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Meet Bill Mann

Bill Mann

Bill Mann has been with Behnkes for many years in many different positions – buying our woody plants, managing our Landscape Department, and managing the Potomac Store.

Local Roots

Bill grew up nearby New Carrollton, married an Adelphi, Maryland girl, and now lives in Bowie – you don’t get much more local to Behnkes than those three places.

Education – in Horticulture

He earned a B.S. in horticulture from the University of Maryland in ’78 and became certified as a Maryland Nurseryman in 1986.

Work – it’s All Horticulture, Too

Bill’s has worked as an expert horticulturist for various clients, including homeowners associations, analyzing their plant problems –  which so often turn out to be soil or site problems.  He started working in the nursery business in 1982 and came to Behnkes in 1988, where he worked in the woodies and garden shop departments, before moving to Design and Landscaping.

His own Garden(s)

At home in Bowie he does indeed take care of his own garden, though mainly in the off-season.  (The common lament of people in the gardening world – no time to garden during the gardening season!)  He grows a mix of edibles and ornamentals  and when asked about his biggest challenge as a gardener gives an answer that will surprise no one these days – deer!

Bill also oversees a much larger garden, one passed down to him and his wife through her family, in Tom’s Brook, Virginia (in Shenandoah County).  Its 20 acres are planted in soybeans and hay.

Posted 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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