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.

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WORKSHOP
registration required

April 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

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

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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.

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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.