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
Beltsville: 301-937-1100

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

Dates.........
  • October 11, 12 & 13 (during the National Capital Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale)
  • November 8 & 9
  • December 6 & 7


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
Cost: $45

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
  • 12 noon Chili Tasting Begins (all proceeds from the Chili tasting kits go to the Beltsville Rotary Club)
  • Craft Beer Tasting w/Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro (www.oldlinewine.com)
  • McCutcheon's Salsa tasting
  • BIG Raffle to benefit the Beltsville Rotary Club

Saturday, October 4th & Sunday, October 5th
FREE Talk - Your Edible Garden: Reviewing your harvest & planning for next year - w/ Carol Allen

10 am & again at 1 pm 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.

Saturday, October 4th & Sunday, October 5th
National Capital Area Chapter of the Gesneriad Society presents - Gesneriads go to the Movies
GESNERIADS SHOW & SALE - FREE to the general public!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4th
1pm to 5 pm Show & Sale

Lectures:
2:00 pm 'Sinningia in Brazil'
3:30 pm 'Growing Streptocarpus for Show'

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5th
9 am to 4 pm Show & Sale

Lectures:
10:00 am 'What is a Gesneriad'
1:00 pm 'Gesneriad Propogation'

For more information, visit www.nationalcapitalgesneriads.org

Saturday, October 11th
FREE Talk - Selecting, Planting & Forcing Bulbs to Produce a Beautiful Winter & Spring Display - w/ Christopher Lewis

11 am & again at 2 pm

Discover how to.....
  • Select and plant spring flowering bulbs for a longer spring display.
  • Use deer resistant bulbs.
  • Force bulbs for winter indoor displays.

Saturday, October 11th to Monday, October 13th
The 67th National Capital Orchid Society Fall Show - FREE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC!

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.

Plan to visit, bring friends and.....
  • See thousands of unique orchid plants in bloom.
  • Partake in our educational lectures.
  • Visit our sales area with top-quality vendors for plant and supply sales and unique orchid-themed gifts.
and MUCH MORE!

Fall is one of the best blooming seasons for orchids in DC, so come prepared for a wonderful selection of orchids to see and buy!

Throughout the show, one hour educational lectures will be presented, covering topics of interest to orchid hobbyists. There will be guided tours of the exhibit area by senior members of the NCOS immediately following the classroom lectures. Start times will be posted outside the exhibit entrance.

Visit www.ncos.us for a schedule of hours & events


Saturday, October 18th
WORKSHOP - Plant a Fall Themed Porch Pot - w/ Carol Allen

11 am & again at 2 pm
COST: $40


Carol will guide you through the process of planting your own colorful porch pot that will carry you through the Thanksgiving holiday that will include pansies, ornamental cabbage, seasonal gourds and more.

Saturday, October 25th
FREE Talk - Attractive Winter Interest Shrubs & Trees to Add to Your Landscape - w/Christopher Lewis

11 am & again at 2 pm

Discover a showcase of easy-care shrubs and trees that are particularly attractive in autumn and winter.

Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th
Halloween Hunt - Wear your favorite costume! - For children 10 yrs and younger

2 pm each day

Help Wanda the Good Witch find her Halloween treasure before the ghosts and goblins get it! Each participating child will go home with a goodie bag. The top 3 collectors each day will also receive a special prize. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, November 1st And Sunday, November 2nd
FREE Talk - Your Edible Garden: Winterizing your vegetable garden - w/ Carol Allen

10 am & again at 1 pm 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.

Saturday, November 8th
Behnke's 7th Annual Fall Craft Show

9 am to 3 pm

Visit with crafters and artisans while discovering new and unique treasures. This will be our 7th year for the Craft Show. Each year we get many new crafters along with some of our past favorites. Find something special for gift giving or a treat for yourself.

Plus.....
  • Toys for Tots
  • Raffle to benefit the young adults of Prince George's County Police Dept. Explorers Post 600
  • Food
If you are a crafter, artisan, or vendor of unique items and would like to participate, email Stephanie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or download an application here

Saturday, November 22
Behnke's Christmas Open House
  • Light Refreshments & Holiday Music
  • Paint a Poinsettia - 11 am to 3 pm
  • Visit with Santa - 11 am to 2 pm - Stop by and visit with Santa. Mom and Dad this is a good photo op, so remember the camera!
  • Children's Wonderland - Fun Area With games, activities, and a drawing area for children 10 and under.
  • Elf Storytime - at 12noon and 4 pm
  • Greens Fest - Visit our Greens Tent and watch as our busy elves assemble centerpieces and wreaths for the holidays. They will be happy to show you how it's done!
SPECIAL DEMOS IN THE CENTER GREENHOUSE:
  • 11 am - How to Assemble a Boxwood Tree
  • 12:30 pm - Creating a Porch Pot
  • 2 pm - Embellishing A Wreath w/ Holiday Spirit
6 pm Special Lighting of the Nursery
Enjoy some seasonal music and join us for hot cocoa and a cookie while we bring the day to a close with the Lighting of the Nursery.


Saturday, November 29
Small Business Saturday


December 1st thru December 24th

Custom Bows & Wreaths Plus! *

Stop by the bow & wreath counter in our Christmas shop to have a custom bow or wreath made just for you OR ask for a demonstration. Our experts would love to give you a quick basic bow lesson or share their knowledge of wreath embelishment. Just Ask!

* The Custom Bow and Wreath Counter has limited hours of operation. Please call for hours of operation if you would like to speak to a bow/wreath maker. Orders to be picked up later may be taken anytime by Christmas Shop personnel.


WEEKENDS thru December 21st
  • Visit with Santa - 11 am to 2 pm - Stop by and visit with Santa. Mom and Dad this is a good photo op, so remember the camera!
  • Children's Wonderland - Fun Area With games, activities, and a drawing area for children 10 and under.
  • Elf Storytime at 12noon and 4 pm
GREENS FEST:

Visit our Greens Tent and watch as our busy elves assemble centerpieces and wreaths for the holidays.They will be happy to show you how it's done!

SPECIAL DEMOS ON SATURDAYS:
  • 11 am - How to Assemble a Boxwood Tree
  • 12:30 pm - Creating a Porch Pot
  • 2 pm - Embellishing A Wreath w/Holiday Spirit

Behnkes 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!

 

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