Bill Mann has been with Behnkes for many years in many different positions – buying our woody plants, managing our Landscape Department, and managing the Potomac Store.
Bill grew up nearby New Carrollton, married an Adelphi, Maryland girl, and now lives in Bowie – you don’t get much more local to Behnkes than those three places.
Education – in Horticulture
He earned a B.S. in horticulture from the University of Maryland in ’78 and became certified as a Maryland Nurseryman in 1986.
Work – it’s All Horticulture, Too
Bill’s has worked as an expert horticulturist for various clients, including homeowners associations, analyzing their plant problems – which so often turn out to be soil or site problems. He started working in the nursery business in 1982 and came to Behnkes in 1988, where he worked in the woodies and garden shop departments, before moving to Design and Landscaping.
His own Garden(s)
At home in Bowie he does indeed take care of his own garden, though mainly in the off-season. (The common lament of people in the gardening world – no time to garden during the gardening season!) He grows a mix of edibles and ornamentals and when asked about his biggest challenge as a gardener gives an answer that will surprise no one these days – deer!
Bill also oversees a much larger garden, one passed down to him and his wife through her family, in Tom’s Brook, Virginia (in Shenandoah County). Its 20 acres are planted in soybeans and hay.
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