November-December 2018

Figuratively Speaking

A look at Brookside’s Garden of Lights, by the numbers

During the annual Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, which will be held this holiday season from Nov. 16 to Jan. 1, visitors can walk through bright displays of animals, flowers and other things found in nature. Each of the displays is hand-woven with strands of colorful lights, nearly all of which are LEDs. Displays at the Garden of Lights, now in its 20th year, include a 50-foot-long caterpillar, a 14-foot-tall giraffe and a 25-foot-long Lock Ness monster. Inside the conservatory, the Garden Railway exhibit features model trains running on 350 feet of track and custom-made scenes involving local historic landmarks. Here’s a look at the Garden of Lights, by the numbers:

Infographic by Amanda Smallwood.