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Brookside Gardens

1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
Need Information? Call 301-962-1400.

Hours:
Gardens: sunrise - sunset.
Visitors Center: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conservatories: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*

Garden Renovations: A Garden Gateway

Brookside Gardens is experiencing a wonderful makeover in 2014, as we break ground on Phase I and II of our Master Plan and install a new HVAC system.  Though the construction will focus on a limited section of the Gardens, the changes will be transformative.

New Entrance and Parking Lot and Access Improvements

Phase I and II of the Master Plan address the design of the 1800 Glenallan Avenue entrance and the parking area.  This complex project will break ground in March 2014, and will result in a complete transformation of the entrance – distinguishing it as the primary entrance to the Gardens – and adding spaces and design features in and around the parking area.  Countless improvements will result from the project. For updates and more details, visit Montgomery Parks CIP Brookside Gardens Entry and Parking Renovation and Brookside Gardens Gateway page for alternate parking locations.

Here is what you need to know to plan your visit:

  • NOTICE: Current access to the Visitors Center is through the Atrium (right) side of the building. The information desk, library, gift shop and rest room side of the building is currently closed for HVAC installation. A spacious rest room trailer is located behind the visitors center to the right- at the entrance to the Gude Garden.
  • The Visitors Center will be be closed to the public for HVAC installation for 6-8 weeks beginning March 17, 2014.
  • The Visitors Center parking lot will be closed for major improvements from March 17- November 2014.
  • The Conservatory parking lot offers 39 spaces, or use suggested alternate parking locations.
  • The Gardens and Conservatories are open!

We have made the difficult decision to cancel a number of larger events in 2014, including:

Earth Day Festival
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit
Native Plant Sale
Spring and Fall Lecture Series
Summer Twilight Concert Series
Many plant shows and sales
Children’s Day
Pumpkin Panache Family Festival


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.

Summer Camp Registration now open

Visit our Children's Programs page for complete camp details.

Xperience Spring & Summer Program Guide
is here!

Xperience Spring & Summer 2014 cover

 

Xperience Spring & Summer 2014

Dig into gardening! Check out our horticultural programs and events for all levels of experience and interest. Register today for remaining winter programs at ParkPASS.org.

Spring registration Underway at Montgomery Parks

Spring Registration is Underway at Montgomery Parks!
From ice skating and tennis to nature programs and summer camps, you’ll find fun, convenient and affordable ways to entertain your entire family in Montgomery Parks! Check out information on sports and athletic classes, nature and outdoors programs, ways to explore History in the Parks, spring and summer camps, or more things to do! Start planning spring fun for the entire family today.


Gude Garden Restoration Improvement Project

Renovations to the Gude Garden began in late May and will be completed in early spring. We will be stabilizing the banks, dredging the ponds, and repairing the dams to improve water quality. The turtles and fish will be temporarily relocated to another pond.

CLOSED: During renovations, the Gude Garden lawn, Japanese Tea House, Reflection Terrace, the Labyrinth, and lower service road (a section of the Heart Smart Trail) around the Garden will be closed.

OPEN: Pedestrian access to Wheaton Regional Park through the Pine Lake gate will remain open during the renovations.

For more information on the Gude Garden Restoration Project, please visit ParkProjects.org or call 301-495-2535.

Thank you for your patience.

 

 

Garden Map showing closed areas

Public Notice

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks presented the Brookside Gardens Greenhouse Facility Plan to the Montgomery County Planning Board on June 13, 2013. The facility plan proposes to install a new greenhouse within the propagation and maintenance area at Brookside Gardens. Plants will be grown in the greenhouse for use throughout Brookside’s display gardens and conservatory. The plan was presented to the community in a public meeting on April 24, 2013.

For additional information about the project, click on Brookside Gardens Greenhouse.

Donations

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 ParkPASS System.

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

Date of last update: March 5, 2012