Scenic McCrillis Gardens and Brookside Gardens in Bethesda
Taking a walk through a beautiful garden has been known to work wonders for alleviating stress, fatigue, and even bad moods. Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland near Bethesda is a breathtaking public garden. Its 50 acres is located in Wheaton Regional Park, part of Montgomery County’s park system. Open from sunrise to sunset year round, there’s also a Visitors Center on site and Conservatories, which are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gardens within Brookside attract native butterflies and other pollinators like bees, adding to the magical cycles of nature. For more information, go to http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/.
Another incomparable garden in Montgomery County is McCrillis Gardens in Bethesda. These gardens are actually under the management of Brookside Gardens, and William and Virginia McCrillis donated the land in 1978 to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Shade plants are the focus here, with ornamental trees and shrubs that tend to flower longer than average. A charming pavilion is a sweet spot for a picnic. McCrillis Gardens is also home to the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. Here, dedicated artists who have a particular love for plants can take classes that focus on classical botanical artwork. Some even earn a Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration. The park is open from 10 a.m. to sunset. To learn more about McCrillis Gardens, which is free and open to the public go to http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/mccrillis_gardens.shtm .