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Brighton Dam Azalea Garden

The azalea garden is situated on the banks of the Patuxent River, by Brighton Dam (built in 1942).  The 5 acre garden has over 20,000 azaleas and is provided by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

Brighton Dam Road, Brookeville, Maryland, USA, MD 20833

Daily during the blooming season. Open 9am to 7pm.

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  • almost 3 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Just gorgeous! Beats any manmade garden that I have seen, including Longwood and Rockefeller. no lie!! because it's natural, not laid out like an art project like Longwood or some of these other gardens.
  • over 4 years by Anonymous 1 / 5

    Never open, even when the posted hours say it should be.
  • almost 5 years by Cheryl Biggar Napfel 4 / 5

    My husband and i just went last weekend and it was beautiful except for the deeper pink azaleas. They looked a little rough but we love going there and the pics we got were beautiful !! We recommend this place to all our friends !!!
  • about 5 years by Anonymous 2 / 5

    They cut down half the azaleas in front to make a parking lot exclusively for certain tour buses when there's a parking lot across the street. It looks horrible and ruins the atmosphere of the place.

    Also, they limit people from being there at all during the peak season. The parking lot across the street gets closed off, they're just really rotten towards those able-bodied enough to make the tour.
  • almost 6 years by Anonymous 2 / 5

    We went the day before Mothers Day which I thought was the peak for the blossoms. I would estimate 90% of the blossoms were gone compared to our visit last year. Was it the rainfall or some extreme in temperature?
  • about 6 years by Gerard de Valroger 3 / 5

    we went there May 1st.... Was the blooming season over?? we were disappointed.... few blooms, lots of dead shrubs.
    The view with the lake was still beautiful
  • about 6 years by Sonvy Waidler 5 / 5

    Thank you, Mr. Hancock! What a treasure this garden is. You can get lost in the clouds of pink and fuschia. The park continues across the road with picnic areas and playground. I grew up in Montgomery County and visited as a child, now I bring my own kids.
  • about 6 years by Donna Hancock Iager 5 / 5

    My Father Paul H. Hancock disigned these gardens at Brighton Dam, it was his idea to put in the gardens. Aren't they beautiful, thousands of people visit the gardens yearly.

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Brighton Dam Azalea Garden, Maryland Photograph © Karl Gercens
Brighton Dam Azalea Garden Photograph © Karl Gercens
Brighton Dam Azaleas Photograph © Karl Gercens
Brighton Dam, Brookeville Photograph © Karl Gercens