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.*
Garden of Lights Cancelled for 2014
Although ongoing construction will make huge improvements to Brookside Gardens’ entrance and parking areas, our parking areas will not be ready or safe for visitor use in time for the Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens to go on. We know how much our visitors love this event, so we hope you’ll be even more excited to come back in 2015 to see our transformation and enjoy the show. Although the light show is cancelled, there is still plenty to see and do in Montgomery Parks, including the Conservatory Winter Display and Garden Railway Exhibit. Visit www.GardenofLights.org for information on construction and other event ideas.
Garden Renovations: A Garden Gateway
Brookside Gardens is experiencing a wonderful makeover in 2014, as we break ground on Phase I and II of our Master Plan and install a new HVAC system. Though the construction will focus on a limited section of the Gardens, the changes will be transformative.
New Entrance and Parking Lot and Access Improvements
Phase I and II of the Master Plan address the design of the 1800 Glenallan Avenue entrance and the parking area. This complex project will break ground in March 2014, and will result in a complete transformation of the entrance – distinguishing it as the primary entrance to the Gardens – and adding spaces and design features in and around the parking area. Countless improvements will result from the project. For updates and more details, visit Montgomery Parks CIP Brookside Gardens Entry and Parking Renovation and Brookside Gardens Gateway page for alternate parking locations.
Here is what you need to know to plan your visit:
- NOTICE: The Visitors Center is open! Current access to the Visitors Center is through the rear double doors.
- The Visitors Center parking lot will be closed for major improvements from March 2014 through June 2015.
- The Conservatory parking lot offers 39 spaces, or use suggested alternate parking locations.
- The Gardens and Conservatories are open!
We have made the difficult decision to cancel a number of larger events in 2015, including:
Earth Day Festival
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Native Plant Sale
Spring Lecture Series
Summer Twilight Concert Series
Many plant shows and sales
Garden of Lights (Winter 14/15)
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.
Xperience Fall & Winter Program Guide
Dig into gardening! Check out our horticultural programs and events for all levels of experience and interest. Register starting August 14th for county residents at ParkPASS.org.
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