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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.

Backyard Buds Garden adventures for kids ages 2–5 (with an adult) that includes a lesson, craft and story.

  • Cost :

    $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required.

  • Location :

    Waterfall Junction Learning Center.

  • 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

May 2018

Thursday, May 3

Praying Mantis
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Praying mantises are superheroes of the bug world—saving plants from harmful pests! Join us in a celebration of these amazing bugs.

 
Praying Mantis
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Praying mantises are superheroes of the bug world—saving plants from harmful pests! Join us in a celebration of these amazing bugs.

Thursday, May 17

Hooray for Hummingbirds
@ 9:45am (ages 2–5)
Fast and light, discover how hummingbirds can dart so quickly and hover in the air for feeding.

 
Hooray for Hummingbirds
@ 11:00am (ages 2–5)
Fast and light, discover how hummingbirds can dart so quickly and hover in the air for feeding.

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Junior Master Gardeners for Homeschool An opportunity for youth ages 7–12 to interact and bond with nature through hands-on gardening, scientific experiments and arts.

The JMG program explores the broader picture of gardening, including native wildlife, harvesting, and using fresh food from the garden. Both groups observe and learn about the trees and native plants in the area while gaining valuable gardening skills. This session meets the first three Wednesdays of each month beginning in September. After the completion of the entire program, students will receive their Junior Master Gardener certification.

Level 1 (ages 7–9) Explores insects, plant life, fruits and vegetables, garden design and more.

Level 2 (ages 10–12) Focuses on plant growth and propagation methods, as well as the effects of soil and water cycles on plants.

For more information, please call 803.602.0813 or email asegura@riverbanks.org.

  • Cost :

    $200 per child. Includes handbook, T-shirt, and supplies.

  • Location :

    Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Drop-off at the Garden Ticket Booth (1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia) at 9:45am.

  • Availability :

    September 6 – May 9 at 10:00am–12:00pm.

Family Programs at Waterfall Junction Weekday activities geared for the whole family.

Tantalizing Taste Bud Thursday at 2:00pm

From our garden to our table, learn how to grow, harvest and prepare some favorite foods.

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.

  • Note :

    Children may not be left unattended. Individuals must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of 15 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.

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.

  • 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

April 2018

Saturday, April 28

Natural Pest Control
@ 10:00am–12:00pm
As we look for more ways to be natural and healthy, it is important to remember our garden, too. We will discuss natural remedies for many garden enemies, and everyone will make a natural pest repellent to take home.
COST: $15 per participant.

May 2018

Saturday, May 12

Succulent Wreaths
@ 10:00am–12:00pm
Create a one-of-a-kind wreath for your wall or door using a sphagnum wreath base and hardy sedums. Every participant will plant a wreath to take home, as well as learn about alternative plants and forms to use for unique focal points.
COST: $40 per participant.

Saturday, May 19

Cooking Fresh
@ 10:00am–12:00pm
Get a few new ideas on how to incorporate fresh herbs from the garden into your cooking. We will also share some of our favorite recipes for cooking a healthy crop of summer vegetables. Everyone will make a tasty treat to keep.
COST: $15 per participant.

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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 :

    $55 for each program reserved.

  • Capacity :

    Maximum of 25. For groups of more than 25, you may split your group and pay for the number of tours required.

  • Availability :

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

  • Registration :

    Tours must be scheduled in advance by calling 803.602.0813.

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