Stop and Smell the Flowers at These Public Gardens

There’s no time better than Springtime 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

Explore the past, present, and future of farming in Montgomery County at the Agricultural History Farm Park. This picturesque 455-acre park boasts rolling hills, expansive fields, an apple orchard, and a diverse array of farm animals. Immerse yourself in the county’s vibrant agricultural legacy as you wander through barns, historic structures, a state-of-the-art farming activity center, and other amenities within the park’s grounds.

What you’ll find: Vegetable and herb gardens, various flowers, and an apple orchard.

Photo Credit: Montgomery Parks

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue | Wheaton, MD 20902

Nestled within Wheaton Regional Park, Brookside Gardens stands as Montgomery County’s unparalleled 50-acre public display garden, celebrated with prestigious awards. Within its expansive grounds lie various distinct areas that captivate visitors’ senses and imaginations. Brookside Gardens provides year-round delight with its two conservatories, ensuring an enchanting experience regardless of the season. For those eager to delve deeper into horticultural knowledge, the airy Visitors Center houses a comprehensive horticultural reference library, inviting visitors to learn and explore amidst the garden’s serene ambiance.

What you’ll find:  Wander through the Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden, and Woodland Walk, each offering its own unique charm and beauty. The Formal Gardens boast exquisite features such as the Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden, adding a touch of elegance to the landscape.

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

Discover the hidden gem of McCrillis Gardens, a sanctuary of natural beauty nestled within the serene residential neighborhood of Bethesda. This five-acre oasis, generously donated to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in 1978 by its devoted owners, William and Virginia McCrillis, offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Managed with care by Brookside Gardens, McCrillis Gardens invites visitors to immerse themselves in its naturalistic charm and discover moments of serenity amidst its lush surroundings.

What you’ll find: Embark on leisurely woodland walks beneath the canopy of mature trees, where dappled sunlight filters through the foliage, creating a picturesque setting perfect for reflection and rejuvenation. Be enchanted by vibrant bursts of color, particularly during the spring season, when the garden comes alive with the blooms of countless flowers like Azaleas, bulbs, spring wildflowers, and shade-loving perennials in bloom.

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

Discover Woodend Nature Sanctuary, a historic gem nestled within 40 acres of serene landscapes. Originally built in 1927 by renowned architect John Russell Pope for the Wells family, Woodend was graciously donated to the Audubon Naturalist Society in 1969. Today, it stands as a peaceful oasis for nature enthusiasts of all levels. Step onto their wheelchair-accessible nature trail, winding through meadows, forests, streams, and ponds, providing a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Marvel at the vibrant wildflower meadows and explore our native plant gardens, teeming with life. Don’t miss the chance to delve into the aquatic wonders of our pond. Whether you’re a seasoned nature lover or a curious beginner, Woodend Nature Sanctuary promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Maryland’s natural splendor.

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

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

Embark on a journey through time at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, where history comes to life amidst the serene surroundings of the Sandy Spring Quaker settlement. Delve into the rich heritage of this historically significant site, once home to a vibrant free black community. Begin your exploration at the Woodlawn Museum, where fascinating exhibits illuminate the Quaker traditions and the Underground Railroad experience that shaped the region. Step inside the elegant confines of the Woodlawn Manor House, a pristine example of Federal-era architecture, offering a glimpse into Montgomery County’s agricultural past. Let Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park be your guide as you uncover the stories and legacies that have shaped this cherished community throughout the ages.

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), a stone springhouse/meathouse, a board and batten tenant house, and a 19th-century log building that may have served as slave living quarters.


Glenstone Museum
12100 Glen Rd | Potomac, MD 20854

Discover Glenstone Museum, a unique haven for modern and contemporary art nestled within the tranquil landscapes of Montgomery County, Maryland. Spread across nearly 300 acres of pristine pasture and untouched woodland, this remarkable museum offers a serene escape just a short drive from the bustling heart of Washington, DC. Founded by the Glenstone Foundation, a non-profit organization, the museum first opened its doors in 2006, welcoming visitors to immerse themselves in a truly intimate and contemplative setting. Here, amidst the beauty of nature, iconic works of art and architecture await, promising an unforgettable experience that blends creativity with the tranquility of the outdoors. Join us as we embark on a journey of discovery, where art and nature converge to inspire and uplift the soul.

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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