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A Rose Garden

Behnke’s Rose Variety-Sign – Present

While walking around the garden center each morning, I see the outside area filling up with all the new arrivals. Among my very favorites are the roses. Of course right now they are not much to look at but you just know that, before long, their beautiful blooms will bring color to the area–and, walking past, we will smell the sweet fragrances. Some tell me that roses are too much work, but I have to disagree. There is something so wonderful about tending to your rose garden and getting the resulting bouquet each morning.

Okay I will admit it: my husband does the tending of the roses. I get to put them in vases each day. Last year because of the very cold winter, we lost some of our rose bushes, so this spring I will be picking out some new ones for our rose garden. I am hoping for a new red rose and I am pleased that our buyer, Miri, has brought back our big rose photo board this year. Just look for the BIG GREEN board near our rose bushes and on it will be photos of all the different roses we sell, arranged by color. Over the years I have shared this photo of my grandfather and his love of roses.

Albert Behnke -1991
Albert Behnke -1991

This is perhaps my favorite picture of him because, while I have so many memories of him, this is the one that I see when I think of him. Albert Behnke loved his roses and he loved his Rose (my grandmother). Each and every day while the roses at his Burtonsville home and garden were blooming, he would bring her a fresh bunch. There would be so many that if I just happened to be stopping by, I would get my own fresh bouquet to take home.

In 1991, News 7 came out to my grandfather’s home and taped him in his rose garden. I hope those of you that knew Albert Behnke will smile when you watch this short video, and that those of you that never got to meet him will take a few moments and enjoy!

Posted by: Stephanie Fleming, Vice President, Behnke Nurseries

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. 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. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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