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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Garden Etiquette

For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, Brookside Gardens prohibits the following:

  • Balloons are not allowed in the Gardens.
  • Food, drink, and picnicking are not allowed in the Gardens.
    • NOTE: Picnic facilities are available nearby at the Shorefield Area of Wheaton Regional Park.
  • Pets are not allowed with the exception of service animals.
    • NOTE: A dog park is available nearby at the Orebaugh Rd. area of Wheaton Regional Park. Pets are allowed in all other areas of Wheaton Regional Park
  • Frisbees, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, balls, skates, skis, sleds, and recreational and athletic equipment are not allowed in the Gardens.
    • NOTE: Sporting Equipment is allowed nearby at Wheaton Regional Park.
  • Shoes are required in the Gardens.
  • Please do not fish or swim in the water and please do not walk in flower beds.
  • Audio devices are not allowed (headphones are allowed)
  • Please do not feed or disturb geese, fish, or wildlife.
  • Please do not remove any plant material or wildlife

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.