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Calendar of Events

NOTES: For a complete listing of our educational programs, plant shows, and sales, refer to the Xperience Guide to Programs and Events.
To view our educational programs in a calendar format, visit

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit
Wednesday, April 27-Sunday, September 25
10:00am-4:00pm daily
Fee: $8 ages 13+; $5 ages 3-12; Free ages 0-2
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory

Annual Silver Spring Garden Mart
Sponsored by the Silver Spring Garden Club
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00am- 1:00pm
Visitors Center South Terrace

Summer Concert Series: Crawdaddies
Cajun, zydeco, blues and ska
FREE! Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Visitors Center Lawn

Summer Concert Series: Damon Foreman
Blues and funk
FREE! Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Visitors Center Lawn

Summer Concert Series: Ocho de Bastos
Latin rock
FREE! Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Visitors Center Lawn

Speaker Series: Native Bees in Your Garden
Join Sam Droege, Head of the United States Geological Survey Bee Monitoring Lab as he opens your eyes to an entirely new world in your own backyard. A biologist and macro photographer extraordinaire, Sam collects and photographs the thousands of native bee species that thrive locally and around the nation. These small and often overlooked organisms are incredibly vital to your garden and our local ecosystem; Sam will show you how to welcome them to your property.
Register in Active Montgomery for course # 14880
Tuesday, June 21, 10:00 - 11:30am
Fee: $15, FOBG: $13; registration required
VIsitors Center Auditorium

Daylily Show & Sale
Sponsored by the National Capital Daylily Club
Sunday, June 26, 1:30- 5:00pm
Visitors Center Auditorium
The National Capital Daylily Club will host its 50th Annual Daylily Exhibition -- Free Admission to a judged display of modern to historic daylilies at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center. The event is accredited by the American Hemerocallis Society. Daylily sales 11:00 until sold out. Demonstrations: Dividing Daylilies at 1 &2; Judging Daylilies Discussion at 2:30.

Summer Concert Series: U-Liners
Americana and roots rock
FREE! Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Visitors Center Lawn

Garden After Dark: Wings and Wine
Thursday, July 7 • 7:00-9:00pm
What do butterflies do when the sun sets? Find out with exclusive evening access to our “Wings of Fancy” exhibit! Sample local wines as butterflies and music swirl around you; learn more about the fascinating extended family of butterflies (Lepidoptera).
Finish off the evening by potting up a butterfly container garden to take home. Meet in the Brookside Gardens Conservatory.
Register in Active Montgomery for Course #14886; Fee $60 for 2 (FOBG $54)

Garden After Dark: Cocktail Flower
Tuesday, August 2 • 6:00-8:00pm
Enjoy an evening in our beautiful new cocktail garden with gardener and designer Kelley Heim as your guide. Kelley will talk about her design process and point out some of the unusual specimens growing there. We'll harvest some key ingredients, then return to the Visitors Center where our bartender for the evening will demonstrate how to create a few tasty botanical cocktails. You’ll leave equipped with a bouquet of fresh ingredients and cocktail recipes to try at home. Meet in the Visitor Center Auditorium.
Register in Active Montgomery for Course #14887; Fee $60 for 2 (FOBG $54).

Cactus and Succulent Show & Sale
Sponsored by the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society
Saturday, August 6, 10:00am- 5:00pm
Sunday, August 7, 9:00am- 4:00pm
Visitors Center Auditorium