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Brookside Gardens – Silver Springs, MD

The Brookside Gardens is 50 acres of public gardens located within Wheaton Regional Park, at 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland. The gardens themselves are open daily without charge. However, certain annual events there are held that may charge a fee. The gardens hosts a “Garden of Lights” exhibit that features a light display during the holiday season.

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 – water-loving plants with two ponds and gazebo.
  • Azalea Garden – over 300 varieties of azaleas represented by 2,000 plants. Also rhododendrons, witchhazel, holly, Japanese andromeda, sweet-box, skimmia, and shade-tolerant perennials.
  • Butterfly Garden – Seasonal in summer only. Admission fee.
  • Children’s “School’s Outside” Garden
  • Conservatories – seasonal displays and special exhibits. The surrounding garden contains a collection of unusual conifers and groundcovers.
  • Dry Stone Sphere—A stacked stone sculpture, by stone artist Devin Devine.
  • Fragrance Garden
  • Gude Garden – a Japanese-style landscape with bamboo, beech, unusual conifers, dogwood, and groundcovers, as well as an island teahouse overlooking the ponds.
  • Maple Terrace – raised beds within a planting of ‘Suminagashi’ Japanese maples.
  • a Japanese teahouse overlooking a pond stocked with koi.
  • Perennial Garden – wisterias, roses, Jasmine stephanense, buddleia, and Prunus × cistena, allium, geranium, sedum, panicum, lespedeza, calamagrostis, anemones, asters, acanthus, and agastache, etc.
  • Reflection Terrace – a memorial to the ten individuals killed in the October 2002 Washington D.C. area sniper attacks.
  • Rock Garden – spring flowering bulbs with grasses and conifers.
  • Rose Garden – all types of roses, including hybrid tea, rugosa hybrids, grandiflora, English, miniature, floribunda, shrub, groundcover, polyantha, climber, Gallica, hybrid musk, and the garden rose.
  • Trial Garden – spring flowering bulbs, then summer displays of new and unusual plant varieties.
  • Woodland Walk – forested wetland with bald cypress, tulip poplar, spicebush, and groundcover of mayapple, fern, and skunk cabbage. A native plant garden includes approximately 124 species and cultivars of Maryland native plants.
  • Yew Garden – a garden room within yew hedges.

Brookside Gardens also feature two conservatories for year-round enjoyment. Admission to the gardens is free.

The outdoor Gardens are open for your enjoyment, relaxation and exercise from sunrise to sunset.
The Visitor Center is open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm daily.
The Gift Shop is open Wednesday-Monday 10:00 am until 2:00 pm (Closed Tuesday)
There is very limited capacity inside the building.

Hours of Operation:

  • Outdoor Gardens: open daily 6:30 am – 8:00 pm (sunrise – sunset)
  • Visitor Center: open daily 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Gift Shop: open Wednesday-Monday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Closed Tuesday)
  • Conservatory building:

1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

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