Visit Riverbanks each Thursday evening in May for Rhythm and Blooms, a celebration of music and art in the Botanical Garden.

From 6 to 9 pm guests can listen to live music under the Rose Garden Pavilion and browse displays from local artists throughout the Garden. Tapas and drinks will be available for purchase on the Garden terrace.

'With everything in full bloom, the Botanical Garden is a spectacular place to spend a spring evening,' said Andy Cabe, Botanical Garden director.

Tickets are $5 for members, $7 for the general public and children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are on sale now at

May 6
Rhythms By: Corner House (Andy Hearn and Davey Mathias)

On May 6, Tony Avent, owner of Plants Delight Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Garden, will host a lecture from 6 to 7:30pm. The topic is Landscaping in Drifts of One: A Focus on Plant Combinations. Avent will give residential design tips for avid gardeners who simply can't pass up a new or unusual plant. Tickets for the lecture are $15 for Riverbanks members and Midlands Master Gardener Association members and $20 for general public. This ticket includes admission to Rhythm and Blooms.

May 13
Rhythms By: Papa String Band

May 20
Rhythms By: Palmetto Latin Jazz

May 27
Rhythms By: Jamie Beresford Trio

It is the mission of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to foster appreciation and concern for all living things. Riverbanks is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210. The Botanical Garden entrance is located at 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia, SC 29169. The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7.25 for children ages 3 ' 12 and free for children 2 and under. Group rates and other discounts may apply. For more information, call Riverbanks at 803.779.8717 or visit