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I want to come back in warmer weather!
Apr 15, 2014 by: annecolorgreen from Indiana
I've heard so much about this place and decided to stop in during a trip to DC. It was a delight! I only had time to go through the conservancy area but could imagine how wonderful it must be--the grounds are much larger than I expected. The only downside: parking is limited.
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.
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