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Brookside Gardens, Maryland

Updated on February 5, 2014

Visit Brookside Gardens

Located in Wheaton, Maryland, Brookside Gardens has been delighting local families and garden lovers for over 40 years. With a full roster of classes, field trips, a horticultural library, seasonal displays like "Wings of Fancy" in the Conservatory and "Garden of Lights" in winter, Brookside is a year round garden destination and a great community gathering place. Relax in the rose garden or fragrance garden, walk the extensive grounds or reflect in the Japanese teahouse located in the Gude garden. Whether you spend an hour or a day at Brookside Gardens, you won't be dissapointed by the variety and beauty of the horticultural displays. ADMISSION FREE EXCEPT FOR WINGS OF FANCY AND GARDEN OF LIGHTS, SEE BELOW.

Wings of Fancy - Butterflies have flown away for 2014! Due to the Visitors Center parking lot renovation, Wings of Fancy will not be offered in 2014. Instead, p

Kids and Photography - A great summer activity

Give your child a chance to practice his photography skills with the beautiful flowers found at Brookside Gardens- it's a great summer activity! © Chris Scroggins

The Rose Garden

Grab a bench and enjoy the frangrant climbing roses and hybrid tea roses. © Chris Scroggins

The Gude Garden

Joe-Pie-Weed and Black-eyed Susans adorn the walkways in August. © Chris Scroggins

Japanese Teahouse

A view of the Japanese Teahouse located across the pond in the Gude garden. © Chris Scroggins

Inside the Visitor Center

Browse the Marylandica gift shop, visit the horticultural library and enjoy art exhibits featuring local artists. © Chris Scroggins

The Library

© Chris Scroggins

Marylandica Gift Shop

Visit the Marylandica gift shop located in the Visitor Center for great gifts for gardeners.

© Chris Scroggins

Nature Books for Children

Browse a great selection of garden and nature books for kids in the Marylandica gift shop.

© Chris Scroggins

Flower Greeting Cards

Get floral greeting cards, plant inspired jewelry and informative gardening books.

© Chris Scroggins

Can't make it to Brookside?

You can shop online here for great butterfly books and greeting cards:

The Conservatory

© Chris Scroggins

Conservatory Gift Shop

Located next to the Conservatory. Buy butterfly cards and tickets to Wings of Fancy here.

© Chris Scroggins

Butterfly Books

Browse a selection of butterfly gardening books and butterfly guide books, perfect gifts for family and friends who love butterflies:

My Butterfly greetings

Garden of Lights 2013 - All images are copyright Chris Scroggins

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Wings of Fancy 2011

Enjoy live butterflies from around the world during Wings of Fancy, Brookside's annual butterfly show. Located in the Conservatory, admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

© Chris Scroggins

I hope you have enjoyed my photographs of Brookside Gardens. Do you have a special memory of Brookside gardens? Please share it with us.

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    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      8 years ago

      What gorgeous big photos -- looks like the stuff of postcards. (I have a postcard of the Japanese Gardens here in Seattle.)

    • Laura Schofield profile image

      Laura Schofield 

      8 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      This is beautiful. We have something similar to the Wings of Fancy butterfly garden here in Chicago at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. I've got some great shots of the kids there. You may enjoy looking at a page I've got on botanical gardens - different part of the world, but still enjoyable for a nature enthusiast. - . Thumbs up and lensrolled your page - fantastic work.

    • vanidiana24 profile image


      8 years ago

      Beautiful garden! Love the greens and the other colors!

    • bconnor11 profile image


      8 years ago

      Love the pictures!

    • Wendy L Henderson profile image

      Wendy Henderson 

      8 years ago from PA

      Beautiful! I live in MD but have never been to Brookside Gardens.

    • Linda BookLady profile image

      Linda Jo Martin 

      8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Very beautiful! I live too far away for a visit, but I enjoyed looking at the pictures. I'm blessing your lens.

    • NatureMaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Hi Virginia,

      Yes, Brookside Gardens is such a great place. Wings of Fancy is even better this year with the addition of some African butterfly species, and they've published an AWESOME butterfly guide specifically for this show. The guide, for an additional $3 makes it really easy to identify the butterflies and ID your photographs.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful photos. Never been to Brookside Gardens, but it sure looks inviting.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I spent a day at Brookside Gardens back in 1989. Lovely then, and from your lens, I see it is still very much worth visiting.

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      9 years ago

      Looks great!


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