Where Is Gambrills?
A few months ago, one of our Behnke friends, Lynn Foster, suggested that I take a trip out to visit one of her favorite places to shop for plants, Gambrills Flower Farm. When she mentioned it, I was unsure where Gambrills was, but I tucked away the name to check out this Spring.
Last week I finally looked it up on the map and saw that it was not that far from Mt. Airy. It’s less than 1 hour (a local tow, as my husband would call it) right down Rt. 32 to Rt 3 and Annapolis Road. I am so glad I went! It was so simple to find, and I know many of you live even closer.
Gambrills Flower Farm
The first thing I saw was their sign as I pulled into their parking lot. The second thing I noticed was how nice and neat the place looked. Last week, of course, I drove down on a wet, chilly April morning, but I could see they were getting ready for Spring. They had a great selection of the woody plants that we are all looking for and some of the nicest perennials I have seen in a long time. But what caught my eye as I got out of my car were the orange marigolds. I am an Annual girl at heart. My husband and I grew annuals at our wholesale nursery for over 27 years, and I could immediately see the quality of these plants. And of course the COLOR!!
As I started walking around, I was once again impressed with the organization of everything. I walked into the first greenhouse and just smiled. I love a greenhouse where you can tell that everything has a place. I could see that their vegetable and herb plants had arrived along with so many warmer annuals that they would not want to be outside just yet. And the hanging baskets! WOW!!
As I wandered around and walked into the second greenhouse, I loved the sign that said, “Tropicals Like It Hot” That brought back so many memories of the signs that Susi O’Hara and Adrienne Neff used to make for Behnke’s. I saw Snake Plants, Crotons
, Fiddle Leaf Fig, and even better, the best Mandevilla I have seen in a long time. I will be back closer to Mother’s Day for some of those.
Family Run Garden Center and Grower
I started chatting with Lisa Richards, one of the owners. Gambrills Flower Farm is truly a family-run local garden center. What started as a hobby for her father Richard in 1992 has turned into a retail garden center. Lisa said her father began by growing poinsettias for their church. Later JR Greenhouses, a wholesale grower, opened up. After a few years of being a wholesaler, Richard decided to grow for themselves at their retail location in Gambrills. This explained the quality of the plants they have for sale. I even found out why their Mandevillas looked so great. He grew them himself from smaller plants, only growing what I consider the best variety, Alice Du Pont. That is one of the benefits you will find when you are lucky enough to buy certain plants direct from the grower.
I also want to mention that if you are looking for mulch in bulk, they will be able to help you out. There were mountains of it off to the side of the greenhouses, along with bagged mulch and potting soil.
Where Beautiful Flowers are Grown
I hope you check out Gambrills Flower Farm this Spring. Their Facebook
says, “Where Beautiful Flowers are Grown,” and that is so right!
Gambrills Flower Farm is located at 800 Annapolis Road, Gambrills, Maryland. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call them at (410) 451-1100. Tell them Stephanie from Beyond Behnke’s sent you!