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May 1, 2019 – Green Profit – I got word recently that this spring will be the last for Behnke Nurseries Garden Center of Beltsville, Maryland. The family business, which was established in 1930, will close its doors for good sometime in June.

April 10, 2019 – Youtube.com – For nearly 90 years it’s been a staple of the Beltsville community. But soon one of the region’s most popular gardening centers will be closing its doors forever. Patricia Villone takes a look at how Behnke’s Nurseries has grown over the past nine decades.

April 8, 2019 – The Washington Post – Over 89 years, Behnke Nurseries grew into much more than a garden center
After Stephanie Fleming announced that Behnke Nurseries was closing after 89 years, the company’s website crashed. Her email stopped working, because so many people were responding to her message that “with great sadness, I must tell you that this 2019 Spring season will be our last.”

April 4, 2019 – Garden Center Mag – The Behnke Nurseries Co. in Beltsville, Maryland, announced it will be closing its doors sometime in June after 89 years in business at its current location.

May 11, 2016 – The Washington Post – A common pesticide may be a menace to pollinators
Retail nursery Behnke in Beltsville has pulled neonic pesticides from its shelves, stopped treating its plants with neonics and polled its growers on neonic use. “About 70 percent of the perennial growers we buy from are not using them,” horticulturist Larry Hurley said. Plants sold by Behnke’s as “pollinator-friendly” are known not to be treated, he said.

March 31, 2015 – Garden party sows seeds for reuse in Edmonston
Community Forklift raises $17.5k at sixth annual event – Stephanie Fleming, vice president and one of the owners of Behnke Nurseries, said she welcomed volunteers from Community Forklift to collect gardening tools from shoppers because of their shared interest in repurposing and recycling. “Behnke’s is like the original green company, so we’re all about not throwing stuff out,” Fleming said. “When [Community Forklift] approached us about this, we said, ‘Why not?’”

March 11, 2015 – Beyond Pesticides.org
Behnke Nurseries Co. in Maryland has issued a policy statement to their stores that prohibits the application of neonicotinoids to its plants and recommends using least-toxic alternatives.

July 30, 2014 – The Gazette.net
Behnke Nursery leaves Potomac after 16 years – After 16 years, Behnke Nurseries Co. closed its location on River Road in Potomac last month, citing increased rent. The nursery, a mainstay of seasonal blooms, woody plants, houseplants and garden needs since 1998, just could not continue when the property owners, White Star Investment of Bethesda, raised the rent, said company Vice President Stephanie Behnke Fleming.

July 29, 2014 – The Gazette.net
Beltsville nursery holds yard sale to benefit Lions Club – About 35 people came out to sell furniture, clothes, toys, tools and other items Saturday at Behnke Nurseries during a yard sale to benefit the Beltsville Lions Club. “It was a beautiful morning… everybody came early to set up,” said Susan O’Hara, a graphic artist at Behnke Nurseries. “I know the Lions Club was very happy with it.”

June 26, 2014 – The Baltimore Sun
Two Maryland garden retailers – Behnke Nurseries, based in Beltsville, and Cavano’s Perennials, based in Kingsville – have stopped using neonicotinoids.

June 18th, 2014 – Potomac Almanac – Business moving back to its Beltsville garden center
After 16 years in Potomac, the family-owned Behnke Nurseries, located at 9545 River Road, is pulling up stakes and moving back to its flagship garden center in Beltsville. The nurseries will remain open through the Fourth of July weekend. In the words of Stephanie Behnke Fleming, granddaughter of the founders and the last family member still working in the business, “We are going home.”

June 6th, 2013 – Washington Gardener – Favorite Local Garden Centers in DC-MD-VA
Suzette Agans said, “I shop most frequently at Behnkes in Beltsville because they have a good variety of plants, including native shady plants, and other garden goodies, also love the classes. Frequent sales, excellent service (love the pay for the mulch, soil etc. inside) and these nice young men, put it all into my car trunk.  I shop at least twice a month spring and fall.”

April 18th, 2013 – Bethesda Magazine – Growing Warmer
Constance Cleveland, a plant buyer for Behnke Nurseries in Potomac, says she has “definitely noticed a warming trend” that is affecting what grows best in local gardens. Varieties of plants purchased from a grower in Richmond, Va., increasingly seem to thrive better upon delivery than the same plants purchased from a grower in much cooler Connecticut, she says.

December 11, 2012 – CBS Baltimore – Best Florists In Baltimore To Get A Holiday Poinsettia
For many people, winter holiday decorations would not be complete without the poinsettia. The poinsettia is actually a shrub that can attain a height of about 16 feet. People often mistakenly refer to the red pedal-like part of the plant as a flower, but in reality, they are leaves…….

June 28th, 2012 – Garden Center Magazine Behnke Nurseries manager joins Smithsonian as horticulturalist
Long-time Behnke Nurseries employee and manager of the Potomac garden center Alex Dencker will become the horticulturalist for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

June 13th, 2012 – Connection News – Staving Off Mosquitoes and Trends in Landscape Design
Alex Dencker of Behnke Nurseries in Potomac, says oil-based sprays help keep the mosquito population under control. “Oil-based sprays like cedar oil and clover oil keep critters off without using nasty chemicals,” he said. “Most of these repellants come in sprays or granules.”

April 4th, 2012 – Chicago Tribune
Alex Dencker, store manager at Behnke Nurseries in Potomac, Md., has witnessed the clash of gardeners that plays out amid blossoming plants and flats of herbs at gardening centers across the country. So has his wife.

March 25th, 2012 – Washington Post
“This year is crazy,” Alex Dencker said Sunday at the Behnke Nursery in Potomac, where he was thinking about the 10-by-50-foot protective rolls he’d have to spread over thousands of confused plants beginning Monday afternoon. “I’ve never seen roses with this kind of growth. Lilacs, crape myrtle, peonies — all this stuff has growth on it that easily looks like mid-April. So this little cold snap will be particularly rough.”

November 28th, 2011 – Riverdale University Park Patch
You may have missed the Behnke Nurseries craft fair in Beltsville, MD, but the craft fair season is in full swing, with many others

November 12th, 2011 – Todays Garden Center
When Behnke Nurseries opened in 1930 in Beltsville, Md., it initially focused on field-grown roses, but developed into a full-service garden center over the years. Today, Behnke’s has two garden centers just outside Washington, D.C. “Two years ago, we decided to sell our production nursery to focus on retailing and landscaping. We are placing greater emphasis on store ambiance and display and positioning ourselves as gardening experts,” says Behnke’s president Alfred Millard.

August 12th, 2011 – DC State Fair
The Vegetable contests also have a special prize: a Behnke’s-sponsored $100 gift card for the community garden that has the most entries from their gardeners in the Fair! Each vegetable contest entry form has a field to enter the name of the community garden where the entry was grown (if grown at a community garden).

August 11th, 2011 – Potomac Almanac
Alex Dencker of the River Road Behnke’s Nursery suggested, “Super-duper, tough, dark green leafed, evergreen such as Cherry Laurel, or, anything that’s spruce. A Privet Hedge is good, but not near the house. It grows so fast your house will disappear,” he laughingly advised. Boxwood, of course, is the number one preference. Deer will not eat it. “They love holly, unless it is the Dragon Lady Holly that is very prickly,” he said.

June 1st 2011 – Gazette.Net Online
Friends, Gardeners, Plant Lovers: join us at Behnke Nurseries in Beltsville Maryland on Saturday, June 4th for the first annual Garden Social to benefit the Friends of Brookside Gardens. This is an opportunity for interested people to see what garden clubs have to offer their members, meet plant enthusiasts, ask questions, and maybe even join a club.

May 23rd 2011 – Garden Center Magazine
This Maryland retail operation has found a great way to engage customers. Behnke Nurseries’ website features a “Show’N Tell” page that encourages the garden center’s customers to share photos of their landscapes with fellow site visitors.

April 28th 2011 – The Baltimore Sun
Scales and Tales, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be on hand with birds and reptiles exhibited in an informative and interactive manner. Naturalists will be on hand to answer questions, and there will be children’s activities.

April 21st 2011 – Metro D.C. Lawn Garden Blog
It’s a little like “preaching to the choir” to tout the praises of Behnke’s Nurseries to DC area gardeners. After all, Behnkes has a long history in the area, with their  first store having opened over 80 years ago in Beltsville, Maryland.

April 14th 2011 – The Baltimore Sun
Washington Gardener magazine, Cheval’s 2nd Act Garden Tours and Behnke Nurseries of Beltsville are sponsoring a trip to Mt. Cuba Center in Greenville, Del., on Thursday July 21.

April 2nd 2011 – Potomac Patch
Pansies for sale at Behnke Nurseries in Potomac. A quick drive by Behnke Nurseries on River Road

March 28th 2011 – The Baltimore Sun
I was the guest of owner Stephanie Fleming at Behnke’s Nursery in Beltsville, Md., this weekend — giving my talk on “Gardening on the Internet” during their spring open house — and she was kind enough to give me a history lesson of the family-owned garden center.

February 12th 2011 – Potomac Patch
Behnke Nurseries in Potomac is prepared for a busy weekend before Valentine’s Day. The nursery and floral shop are hard at work to manage the many customers who will swarm in to buy gifts and flowers in the coming days before Feb. 14.

December 6th 2010 – The Washington Post
Some deck the halls earlier, others check the calendar – “Over the years, it’s gotten earlier and earlier,” said Alex Dencker, manager of Behnke Nurseries in Potomac, where they sold about 40 trees on the last weekend in November. “One lady must have bought 25 strings of 100 lights. People are already all over it.”

December 3rd 2010 –  Riverdale Park-University Park Patch
If you’re ready to make your purchases this weekend there are a few places already ready for customers including Behnke Nurseries off Baltimore Avenue in Beltsville. Their store is jammed-packed with wreaths, Christmas bows, a variety of trees and poinsettias.

November 11th 2010 – RiverdalePark-UniversityPark Patch
Looking for something crafty to do this Saturday? There will be a green craft fair hosted by PG Parks, while Behnke Nurseries will host its Christmas Craft Show to benefit Autism in Beltsville.

July 23rd 2010 – Marketwire.com Press Release
The Residence on Greenbelt Celebrates Its Grand OpeningA special tree-planting dedication ceremony will take place on the second day, Wednesday, July 28th. Samuel H. Dean, Councilman for Ward 6 in Prince George’s County, will lead the dedication of a Southern Magnolia tree that was graciously donated by Behnke Nurseries. Additionally, summer fare and jazz entertainment will be provided both days.

April 22nd 2010: The Washington Post
Laurel garden aimed at helping residents, community. Four Laurel organizations — Laurel Boys and Girls Club, Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Reality Treatment Centers and Phelps Senior Center — have joined forces to tend a new vegetable and flower garden along the Eighth Street side of the Phelps Center.

April 15th 2010: Gazette.net
The gardening plot was dug up by city officials last fall, Dreyfuss said, and Behnke Nurseries donated the two raised beds. Gardeners from Reality and the other groups are still deciding what exactly they will plant but they hope to have everything in the ground by the end of May

December 10th 2009: Potomac Almanac
Girl Scouts Raise Funds through Tree Decorating. More than 60 local Girl Scouts descended upon Westfield Montgomery Mall on Friday afternoon, Dec. 4, decorating Christmas trees with ornaments they hand-made over the past several months at their troop meetings.

October 3rd 2009: 1003 Gardens
Blogspot Post about Behnkes Chili-Cookoff 2009

August 15, 2009: Terrapin Pets:
Thanks to the great folks at Behnke’s Nursery for sponsoring today’s fun Dog Days of Summer Event! It was great to have the space next our old friends from Love of Dog Bakery in Laurel, and watch all the visiting pooches sit pretty for their high-quality, human food-grade treats:)

July 5th 2009: Laurel Leader
Phelps Center garden kicks off state program. The Laurel garden is a partnership between MDOA, the Laurel Boys and Girls Club and Behnke Nurseries, and is the first of numerous gardens that will be planted statewide as part of the project.

March 28th 2009: Washington Post Article:
When Alex Dencker, manager of Behnke Garden Center in Beltsville, put his red brick colonial in Silver Spring on the market late last summer, his window boxes exploded with crotons, creeping Jenny and New Guinea impatiens in blazing shades of red, orange and yellow.

March 26th 2009: Maryland Government
Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Secretary Gloria Lawlah spoke today to attendees at the ‘Healthy, Smart, Green and Growing Senior Expo’ in Prince George’s County. The expo was hosted in partnership by the Maryland Department of Aging, the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services and Behnke Nurseries and attracted approximately 275 seniors, caregivers and family members, as well as community leaders and elected officials.

January 18th 2009: US News & World Report
Maryland State Sen. Jim Rosapepe hosts an event at Behnke’s Nursery in Beltsville, Md.

January 15th 2009: Hometownannapolis.com
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Baltimore City, and Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine students who integrated Central High School in 1957, will join a presidential inaugural celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville.

January 15th 2009: Gazette.net
Maryland State Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D- Dist. 21) of College Park is holding an inaugural celebration in Beltsville on Sunday. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Behnke’s Nursery, located at 11300 Baltimore Ave. The party’s featured guests will be US Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Dist. 7) of Baltimore, Baltimore County and Howard County and Earnest Green, of the “Little Rock Nine”, a group of nine black students who were the first to integrate Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.

January 14th 2009: Gazette.net
Most Potomac residents know Behnke’s as a nursery and garden store, but this weekend the local institution took on all the flair and elegance of a downtown Washington art gallery.

January 13th 2009: Potomac Almanac
Photographers and reporters, reviewers and supporters — it was a new experience for a young artist and when asked about her work at an opening exhibition last weekend Chloe Zucker sought a lifeline in friend and fellow artist Clarissa Beloff. “Ask Clarissa, she’s really good. She really helped me,” Zucker said. Beloff and Zucker are seniors at Winston Churchill High School and are among the dozens of Churchill art students whose works went on display at Behnke’s Nurseries on River Road beginning with an opening the night of Saturday, Jan. 10.

January 8th 2009: Explorehoward.com (Laurel Leader)
“Rosapepe is also hosting a presidental inaugural celebration that will feature Ernest Green, one of the “Little Rock Nine” students who integrated Central High School in 1957. The celebration will be held Sunday, Jan. 18, 1-4 p.m., at Behnke’s Nurseries, 11300 Baltimore Ave ., in Beltsville”.

January 6th 2009: Potomac Almanac
Potomac Artists in Touch (PAINT) are collaborating with the Winston Churchill High School Art Department to hang a month-long, multimedia show at The Behnke Nurseries’ River Road location.

November 18, 2009: Cadalyst
Extreme Landscaping: Behnke Nurseries Edition. Family-owned nursery calls on Vectorworks Landmark to design in a pinch. When the producers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition approached Behnke Nurseries about participating in the reality show’s seventh season premiere, the family-owned nursery knew it faced a challenge. With just two weeks before filming was scheduled to begin, the company accepted and got to work.

September 25, 2008: Vectorworks
Vectorworks Landmark firm, Behnke Nurseries, Designs for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The producers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition approached Behnke Nurseries about participating in the Emmy® Award-winning reality show’s seventh season premiere just two weeks before filming was scheduled to begin, and the family-owned nursery was honored to accept the challenge.

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