is Montgomery County's award-winning 50-acre public display garden located within Wheaton Regional Park
. Included in the gardens are several distinct areas; the aquatic garden, azalea garden, butterfly garden, rose garden, children's garden
, formal garden, fragrance garden, Japanese style garden, and trial garden. The garden also features two conservatories for year-round enjoyment. A horticultural reference library is located in the Visitors Center. Also available in the Visitors Center are hands-on activities, educational games, books, and puzzles for children ages two to seven. Call for hours, as they vary for the children's activities.
Brookside also hosts several hugely popular annual events
, as well as children's workshops
throughout the year and summer camps
. Starting around Mother's Day through mid-September, visit the Wings of Fancy
live butterfly exhibit (there's a small fee for this one). November through January, visit the spectacular, walk-through Garden of Lights
(also a small fee). And in September is the free Children's Day
, a day full of entertainment and hands-on activities.