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A true pleasure, regardless of the season!
Dec 31, 2013 by: 2507traveler from Oneonta, New York
We have visited this local treasure in the spring, when all the flowers put on a most beautiful show. We have also visited in JUly, when despite the heat, the gardens were still most impressive. This is a large botanic garden, with an impressive collection of plants, artfully arranged, and complete with plant "nametags" for curious amateur gardeners like myself. Paths are wide, with gentle inclines, and well-maintained. Garden structures, such as the Asian pagoda, add additional interest. I also visited with my family during the December holiday season to see the Garden of Lights Winter Garden Walk WOW!! This is by far the best winter light-scape of ANY I've ever seen!! Walking through at your own pace, every turn in the path reveals another breath-taking scene. Hot chocolate, and hot cider are available. This was beyond my expectations, and well-worth the $25/car entry fee.
Great outing to beautiful gardens
Dec 28, 2013 by: wannatravelalways from Rockville, Maryland
The brookside gardens are beautiful year round. We especially love them in spring. In winter, the holiday light exhibit and train demo are great for the kids. We usually bring our toddler with a tricycle, but watch out for downward slopes.
Best Christmas Lights in the Area
Dec 10, 2013 by: debby t from Marshall, Virginia
It was a $25 per car entry and from the outset, was a wonderful experience. Parking was easy, the lights were beautiful, so detailed and well thought out. Loved the Loch Ness Monster! Sounds could be heard coming from the animal. The model railway was also wonderful. The gift shop had beautiful crafts from USA artisans, so even an opportunity to Christmas shop. We were lucky enough to be there when the carolers sang. With hot chocolate and homemade cake, we were soon in the holiday spirit and left feeling very festive. This was a very enjoyable experience and thoroughly recommended.
Nov 26, 2013 by: rosemay57 from Silver Spring, Maryland
A lovely 50 acre garden, you can enjoy any time of the year. There are two conservatories (greenhouses) to enjoy during the winter and beautiful light displays during the holidays. The gardens and conservatories may be rented for weddings and other private events. Within walking distance is the Brookside Nature Center. It is geared toward children and very hands on. There is no admission fee to the Garden. However; yearly special events, such as the live Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibits and holiday light display do have fees.
An oasis in suburbia
Nov 25, 2013 by: over70_8 from Silver Spring, Maryland
These extensive gardens, maintained by Montgomery County, offer a peaceful place to stroll and "ooh and aah" over the flowers, trees, shrubs and extensive lawns at any time of the year. The greenhouses are especially pretty during cold months, especially at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Christmas brings a spectacular lighting display to the whole property (and also the only time admission is charged.) Gardens both formal and informal give flower enthusiasts a chance to see what can be grown in the local region but provide a riot of color at any time during the outdoor flowering season. Especially notable are rhododendrons and azaleas, a large rose garden, and several large specimen trees. Children will enjoy the resident Canada geese (watch your step!), turtles and several kinds of water birds, as well as the carousel and miniature train in the adjacent Wheaton Regional Park. The park is visited regularly by people of all ages who walk or jog on its paths and enjoy the peace and beauty of the place.
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