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Brookside Gardens


1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
Need Information? Call 301-962-1400.
Gardens: sunrise - sunset.
Visitors Center: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Conservatories: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Parking Update: Due to ongoing construction activities, visitors should be aware that parking at for the Wings of Fancy Exhibit and general garden access may be limited. Please click here for parking alternatives and more information on the Garden Gateway project. 

Garden of Lights Returns in 2015

2015 Garden Of Lights

Make a new holiday tradition at the Garden of Lights! This walk-through holiday light display features one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements.  Enjoy nightly musical performances and visit the Conservatory to watch G-scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Advance tickets go on sale November 1, 2015 at Brookside Gardens. The event will be open nightly from November 27, 2015 through January 3, 2016 (closed December 24 & 25). Find hours, prices, and additional information here.


Xperience Fall & Winter Program Guide is here!

Dig into gardening! Check out our horticultural programs and events for all levels of experience and interest. Fall and winter programs beginning in September 2015 will be available for registration starting Monday, August 17th.

New this season: Active Montgomery

You can now register for programs, reserve spaces, and renew memberships offered by Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation in one place! Visit today to setup an account and register for programs!


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Garden Renovations: A Garden Gateway

Brookside Gardens is experiencing a wonderful makeover in 2015 as we continue construction on Phase I and II of our Master Plan. Though the construction will focus on a limited section of the Gardens, the changes will be transformative. Click here to learn more!  

About Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens is Montgomery County's incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park. Included in the gardens are several distinct areas: Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children's Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden and the Woodland Walk. The Formal Gardens areas include a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden. Brookside Gardens also feature two conservatories for year-round enjoyment. A horticultural reference library is located in the airy Visitors Center. Admission to the gardens is free.

Note: Pets are not allowed in Brookside Gardens. Service animals are welcome. For more details on our rules and regulations, please see the Garden Etiquette section of our web site.

Please note: Brookside Gardens' vehicle entrances feature deer exclusion grates, which also preclude pedestrians from crossing. All pedestrians should plan to enter the Gardens through the pedestrian entrances. The Visitors Center pedestrian entrance is located on Glenallan Avenue to the left of the vehicle entrance as you enter. The Conservatory pedestrian entrance is located to the right of the vehicle entrance as you enter. Please do not attempt to cross the deer exclusion grates on foot, as this could result in injury.


Give to the GardensYour contribution to the Montgomery County Parks Foundation on behalf of Brookside Gardens will keep the Gardens moving forward to become an even stronger resource for our community and help ensure hours of pleasure for future Brookside Gardens Visitors. We hope you will consider making a gift to the Montgomery County Parks Foundation today.



Brookside Gardens Visitors Center

Brookside Gardens Visitors CenterWeddings, private receptions and corporate retreats are welcome.
Call 301-962-1404 for details.

Registration Online

Sign-up for activities, classes and events at Brookside Gardens 24 hours, 7 days a week through ActiveMONTGOMERY System.

Banner photo credits: Gary Cahn, Adam Fagen, Jingyi Liu

Date of last update: March 5, 2012