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Wheaton in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Azalea Garden

1970

 

— Brookside Gardens: 40 years (1969-2009) —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 9, 2017
1. Azalea Garden Marker
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Hans Hanses, the M-NCPPC landscape designer responsible for designing the original gardens, was asked by several people what his design concept was for the gardens: "They were disappointed because there was no such [thing as a garden concept]. We are all, in a sense, copycats. We copy Mother Nature. I thought if nature lets it grow in a certain way, why don't you take advantage of this? And copy it and do it here. The overriding theme was aesthetics, first, aesthetics, second, aesthetics, third!"

The Azalea Garden exhibits this natural feeling to which Hans Hanses refers, with several layers of growth that might be found in a natural forest: tree canopy, smaller mid-level trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. The photo at right, taken in 1970, gives a good idea of how little development had taken place in the Azalea Garden one year after Brookside Gardens opened. It also shows the many tall Virginia pines (Pinus virginiana), which used to provide the tree canopy. As these trees succumbed to old age, other canopy species such as native tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) have moved in to provide shade to the azaleas and
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 9, 2017
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other shade-loving plants. Additional canopy trees, including black gum (Nyssa sylvatica), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), and several species of oak (Quercus sp.), have also been planted.

The "bridge bed" was installed in 2003 as a part of a garden renovation to correct deteriorating soil conditions and to change circulation patterns to take advantage of the views.
 
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
 
Location. 39° 3.554′ N, 77° 2.149′ W. Marker is in Wheaton, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Glenallan Avenue east of Heurich Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Glenallen Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trial Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Efficient Irrigation System (within shouting distance of this marker); Composting (within shouting distance of this marker); Formal Gardens (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conservatory (about 400 feet away); What Happened Here?
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(about 500 feet away); Fragrance Garden (about 500 feet away); Gude Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheaton.
 
Additional keywords. landscape architecture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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