Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The first Trial Garden was a temporary display that tested new varieties of vegetables and annual plants for use in home landscapes. The permanent Trial Garden (pictured far right after completion) continues with this mission, but with more emphasis on annual plants than on edibles.
The fountain bed depicted in the photo to the right was removed after it began to crumble. It was replaced by the current sundial bed; this new design softened the original Trial Garden design by replacing a very hard feature with more plant material.
During its early years, Brookside Gardens accepted plant donations from local citizens - often trees that had outgrown their home landscapes. The large Norway spruce (Picea abies) to your right above the Trial Garden was donated by a neighbor who had used it as a Christmas tree in his home. The dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) located above the Rose Garden is another tree donated by a citizen after it became too large for its intended landscape. These two trees and others like them remind us of the surrounding community's strong link to and support of the Gardens.
Erected by Maryland-National Capital Parks Planning Commission.
Location. 39° 3.54′ N, 77° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Glenallen Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Creating Pollinator & Native Plant Gardens: (a few steps from this marker); Composting (a few steps from this marker); Elements of Brookside's Rain Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Efficient Irrigation System (within shouting distance of this marker); Azalea Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); What Are Rain Gardens? (within shouting distance of this marker); Formal Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); Alternative to Plastic Water Bottles (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Categories. • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.