The Brookside Gardens in Wheaton are celebrating fall weather with a variety of events, displays and workshops for all ages to enjoy.
The Fall Harvest Scavenger Hunt for children ages 2 through 6 is new this year.
“The kids are going to start up in the Visitors Center and follow a little leaf trail that will take them through the gardens to the conservatory,” said spokeswoman Leslie McDermott. Along the way, they will see seasonal flowers and take part in crafts and other activities.
Guided garden walks leave every half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Admission is $5 per child, and an adult must walk with each child. Registration is required at www.parkpass.org.
Children also can enjoy Saturday Morning Storytime and Flower Buds at the gardens during November. Storytime for ages 3 through 6 takes place at 10 a.m. each Saturday through Dec. 8, and admission is free.
Flower Buds meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday of each month. The program for children ages 3 through 5, accompanied by an adult, features gardening activities, stories, crafts and garden walks. The next program is Nov. 12. Admission is $5 per child, and registration is required at www.parkpass.org.
Even as cooler weather moves in, the gardens have plenty for all ages to enjoy.
“We like to boast that we have something in bloom in every month of the year outside,” McDermott said.
During the winter months, many programs for children and adults will continue, including the Garden of Lights and train exhibits, which open in late November.
“There’s a lot out in the gardens,” McDermott said. “... The paths are open for walking, there are mums in the garden that are still in bloom, there might be some fall crocus, some fall camelias are in bloom and then there’s just the beautiful color of the leaves.”
The Brookside Gardens are located at 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. For more information about the gardens and programs, visit www.brooksidegardens.org or call 301-962-1400.