Montgomery Parks Celebrates Completion of Brookside Gardens Garden Gateway Project on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

April 13, 2016

Media are invited to join Brookside Gardens’ staff to tour major renovations to the Gardens; volunteer planting and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place following tour.


Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is celebrating the completed Brookside Gardens’ Garden Gateway project – a transformation of the Gardens entrance which began in February 2014. A special ribbon cutting ceremony and volunteer planting will take place on April 22, 2016 at 9 a.m. at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center.


The $5 million Garden Gateway project uses sustainable design to improve the entrance, parking and access to Brookside Gardens. Improvements resulting from this project include:

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A renewed entrance at the intersection of Glenallan Avenue and Heurich Road, with a
safer, dedicated pedestrian walkway

Original artwork

A new boardwalk and parking garden with additional parking spaces

New landscape areas including a magnolia grove and many new plant collections

A courtyard for safe drop-off and pick-up of passengers at the Visitors Center

A new overlook for the Aquatic Garden (north of the Visitors Center)

The new south terrace (outside the Visitors Center Atrium) — a tranquil spot for conversation, plus small classes and events

A water garden featuring a design to treat stormwater runoff.



WHAT:                      Brookside Gardens’ Garden Gateway Project Tour and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony


WHO:                         Brookside Gardens staff, Montgomery County elected officials, students from Glenallan Elementary School and members of the community will celebrate the final stages of completion of the project. 

Media will be given a tour of the new sustainable design and enhancements, and provided an overview of spring and summer programs including the popular Wings of Fancy Live Caterpillar and Butterfly Exhibit.


WHEN:                      Friday, April 22, 2016 (rain or shine)
9:00 a.m.: Garden Gateway Tour and Volunteer planting
11:00 a.m.: Ribbon-cutting ceremony


WHERE:                   Brookside Gardens Visitors Center
1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton MD 20902


PLEASE RSVP:        Please RSVP to: or by phone at 301-650-2866.



About Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.


About Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens is Montgomery County’s incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park.  The Garden features numerous distinct landscape areas, including the Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden and the Woodland Walk. The Formal Gardens areas include a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden. Two conservatories showcase changing seasonal displays for year-round enjoyment. A horticultural reference library and gift shop are located in the Visitors Center. Admission to the Gardens is free.