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. Admission to the gardens is free.
Effective Saturday, August 7, 2021, face coverings are required inside our facilities. For details on the updated county mandate, visit mocoparks.org/FaceCoverings
Masks are not required outdoors in the parks but are recommended when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
• Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others
• Follow CDC Guidelines for health and safety:
— If you are sick, or have symptoms, please stay home
— Wash your hands and use sanitizer frequently
Limousine Policy: Limousines must obtain a permit in advance of entering Brookside Gardens.
Photography Policy: All groups of two or more must obtain a photography permit in advance.
Please note: Brookside Gardens’ vehicle entrances feature deer exclusion grates, which also preclude pedestrians from crossing. All pedestrians should enter the Gardens through either the pedestrian entrances on Glenallan Avenue to the left of the vehicle entrance or the conservatory pedestrian entrance to the right of the vehicle entrance. Crossing the deer exclusion grates on foot could result in injury.
Beginning Thursday, May 20, you may visit Brookside Gardens Conservatories to view tropical and flowering plants inside our greenhouse.
Brookside Gardens’ Conservatory will be open daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The conservatory features plants from around the world including banana, palm, eucalyptus, red powderpuff, and cacao trees. Also on display are fragrant plants such as snapdragons, rose-scented geranium, myrtle, and tricolor sage. Masks are required. Free: No reservations required.
Honoring those we have lost by suspending one strand of crystals, in memory of each life lost to COVID-19 in Montgomery County
On display March to September 2021
Award-winning Brookside Gardens is a picture-perfect location for garden weddings. From April through October, groups as large as 110 enjoy the Gardens’ shimmering ponds, romantic gazebos, colorful gardens, and green lawn expanses for celebrations of all kinds. The contemporary Reception Hall and Conservatory are available year-round and are ideal locations for large and small indoor gatherings.
Brookside Gardens offers a choice of meeting venues. The Hall, with its panoramic view of the regularly changing, spectacular garden displays, can seat 175 lecture room-style. Brookside’s classrooms are also available for small meetings or training sessions for groups up to 50.
Sign up for activities, classes, and events at Brookside Gardens 24 hours a day, seven days a week through ActiveMONTGOMERY. You can access the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 Cultivate program guide by clicking on this link.
Find out the latest news including upcoming programs and activities by signing up for Brookside Gardens’ monthly eNewsletter.
Contributions to the Montgomery County Parks Foundation on behalf of Brookside Gardens keep the Gardens moving forward to become an even stronger community resource. They also ensure hours of enjoyment for future Brookside Gardens visitors. Please donate to the Montgomery County Parks Foundation today.
All inquiries regarding sponsorships may be directed to Ellen Bennett, 301-962-1402 or Ellen.Bennett@montgomeryparks.org