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Garden Programs

Riverbanks Botanical Garden offers an array of opportunities for kids and adults 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. Garden programs are available for ages 2 through adult. Come grow with us!

For more information on Garden Programs, please call 803.602.0803 or email us.

Adult Garden Workshops Hands-on workshops and classes for novice gardeners and green thumbs.

  • 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 the eTickets Store. Upon receipt of your registration, a confirmation will be sent when you are placed in the activity.

  • Cancellation Policy :

    Written cancellations must be received at least two weeks before the scheduled program date in order to receive a refund or to reschedule your reservation. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than two weeks before the program date. Refunds will be given if the program needs to be cancelled by Riverbanks due to weather, low enrollment, etc.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

August 2019

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

Herbal Remedies
@ 10:00am
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

Holiday Wreaths
@ 10:00am
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.

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Family on Safari—Garden Overnight themed events in the Botanical Garden for ages 5 and up.

Looking for a fun and exciting adventure for the whole family ages 5 and up? On select nights, participants will enjoy a pizza dinner at the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Learning Center at Waterfall Junction followed by an interactive program featuring games, nocturnal scavenger hunts, marshmallow roasting, crafts and more! Settle down in the children’s garden in a family-size tent for the night, then wake up to a continental breakfast and a Zoo visit the following day! *Each family of up to 4 will be provided with a 4-person tent and foam camping mats. Families over 4 participants will receive a second tent.

  • Cost :

    $50 per person (members); $60 per person (non-members).

  • Note :

    Children may not be left unattended. Individuals must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of 25 individual registered participants is required to conduct all Family on Safari programs as scheduled.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

We currently do not have any events or programs scheduled. Please check back later.

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.

  • 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.

  • Availability :

    May be scheduled Monday–Saturday. Tours last approximately one hour.

  • Registration :

    Tours must be scheduled in advance by calling 803.602.0813.