Garden of Lights, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland

December 27, 2009

Nessie, the "Loch Ness Monster", photo courtesy of Judy MacArthur

Nessie, the "Loch Ness Monster", photo courtesy of Judith MacArthur

Brookside Gardens’ year-long 40th Anniversary Party continues with the Gardens of Lights. It wouldn’t be a party without candles, or in this case 940,000 twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. Enjoy the four seasons illuminated as giant summer sunflowers, autumn leaves, winter snowflakes, spring flowers, rain showers, and more. Walk along the easily accessible paths and you’ll see what sets this light show apart from others; it’s the hundreds of wrapped trees and shrubs, beautifully lighted gazebos, cascading fountains, and the individually formed displays in the shapes of blooming flowers, and wild animals.

Garden of Lights, photo courtesy of Brookside Gardens

Garden of Lights, photo courtesy of Brookside Gardens

Look for a new moving display of a flock of geese landing in the Gude Garden or an 11 foot giraffe covered with 9,000 lights. This festive, secular light show now in its 13th season is a popular family tradition in the Washington, DC area drawing close to 40,000 visitors each winter. Come inside from the cold and warm up while you listen to free musical performances in the Visitors Center. performances are scheduled each night of the show. Also enjoy the Conservatory winter Display and Train Exhibit at night.

Brookside Gardens is Maryland’s premier horticultural display garden featuring 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of Wheaton, MD. The Gardens offer a Japanese Teahouse, pavilion, and gazebos all situated among formal gardens. The Gardens also feature two conservatories filled with tropical plants that accent seasonal flower displays.

In addition to the various programs offered for children and adults, Brookside features many special events such as the Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit in the summer, Children’s Day in the fall, and the Garden of Lights during the winter holiday season.



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