March 24, 2021

Brookside Gardens Opens ‘Facets of Hope’ Temporary Display Honoring Lives Lost to COVID-19    

Brookside Gardens, the 50-acre, horticultural display garden located within Wheaton Region Park, has opened the temporary “Facets of Hope” art installation that pays tribute to the lives lost over the past year to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Since March 6, 2020, when COVID-19 was first reported in Montgomery County, more than 1,400 County residents have died from the virus. Facets of Hope suspends one strand of crystals in memory of each life lost in the County. 

The vintage crystals are clear, molded glass or cut crystal. They are suspended from the wisteria arbor located in the Rose Garden. New strands will be added through the duration of the exhibit.  

“Everyone in Montgomery County has been deeply impacted by COVID-19’” said Brookside Gardens Director Stephanie Oberle. “We have lost our parents, children, siblings, partners, friends, neighbors and co-workers to the virus. This temporary art installation is meant to be a place for memories, reflection and healing.”

The outdoor exhibit will be on display through Sept. 16. 

The grounds at Brookside Gardens are open daily from sunrise to sunset and the Visitor Center is open from 10 am. to 2 p.m. The conservatory is currently closed.   

Brookside Gardens features intricately designed landscapes, permanent and seasonal display and two conservatories. Throughout the year, the Gardens welcome more than 800,000 visitors at engaging programs and events for children and adults. More information about the park is available at