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Pete Exis At Behnke Nurseries

Pete’s Battle With Lymphoma

Now for a little more news about Pete Exis. Before I go any further, I want to let you know that Zabrene Scapes is going strong, and their work ethic is what all of us expect of a landscaper. So be assured if you decide to hire their company, they will get the job done. However, Pete is going through some significant health issues, and for those of you that know him, I decided to use this email to let you know what is going on and how you can help.
Where Have All The Displays Gone?

Save The Date! December 13th – 15th

Many of you know from my posts last June that we sold all of our fixtures during the summer. Along the way, I met the sweetest couple who help run The Kris Kringle Christmas Market at the Charles County Fairgrounds.

The Philly Flower Show gets Reviewed and Photographed

The greatest flower show on earth, just up the road from us in Philadelphia, is over for 2014 and the reviews are in.  I wrote one myself over at GardenRant, which is tellingly titled - "Best Philly Flower Show Ever".…

Gardening at the DC Environmental Film Festival

The DC Environmental Film Festival is almost here, and as always, there are dozens of meaty and inspiring films.  Many are free, and many of them will be sold out, so don't wait to register! Here are the ones of…

The “Green Matter” of Climate Change at Brookside

Since their inception in 2006, the Green Matters Symposia held by Brookside Gardens have earned a reputation for targeting the most important topics (like water-wise gardening and growing food) and choosing the very best speakers for each of them.  And…

Greenbelt Garden Tour with a Theme – “Less Lawn, More Life”

Fifteen unique gardens in Old Greenbelt will be on a FREE TOUR this Sunday, September 15 (2013) from 1 to 5 p.m. Thirteen are small 1930s townhouse gardens and two are larger, lake-view gardens just outside the now-cooperatively owned townhouses. …

Garden Club Report, Part 2

In Part 1 of my Garden Club Report from the Behnkes Garden Party, six local clubs were covered.  Here are the other clubs (and more!) that took part in this fun event. The Four Seasons Garden Club was represented at…

Garden Club Report, Part 1

The Behnkes Garden Party last Saturday was great fun and an opportunity to find out what's new and noteworthy from representatives of area garden clubs and societies.  As the designated Garden Party reporter I did just that, and here's my…

In Sun or Shade, try Carex instead of Turfgrass

"Less Lawn" is the shorthand for a new trend in gardening that started in the arid West and is coming East, fast.  (Lord knows the Lawn Reform Coalition is doing everything it can to spread the word.) And one of…

Learn About the Famous Glenn Dale Azaleas

This is a special and timely opportunity, to hear an expert talk about (and SHOW) the most fought-over azaleas on the planet - the famous Glenn Dale Azaleas developed by local horticulturist Ben Morrison. When and Where:  Wednesday, April 17…

Our USDA Neighbor Does Serious Compost Research

One of Behnkes' closest long-time neighbors in Beltsville is the world-famous Beltsville Agricultural Research Center,  which I visited recently to get a tour of their compost research from an old friend.  But any notion that the target audience here is…

Behnkes Welcomes the Emmanuel Community Garden

Exciting news!  The good folks at Beltsville's Emmanuel United Methodist Church have started a community garden at our Beltsville location - right on Route 1 near the entrance, so you can't miss it.   It's a terrific opportunity for members of…

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