Brookside Gardens’ Conservatory in Wheaton has reopened, but Montgomery Parks, which operates the park, is canceling this year’s Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibits due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.The conservatory features plants from around the world, including banana, palm, eucalyptus, red powderpuff and cacao trees. Also on display are fragrant plants such as snapdragons, rose-scented geranium, myrtle and tricolor sage.
Visitors to the conservatory can reserve free timed-entry tickets for one of two time slots, 11 a.m. to noon or noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Masks are required. Walkups are not permitted.
Brookside Gardens’ outdoor garden area is open daily from sunrise to sunset for exercise, meditation and wellness. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop, beginning Saturday, May 1, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information about Brookside Gardens is available at https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/