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Garden Walkabouts with Dr. A: In His Garden, Warts and All

Allan Armitage Walkabout
Allan Armitage Walkabout

Meet Dr. Allan Armitage

Dr. Allan Armitage is a well-known writer, speaker, and horticulturist. Born and raised in Quebec and Ontario, he later lived in East Lansing, MI, and now resides in Athens, GA.

We have had a few chats these past few weeks, and I wanted to share something that is fun to do with you.

Before Behnke’s closed, Larry Hurley taped a few short videos of him with Dr. Armitage at the Perennial Farm in Maryland.  He is the spokesperson for their line of perennial groundcovers called Treadwells which many of you might recall we sold at the garden center.

Dr. A (as many refer to him) started in March of 2020 a live Garden Walkabout from his private garden in Georgia.These are wonderful live videos where he chats about his garden and the different plants.

Dr. A’s Garden Walkabouts

Over the past few years, I have watched a few of these videos, and he mentioned to me that he would be starting his 2022 season, Garden Walkabouts with Dr. A: In His Garden, Warts and All, this coming Saturday, March 26th, at 9:30 am.

I hope you take the time to wander through his garden with him because it is fascinating listening to him as he walks us among his treasures. You can also watch some of his past Walkabouts.

Dr. A’s Gardening Books

While you are on Dr. A’s website, check out all the books he has written about gardening. I am reading Tales of Big Jon and Other Creatures, which has nothing to do with gardening, has been cracking me up! I love it! That said, yes, Dr. Armitage’s other books are about gardening. He sent me, Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots, next on my reading list. Just for Beyond Behnke’s readers if you put BEHNKES in the coupon code at check out you will get FREE SHIPPING!

Armitage’s Great Garden Plant App

Finally, have you ever wished you could have one place to get information about plants? From a reliable source? An app on your phone that you can type in what you are looking for and WALLA, there it is?

Dr. Armitage has just what you need. Armitage’s Great Garden Plant App! This app has everything besides information on plants. A few of the categories you can check out ON YOUR PHONE are Solution Gardening, which includes Plants For Fragrance, Plants For Pollinators, Plants Deer Don’t Like, and more.

There is IPM (Integrated Pest Management) for the Gardener, and Garden Centers, a list of Garden Centers by STATES!!! Behnke’s was one of the first garden centers to join this app before we closed in 2019. There are many more categories like Garden Product Reviews and Poisonous Plants. This app is so easy to use and understand. I hope you check it out!

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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