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Brookside Gardens

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FF13 wrote a review Oct 8
Sykesville, Maryland1,745 contributions260 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Leonard K wrote a review Sep 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia292 contributions49 helpful votes
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While these gardens are just a part of the Montgomery County Park System (just northwest of Washington, DC...) they are absolutely wonderful! There are flower gardens, scent gardens, gardens for listening to the sounds of nature, places to reflect, contemplate, celebrate...and everything else one could imagine! If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, don't come here...but if you're in the mood for a delightful afternoon communing with nature (and seeing people celebrating weddings/engagements/anniversaries/birthdays...), you need to visit Brookside Gardens. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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JohnAnnColumbia_MD wrote a review May 2020
Columbia, Maryland1,684 contributions711 helpful votes
We spent about an hour and half walking through Brookside Gardens on Thursday, 14 May. We arrived at 1pm at the Greenhouse and there was plenty of parking. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the park-like gardens. The Japanese Tea House and monument against violence at the opposite end of the pond were closed to visitors. We enjoyed the perimeter walk around the lovely landscaped grounds with refreshing stops at several of the park benches. We enjoy the many makers which identify the plants, flowers and trees. It was delightful just to sit on a bench in the shade of the arbor watching the bubble bees work the colorful Wisteria blooms.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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natashalili wrote a review Feb 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia14 contributions14 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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jinxminx wrote a review Jan 2020
Takoma Park, Maryland365 contributions20 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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