Per the press release:
“After careful consideration we have decided to cancel Garden of Lights for the 2020 winter season,” said Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens. “The decision was based on many factors, including an overarching concern for the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. While we are disappointed, we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the popular attraction in 2021.”
The Washington, Virginia and Maryland Garden Railway Society’s G-scale train exhibit that is traditionally hosted in the Conservatory is also canceled.
To mark the season, Brookside Gardens will offer a variety of both on-line and in-person programming for both children and adults, adapted to meet physical distancing requirements. The gift shop will carry festive merchandise and unusual house plants. Brookside Gardens will also be installing the fall Chrysanthemum Display outdoors.
Brookside Gardens’ outdoor garden areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset for exercise, meditation and wellness. The Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and the gift shop is open every Wednesday through Monday (closed on Tuesday).