Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD. Entry is FREE as is parking. You can get there by taking metro to Glenmont on the Red line or by Metro/Rideon bus to stops on nearby Georgia Ave or Randolph Road, then you'll walk about a mile downhill to the entrance. It is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset.
On my Facebook page I put together two preview slideshows of the current Mum Show running in the Conservatory and of the Fall Colors throughout the gardens. Enjoy the fireworks while they last, both displays are fleeting and should be enjoyed now.
On a side note:
Michaeleen Farrington of Springfield, VA is our October 2009 Washington Gardener Reader Contest winner chosen at random from the email entries. She is getting a one-pound bag of ENCAP’S All-In-One Flower Kit Butterfly & Hummingbird mix (worth $6.95 plus postage) that covers up to 50 sq.ft. and contains seed, mulch and soil conditioner in the mix.
ENCAP’S All-In-One Flower Kits contain their patented Advanced Soil Technology™ (AST™) that improves soil structure by creating millions of microscopic "spaces" in your soil that will: help water soak in better and stay longer; help seed germination by allowing more sunlight to warm the soil; and, helps soil and nutrients stay in place to enhance root system development. The Seed Watering Technology™ (SWT™) tells you when and how much to water. Special crystals imbedded in the mixture absorb water and sparkle in the sunlight to tell you when you’ve watered enough.
Congratulations to Michaeleen and thanks to all our entries!
We will announce our November Washington Gardener Reader Contest on 11/15 in our monthly Washington Gardener Enewsletter. If you would like to get our free monthly Enewsletter, just send your email to us at WashingtonGardener (at) rcn.com to be added to the Enewsletter distribution list. The Enewsletter is a sister-publication to the Washington Gardener Magazine and includes different, but complementary, content than the print publication.