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Scenes from a Holiday-Ready Nursery

In anticipation of the Behnkes Holiday Open Houses this weekend, I took a stroll through the Beltsville store.

Christmas Tress 2012

Trees, lots of them.  Love the smell, the best Christmas smell of all (and there are so many great ones!).

Christmas Shop 2012

The cute pieces assembled above can be used in Fairy Gardens all year long.

Christmas Shop 2012

Love these lanterns!  I’m imagining them at night, with lit candles in them.  Another charming feature for all year long.

Christmas Shop 2012

These Ginger Cottages proudly hail from the good old U.S.A..  Thanks for creating jobs here!

Christmas Shop 2012

I found the iron planter above on sale for 50% off and snaped it right up. I think it’s perfect for the empty wall in my new screened-in porch (check it out).  I’m planning to fill it with all sorts of nonliving but natural-looking elements, like the berries shown here, and maybe some faux evergreen garland, too.  I’ll be trying out a variety of plants, both fake and real, in this gorgeous new container.

Below, more pretty winter elements I’ll be using to fill the planter.  They’ll last forever or close to it.

Christmas Shop 2012


Poinsettias 2012

And poinsettias are soooo gorgeous in groups like this.  Even these basic colors.

Poinsettias 2012

Or above, on display with hanging pots of Christmas Cactus, a houseplant I’m finally trying at home.

Christmas Shop 2011

Santa, shown here at last year’s Open House, is returning for more quality kid time and photo opportunities.


Rockville Swing Band 2011

More scenes from last year’s Open House.  The Rockville Swing Band really DOES swing, and so do our customers!  Watch for them on Saturday in Beltsville.

Christmas Shop 2012

Photos and text by Susan Harris.

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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