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Meet Miri Talabac

Behnke’s Shrub and Tree Buyer Miri Talabac hasn’t worked at Behnkes as long as many of our staff have, though she started with us just as early – in high school.  Yes, she grew up not far from our Beltsville location, started working here in 1997, and since then has worked in annuals and perennials before moving to “woodies” as buyer.    And she’s done that while earning a degree in biology at the University of Maryland, with a concentration in entomology (bugs – she’s a big fan of ’em).

Besides bugs and woody plants, she’s recently become enamored of native plants, but the central theme here is her love of being outdoors.  So, call her a “nature nut” and she won’t complain.  But a girl’s gotta go indoors sometime, right?  That’s when she brings out the Origami, cross-stitching, and all manner of crafts.   Miri’s outdoorsy and crafty, too.

Watch for Miri’s articles here and on our website, and stop her any time for questions about shrubs and trees – she loves answering them!

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  1. Thank you for recommending so many native plants!!!! I wish more locally grown were available…perennials as well as shrubs and trees. There are a few native nurseries around…Chesapeake Natives, Nature by Design, Blue Water Baltimore, Sylva…and North Creek and Sun have some. If you still grow your own, it would be wonderful to be able to purchase them from you.

  2. I came upon your blog while looking up a flower that my daughter saw in the DC / MD area. It looks like a single pink /red single peony bloom on about a 4 ft. high shrub filled with flowers. I can’t think what it would be. Would you know what shrub would be blooming that nicely in that area?
    Thanks, Sarah

    1. Steven,

      I did mention Barberry, yes, in that article that was written over two years ago. Nowadays, whether or not I would have even mentioned Barberry as a companion plant, I would have pointed out that we only stock varieties known to set few, if any, seeds. There are also more choices in well-behaved barberry varieties than there were even two years ago. As an alternative to the Barberry mentioned (for foliage color), you can use: Bush-Honeysuckle (note that this, Diervilla, is not one of the invasive true honeysuckles but instead a native relative) as there are cultivars with colorful summer and autumn foliage; various perennial Heuchera with foliage colors in an array of choices; Ninebark (also native and available with multiple forms with summer foliage color); Weigela; Loropetalum; and plenty of other shrubs and perennials with leaf colors other than the featured reds and purples of Barberry.

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