Special Events, Talks, Workshops, Demonstrations & Classes


JANUARY - 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)

Workshop Registrations Signup Online


JANUARY


Houseplant Happy Hours!

Wednesdays in January

Receive 20% off regularly priced houseplants.

Free Tool* Sharpening

Starting January 15 thru February 22
Thursdays 2 pm to 4 pm
Saturdays & Sundays 1 pm to 4 pm

Bring in up to 3 tools during the specified hours and have them sharpened - FREE. First come, first served.
*Sorry we cannot sharpen lawn mower or saw blades.

Washington Gardener Seed Exchange

Washington Gardener magazine, the publication for DC-area gardening enthusiasts, is hosting the seventh annual Washington Seed Exchange at Behnke Nurseries. These seed swaps are in-person and face-to-face. You bring your extra seeds and swap them with other gardeners. Everyone will leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends, and expert planting advice.

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: 12:30pm – 4:00 PM
Fee: $20 - Must Be Registered

(Foul weather that day? Call 240.603.1461, for updates about possible snow/ice delay)

GARDEN TALK - Your Edible Garden: Plotting, Planning & Picking Seed - w/ Carol Allen

Date: January 31 - 11am

This is the time to be planning for your edible garden. Discover how to make plans for your edible garden that will get the most use out of your space and how to choose the right seeds.


FEBRUARY



Hand Tool Sharpening


Continuing through February 22: Thursdays (3-5pm), Saturdays (1-4 pm) & Sundays (1-4 pm)

Bring in up to 3 hand tools and have them sharpened - FREE.  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.

Look under Free Talks in February for..... 'Keeping Your Tools in Tip Top Condition: How to Sharpen Clean and Store' on February 15 at 12noon.

GARDEN TALK - Your Edible Garden: Plotting, Planning & Picking Seed - w/ Carol Allen

Date: February 1 - 1pm

This is the time to be planning for your edible garden. Discover how to make plans for your edible garden that will get the most use out of your space and how to choose the right seeds.
Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic - w/ Carol Allen

Date: February 7 & 8 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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.)

WORKSHOP - Bonsai Class - w/ Master Ducky Hong - Beginner Basics - Bonsai 101

Date: February 7 & 14 (2 sessions) - 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Cost
: $120/person, plus the cost of plant and pot

Learn the basic techniques of bonsai, including plant selection and care, shaping and pruning. You will learn these techniques by working on your own plant, which you will select from Ducky's extensive inventory and take home at the completion of the class. Registration Required

Valentine Children's Activity - Free

Date: February 7 & 8 - 10am - 4pm

There will be pre-printed and blank cards (free) to color and decorate. Let the kids make something special to go with that beautiful plant you select for Valentine's Day. For ages 10 and younger.

37th Annual National Capital Orchid Society (NCOS) Orchid Auction

Date: February 8 - 10am - 11am Bidders Preview, 11am - 3pm Auction

FREE ADMISSION - open to the public. This live auction with offer over 300 blooming or near-blooming size orchids. Lots of very rare and unusual orchids. This is one of the largest Orchid Auctions in the country. For more info visit the NCOS website www.ncos.us

GARDEN TALK - Terrariums: Growing Your Own Miniature Garden Under Glass - w/ Carol Allen

February 14, 11am and February 15, 1:30pm

Carol will explain how terrariums “work” and the steps to build one. THEN...

POTTING PARTY after the talk! Bring your own glass or clear plastic container (example: cookie jar, large pretzel container, aquarium), and for the cost of the materials, you can build your own terrarium.


GARDEN TALK - Keeping Your Tools in Tip Top Condition: How to Sharpen Clean and Store - w/ Bill Mann

Date: February 15 - Noon

Bill has been in the nursery business for over 30 years. During that time he has learned a thing or two about keeping his tools in good working order. Stop by our tool sharpening area for Bill's talk/demo to pick up some tips.

WORKSHOP - Advanced Beginner Basics  w /Master Ducky Hong - Bonsai 201

Date:  February 21 & 28 (2 sessions) - 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Cost
: $120/person, plus the cost of plant and pot

A continuation of Bonsai 101. Learn the more advanced techniques of bonsai and continue to practice these techniques on your own plant, which you will select from Ducky's extensive inventory. 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 - Planning for a Native Garden - w/ Carol Allen

Date: February 21 - 11am and February 22 - Noon

Native plants not only make for environmentally friendly gardens, they also make for some of the most care free and satisfying. Carol will cover varieties of native plants that produce beautiful landscapes and how they benefit our native populations of bees, birds, and other wildlife.

GARDEN TALK - Pruning Shrubs: When? and How? - w/ Christopher Lewis

Date: February 28 - 11am

Have you ever had anyone tell you that it's the 'wrong' time to prune a shrub? Discover what pruning is all about. Christopher will offer advice on what shrubs to prune, when and where they can be pruned, and how to prune them. There will even be hands-on demonstrations!

GARDEN TALK - Discouraging Deer in Your Garden - w/ Christopher Lewis

Date: February 28 - 1pm

Has Bambi found the perfect buffet in your yard? Learn how to 'close the kitchen' as Christopher offers products, methods, and materials to make deer uncomfortable and less interested in eating from your garden and landscape.



MARCH

 
GARDEN TALK - Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes: Planting, Pruning and Prep for Spring - w/ Bill Mann

Date: March 1Time: 1pm

There's nothing like fresh fruits and berries straight from your very own yard! Bill discuss how to plant, when to prune and why you may need a second plant. Plus with the advent of compact berry bushes, dwarf fruit trees, and small space growing techniques, you will discover how easy it is to tuck fruits and berries into small yards.

4th Annual Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip with Kathy Jentz
Organized by the Washington Gardener Magazine.

Leaves from Behnke Nurseries Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10am. The deadline to sign up is March 1. Stop in the store or go online to www.WashingtonGardener.com for information and registration form
WORKSHOP - Bonsai Class w/ Master Ducky Hong - Advanced Workshop - Bonsai 301

Date: March 7 (12 sessions) - 10:30am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $300/person for three months, plus the cost of plants, pots, & materials

Pre-requisite: Beginner Bonsai Workshop, or by permission of Ducky. Structure: Working with Ducky, you will design one or more projects that you will continue on your own, with one-on-one instruction and guidance. Registration Required.

WORKSHOP - Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Class

Date: March 7 - 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: Starting from Seed & Planting Spring Vegetables - w/ Carol Allen

Date: March 7 - 11am
and
Date: March 8 - 1pm

Carol will show you how to properly get your seeds off to a good start and what it will take to grow strong healthy plants. She will also go over the pros and cons of buying already started seedlings and what to get in early! Think potatoes, onions and more....
Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic - w/ Carol Allen

Date: March 14 & 15 - 9am - 5pm
Bonus day, March 21 - 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.)

Friends of Brookside Gardens Orchid Show & Sale - Sponsored by Friends of Brookside Gardens & Rock Creek Orchid Club

Date: March 14 & 15 - 9am - 5pm

Open to the public. Vibrant orchid display by the Rock Creek Orchid Club. Orchids and merchandise from top area growers. Repotting for a nominal fee by Carol Allen. Advice from Experts.

Behnke's Spring Open House

Date: March 21

Join us as we welcome the coming Spring. There will be special demonstrations by members of our staff and guests from the gardening community. There will be a Wine Tasting, Door prizes and Orchid Clinic & Repotting. Don't miss Behnke's own Christopher Lewis as he discusses 'Getting Ready for Spring' at 11am & again at 2pm. Gardening is more relaxing when you take care of a few things each month rather than trying to take care of everything in one weekend in May. Find out how to jump-start your garden and landscape projects now so later in the spring it will be all about the flowers and vegetables.

Easter Egg Hunt - For children 10 yrs and younger

Date: March 28 & 29 and 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.

GARDEN TALK - Getting Ready for Spring - w/ Christopher Lewis

Date: March 21 - 11am and at 2pm

Gardening is so much more relaxing when you take care of a few things each month rather than trying to take care of everything in one weekend in May. Find out how to jump-start your garden and landscape projects now so later in the spring it will be all about the flowers and vegetables.

GARDEN TALK - Planning an Old Fashioned Cutting Garden - w/ Carol Allen

Date: March 22 - 1pm

Some flowers are just better for bouquets! Many women used to plant flower gardens around their kitchen gardens just for that purpose, using perennials, annuals and biennials. Carol will explore the nature of cutting gardens and share with you the best flowers to grow.

GARDEN TALK - Controlling Insect Pests in Your Garden: An IPM Approach - w/ Christopher Lewis

Date: March 28 - 11am

Discover a Master Gardener's approach to minimizing insect damage to your garden using integrated pest management (IPM) techniques and the least toxic chemical controls.

GARDEN TALK - Planning a Hummingbird Garden - w/ Carol Allen

Date: March 29 - Noon

Invite some hummingbirds to stay with you this summer. All you need is the right buffet, and Carol will show you how to plan the menu. Discover which plants the hummingbirds prefer and why, and how to supplement their menu when the plants are between blooms.

GARDEN TALK - Planning a Butterfly Garden - w/ Carol Allen

Date: March 29 - 2pm

Watching colorful butterflies flit around the garden is one of the joys of summer, and if you grow just the right plants, you can create your own butterfly preserve. Carol will discuss the different stages of butterfly development and which plants are beneficial for each stage. Learn how to plant a Butterfly B&B.



APRIL


WORKSHOP - Beginner Hands-On Bonsai Class

Date: April 4 - 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: 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!

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 - 9am - 5pm

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 - Time TBD

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.
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 - 9am - 5pm

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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