Special Events, Talks, Workshops, Demonstrations & Classes
July - December 2014
There's always something happening at Behnke's!
To register for a workshop or talk, call our store, or click on the links below
Free Talks Sign Up Form (pre-registration requested)
Workshop Registrations Signup Online
2014 Orchid Diagnostic & Re-Potting Clinic with Carol Allen
Carol is a teacher at heart (and in life) and wants to help you understand how to best care for your special plants. Carols advice is always FREE. Just bring in the plants you are concerned about. She will tell you how to resolve problems, and, for a minimal fee, she will expertly re-pot them, showing you how.
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
September 13 & 14
October 12 & 13 (during the National Capital Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale)
November 8 & 9
December 6 & 7
FREE Talk - Making the Most of your Fresh Vegetables & Fruits: Canning & Freezing w/ Carol Allen
Date: August 23
Time: 11am & again at 2pm
Discover how to save your delicious summer flavors into the winter and save money by making the most out of your harvest. Imagine making chili in January using your fresh tomatoes from the summer before.
Your Edible Garden: Improving your soil through cover crops w/ Carol Allen
Date: September 6 & 7
Time: 10am & again at 1pm each day
Join Carol as she offers timely tips each month and explains how you could get the most from your edible garden. ALL questions are welcomed, and after class take part in a Free activity
NCAC Gesneriad Society Meeting - Open to the Public
w/ Special Guest Speaker Barry Woof
"Lighting for Gesneriads and Other Plants"
Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 10:30 am
Learn how to light your plants for best growth! Barry, a well-known orchid grower, has researched the lighting available to the home grower and will present his findings and recommendations.
Behnke's 3rd Annual Gardeners' Night Out
Date: Friday, Sept. 19
Time: 5 to 8pm
An evening just for gardeners! Enjoy demonstrations and gather information while enjoying fine music by Susan Jones of Violin Dreams and great food. Old Line, Fine Wine & Bistro will also be back hosting a FREE wine tasting. While here get a sneak peak at our 2014 Christmas Shop.
Free Talk - Taking Cuttings & Saving Seed for Next Years Garden w/ Carol Allen
Date: September 20
Time: 11 am & again at 2 pm
Why lose everything in the annual garden to frost? Take cuttings and save seed! Carol will discuss and demonstrate how to take cuttings, how to save seed, and which plants are easiest to save
WORKSHOP - Make a Layered Bulb Garden w/ Carol Allen
Date: September 27
Time: 11am & again at 2pm
Watching tulips, daffodils and other bulbs POP out in the spring makes the season cheery and is so satisfying to the gardener. In this class you will plant a layered container garden with spring blooming bulbs and top it off with pansies for fall color. You will receive instructions on how to care for it so that next spring you can enjoy the fruits of your labor as the container begins a succession of blooming.
Weekends in October visit our children's Fall Fun Area with activities for children 10 and under.
Saturday, October 4th
7th Annual Chili Cook Off & Harvest Festival
9:30 to 4:30pm
Chili Tasting begins at noon with all proceeds going to Beltsville Rotary Club
October 11 to the 13, 2014
The 67th National Capital Orchid Society Fall Show
Last year due to the Federal Government's Shut Down the NCOS came to Behnke's to hold their Fall Show. It was such a success they wish to come back this year! If you love orchids this is an event you do not want to miss.
Saturday, November 8
Behnke's Fall Craft Show
This will be our 7th year for the Craft Show. Each year we get many new crafters along with some of our past favorites. There will be food and fun for the kids! It is also when we kick off our yearly Toys for Tots campaign. If you are a crafter, artisan, or vendor of unique items and would like to participate, email Stephanie at
or download an application here
Saturday, November 22
Behnke's Christmas Open House
Stop in and see our beautiful poinsettias while getting a head start on your holiday decorating. Bring the children for photo ops with Santa and enjoy some FREE hot cocoa and cookies. There will be FREE activities for the children!
Saturday, November 29
Small Business Saturday
2015 Event Calender is being worked on now!
We are planning lots of great talks and demonstrations throughout the 2015 year with even more activities for children. After another great Garden Party this year we have already picked the date for next year. Mark your calendars for June 6, 2015!