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Stop and Smell the Flowers at These Public Gardens

Springtime is in full bloom and there is no better time to stop and smell the flowers. If you are looking to find peace and tranquility, consider visiting one of several beautiful public gardens in Montgomery County, Maryland. Whether you want to spend an hour wandering through the trails, or have a whole day to explore, these gardens are sure to inspire and rejuvenate.

Agricultural History Farm Park

Agricultural Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road | Derwood, MD 20855

What you’ll find: Vegetable and herb gardens, various flower and an apple orchard within a 455-acre park.

Photo Credit: Montgomery Parks

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue | Wheaton, MD 20902

What you’ll find: An azalea garden, rose garden, children’s garden, formal garden, fragrance garden, and Japanese-style garden, as part of a 50-acre collection of public gardens.

McCrillis Gardens and Gallery
6910 Greentree Rd | Bethesda, MD 20817

What you’ll find: Azaleas, bulbs, spring wildflowers, shade-loving perennials in bloom.

Photo Credit: Montgomery Parks

Meadowside Nature Center Habitat Garden
5100 Meadowside Lane | Rockville, Maryland 20855

What you’ll find: Plantings were designed to attract birds and other wildlife, and there are native plant gardens for bees, birds, and other pollinators. There are two small ponds and the 54-acre Lake Bernard Frank, formed by damming the North Branch of Rock Creek.

Woodend Mansion Garden and Nature Sanctuary
8940 Jones Mill Rd | Chevy Chase, MD 20815

What you’ll find: 40-acre nature sanctuary filled with azaleas, spring wildflowers, native plants and hemlock grove.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road | Sandy Spring, MD 20860

What you’ll find: The Manor House and its outbuildings illustrate Montgomery County’s agricultural history. The outbuildings consist of a 19th century stone barn (today home to the Woodlawn Museum), stone springhouse/meathouse, board and batten tenant house and a 19th century log building that may have served as slave living quarters.

Glenstone Approach to the Pavilions | Iwan Baan

12100 Glen Rd | Potomac, MD 20854

What you’ll find: Lanceleaf coreopsis, Virginia spiderwort, foxglove beardtongue, butterfly weed, Virginia sweetspire, sweetbay magnolia, southern magnolia, Carolina-allspice and later in the summer you’ll find black-eyed Susans. (Reservations Required)

Note: Exterior landscapes for all gardens listed are open and available to visit. Some buildings and facilities may be closed during your visit.


Looking for inspiration on ways to explore Montgomery County? Check out the MoCo Trail Guide or the Tastemakers Trail Self-Guided Craft Beverage Tour.


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