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Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

General Information: 301-962-1400
The grounds of Brookside Gardens are open every day of the year.
Gardens: Sunrise to Sunset.
Visitors Center: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Conservatories: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*

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

NOTICE: For the latest information on weather related cancellations, please call 301-962-1400 or visit our facebook page before coming to the Gardens.

Gift Shop Hours June-July2014

Note: Gift Shops are closed for inventory the week of June 23. Conservatory Shop reopens at 12noon on Tuesday June 24. Visitor Center Shop will be open Wednesday, June 25, Closed Thursday June 26, open Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 noon- 4pm.

Visitors Center Gift Shop: CLOSED Mondays- Thursdays. Open noon 4pm Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Conservatory Gift Shop: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday – Monday, Noon – 4:00 pm

Horticultural Reference Library:10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed holidays.)
Master Gardener Plant Clinics: Temporarily relocated to Wheaton Library; The Master Gardener Plant Clinics at Brookside Gardens will be held Wednesdays only 1:00-4:00pm-

 

Gude Garden Restoration Improvement Project

Garden Map with Gude closed area

Renovations to the Gude Garden will begin in late May and will last for approximately 9 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 please visit ParkProjects.org
or call 301-495-2535

Thank you for your patience.

Directions to Brookside Gardens

  • From I-270 and points west, take exit 4A, Montrose Road east, which turns into Randolph Road. Go approximately 7 miles and turn right onto Glenallan Avenue. From I-495, the Capital Beltway, take Exit 31A (north on Georgia Ave./Rt. 97) toward Wheaton. Drive three miles north on Georgia Avenue to Randolph Road and turn right. At the second traffic light turn right onto Glenallan Avenue.
    • Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, located 3/8 mile on the right at 1800 Glenallan Avenue. Turn right at the 4-way stop at the stone entrance.
    • Brookside Gardens Conservatory, located ½ mile on the right at 1500 Glenallan Avenue.
  • MapQuest driving directions
  • GoogleMaps driving directions

Admission

Admission is free to the gardens. A fee is charged for the Garden of Lights, 'Wings of Fancy' Butterfly Exhibit and some special programs.

Food and drink

Food and drink are not permitted in the Gardens. Picnic facilities are available nearby at the Shorefield Area of Wheaton Regional Park.

Pedestrian Access

Metro: Brookside Gardens is closest to the Glenmont Station on the red line. Exit the station on Glenallan Avenue, turning right. If you exit on Layhill Rd, turn left on Layhill, then right on Glenallan. Walk approximately 1 mile on Glenallan Ave. to Brookside Gardens on your right. Click on the Google Map link above to see the route.

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.

Rules & regulations

Pets and sports equipment are not permitted in the Gardens. Here is a complete list of Brookside Gardens rules and regulations, which may differ from Montgomery Parks rules and regulations.
Limousine Policy: Limousines must obtain a permit in advance of entering Brookside Gardens.
Photography Policy: All groups of 2 or more must obtain a photography permit in advance.

Rest rooms, drinking fountains, public telephones

Rest rooms and drinking fountains are located at the Visitors Center and Conservatories. Public telephones are available outside the Visitors Center and Conservatories. Additional water fountains may be found throughout the gardens.

Wheelchairs available

Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis at the Information Desk in the Visitors Center. We ask that visitors please leave a valid driver's license or I. D. at the desk.

Pets

Pets are not allowed in the Gardens. Pets are allowed on leashes in other parts of Wheaton Regional Park.

Montgomery County Regional Parks map, Maryland


Brookside Gardens is located in Wheaton, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. Its location is indicated on the map below as "Wheaton-4." From I-495, the Washington Beltway, take Route 97, Georgia Avenue north, 3 miles. At Randolph Road, turn right. At Glenallan Avenue, turn right. Turn right into Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., at the four-way stop.

General Location Map