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.
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.
Never open, even when the posted hours say it should be.
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 !!!
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.
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?
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