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Beyond Behnke’s Podcast!

Last week I got a phone call from Behnke's and my good friend, Kathy Jentz, asking if I would mind filling in for her weekly podcast! She had me sign up with some online recording thing. The next thing I…

How to Use Books as Decorative Accessories

Readily available and useful, books make the perfect decorative accessories. Learn how to elevate your home decor using books as art.

Author’s Plant Tips

Behnke Blog readers competed for a copy of Evelyn Hadden's new book Hellstrip Gardening and our winner was Pat McNees, who wrote that she came to the store to pick it up immediately and loved it. Congrats to Pat! Evelyn…

Author Talk on Plants for Hellstrips this Saturday!

Join us at the Beltsville store this Saturday (May 313) at 10:30 (2014) to hear top-selling garden writer Evelyn Hadden give plant tips for curb-sides and other tough spots.  Click here to read the highlights of her latest book and…

Hellstrip Gardening – Highlights, and Giveaway

How could I NOT love Hellstrip Gardening: Create a Paradise between the Sidewalk and the Curb?  The subject is fun and inspiring, and I’m a long-time fan of author Evelyn Hadden, whose earlier book about Beautiful No-Mow Lawns I reviewed…

New Books for Gardeners

So many gardening books, so little time!  But I've narrowed them down to just three among the 2013 releases that I really really want. Planting: A New Perspective: by Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury is at the top of my…

New Book about Jefferson’s Gardens is a Winner

The American Horticulture Society's book awards for 2013 are out, and here's the one winner that I might just buy:  A Rich Spot of Earth by Peter J. Hatch.  The AHS notes that it's “unquestionably a superb work of scholarship,”…

Appreciating Hellebores, with David Culp

Just as we're all going gaga over the (finally!) emerging spring bulbs, let's pause to appreciate some flowers we've been enjoying for the last couple of months, those of the Hellebore family.  Hellebore breeder (and author) David Culp visited Behnkes…

Hear Native-Plant Expert Rick Darke at Unity Gardens

What:  "Balancing Natives and Exotics in the Garden" by internationally acclaimed native-plant expert/author Rick Darke When:  Saturday, March 2 (2013).  Registration and refreshments at 10 am, presentation at 11 am. Where:  The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, Free parking. …

Behnkes Loves “The Layered Garden”! Enter to Win a Copy.

Behnkes has come to know garden writer and perennials expert David Culp through his work for Sunny Border Nurseries, one of our suppliers, and we've long admired his expertise.  Then our perennials specialist Larry Hurley visited David's garden near Philadelphia…

Time for Succulents!

The National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society participated in our recent Garden Party, and gave us a chance to reconsider these plants that seem to be better suited to a hotter, dryer climate than ours. But now the Mid-Atlantic is…

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