Being a seasonal business, every year as summer rolls around, we have to say goodbye to many phenomenal employees who made us shine through the busy spring months. This is Stephanie's thank you note to everyone who has been a part of the Behnke family over the years.
Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s in Beltsville, under the watchful eye of mother Sonja Behnke Festerling, and the doting eyes of grandparents Albert and Rose Behnke. She was weeding from the moment she could walk, and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run. So many weeds, so little time.
Stephanie met her husband Jon when they were working for Al Smith, a wholesale greenhouse grower near Mount Airy. It was love at first sight, and they married soon after. They opened their own wholesale greenhouse operation, Hillside Nursery, growing annuals, pansies, mums and poinsettias, and ran it for 27 years, while raising two wonderful children, Steven and Jaimie, both of whom are now public school teachers.
Seven years ago, Stephanie came to Behnke’s to work full time, when she and Jon realized that the 80 hour a week lifestyle of the greenhouse grower was more romantic in your twenties than your fifties.
Stephanie is Vice-President of Behnke Nurseries, and fills a number of roles. She is the buyer for our Christmas Shop, and is a member of the marketing/advertising team. She coordinates our social media outreach program, working with webmaster Larry Bristow. You may know her from our e-newsletter, which she creates each week. She writes a weekly article for the e-news, and through her articles we catch a glimpse of what’s going on with the Behnke Nurseries’ Family and Employees. If you read her articles, you will know that she is also the proudest grandmother in the world.