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Behnke’s Fall Fun Area Makes Memories

Behnke’s Fall Fun Area

When I was growing up here on the nursery one of the very best places to be was at our playground. We had the most awesome sliding board. It was so very tall and I remember taking waxed paper to make it slipperier. And the old seesaws… oh the splinters I got….. Ouch! But best of all was the merry-go-round. Over the years for all sorts of reasons we had to take the play ground away. I bet many of you also fondly recall our playground.

1964 That’s me! The blond on the right, my cousin
Jeanne on the left and my brother behind our neighbor
1959 Kindergarten field trip to Behnke’s

A few years ago, our garden center manager, Sissy McKenzie, came to us with a idea! A FREE area for kids to be kids–to play games and have fun. As a result, you will be seeing a lot of activities geared to our young gardeners throughout the year. From “Easter Egg Hunts” to this Fall’s FREE Fun Area: and I heard we will be having a “Pumpkin Hunt.”

Yes there are rules. Simple common sense rules, starting with “don’t leave your darlings alone in the area.” Bring your kids, your parents and your camera and create some more Behnke Memories (that’s not a rule, just a suggestion.) Post them on our Facebook page or Instagram at #behnkes.

Behnke’s Straw Pirate Ship in the Fall Fun Area

I can’t wait for my grandson Aaron to come out and check out this year’s new addition, The Straw Pirate’s Ship.. fantastic! On weekends (in October) we will have face-painting from Noon to 3 pm.

Posted by: Stephanie Fleming

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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