Thanks Shutterbugs for suggesting the butterfly exhibit as a meetup location. We are in luck. The exhibit started a few weeks ago and will run until September. The tickets are $6.00 per person. To avoid the lines at the Visitor Center, we will be happy to pick up the tickets in advance. Hence the attached fee of $8.00 per person.
Here is some information from Brookside Gardens Website....
Beginning in early May and running daily through Mid- September, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 p.m., Brookside Gardens South Conservatory will feature live butterflies. Come witness the butterfly life cycle as tiny eggs hatch into crawling, chewing caterpillars, which then encase themselves in jewel-like chrysalides and emerge as sipping, flying adult butterflies. Learn about the best annual and tropical plants, and hardy shrubs that are used as nectar sources to attract butterflies to your own garden.
"Wings of Fancy" is located inside a greenhouse, which is usually ten degrees warmer than the outside temperature. The exhibit is also more humid than the outside environment and temperatures increase over the course of the day. Visiting the butterfly exhibit and seeing the gardens requires a fair amount of walking. We encourage all visitors to bring water with them during hot weather and to drink water regularly to replace water lost as sweat. We want all our visitors to have a safe and enjoyable visit to Brookside Gardens and "Wings of Fancy" and we look forward to seeing your group at Brookside Gardens.
The Butterfly Exhibit is located in Brookside Gardens south conservatory located at 1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902. The Visitors Center is located at 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902. Call [masked] for more information or visit their website at http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/wings_of_fancy.shtm.