Brookside Gardens

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United States of America - Maryland - Wheaton

Institution Code: BRKSG

BGCI Member: No

About the Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens' mission, as a public garden, is to foster appreciation for the art of gardening and the science of horticulture through plant collections and displays, learning opportunities and special events.

Main Address:
Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Maryland 20902 United States of America

Telephone: (301) 962-1411
Fax: (301) 962-7878
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Stephanie Oberle, Director
    Curator's Name: Philip M. Normandy, Plant Collections Manager
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Philip M. Normandy
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 14
    Educational Staff Number: 6
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1969
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 20 Hectares
    Latitude: 39.0596720
    Longitude: -77.0350380
    Annual Rainfall: 1092 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 1000 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: McCrillis Gardens
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: 6910 Greentree Road
  • Locality: City: Bethesda
  • Locality: State: Maryland

Features and Facilities

  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 400000
    Number of Volunteers: 502

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 8693
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 4413
  • Special Collections:Hamamelis, Pieris, Rhododendron, Rosa, Viburnum, conservatory plants, rare plants from the Orient (especially from Japan and Korea - 1,000 taxa).
    Plant collections are incorporated in landscapes and gardens and not segregated as in an arboretum.
    Brookside Gardens is a display garden.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes