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A Memory From A Family Friend

A few weeks ago, Pat Torbert Kral reached out to Stephanie to share a memory she had of her grandparents Albert and Rose Behnke. She put her memory down as part of a story about her first job.

Thanksgiving Farms ‘We Grow Our Own’

Road Trip Last Sunday, my friend Donna and I took a road trip to Adamstown, Maryland, in Frederick County. I have always heard about Thanksgiving Farms, an independent garden center but never had the opportunity to go there. Carol Allen (the orchid…

Two Growers That Sell Retail Too

Wholesale Grower My husband and I started Hillside Nursery, in 1979. We were a wholesale nursery of annuals, perennials, and poinsettias a few months after we got married. For 27 years, we sold our plants to retail garden centers and…

Feed the birds, Tuppence a Bag

Feed the birds! Winter, especially it is important to feed your back yard friends. A bird feeder or two maybe even three will make the birds very happy and the bonus is you will be able to watch them from the compfort of your own home. Or tent as some people do.

Beltsville’s Dawnrose History

If these walls could talk, what a story they would tell. Last year I wrote an article, These Old Walls, about finding some long-ago photos behind some office walls in a building we called DawnRose. This article will touch on the history of this building and the man behind it before Behnke Nurseries purchased it. Enjoy!

Look Who Showed Up!

I heard last week from Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Druid Hill Park, Maryland that they were now displaying the famous Audrey II from Behnke’s at their Carnivorous Plant Display.

How The Heck Is Helmut Doing?

Great news! Helmut Jaehnigen is doing great and is back walking around after a bad fall last May.

Find Out What Our Employees Plan to Do After Behnke’s Closes

Our staff is the best! Check out our facebook page to watch Stephanie interview employees: what they've done for the company over the years and what they plan to do after Behnke's closes. More videos are being added every day.

The Best Thing About January

While it might not seem like the ideal time to come out to the garden center, our spring inventory is arriving and the excitement is building! Stephanie enjoys seeing what's new each week and dreaming of the gardens to come.

Road Trip to Virginia’s Ginger Cottages

If you've ever been to our Christmas Shop, you may have noticed our line of Ginger Cottages: small, intricate, 3-D wooden houses and shops made entirely in the USA. Read about Stephanie's visit to the factory to see how they're created.

A Conversation with John Reed

One of our long-time employees (who's easily recognized by his large cowboy hat) discussed the remarkable history of this beautiful crape myrtle next to our driveway.
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