Brookside Gardens is a must-see local treasure with something for everyone.
Here’s a blurb from the website:
Brookside Gardens is Montgomery County’s incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden located within Wheaton Regional Park. Included in the gardens are several distinct areas; azalea garden, rose garden, children’s garden, formal garden, fragrance garden, Japanese style garden and trial garden. The garden also features two conservatories for year-round enjoyment. A horticultural reference library is located in the airy, new Visitors Center. Admission is free.
The Brookside Gardens Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit runs through mid-September every year. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children three to 12. Children two and under are admitted free. Strollers are not permitted in the Butterfly Exhibit. Hours are 10 to 4pm daily.
From the web site:
Step into the “Wings of Fancy” Live Butterfly Exhibit and be surrounded by butterflies flying freely among a colorful garden of nectar plants. Learn the butterfly life cycle. Observe exotic Central and South American butterflies in addition to our own native Maryland species
Come witness the butterfly life cycle as tiny eggs hatch into crawling, chewing caterpillars, which then encase themselves in jewel-like chrysalides and emerge as sipping, flying adult butterflies. Learn about the best annual and tropical plants, and hardy shrubs that are used as nectar sources to attract butterflies to your own garden.