Brookside Gardens, a 50-acre site located in Montgomery County MD, is home to many award-winning gardens and public displays. With over several distinct areas, Brookside Gardens makes for a perfect site to take a relaxing stroll through cultivated gardens and bask in nature.
Brookside Gardens is also noted for for its wellness initiatives which draw on the gardens’ unique features to support the mental and physical health of visitors. Weekly yoga classes, tai-chi classes, and mindfulness retreats are a few of the options available at Brookside to engage in "Nature Rx".
Brookside Gardens originally opened on July 13, 1969, after four years of planning and development from the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission to build a display garden in nearby Wheaton Regional Park. The original grounds of the gardens were owned by Stadler Nursery and took up 25 acres.
Hans Hanses was the first architect of the garden and used many European concepts and designs to inspire visitors to the garden by displaying plants that were readily attainable and suitable for the region. When first unveiled, there were only three gardens on the site. Starting in 1972, Brookside expanded to include several new garden areas. The garden expanded again in 1998 to include a Visitors Center which houses a gift shop, information desk, horticultural library, adult and children’s classrooms, auditorium, and offices.