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First Garden Center Visit Of 2022 ~ Homestead Gardens

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This past weekend I went to the National Capital Orchid Society Show and Sale at Homestead Gardens. I was so excited to see so many of my orchid friends. Even better, it would be my first visit of 2022 to a garden center.

Of course, the orchid show was fabulous as always, and of course, I came home with a mini Cattleya orchid from Ken at Orchid Enterprise, thanks to the guidance from Carol Allen. In bud, it opened up on 2-22-22 for my birthday. But even better (what could be better than orchids?) was the feeling I got when I walked into Homestead. Everyone was so busy putting out all their new gardening inventory. Gosh, I remember at Behnke’s every day just as you thought you finally got the last pallet of pottery priced when another tractor-trailer pulled in filled with plants, birdseed, garden tools… you name it! It all arrives at the garden centers all Winter long.

I could see signs of new construction near where their gift shop was—wondering just what would be going there. I guess I will have to go back once Spring arrives to find out. I loved what they did when you first walked into their garden center. As you go toward the right, they have many houseplants right up front with excellent wide isles, and the displays look great! As I walked around, I saw the carts of pansies, which I love!!! They had a superb selection of colors to choose from. Plus, there were some tiny plants that I think I will be going back to get for my fairy garden display I might put together for the MD Spring Home & Garden Show.

I picked up my Hot Pepper Relish from McCutcheon’s and spent a good while deciding what new bird feeder I needed to buy. All in all, a great day!

I do hope to hear that you are finding your independent garden center to shop at. Some might be a little further away, but they are worth the drive. If it is something specific you are looking for, you might want to call first as it is early in the season. One word of advice: make sure the address you put in the GPS is correct. Otherwise, if you are like me, driving someplace you know you have been to before but keep thinking that this must be a different way, you could end up at some old greenhouses in the middle of nowhere. I am still unsure what I did wrong, but I finally pulled over, looked up the correct address, and plugged it in. Twenty-five minutes later I was there! Oh well, it was a beautiful day for a drive.

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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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