There’s always something
From Orchid Lady Carol (May 27, 2019)
The last weekend of orchid diagnostic and re-potting clinics at Behnke Nurseries went out with a bang! I helped over 50 people this weekend with orchid issues both simple and complicated. I’ll be taking the next couple of weeks to line up some new locations (and rest! …and repot MY orchids!).
If you have any questions, message me or feel free to post pictures on this site. Just remember you cannot become an orchid expert without killing a few orchids! ….even though we don’t want to! So don’t be shy, share your concerns and questions!
Speakers at Behnke's
Meet Carol Allen –
Carol Allen has been involved in many aspects of gardening and horticulture since childhood and describes herself as a committable plant-a-holic. She has over twenty-five years experience in the horticulture industry with special interests in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), trees (she is an ISA certified arborist), landscape design, native plants, and tropicals of many kinds – especially orchids.
Carol teaches at several regional colleges in the areas of biology, biodiversity and many aspects of horticulture. She is certified in stormwater management systems and is a strong advocate of sustainability. She can often be heard giving talks on a wide range of topics at local venues, including Brookside Gardens, garden clubs and orchid societies, and, of course, Behnke’s. Readers are informed and entertained by her column in the Washington Gardener magazine on pest issues. Carol confesses to growing a wide range of plants in and around her home that she shares with cats, anoles, tropical frogs, tropical fish, and pet snakes.
Meet Chris Lewis –
Christopher started working for Behnke’s in 2005 as a horticulturist in the Woody Plants Dept. and briefly as a Garden Shop Manager. Christopher is married and has two adult “children”. He grew up in western Howard County, Maryland, on a small farm where he learned to maintain the family vegetable garden and became interested in nature. He has a BA degree in geology and worked for a few years, in his twenties, on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
Certifications and Affiliations:
Montgomery County Master Gardener since 2006.
Volunteers at Brookside Gardens’ plant clinics.
Maryland Certified Horticulturist with a specialist certification in Integrated Pest Management.
Beekeeper active with the Montgomery County Beekeepers Assoc.