Indoor facilities include two glass-covered conservatories that display a large tropical plant collection and special exhibits that rotate throughout the year. The Visitors Center has a horticultural reference library and a gift shop. See photos of Brookside Gardens
Brookside Gardens offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children. Adult programs include lectures, guided walks, bus trips, and workshops. Children’s programs include story times, hands-on activities, educational games, classes and summer camps. A schedule of classes is published twice a year.
Brookside Nature Center is located within walking distance to the gardens. The nature center provides additional hands-on activities for children.
Brookside Gardens also offers a beautiful setting for weddings, private receptions and corporate retreats. From April through October, groups as large as 250 can enjoy the colorful gardens and the conservatories can be rented for private events throughout the year.
Special Seasonal Events at Brookside GardensMay through September, visitors marvel over “Wings of Fancy,” the live butterfly exhibit where butterflies fly free in the south conservatory. Admission is $6 per adult and $4 for children ages 3-12. (age 3 and under are free) Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brookside Gardens hosts a twilight concert series in its Gude Garden every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00pm throughout the month of June. (rain location: Visitors Center). All concerts are free of charge; no registration is required. Bring a chair or blanket.
Each Christmas season visitors enjoy the Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens, an illuminated outdoor winter garden walk that includes a whimsical monster, an enchanting persimmon tree, a walk through kaleidoscope caterpillar, and more. There is an admission fee of $20-25 per car.
Additional events are scheduled throughout the year. See the calendar.
AddressWheaton Regional Park
1800 Glenallan Ave.
Brookside Gardens HoursThe grounds of are open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset.
Conservatories: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open Thanksgiving and Jan. 1)
Visitors Center: 9am to 5pm (Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day)
Gift Shop: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. During the month of February, the gift shop is closed Monday – Thursday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Library: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and during the Master Gardeners Plant Clinic hours. (Closed holidays)
Master Gardener Plant Clinics: Year round; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday (located in the Library)