Special Events, Talks, Workshops, Demonstrations & Classes


NOW Until MAY, 2015

There's always something happening at Behnke's!

To register for a workshop or talk, call our store, or click on the links below
Beltsville: 301-937-1100

Free Talks Sign Up Form (pre-registration requested)

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APRIL


WORKSHOP - Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Class

Date: April 4 - 2pm - 4pm CLASS IS FULL
May 2nd - CLASS IS AVAILABLE
Fee: $65 - all materials provided

A one day class with a focus on care and maintenance, You will learn all the basics of bonsai design (how to select a tree, prune, transplant, landscape with rocks, and what the art of bonsai is all about) and create your very own bonsai to take home. Registration Required

Classes During the Week - Beginner Bonsai

Class to run for 2 weeks; 2½ hours per class.
Cost: $120/person, plus the cost of plant and pot

If you have five or more people that would like to take the Introductory Class during a week day, Ducky will arrange times with you. Call Ducky to arrange classes 240-473-6740.

GARDEN TALK - Your Edible Garden: Your Private Orchard - Fruits and Berries in Any Size Garden - w/ Carol Allen

Date: April 4 - 11am and April 5 - 1pm

Discover the world of fruits and berries. You don't need acres of land to eat fresh. Grow blueberries in your landscape and dwarf fruit trees in the middle of your perennials. Carol will share the juicy details!

DEMONSTRATION: How to Build a Fairy Garden (and Recycle Broken Pots)

Date: Saturday, April 4 - 1pm

Carol will demonstrate how to assemble a fairy garden, what plants work best and techniques for using broken pots that can leave you with a multi-layered fairy playground.
 

EASTER EGG HUNT - For children 10 yrs and younger

Date: April 4 - 2pm

Each participating child will go home with a goody bag. There are 'special' eggs hidden with the rest, and the top 3 egg collectors each day will also receive a special prize.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic - w/ Carol Allen

Date: April 11 & 12 - 9:30am - 4:30pm

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 minimal fee, she will take care of that, also, and show you how. (Protect your plants from the cold when transporting them in winter. A paper bag gives better insulation than plastic.)

Bonsai Auction - Sponsored by the Baltimore Bonsai Club - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Date: April 18th - 9-10am Pick up your Bidding Number - 10am Auction

Bid on all kinds of Bonsai materials from beautiful plants to bonsai equipment and materials. Needless to say, this event will be full of bonsai enthusiasts from beginners to experts, so if you are interested in the art of bonsai, stop by, have fun and bring your questions.

GARDEN TALK - My Favorite Flowers: Benefits for Adding Perennial - & Annual Flowers to Your Garden - w/ Christopher Lewis

Date: April 18 - 11am

Join Christopher as he explains how to add long lasting beauty and interest to your yard. Also learn how to control insect pests naturally and attract butterflies and pollinators by planting flowers.

Potomac Rose Society Meeting - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2 pm

Stop on in whether you are already growing roses or just thinking about it. There's always a lively and informative topic! Learn from tried and true gardeners who have been working with rose plants for many years. Their experience is priceless.

Join the National Capital Area Chapter of the Gesneriad Society for a talk
All About Two Rarely Grown Terrarium Plants: Gasteranthus & Gesneria

Date: Sunday, April 19, 10:30 am

Two rarely seen or grown genera of Gesneriads are the Gesneria and Gasteranthus. Jim Roberts will talk about how to grow and propagate them. They really aren’t hard, and given the right conditions can be very floriferous with less care than almost any other plant you grow.  Terrarium culture takes all the guesswork out of supplying the right conditions.

For more information on the Gesneriad Society and its events, visit www.nationalcapitalgesneriads.org.

GARDEN TALK - Go Native! - Creating Beautiful Gardens with Native Plants - w/ Larry Hurley

Date: April 25 - 11am

If your idea of a 'native' plant is a scrub pine, think again. Growers have been working with natives to create some beautiful plants that are reliable, environmentally friendly, and well adapted to our area. Follow along as Larry shows off some of our areas best and brightest for the garden.

GARDEN TALK - Gardening for Birds & Bees - w/ Carol Allen

Date: April 25 - 1pm and April 26 - Noon

Beautiful gardens can also serve as healthy rest stops for our local birds & bees. Providing havens for birds has a truly beneficial impact on our yards and in turn our lives, and without bees our flower and vegetable gardens would be bleak indeed. Just planting a native seed bearing tree instead of an ornamental non-native can impact the health and well being of your landscape. Join Carol as she delves into gardening for the birds and bees.



MAY


WORKSHOP - Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Class

Date: May 2 - 2pm - 4pm
Fee: $65 - all materials provided

A one day class with a focus on care and maintenance, You will learn all the basics of bonsai design (how to select a tree, prune, transplant, landscape with rocks, and what the art of bonsai is all about) and create your very own bonsai to take home. Registration Required.

Classes During the Week - Beginner Bonsai

Class to run for 2 weeks; 2½ hours per class.
Cost: $120/person, plus the cost of plant and pot

If you have five or more people that would like to take the Introductory Class during a week day, Ducky will arrange times with you. Call Ducky to arrange classes 240-473-6740.

GARDEN TALK - Your Edible Garden: Choosing the Right Summer Crops, Growing in Raised Beds & Containers, and Uses for Manure Tea - w/ Carol Allen

Date: May 2 - 11am and May 3 - 1pm

There's a lot to cover as the summer season is just getting under way. Discover........
  • how to pick the right crops for your space and combine them
  • the advantages of growing in raised beds
  • what can be grown in containers and what size containers to use
  • why manure tea can be beneficial and how to make it

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic - w/ Carol Allen

Date: May 9 & 10 - 9:30am - 4:30pm

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 minimal fee, she will take care of that, also, and show you how. (Protect your plants from the cold when transporting them in winter. A paper bag gives better insulation than plastic.)

Mother's Day Children's Activity - FREE

Date: May 9 & 10 - 11am - 3pm

Choose an annual plant from our special group and plant it in an eco-friendly coco-fiber pot. Then decorate a card for that special 'Mom' in your life. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 10 and younger; Limit 1 plant per child.

GARDEN TALK - Rose Care Basics: Selecting, Pruning & Maintenance - w/ Carol Allen

Date: May 16 - 11am and May 17 - Noon

Roses are a beautiful addition to any garden. But not all roses are created equal. Though their basic needs may be the same, different 'kinds' of roses may have different maintenance concerns. Carol will address the basic care of roses and how to select a variety that best suits your needs and create a plan for seasonal maintenance.

GARDEN TALK - Growing Roses Organically - w/ Carol Allen

Date: May 16 - 1pm and May 17 - 2pm

Let's face it. Roses are not usually low maintenance, but they don't have to conjur visions of toxic clouds of spray. By learning the right gardening practices and how to take care of pests in a 'safe' way, you can grow beautiful roses without the worry.
Bonsai Auction - Sponsored by the Potomac Bonsai Association - Open to the Public

Date: May 23 - 9am Pick up bidding numbers, 10am Auction

Bid on all kinds of Bonsai materials from beautiful plants to bonsai equipment and materials. Needless to say, this event will be full of bonsai enthusiasts from beginners to experts, so if you are interested in the art of bonsai, stop by, have fun and bring your questions.

GARDEN TALK - Growing Herbs in Containers - w/ Carol Allen

Date: May 31 - Noon

Some herbs we grow in containers because they are a little invasive. Others may need to come inside during our cold winters. While still others are grown in containers because that is the space we have available. Whatever your reason, discover which herbs grow best in containers, how to combine them, and which ones may be a little temperamental. Carol will also go over what kinds of pots and soil to use, when to water, and how to overwinter.

GARDEN TALK - Growing a Kitchen Herb Garden - w/ Carol Allen

Date: May 31 - 2pm

Cook's have been growing fresh herbs right outside their back doors for centuries. Carol will discuss some of the most common and useful herbs to keep in a kitchen garden, which are hardy, which may be invasive, and which you will have to replant each year. She will also offer tips on plant spacing and design.




COMING UP....

Look for more Summer Events to be added soon!
In the meantime, here are a few events to mark on the calendar



JUNE


GARDEN TALK - Your Edible Garden Talks: Summer Care & Succession Planting - Keep the Garden Growing

Date: June 6, 11am and June 7, 1pm

5th Annual Garden Party - to benefit the friends of Brookside Gardens

Date: Saturday, June 6, 9 am to 3 pm

Chat with representatives from garden clubs and plant societies. Garden Talks, Plant Swap, BIG Raffle, Wine tasting, Door Prizes, Food, Music, Vendors.

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic

Date: June 13 & 14, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Father's Day Tool Sharpening*

Date: June 20 & 21, 11am to 3pm

*excludes mower and saw blades; Limit 3 tools per customer.

Gardening Basics*: Aquatic Gardening

Date: June 20, 10am

*A New Monthly Lecture Series covering basic gardening information for all levels from novice to 'greenthumb'. This is a good opportunity to brush up on current information and ask questions.

Watch for Behnke's Summer Series Evening Gardening Talks

Starting mid June and going through July, on Saturdays 3:30 to 5pm

As the heat of the summer day wanes, sit back with a cool drink while members of our staff relate information about their favorite gardening topics.



JULY


Your Edible Garden Talks: Summer Challenges in the Edible Garden - Any Problems

July 4, 11am and June 5, 1pm

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic

July 11 & 12, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Gardening Basics *: Pest Control - Healthy Practices

July 18, 10am

* A New Monthly Lecture Series covering basic gardening information for all levels from novice to 'greenthumb'. This is a good opportunity to brush up on current information and ask questions.

Community Yard Sale - Proceeds from space rentals benefits the Beltsville Lion's Club

July 25, 8am to 2pm

Check our website www.behnkes.com for applications starting in April. Space fee is $15 (size of a parking space).

Watch for Behnke's Summer Series Evening Gardening Talks

Starting mid June and going through July, on Saturdays 3:30 to 5pm

As the heat of the summer day wanes, sit back with a cool drink while members of our staff relate information about their favorite gardening topics.



AUGUST


Back to School Month - School Supply Drive

Between August 1 & August 14,

Drop off school supplies (see list of supplies on at www.behnkes.com or in store) to share with the community. We are working in conjunction with Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Cedar Lane to fill backpacks for students.

Your Edible Garden Talks: Harvesting & Storing Today's Crops; Staring a New Seed Season

August 1, 11am & again August 2, 1pm

Fresh Fest

Saturday, August 15

Learn about Cannin & Jammin, enter the BIG Vegetable Contest, find out about raising chickens and bees in your backyard, Door Prizes, and MORE

Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic

August 8 & 9, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Gardening Basics *: Lawns - Start NOW!

August 15, 10am and August 16, 1pm

*A New Monthly Lecture Series covering basic gardening information for all levels from novice to 'greenthumb'. This is a good opportunity to brush up on current information and ask questions.



SEPTEMBER


Gardener's Night Out September 18



OCTOBER

Children's Fall Play area October 3 thru 31

National Capital Orchid Society (NCOS) Fall Show & Sale Oct. 10, 11, & 12

Halloween Hunt (ages 10 and younger) October 24 & 25



NOVEMBER

Children's Christmas Play area November 21 thru December 24

Christmas Open House November 21



DECEMBER

Children's Christmas Play area November 21 thru December 24


 

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