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

Winter into Spring….. Renewal
The gardening community at Behnke’s.

Another year full of the potential for growth. Growth for our gardens and growth for ourselves, because no two years in the garden are exactly the same. We are tasked with new challenges in the ever changing landscape and eagerly learn from nature (and, of course, our experienced gardening community) so that we might reap the rewards of a beautiful garden and healthy environment. One of our goals at Behnke’s is to pass along gardening knowledge through everyday encounters and free classes. We also like to hear about your gardening experiences so that we might gain new insight and enlightenment. We feel our gardening growth is a boundless journey that brings us closer to nature and our roots. Everyday holds the potential for growth.

february events at behnkes

TOOL SHARPENING

February 25 & 26

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Garden Hand Tool Sharpening

  • Bring in up to 2 hand tools per person and have them sharpened.
  • COST: $3 each OR 2 tools for $5 (cash only) – all proceeds will be donated to Emmanuel United Methodist Church Foodbank.
  • First come, first served. Sorry we can’t sharpen mower blades or saws.

Please exercise patience if there is a line. Tool sharpening takes time.

FREE TALK
registration requested

February 25 – 11:00 am

Discouraging Deer from Grazing in the Gardenw/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

Deer can be difficult to live with since they think of your beautiful garden as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Christopher has developed a list of measures that he would like to share with you that may work to confuse and trouble the deer so they will go elsewhere to maraud and forage.

FREE TALK
registration requested

February 25 – 2:00 pm

How & When to Prune Your Shrubs & Treesw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Are you confused about the “right time” to prune your different trees and shrubs? Then attend this class and clear up your confusion. Carol will delve into the nature of pruning — whether you should or should not and the basics of “when,” and then she will give you the do’s and don’ts of “how.”

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FREE TALK
registration requested

March 4 – 11:00 am

Planting a Pollinator Gardenw/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

Do you want to attract native bees and butterflies to your yard? If so, you need to understand what they are looking for and when they need it (there’s more to it than just summer bloomers). Discover the best plants to use in our area as Christopher discusses how to plant a pollinator garden.

BONSAI CLASS
registration required

March 4 – 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
March 4, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
March 5, 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

March 11, 11:00 am

Organic Gardening, Naturally!w/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

One key to successful, organically grown fruits and vegetables is knowledge of your pests (insects & diseases) – how to spot them early, which are really harmful, and what “natural” steps to take. Follow along as Christopher explores organic gardening.

FREE TALK
registration requested

March 11, 2:00 pm

Plant NOW! Growing Potatoes, Onions, & Cool Season Vegetablesw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Growing your own vegetables is so fulfilling. So, why stop at summer veggies like tomatoes and green beans? Expand your seasons to include onions, garlic, potatoes and many cool season vegetables. Join Carol for tips and tricks for growing a real collection of vegetables.

MEETING & TALK

March 11, 10:30 am

Nation Capital Area Chapter Gesneriad Society

Meeting and Talk: “Kohleria – an interesting and easy to grow rhizomatous genus” – Open to the Public

www.nationalcapitalgesneriads.org

PHILADELPHIA
FLOWER SHOW
SOLD OUT

 

Welcome SPRING at the Philadelphia Flower Show  SOLD OUT

Sick of SNOW and COLD weather? Me too! Come join us for a day-trip to a virtual Garden of Delights at the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show!

Washington Gardener Magazine has two tours this year going up to the Philadelphia Flower Show.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world. the theme for 2017 is:

Holland: Flowering the World

It will celebrate the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture, from vivid flower fields to innovative eco-design. The Philadelphia Flower Show will transport guests to the rainbow landscapes of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils, and through the cut-flower and bulb markets that have shaped Holland’s history and culture. The Flower Show will also explore the innovation that has defined Holland’s approach to its unique landscape, from windmills – one of the earliest uses of natural energy – to 21st-century eco-domes and the Dutch Wave movement, which takes a natural and sustainable approach to landscape design.

Show visitors will experience the rich heritage of the Netherlands, from the canals of Amsterdam to the castle gardens and Keukenhof fields, the historic and modern architecture, and the world renowned art, from Rembrandt to Van Gogh to Mondrian. Holland’s culinary culture of great cheeses, chocolates, beer and other cuisine will also be part of this international celebration. And everyone is “welkom.”

The Flower Show attracts non-gardeners as well as die-hard green-thumbed people of all ages. Foodies of all tastes will love the Garden to Table Studio. Participate in the Lectures and Demonstrations series, Gardener’s Studio, and the “Make & Take” workshops. First-time and returning riders will enjoy the welcoming, custom details of our coach service.

The two tours are on different days; from different locations. Here are the details:

Wednesday, March 15 from 10am-10pm, leaving and returning to downtown Silver Spring, MD – includes a lunch and is nearby to public transit – see the registration form for more details: SOLD OUT

Thursday, March 16 from 10am-10pm, leaving and returning to Behnke Nurseries in Beltsville, MD – includes a lunch and has free parking – see this registration form for more details: SOLD OUT

Note: The forms are for printing and mailing along with your payment. They are not interactive online forms.

If you have any trouble printing them out, please send an email to kathyjentz@gmail.com and I can send the forms directly to you.

Our coaches fill up quickly, so please act fast to reserve your spot with us!

Kathy JentzEditor/Publisher, Washington Gardener Magazinethe magazine for gardening enthusiasts in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Follow Washington Gardener Magazine on: Twitter or Facebook

FREE TALK
registration requested

March 12, 2:00 pm

The Low Down on Lawns: Choosing Your Grass & Making a Yearly Planw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Unearth the secrets to lawn success as Carol discusses the care and habits of different kinds of lawn grass. She will explore preparing for a new lawn and overseeding, correct watering techniques, when to fertilize, and how to discern and take care of problems before they get out of hand.

FREE TALK
registration requested

March 18, 11:00 am

WALKING TOUR: A Tour of Fruit & Vegetable Plants at Behnke’sw/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

Follow along as Christopher leads you through the nursery and discusses the fruit and vegetable plants you encounter along the way. This time of the year Behnke’s is full of a wide variety of fruit trees, berry bushes, and vegetables.

FREE TALK
registration requested

March 18, 2:00 pm

Growing Fruits & Berries in Containers & Gardensw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

In today’s garden many of the newer fruit plants have been developed as dwarfs or compact to fit into smaller spaces or in containers. Visit with Carol and explore the notion of adding fruits and berries to your outdoor space and how to care for them. Discover which varieties would suit your “taste.”

MEETING & TALK

March 19, 2:00 pm

Potomac Rose Society – Meeting and Talk:Growing Great Roses” – Open to the Public

This March program is timely for rose lovers who are excited to get their spring gardens off to a great start for growing fantastic and beautiful roses. Whether you are new to roses or feel you have the perfect rose cocktail, you are certain to leave this presentation with new and fresh ideas for your spring rose garden.

Bill Blevins, noted consulting rosarian, judge, exhibitor, rose mentor, writer and encyclopedic authority for rose varieties, will moderate this panel which will include Roger Haynes, Brookside Gardens Head Rosarian; and David Walsh, rosarian, exhibitor and President of the Maryland Rose Society.

EVENT

March 25, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Pick up your bidding #

10:00 am to noon
Auction

Bonsai Auction sponsored by the Baltimore Bonsai Club

Bid on all kinds of Bonsai plants and materials. Needless to say, this event will be full of bonsai enthusiasts from beginners to experts, so stop by, have fun and bring your questions.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE ADMISSION – More info at www.baltimorebonsaiclub.com

FREE TALK
registration requested

March 25, 2:00 pm

Flowering Shrubs Through the Yearw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Keep on bloomin’! Carol will discuss reliable and maybe a few unusual shrubs that will bring color to your yard through much of the year.

FREE TALK
registration requested

March 26, 2:00 pm

Successful Gardening Basics: Understanding Soils, Sun, Fertilizer & Wateringw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

If you understand the basic needs of your plants your gardens will flourish. Carol will cover these basics in her talk so you can make an educated decision about your plants’ care and how to tell when something is out of balance.

FREE TALK
registration requested

April 1 – 11:00 am

Amaryllids – The Gardener’s Friendw/ Jim Dronenburg, ex-long time Behnke perennial employee

Pestered with rabbits, groundhogs, voles, deer? Do tulips and hyacinths dwindle and disappear for you, even without the varmints? Bulbs in the amaryllis family are your friends. You can find something blooming for every season, and I do mean every season, among them – and most are hardy and will thrive for you!

ORCHID CLINIC
April 1, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
April 2, 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

April 8, 2:00 pm

Filling Your Shade Garden with Shrubsw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Shade gardens can be challenging. First you need to determine how much shade you have, then look into the kind of ground you are planting in, and then find the right plants to create an inviting space. Stop in and listen as Carol covers the best shrubs for shade gardening.

FREE TALK
registration requested

April 9, 2:00 pm

Small Space Gardeningw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Small yard, balcony or deck? That doesn’t mean you have to go out for nature. Learn how to create a “garden” using space saving techniques. Your small garden may even become your very own personal retreat.

MEETING & TALK

April 15, 10:30 am

Nation Capital Area Chapter Gesneriad Society – Meeting and Talk:African Violets with Unusual Leaves or Flowers (bustled leaves, spooned, girl, longifolia, chimera)” – Open to the Public

www.nationalcapitalgesneriads.org

ORCHID CLINIC
April 15, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
April 16, 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

April 22, 2:00 pm

Planting Gardens with Native Plantsw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Planting a garden to support birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects is very popular, but have you considered how to create a garden that goes beyond just flowers? Carol will talk about utilizing native plants including trees, shrubs and perennials to create an environment to please both you and your favorite critters.

FREE TALK
registration requested

April 23, 2:00 pm

Creating a Rain Gardenw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Rain gardens have the potential to solve drainage problems, add beautiful landscaping with wonderful native plants, help support beneficial pollinators, and mitigate storm water from running directly into the Bay. In addition, some counties subsidize the cost of a project like this so it may not cost as much as you think (go online and check with your county). Join Carol as she wades into the subject of rain gardens.

FREE TALK
registration requested

April 29, 2:00 pm

Rose Gardening for Everyonew/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

To say you want a rose plant is just not enough anymore. Aside from the myriad of colors available, you must decide on what kind: climber, landscape, hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora, miniature….. Needless to say, there are many different kinds of roses to choose from. Discover the basic types of roses and their care as Carol examines this thorny subject.

FREE TALK
registration requested

April 30, 2:00 pm

Vines: Growing Verticalw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Some vines are used to screen-off an area for more privacy and others are just beautiful vertical accents. Join Carol as she takes a look at some of our best flowering and foliage vines and the best way to support and care for them.

ORCHID CLINIC
May 6, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
May 7, 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

May 13, 2:00 pm

Vegetable Gardening Through the Yearw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Are you interested in growing your own farm fresh vegetables? Are you stuck at tomatoes and not sure what else to plant? Then you should stop by and sit a spell while Carol gets down and dirty about vegetables. Learn how to extend growing seasons and “what” to plant “when.” Discover the best methods to keep your crops healthy and happy without a lot of chemicals. Unearth the secrets to good soil and fertilizing.

FREE TALK
registration requested

May 14, 2:00 pm

Small Space Vegetable Gardeningw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Even if you only have a deck, a balcony or a courtyard, you, too, can have fresh vegetables. Learn about companion plantings, growing in containers, and going vertical. Carol will discuss the best plants to use and the sun, soil and fertilizer requirements for growing different vegetables in small spaces.

ORCHID CLINIC
May 20, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
May 21, 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

May 27, 2:00 pm

Herb Gardening: From the Everyday to the Unusualw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Herbs make bland foods “pop” with flavor. Some ethnic cuisines derive their heritage from the herbs used. For whatever reason you choose, there’s no denying that growing and harvesting your own “fresh” herbs makes you feel closer to the dishes you prepare. Join along as Carol examines the care and use of some of our more popular herbs and a few unusual ones.

FREE TALK
registration requested

May 28, 2:00 pm

Flowers, Berries, Bark: Designing a Garden for Interest Throughout the Yearw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

When you stand back and look at a garden, it becomes a sum of its parts. It’s not just the flowers but also the color, texture and shades of the foliage and bark. Or the development of berries and seeds as the flowers wane. From one season to the next, nature’s dance changes and new songs are sung. Stroll along as Carol discusses how to make the most out of your garden’s performance all year long.