-registration required.

Program Details

Cost :
Varies per class. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.
Location :
Programs typically take place in the Waterfall Junction Learning Center. The instructor will notify participants of exact location if held elsewhere, but all programs are held at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.
Registration :
Pre-registration is required for all activities. Available programs may be registered for via Educational Program Registration. Upon receipt of your registration, a confirmation will be sent when you are placed in the activity.

Opens August 15

Guided Garden Tours

Whether your group includes casual visitors or avid gardeners, young students, or seasoned explorers, a trained horticulturist will help you develop a fun and interactive tour to fit your needs.

Program Details

Cost :
$5 per person (10 person minimum), plus admission fees.
Capacity :
Maximum of 25. For groups of more than 25, an additional tour guide will be provided.
Program Length :
May be scheduled Monday–Saturday. Tours last approximately one hour.

Register for Tour

Registration :
Tours must be scheduled in advance by calling 803.602.0813.

Senior Community Programs


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation or date change requests must be received ten days in advance of the event. Requests must be submitted in writing at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will retain a $2 processing fee for cancellations and charge a $2 processing fee for date changes.

In the rare event that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden must cancel the scheduled event, all deposits or money received will be reimbursed or an option to reschedule will be provided. Notification of cancellation will be provided at least ten days prior to the scheduled event (unless weather-related). Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is not liable for any other expenses that the guest may have incurred in the preparation and execution of the event.

Refunds will not be provided for individuals who do not show up for the event.

Questions about Adult Programs?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.