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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…

A Visit To Patuxent Nursery

This week Stephanie's road trip took her to Bowie, Maryland where she stopped in to see Patuxent Nursery. Lucky for her, former Behnke Bes, the perennial manager, was there, and they were able to catch up.

How Old Is This Geranium Anyway?

Overwintering A Geranium For Spring I bought this red geranium in a 4 inch pot in 2018, the year before Behnke's closed. The photo does not show just how spectacular this color is, and unfortunately, I never knew what the…

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…

Next Year, More Caladiums!

Larry Hurley explains why he is planning on using more Caladiums in his garden next year.

New for 2017: Annuals

Get inspired with exciting, new things to come. This is the first in a series of articles that will showcase new plant varieties and products for the coming year. First up: annuals. They won't arrive for a few months, but you can still have fun imagining the possibilities.

What Can I Plant for Fall?

Planting your garden isn’t just a spring thing!   If you are wondering what you can plant in the fall, the answer will be “just about anything.” I am a little partial to a specific group of plants since I work…

I Need to Freshen Up a Bit

Summer is in the final stretch, and most of what we are doing in August is maintenance or harvest.  It’s the time when you realize that the slugs have really been hitting the hostas, leaving them full of holes, and…

Months without an “R”: No Oysters, Great Gardens

The other day, while searching for seafood to make a celebratory dinner, the saying pertaining to oysters came to mind– are you familiar with it?  Basically, it says we shouldn’t expect fresh oysters during months that do not contain the…

Jessica’s Garden: Keeping Pesky Visitors at Bay

As we turn more and more soil for gardens at the farmhouse, I have been pleasantly surprised to find that we have great soil quality here.  At our old home, we had builder-grade, lackluster, red clay soil that needed attention…

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