1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
Need Information? Call 301-962-1400.
Gardens: sunrise - sunset
Visitors Center: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conservatories: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
Note: All buildings will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of Thanksgiving and M-NCPPC Holiday. We will re-open Friday, Nov. 29 at 5:30pm for the Garden of Lights.
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.
Garden of Lights
Winter Garden Walk
November 29, 2013- January 5, 2014
Visualize close to one million twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. Enjoy illuminated giant flowers, snowflakes, a rainbow and showers, and more.
Open every night except December 24 & 25, January 1 & 2
Weekdays (Sunday- Thursday) 5:30 to 9:00pm, with last car admitted at 8:30pm
Weekends (Friday – Saturday) 5:30 to 10:00pm, with last car admitted at 9:30pm
Garden of Lights information page
Xperience Fall & Winter Program Guide is Here!
The Fall and Winter Xperience
Dig into gardening! Check out our horticultural programs and events for all levels of experience and interest. Register today for fall and winter programs at ParkPASS.org.
Gude Garden Restoration Improvement Project
Renovations to the Gude Garden began in late May and will last for approximately 8 months. 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.
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, please visit ParkProjects.org and click Brookside Gardens Greenhouse under Public Input.
Your 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
Weddings, private receptions and corporate retreats are welcome.
Call 301-962-1404 for details.
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