Whether you're a veteran green thumb or just getting started, Riverbanks invites you to get growing and celebrate the return of spring during its annual Springtime at the Garden Festival on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Riverbanks' horticulture staff and Master Gardeners from Clemson Extension will be on hand to answer questions and offer some simple tricks of the trade to help keep your backyards in bloom. There will also be how-to sessions and demonstrations on topics ranging from small space vegetable gardening, composting and growing bamboo to managing those pesky seasonal pests.

'You don't have to be an expert on gardening to enjoy Springtime at the Garden,' said Andy Cabe, botanical garden director at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. 'The festival offers something for everyone and gives us an opportunity to share our knowledge in the hopes of making any gardening experience a positive one.'

More than 40 vendors will be on-site with a wide variety of products available for purchase. Guests can shop around for garden art, gardening tools, handmade soap and bath items, books, baskets, crafts and of course, live plants and flowers'including perennials, succulents, citrus and shade plants,
maples and more!

In addition to garden-related activities, acoustic bluegrass favorite 'Slap Wore Out' will entertain the crowd throughout the day. Performance times are 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Botanical Garden Amphitheater.

The family-friendly event also provides plenty of entertainment for the kids. Hula hoop with the Hoop Hounds from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, have fun with Zephyr the Fairy from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm and enjoy clown magic from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (includes a 20 minute magic show in the amphitheater at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm). Kids will also enjoy a temporary tattoo station and hands-on arts and crafts.

Springtime at the Garden will take place'rain or shine'from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. The event is free with paid admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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