Brookside Gardens 50th Anniversary Planting Project
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Brookside Gardens 50th Anniversary Planting Project

Join us in celebrating the 50th Birthday of Brookside Gardens by planting 50,000 daffodills! Volunteers will be planting daffodil bulbs from 9am-12pm. Involves working outdoors and kneeling. Volunteers must be ages 14 and older, or 11-13 with a parent/adult guardian.
Contact info: Albert Arevalo at 301-962-1429 or email: MCP-GardenVolunteer@montgomeryparks.org

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Special 20% Off Plant Sale
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Special 20% Off Plant Sale

Because of the rainy weekend, many plants remain to be sold. To move them quickly, all plants have been reduced by 20%. Mark your calendar. This is the final sale date this year!
CLICK HERE for Plant Sale details.

Plant Sale Venue: Brookside Gardens Service Hill (Hoop House), Fernmont Lane, Wheaton, MD. Follow signs on Glenallan Avenue for the sale. CLICK HERE for map.

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Children's Day: Explore Maryland
Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Children's Day: Explore Maryland

Join Brookside Gardens as we celebrate the magnificent state of Maryland and the opening of the newly themed Children’s Garden: Explore Maryland! Enjoy crafts and activities that interpret the western Maryland mountain ranges, the central agricultural basin and the eastern shore. Try a climbing wall, pot up a black-eyed Susan (the Maryland state flower), learn how to save the Bay and listen to live music. FREE

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Shakespeare in the Garden
Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

Shakespeare in the Garden

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Join us for our second year of Shakespeare in the Garden! Grab a picnic and get as cozy as Titania in her bower as we are visited by Puck the merry wanderer of the night, a cast of fairies, lovesick youth, and a band of hapless players in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Whether you are an experienced Shakespearian scholar, or this is your first theatrical encounter, this professional production is destined to delight all ages. Don’t miss the magic! Production provided by Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks and sponsored by Friends of Brookside Gardens. CLICK HERE for more details.

Fee: FREE
Brookside Gardens Grounds 

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Earth Day Festival
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Earth Day Festival

Our planet is priceless! From 12pm - 4pm on Sunday, April 22, come to Brookside Gardens to celebrate Earth Day and learn ways to keep it healthy.

This festival offers something for everyone: a green craft fair, a plant sale featuring native perennials, shrubs, and trees, food trucks, environmental educators, family activities, interactive drum circles, community art project and more. Visitors will get to explore hybrid vehicles and garden equipment; learn how to reduce use of plastics; understand the benefits of composting; learn how to grow healthy food at  home; buy plants to create backyard habitats for bird and insect pollinators and so much more (CLICK HERE FOR PLANT LIST).

Free; no registration required.
CLICK HERE FOR EARTH DAY INFO

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Green Matters Symposium
Feb
23
8:00 AM08:00

Green Matters Symposium

 

Restoring and Renewing Our Urban Landscapes

How can we design our landscapes in ways that prevent harm to existing ecosystems AND regenerate the environment? This symposium helps shift the focus beyond sustainability strategies geared towards slowing environmental degradation by emphasizing solutions that heal our damaged urban landscapes. Click here for details.
To register for this event please click on Course # 40522
Friday, February 23, 8:00am-4:00pm
Fee: Early Bird: $85 fee expires on Friday, January 12;
$99 starting Saturday, January 13
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Children's Day: Honey Harvest
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Children's Day: Honey Harvest

Time: 11.00 AM - 4.00 PM
Venue: Brookside Gardens and Brookside Nature Center

Join Brookside Gardens, Brookside Nature Center, and the Maryland State Beekeepers Association to celebrate honey bees and other pollinators. Talk to beekeepers, watch honey being harvested, buy local honey and bee products and enjoy family-friendly activities and crafts. Visit us at the FOBG booth!!
For more details CLICK HERE.

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Speaker Series: Catherine Zimmerman
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Speaker Series: Catherine Zimmerman

Hometown Habitat: Lecture and Screening

FOBG Sponsored Program
(Also Sponsored by Maryland Native Plant Society)

Catherine Zimmerman, documentary filmmaker, author and landscape designer
Fee: FREE; registration required; Visitors Center Auditorium

Learn how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local eco-systems with author, landscape designer and documentary lmmaker Catherine Zimmerman. Talk will be followed by a screening of her latest documentary, Hometown Habitat, made in partnership with the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and featuring Doug Tallamy, entomologist and author of Bringing Nature Home.

CLICK HERE to register for Course #30718

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May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club Garden Tour

The Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club invites you to immerse yourself in local flora, food and fine art by touring five fabulous gardens during the 2017 Garden Tour. One of those five is FOBG's Joan O' Rourke's "Collectors" garden! Then celebrate over wine and hors d’oeuvres at a special sixth garden from 4:00-6:00 p.m. 

For tickets and details CLICK HERE.

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Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

Earth Day Festival

9:00 AM - 11.30 AM - Volunteer Project
Volunteer for an Earth Day garden project. All volunteers must preregister; for more information call 301-962-1429 or email: mcp-gardenvolunteer@montgomeryparks.org. Visit our volunteer web page.

Noon - 4:00 PM - Earth Day Activities (FREE! No Registration required)
Come and enjoy the Earth Day festivities at Brookside Gardens through volunteering, walks and tours, green craft fair and much more. CLICK HERE for details and schedule

FOBG EARTH DAY RAFFLE - Noon - 4:00 PM

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Speaker Series: Cole Burrell
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Speaker Series: Cole Burrell

Native Plants in Your Garden: Lessons from Nature and Culture

FOBG Sponsored Program

Cole Burrell, garden designer, award winning author
Fee: FREE, registration required;  Visitors Center Auditorium

Native plants are currently
the height of fashion, but do we really know what is native, and where? When we plant a oodplain species in an upland situation, are we gardening ecologically? Are cultivars native? These are a few of the questions Burrell will explore as he examines the current popularity of landscaping with native plants from an ecological perspective. This lecture focuses on techniques for working with seasonal rhythms, structure, and dynamics of native plant communities to design sustainable native gardens of unique and lasting beauty.

CICK HERE to register for Course #30443

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How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom
Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom

Instructor: Jason Gedeik, Brookside Gardens Staff
Cost: $22, FOBG: $20

Have you been given an orchid and don't know what to do with it? Proud that you haven't killed it yet but it hasn't bloomed in years? This interactive workshop covers the specific "tricks" of getting your orchid to rebloom including the proper light, water, temperature, fertilizer, and potting media. Basics of pests & diseases will also be covered. You'll also be able to purchase orchids and supplies at the Friends of Brookside Gardens' Orchid Show taking place that same day. Register here.

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