Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens, Wheaton: Hours, Address, Brookside Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Brookside Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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jinxminx
Takoma Park, MD362 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a lovely local botanical garden. Entrance is free (although the butterfly exhibit and the winter light display do cost money). A couple of years ago they made an additional parking lot, which is good because the gardens are popular. People come to take prom and engagement photos, and even get married in the gazebo.

There are ever changing display gardens, a wisteria walkway, a rose garden, pools, hedges and rolling grounds dotted with trees and including a lake with a Japanese style roofed pavilion, from which you can see LOTS of turtles in the lake below, along with swallows flying over the water. Of course the conservatory/greenhouse, visitor's center, gift shops, restrooms, water fountains. There is even a labyrinth at the far end of the property.

The gardens are beautiful and there are lots of butterflies in the summer. I often go when I feel like taking photographs and want somewhere close. Just really a great resource - you will see people of all ages and nationalities enjoying the flowers and the grounds.
Written January 13, 2020
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Marjorie A
Harleysville, PA269 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
The Brookside Garden is a nice place to spend a Sunday afternoon strolling around the many paths. It is peaceful and stroller friendly with plenty of benches to rest or just enjoy the outdoors.

There is a section which is more formal garden with small fountains and a rose garden. The rose garden was my personal favorite. Several varieties were in bloom during my visit. They were simply stunning!

The garden has a conservatory on site. It was a lot smaller than I had expected and didn’t really have much to see inside. A few tropical plants and a small waterfall. Honestly, I was disappointed and would have skipped it if I had known what it looked like inside.

Know before you go.... I would recommend about 2 hours to view the entire garden. Also, the parking lot is not very big and will fill up fast during prime times. The spaces seemed kind of small. Bigger vehicles may have a harder time parking. There is some additional parking by the conservatory. These spaces are bigger so this might be a better option if you have a larger vehicle.

Overall, I did enjoy walking through the garden. I felt relaxed and at peace. I would recommend it if you are in the area and have time for a visit.
Written May 30, 2021
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ITRT
Virginia37,879 contributions
Apr 2021
Brookside Gardens is truly an impressive gem located within the Wheaton Regional Park. It is a beautiful and well-maintained place to simply enjoy the beauty of the flowers, trees, gazebos, ponds and water structures. The water structures were not on when we visited. A bonus is the temporary outdoor exhibit honoring those in Montgomery County who died of Covid-19. The walkway has one strand of crystals in memory of each life lost. Another memorial near one of the ponds honors those who lost their lives during the sniper spree in 2002. While we were there, we saw people using the gardens as a backdrop for their wedding and Quinceañera photos. A permit is required to take professional photos. There are two conservatories on the grounds as well as a visitor center/gift shop. There is also a butterfly garden (fee), children’s garden, and greenhouse. Although there seemed to be adequate parking spaces, there was a line of cars waiting for a parking spot. The gardens have both paved and un-paved trails and paths. Most visitors, and some of the trees, wore masks because of Covid restrictions in place. Plan a visit: you will be impressed and glad you did.
Written April 14, 2021
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natashalili
Washington DC, DC14 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Great place for a family excursion. Don’t bring pets or picnic, not allowed. But it’s large has a path that follows a great distance through ponds and gardens.
Also has an annual butterfly exhibit in doors in their green house. Can find discount tickets often on Groupon.
Parking used to be tight but they have now extended their lots and also have interesting educational classes ( check their website) as well as event room rental opportunities.
The holiday lights display at night is one of their biggest draws. Well worth the visit.
Written February 11, 2020
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bobthatsme
Silver Spring, MD206 contributions
Aug 2019
There's a wonderful display of tulips in mid-April, a rose garden which peaks in the summer, and many other flowers from spring through early fall. The conservatory offers flowers year round and an excellent butterfly room in the summer. Winter is pleasant, but not a destination attraction unless you come at night in December for the garden of lights. Birdwatchers can usually count on seeing a Great Blue Heron and other interesting birds. Wheaton regional park is adjacent to this and offers even more things to do, and most of all of this is free.
Written January 5, 2020
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lalocadr19
Hollywood, Florida6,544 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
This garden is beautiful, first park is free to enter and parking which garden has plenty. The Garden van enter at different entrance which is plus less crowded. The park has plenty of flowers, to see and enjoy. Park has huge picnic area which can be used and enjoyed a warm afternoon.

The park also have a huge pond in the middle of the park, which is very enjoyable, the park has one trails which is about 1 .5 miles, has beautiful bridge. The park also has plenty of flowers specially in the summer highly recommended. If you are in the area is definitely a must.
Written February 18, 2022
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FF13
Sykesville, MD1,877 contributions
Oct 2020
We enjoyed a fall afternoon at Brookside Gardens as we explored their beautiful gardens, pathways, and displays. While we visited, staff members were working on changing displays by adding fall plantings. Many summer flowers were still blooming and bees were still visiting to help pollinate.
We also enjoyed the various water features located on the grounds as well as the ponds. We saw several turtles and frogs.
This is a wonderful location, not far from Washington DC or Baltimore. Definitely worth several visits at different times of the year. And the gardens are free!
Written October 8, 2020
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New Leibniz
Boca Raton, FL35 contributions
Visiting these gardens requires about an hour's drive each way from Annapolis, through some of the most difficult traffic in the region. I rarely visit these gardens, in spite of their being just a short distance from my home, because the attractions are greatly overrated and the staff, especially during the Christmas holiday season, acts snobbish and unfriendly. Visitors to Annapolis would do much better visiting the William Paca gardens. They are big enough to fill up an afternoon, they include interesting historical sites, and they are run by a management that seems to know what it's doing. Don't waste your time trying to find Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, or you could end up feeling both unwelcome and disappointed.
Written July 31, 2007
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fansmom
Olney, MD21 contributions
It's in Wheaton MD, a suburb of Washington, and so is about 45 minutes from Annapolis. It's nice, but certainly not worth a trip from Annapolis.
Written July 14, 2006
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colino1
CA4 contributions
Misleading and a ripoff. The yare very unprofessional, poorly organized, and they tell you all kinds of things to help you say yes to your wedding there then the contract is totally different and it's too late to change venues. Stay away!
Written August 25, 2009
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