By Molly Howard
SILVER SPRING, Md.– Every year from November through January, the sweeping garden landscape of Brookside Gardens turns into a twinkling nighttime winter wonderland of LEDs and light sculptures.
Brookside Gardens, a 50-acre horticulture garden that houses carefully designed garden displays and two indoor conservatories, attracts over 400,000 people each year with their permanent and seasonal events.
One of those seasonal events, their annual Garden of Lights, has just begun.
“What we do is we interpret the garden in lights,” said Stephanie Oberle, the Brookside Gardens Director. “So the kinds of features you enjoy during the day like flowers, caterpillars, butterflies, beautiful trees, you’ll see those garden features interpreted in lights at night.”
Visitors can enjoy over a million dazzling and colorful LED lights handwoven into original works depicting animals, flowers and other natural elements.
The Garden of Lights offers more than just a light show, however. Brookside Gardens also opens its conservatories to the event, and visitors can go inside and watch the intricate G-Scale model train display hosted by the Washington, Virginia, and Maryland Garden Railway Society.
“Kids of all ages love to watch as the trains wind their way through seasonal greenery and miniature reproductions of local landmarks such as the Red Door Store in Sandy Spring, the Kensington MARC railway station, Glen Echo Park complete with Bumper Car Pavilion and 1921 Dentzel Carousel, and even Brookside Gardens’ Conservatories,” Montgomery Parks said in this year’s announcement.
They will also open up their Visitor Center to feature live performances and warm refreshments every night, like hot cocoa and cider, for any guests wishing to step out of the cold for a while.
The event opened on Nov. 16 and will run through to Jan 1. More information can be found at www.brooksidegardens.org.