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Goodbye Good Friends

From Stephanie

A few weeks ago I was invited to give a talk on the history of Behnke Nurseries for The Greenbelt Museum. With the help of Larry Hurley, I edited a slide show he had put together for our 75th anniversary and was ready to give the talk. While I know a lot of my grandparents’ history, the whole idea of getting up somewhere and talking about it was rather intimidating. Thankfully, my good friend who used to work here, Karen Upton, said she would go with me and make faces so I would relax. I took her up on the offer and away we went.

It ended up being a friendly crowd, full of wonderful people. Such interest and kindness was expressed to me about my family and our employees. Today I was given the DVD of the talk and we are going to share it here with you. It’s about 45 minutes but I hope that you enjoy it.

Now for the hard part. This is probably our last blog post about our “retail” business (there might be one or two more to give you information about different things that will be happening here but for retail plants this will be it).

I do want everyone to know, we will be keeping our website and blog going. We will be writing about different independent garden centers and continuing to give you great information about your garden. We are keeping our social media going and will answer questions as soon as we can. If you want to keep receiving our emails once we close, you can sign up here, otherwise in a few weeks you will stop hearing from us.

We will close our gates at 5pm on Saturday, June 15th. I am not really sure how we will handle that last day, but I hope it will be with the grace and dignity that I have seen from employees these last few months. While there might be some tears (okay maybe more then some since some of us are prone to them), we all want you, our friends and customers, to know we love you, we will miss you and you will be in our hearts forever.

Thank you everyone and take care,

Behnke Nurseries, VP

Stephanie Fleming

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.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Behnke Nursery! What a treasure! It’s Sad you have closed, but what a wonderful history & family. Thank you for all the years! Stephanie, I wasn’t a frequent visitor/ shopper but I well recall the times I was there &I always remembered the Santa sleigh, my question is whether or not you sold or kept it ? I would love to purchase it. Would you let me know. Here’s to your future, good things will come to you ….. I enjoyed the talk you gave!

    Thank you again.

  2. Hi there,
    Thanks for taking the time to write. Yes the sleigh did not sell, however everything that was left here as of last Saturday that did not sell will be auctioned off on Sunday, July 21 at 10AM. You can check out the auctioneers web site at http://www.cochranauctions.com . I hope you plan to attend and maybe you will win the sleigh

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