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Friends of Brookside Gardens

Purpose

"Helping to make this botanical wonderland a beautiful and enjoyable year-round learning experience for all visitors."

The Friends of Brookside Gardens (FOBG) was established to support the mission of the Gardens. This includes the maintaining of programs to reveal the year-round wonders and beauty of nature and also educating the public on how the proper care of plants can preserve the environment.

Friends of Brookside Gardens E-newsletter

The Brooksider newsletter is now sent via email to FOBG members.

View the April 2013 Brooksider Newsletter
View the February 2013 Brooksider Newsletter
View the December Holiday 2012 Brooksider Newsletter
View the October 2012 Brooksider Newsletter
View the May 2012 Brooksider Newsletter
View the April 2012 Brooksider Newsletter
View the March 2012 Brooksider Newsletter
View the February 2012 Brooksider Newsletter
View the January 2012 Brooksider Newsletter
View the December 2011 Brooksider Newsletter
View the November 2011 Brooksider Newsletter

Special Events sponsored by FOBG

The Friends of Brookside Gardens host a variety of events throughout the year, which are listed in the Calendar of Events

Friends of Brookside Gardens Discount Program

Brookside Gardens is pleased to announce a discount program for the Friends of Brookside Gardens (FOBG). Look for the special “FOBG” discounted rate on many of Brookside’s adult and children’s programs. Friends members can take advantage of this discount program by registering online through www.ParkPASS.org, by mail using the registration form in this program guide, or by dialing 301-962-1451.

Bloomin' Bucks

The Friends of Brookside Gardens has registered for the Bloomin' Bucks fundraising program by Brent and Becky's Bulbs! Anyone planning to purchase bulbs from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, should visit their website www.bloominbucks.com (with no "g" in 'bloomin') and select “Friends of Brookside Gardens”. Friends will earn 25% of all sales designated with their name. This program runs until mid-November, so get your spring bulb orders in now!

We invite you to join the Friends of Brookside Gardens

Please fill in the membership form(pdf, 1KB) and submit it with a check to:
Friends of Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD, 20902-1363

Benefits of Membership

Discounts at the following nurseries and gardens centers:

  • Behnke Nurseries Co.
  • J.H. Burton & Sons
  • Good Earth
  • Johnson's Florist & Garden Centers
  • River Hill Garden Center
  • Stadler Nurseries
  • Surreybrooke Nursery
  • Susanna Farm Nursery
  • Roozen's
  • Wild Bird Center
  • 10% at Brookside Gardens gift shop (except sale items)
  • 10% at Friends' Fall Plant Sale
  • FOBG discount price on many lectures and workshops. Does not apply to trips. See the Xperience program guide for details.
  • Invitations to members-only functions
  • Notice of upcoming programs and workshops at Brookside Gardens

Deep sense of satisfaction in helping others of all ages to experience the beauty of nature and how it can be preserved

Make a Donation

There are also opportunities for special donations to enhance the beauty of Brookside Gardens. These may be made in honor of individuals or as memorials. For more information about joining or to make a donation, contact the Friends of Brookside Gardens at the above address or call the Friends office at 301-962-1435 (voice messages are checked once daily.)

Volunteer with Friends: If you would also care to share your talents, please check those items on the membership form.

Friends Funded Projects

Examples of major Friends funded projects include: the intern position responsible for landscaping and maintaining the plantings around the Conservatory, new furniture for children's classroom, and special projects such as those around the Reflection Terrace and the Conservatory.

In October, 2005 Friends voted to give $50,000 to jump start the Master Plan for Brookside Gardens. The first project involves landscaping and upgrading the main gate area, up the slope to the woodland area and down to the water's edge.

In June, 2006 Friends voted to continue funding of the Internship Program and the Green Matters Symposium. Additional funding for the Master Plan will depend on increasing membership and fund raising efforts.

Contact Us:

Email address: friendsofbrooksidegardens@yahoo.com
Friends Office at 301-962-1435 (voice messages are checked once daily.)