Brookside Gardens, a Botanical Garden in the greater Washington, D.C. area, welcomes couples celebrating an outdoorsy wedding. This venue can be modern or rustic, or a combination of the two, depending on how couples want to use the space. The garden offers an indoor ballroom, a tented area, patios, and plenty of natural green space for couples to use on their big day. The venue can be found in Silver Spring, Maryland, just 35 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.
Facilities and Capacity
As many as 130 guests can join couples for their wedding day in this romantic garden. The venue has numerous indoor and outdoor options for a couple’s big day. Inside, the Auditorium and two classrooms offer covered space and abundant garden views. The Auditorium’s 75-foot glass windows allow for a panoramic view of the surrounding Azaleas and Aquatic Garden. Outside, there are covered and uncovered venue spaces. The Aquatic Overlook is a patio space with a delicate-looking but sturdy white railing. This is the location where couples may set up a tent for their wedding event. The Wedding Gazebo and surrounding Fragrance Garden is an aromatic and appealing location for a couple’s ceremony, where guests can sit surrounded by flowers of a delightful perfume. The Japanese Tea House on Gude Island is a covered wooden site, perfect for an open-air reception overlooking the water. Other spaces include the South Terrace, Gude Garden Lawn, Yew Garden, Gingko Canopy, and Anderson Island Pavilion.
Couples can use this colorful venue for any wedding event, including bridal showers, ceremonies, elopements, engagement parties, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. They may even book their engagement photos among the flowers. Brookside Gardens can provide audio equipment, chairs, and tables for the wedding.
This 50-acre property was founded in 1969 and named for the location’s many winding brooks and streams. In addition to the outdoor plants, the venue has two conservatories where they raise more delicate and tropical plants. This gives the gardens a total of over 20,000 plants, the perfect escape for a couple’s wedding day.
Recommended by 81% of couples
Charles Kong · Married on 08/10/2019
Jennifer was our primary point of contact, and she went above and beyond to ensure our wedding day went smoothly! She was super responsive to all our questions, and met with us a couple of times before the wedding so we knew what to expect. She also sent us sample floor plans and other vendors to work with!Sent on 08/15/2019
We were also able to set up a day prior to the wedding since no event was planned - this was super useful as we we were so busy the day of! She also let us keep the dance floor a day late so we wouldn't get charged for weekend delivery and pickup!
Brookside itself is a beautiful garden, both indoors and outdoors and everything went great! Highly recommend!
Brookside Gardens's reply:Hi Charles,
Ingrid · Married on 10/06/2018
The Affordable Garden Wedding
I got my rose garden wedding without breaking the bank! Brookside Gardens was one of the only affordable places within reasonable driving distance of DC that matched my vision of an elegant, outdoor all-in-one wedding and reception venue. The staff know how to run a wedding like clockwork - I think that's their main business, and they're very good at it. Planning and coordinating everything was a breeze with the help of their wedding guru Jennifer. On the day of everything magically came together with the help of Brookside's team. When I was left alone by the busy wedding party and family, nervously sitting by myself outside the hedges surrounding the aisle, the team members checked on me and gave me a thumbs up, which I remember and appreciate so, so much! The gardens are exquisite and the perfect background for photos. Our reception in the auditorium was lovely as well - all it took was a little uplighting and a dance floor to turn it into party central. Best of all - I can come back and visit any time I want to relive my wedding day. We love Brookside gardens, and we'll definitely be back next year to catch the blooms!Sent on 11/24/2018
Brookside Gardens's reply:Hi Ingrid! Thanks so much for the wonderful review. I'm glad our staff was able to make sure your day went smoothly for you. I hope you and Jameson are doing well and please come back and visit us soon! - Jennifer
Stefanie · Married on 12/02/2017
The team at Brookside Gardens did a phenomenal job helping us arrange our winter wedding. We got married in the atrium at the visitors' center, which was lovely -- big enough for 100 while still feeling intimate. Brookside staff helped us create a beautiful night, with the option for all our guests to see their holiday Garden of Lights. The Brookside team worked well with our flower vendor and caterer, did a great job setting up tables and chairs, and were just so nice. It meant so much to us to be married in a beautiful public space (not a hotel, not an elite club) where we had the freedom to be ourselves, create new traditions and enjoy the outdoors.Sent on 12/05/2017
Brookside Gardens Price Rates
Planning your dream wedding or a family celebration? Enjoy samples from caterers, tour the garden, sign up for vendor discounts, and enter the door price raffle. Pre-registrants will receive a Swag Bag upon arrival, including a free bonus raffle ticket! Pre-registration begins shortly at ActiveMontgomery.org.
Cost: Free to Attend
Kick start your wedding planning this winter with Montgomery Parks! Let the experts from our three award-winning Event Centers help you plan your big day. From creating your budget to selecting the right vendors, we'll guide you through this fun and exciting process with helpful tips and tricks gathered from our years of experience hosting unique and beautiful weddings. Registration includes a continental breakfast and packet of information to take home. Ages 18+
$25/person. Register at Active Montgomery (link below).