skip to Main Content
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

Free Talks Sign Up Form (pre-registration requested)

Workshop Registration

Download a PDF copy of our 2018 Events Flyer: January – May

Behnke Nurseries Events

January Events

FREE TALK
January 27
11:00 am
Registration Requested

Squirrels Groundhogs & Rabbits, Oh My!w/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

What about those other pesky critters? Follow along while Christopher discusses the nature of these garden pests and how to discourage them. In addition to his own knowledge on this subject, he has been quizzing local experts. Join him to discover his findings on the subject.

FREE TALK
January 28
12:00 noon
Registration Requested

The Art of Planting Terrariums & Dish Gardensw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Planting terrariums and dish gardens are fun and can become a bit obsessive. You can plant groupings of plants or take it to the next level by designing small landscapes and even include miniature bird feeders and sitting areas with the help of fairy gardening accessories. Carol will discuss the do’s and don’t’s of terrariums and dish gardens – soil, light, drainage, plant choice & care.

WORKSHOP
January 28
2:00 – 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

“Potting Party” w/ Terrariums & Dish Gardensw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Fee: $5 (non-refundable) plus cost of materials (you will receive a $5 coupon good towards the materials you use)

Let’s get this party started! You bring the terrarium or dish garden planters you want to fill, and Behnke’s will provide the houseplants (tropicals and succulents) and soil to complete your project(s). You only pay for what you use. If you want to get creative, try adding some fairy accessories. Carol will lead the party and dole out her expert advise.

GARDEN TOOL SHARPENING
January 27
1:00 – 3:00 pm
January 28
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Garden Hand Tool Sharpeningw/ Behnke Staff

Bring in up to 2 garden 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.

February Events

FREE TALK
February 3
11:00 am
Registration Requested

Planning for Planting Vegetables: A Year’s Worth of Gardening Ideasw/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

Join Christopher as discusses what vegetables to plant and when to plant them from spring through fall so you can make a plan for your garden. Learn how to get started and glean a few tips from his experiences.

WORKSHOP
February 3
2:00 – 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Classw/ Jennifer Park

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Fee: $65 – all materials provided

With a focus on care and maintenance, learn all the basics of bonsai design. You will 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
February 4
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinicw/ 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
February 11,
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Info at www.ncos.us

National Capital Orchid Society presents – The NCOS Orchid Auction

This live auction will offer over 300 blooming or near-blooming size orchids, from well-known growers coast to coast. There will be lots of very rare and unusual orchids. This is one of the largest Orchid Auctions in the country. More info at www.ncos.us

ORCHID CLINIC
February 11
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinicw/ 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.

GARDEN TOOL SHARPENING
February 17
1:00 – 3:00 pm
February 18
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Garden Hand Tool Sharpeningw/ Behnke Staff

Bring in up to 2 garden 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.

ORCHID CLINIC
February 18
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinicw/ 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
February 24
11:00 am
Registration Requested

Attracting Hummingbirds & Gold Finchesw/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

Learn how to entice these and other wonderful birds to your garden. Make plans now to attract these special beauties during their spring migration northward so that they stay with you all summer.

GARDEN TOOL SHARPENING
February 24
1:00 – 3:00 pm
February 25
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Garden Hand Tool Sharpeningw/ Behnke Staff

Bring in up to 2 garden 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
February 25
1:00 pm
Registration Requested

Starting Flowers & Vegetables from Seedw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Don’t be intimidated! Growing flowers and vegetables from seed is easy. Come and learn about pots, soils, lighting and timing for your best garden ever!

March Events

WORKSHOP
March 3
2:00 – 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Classw/ Jennifer Park

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Fee: $65 – all materials provided

With a focus on care and maintenance, learn all the basics of bonsai design. You will 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
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
March 11
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinicw/ 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.

BUS TRIP
Thursday, March 8
10:00AM-10:00PM
SIGNUP FORM

7th Annual Philadelphia Flower Show TourOrganized by Washington Gardener Magazine

Leaving and returning from Behnke Nurseries, 11300 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, MD

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world. The theme for 2018, “Wonders of Water,” will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. America’s leading floral and garden designers will create tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands, and arid landscapes, showcasing the astounding plants that thrive in each environment, from exquisite orchids and flowering vines to luminescent desert blooms. A new attraction, “America’s Backyard,” will offer smart ideas for outdoor living and conservation tips for the home garden. The Flower Show attracts non-gardeners as well as die-hard green-thumbed people of all ages. First-time and returning riders will enjoy the welcoming, custom details of our coach service. Questions? Contact: Kathy Jentz, kathyjentz@gmail.com

FREE TALK
March 17
11:00 am
Registration Requested

Hardy Jasmine, Gardenias & Daphnew/ Christopher Lewis, Behnke Horticulturist, CPH, Master Gardener

These and other wildly fragrant plants of spring, summer, and fall will be highlighted as must-have plants for everyone’s garden. Christopher will also discuss their care and culture.

ORCHID CLINIC
March 18
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinicw/ 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.

WORKSHOP
March 24
Noon – 2:00pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

“Potting Party” w/ Early Spring Flowers – w/ Behnke Staff

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Fee: $5 (non-refundable) plus cost of materials (you will receive a $5 coupon good towards the materials you use)

Get your spring planters ready for the season! You can bring planters from home or choose from planters in stock at Behnke’s and we will provide the plants (pansies and other early spring annuals – and possibly some forced bulbs) and soil to complete your project(s). You only pay for what you use. This potting party will be hosted by Behnke employees.

FREE TALK
March 25
1:00 pm
Registration Requested

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.

April Events

WORKSHOP
April 7
2:00 – 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Classw/ Jennifer Park

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Fee: $65 – all materials provided

With a focus on care and maintenance, learn all the basics of bonsai design. You will 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
April 8
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
April 15
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinicw/ 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
April 21
3:00 pm
Registration Requested

The Beauty & Benefits of Using Native Plantsw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Discover how to add beauty to your garden with native plants while at the same time helping to support birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Discover plants including trees, shrubs and perennials that will create an environment to please both you and your favorite critters.

ORCHID CLINIC
April 22
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinicw/ 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
April 29
1:00 pm
Registration Requested

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.

May Events

WORKSHOP
May 5
2:00 – 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Classw/ Jennifer Park

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Fee: $65 – all materials provided

With a focus on care and maintenance, learn all the basics of bonsai design. You will 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
May 6
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
May 13
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinicw/ 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
May 19
1:00 pm
Registration Requested

Growing Fresh Herbs – What, When, Where & Howw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

Discover the world of herbs as Carol looks at the everyday to the obscure. She will discuss how to take care of them, their uses and whether to grow them in beds or containers.

FREE TALK
May 20
1:00 pm
Registration Requested

Growing Roses – The Sweet Smell of Successw/ Carol Allen, Horticulturist, Teacher, ISA certified Arborist

A rose isn’t just a rose. There are shrub roses, miniatures, ramblers, hybrid teas and more. Each kind has its own special growth habit and care instructions. To help decide what may work best for you, join Carol as she explores the world of the rose.

ORCHID CLINIC
May 26
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
May 27
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinicw/ 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.

Speakers at Behnke's

Meet Carol Allen –

Carol Allen has been involved in many aspects of gardening and horticulture since childhood and describes herself as a committable plant-a-holic. She has over twenty-five years experience in the horticulture industry with special interests in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), trees (she is an ISA certified arborist), landscape design, native plants, and tropicals of many kinds – especially orchids.

Carol teaches at several regional colleges in the areas of biology, biodiversity and many aspects of horticulture. She is certified in stormwater management systems and is a strong advocate of sustainability. She can often be heard giving talks on a wide range of topics at local venues, including Brookside Gardens, garden clubs and orchid societies, and, of course, Behnke’s. Readers are informed and entertained by her column in the Washington Gardener magazine on pest issues. Carol confesses to growing a wide range of plants in and around her home that she shares with cats, anoles, tropical frogs, tropical fish, and pet snakes.

carol allen

Meet Chris Lewis –

Christopher has been working for Behnke’s since 2005 as a horticulturist in the Woody Plants Dept. and briefly as a Garden Shop Manager. Christopher is married and has two adult “children”. He grew up in western Howard County, Maryland, on a small farm where he learned to maintain the family vegetable garden and became interested in nature. He has a BA degree in geology and worked for a few years, in his twenties, on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Certifications and Affiliations:

Montgomery County Master Gardener since 2006.
Volunteers at Brookside Gardens’ plant clinics.
Maryland Certified Horticulturist with a specialist certification in Integrated Pest Management.
Beekeeper active with the Montgomery County Beekeepers Assoc.

Christopher will give gardening talks throughout the year. Check his schedule above for dates and times or stop in anytime he’s working with your questions.

chris lewis
Back To Top