Behnke Nurseries Events

There’s always something growing on at Behnke’s!

To register for a workshop or talk, call our store, or click on the links below

Phone: Beltsville: 301-937-1100

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Behnke Nurseries Events

The Summer of Our Youth
The gardening community at Behnke’s

Gardeners never grow old, we just change with the seasons. And so goes life here at the nursery. Every month the flowers change over, new fruit/vegetable plants arrive, and truckloads of new plants are sorted and temporarily housed in our care before they find their forever homes. Missing a month of new plants is like missing scenes in a movie. Colorful & exotic summer flowers will soon give way to fall blooms and berries; then evergreen boughs will cover our tables and scent the air. We don’t grow older over time, we just embrace more seasons!

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WORKSHOP
registration required

July 1 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Class w/ Jennifer Park

Fee: $65 – all materials provided

With a focus on care and maintenance, learn all the basics of bonsai design. Select a tree, learn how to transplant, and discover what the art of bonsai is all about as you create your very own bonsai to take home. This is a fully inclusive class.

FREE TALK
registration requested

July 1, 11:00 am

WALKING TOUR: Great Plants for Wet Areas of the Yardw/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

Most care instructions for plants read “plant in a well-drained area.” But what about those not so well-drained areas? Don’t they deserve to look nice also? Find out from Christopher what plants will dress up a not-so-well-drained area as he takes you through the nursery.

NOTE: Please wear comfortable shoes. A hat, sunglasses & sunscreen are also suggested.

FREE TALK
registration requested

July 1, 2:00 pm

Crape Myrtles and More: Our Favorite Summer Blooming Shrubsw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

So much color and so many different sizes in one group of plants – no wonder crape myrtles are planted everywhere. From dwarf border plants to small trees there is a size for any sunny spot. Discover the world of crape myrtles as Carol delves into size, color (leaf and flower), care and the after bloom interest of these beauties.

ORCHID CLINIC
July 8, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
July 9, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic 2017 w/ Carol Allen

Questions about orchids? Visit with The Orchid Lady, Carol Allen. If you have questions about a specific orchid, bring it in, and let her take a look. If you need your orchid repotted, for a fee, she will take care of that, also, and show you how.

FREE TALK
registration requested

July 8, 11:00 am

Mosquito Madness & Ticked Off with Ticks: What You Can Do to Live Comfortably Outsidew/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

Some evenings do you feel like wearing a space suit to go work in the garden? With the onslaught of mosquitoes and sneaky ticks making outdoor life uncomfortable what are gardeners to do? As an avid gardener, Christopher has studied the problem and has a few tips and tricks to share that may make life outdoors a little nicer.

FREE TALK
registration requested

July 8, 2:00 pm

Montserrat: A Small Caribbean Island with a Big Volcano w/ Larry Hurley, Horticulturist

In 1995 the beautiful island of Montserrat birthed a volcano, laying waste to much of the island and displacing most of the populace. Learn why there is a “ring of fire” in the Caribbean, and what a visitor can expect to see now that the volcano has quieted down. Knock on wood.

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday
July 8, 2017

Behnke’s Tropical Paradise Day

  • Music from Intellect Keithiopia 10:00-Noon (singer Keith Subani, Reggae Music Master & Artist)
  • S.O.C.A. (Songs of Caribbean Artform) Noon-2:00 – (steeldrum band w/ Robert, Sherwin, Shawn, & Sheldon Thwaites and singer Orin Richards)
  • Free TalkMosquito Madness & Ticked Off with Ticks: What You Can Do to Live Comfortably Outside – 11:00-noon – with Christopher Lewis
  • Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic 9:30-4:30 – with Carol Allen
  • Free Talk – Montserrat: A Small Caribbean Island with a Big Volcano – 2:00-3:00 – with Larry Hurley
  • FOOD FOR SALE – 10:00-2:00 – Manila Mart with authentic homestyle Filipino cooking – www.manilamartbeltsville.com (301) 931-0086

FREE TALK
registration requested

July 15, 2:00 pm

Composting: From Table to Gardenw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Save your fruit and vegetable scraps! There’s black gold in them thar peelings — or at least the beginnings of great soil. Carol will discuss the benefits of composting and how to make your scraps “give back” to your garden.

ORCHID CLINIC
July 22, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
July 23, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic 2017 w/ Carol Allen

Questions about orchids? Visit with The Orchid Lady, Carol Allen. If you have questions about a specific orchid, bring it in, and let her take a look. If you need your orchid repotted, for a fee, she will take care of that, also, and show you how.

EVENT
July 29, 8:00 am – 12 noon
OR until the truck is full
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

FREE Paper Shredding Day sponsored by Revere Bank to benefit the Beltsville Lions Club

Dispose of your unwanted personal documents safely and securely! This event is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted for the Beltsville Lions Club. All money raised by the Lions is given back to the community. In addition, the Lions will be selling refreshments and raffle tickets.

FREE TALK
registration requested

July 29, 2:00 pm

The Best Local Gardens to Visit in the Washington/Baltimore Areaw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Day-tripping to gardens is always a treat, and you can get some wonderful ideas to incorporate in your own landscape. As a horticulturist, Carol has visited many of the public gardens in our area and now she’s ready to give you her top picks!

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WORKSHOP
registration required

August 5,  2:00 – 4:00 pm

Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Class w/ Jennifer Park

Fee: $65 – all materials provided

With a focus on care and maintenance, learn all the basics of bonsai design. Select a tree, learn how to transplant, and discover what the art of bonsai is all about as you create your very own bonsai to take home. This is a fully inclusive class.

ORCHID CLINIC
August 5, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
August 6, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic 2017 w/ Carol Allen

Questions about orchids? Visit with The Orchid Lady, Carol Allen. If you have questions about a specific orchid, bring it in, and let her take a look. If you need your orchid repotted, for a fee, she will take care of that, also, and show you how.

FREE TALK
registration requested

August 12, 2:00 pm

Extending the Vegetable Garden Through the Fall w/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Yes, there are vegetables after tomatoes. Join Carol as she digs into the world of the fall garden: what to plant, when to plant & harvest and how to keep some crops going into the winter.

ORCHID CLINIC
August 19, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
August 20, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic 2017 w/ Carol Allen

Questions about orchids? Visit with The Orchid Lady, Carol Allen. If you have questions about a specific orchid, bring it in, and let her take a look. If you need your orchid repotted, for a fee, she will take care of that, also, and show you how.

FREE TALK
registration requested

August 26, 2:00 pm

Lawn Care: Keeping It Green and Healthyw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Tall fescue lawns are not naturally occurring, native plantings. For the best results, they do need a little help from people. Some choose to use a lawn company, but, with the right program, you can have a beautiful green lawn the DIY way for less money. Carol will show you how to garden smart and have a healthy, green lawn.

FREE TALK
registration requested

September 23, 1:30 pm

Vita Sackville-West – Garden Guru and Inspirationw/ Jim Dronenburg, ex-long time Behnke perennial employee

Join Jim as he introduces you to Vita Sackville-West, a prolific novelist and poet, who is remembered now for her garden writing, and for turning Sissinghurst Castle from a ruin and a trash dump to the most visited garden in England. The things she espoused and put into practice are as valid for us now as they were for her then.