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Thoughts of November

This is a quiet time in the garden, as October is moving into November, flailing about, looking for the end of daylight savings time which it seems to have misplaced somewhere. In my shady perennial garden in Bethesda, Tricyrtis (toad…

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African Violets Feature

African Violets

In the early years, Behnke Nurseries became rightly famous for its African violets. This all began many years ago when Albert and Rose Behnke's young daughter Sonja, (who recently retired as President of Behnke Nurseries) received a gift from a…

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African Violet

Beyond the African Violet

Beyond the African Violet: Meet the Family Some of the most beautiful and easily grown plants for the home are members of the Gesneriad (pronounced either “jez-NARE-ee-ad or “guess-NARE-ee-ad) family, or Gesneriaceae in botanical Latin. The family, named for the…

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