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Meet Carol Allen

We’re lucky to have a real-deal expert to help customers with one of the more intimidating plants to grow – the fragile orchid (or is it really?) 

“I started on my orchid journey when I was barely a teenager and went on to enjoy excellent tutelage from an orchid curator at the United States Botanic Garden in the 1980’s. More recently I returned to school, attended the University of Maryland, and achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in plant science.”

This is the very same Carol Allen who’ll be hosting FOUR Behnkes Orchid Q&A/Repotting Events, and here’s what she says about them:

“Holding orchid diagnostic and re-potting clinics was an idea I had when I was managing partner at a local orchid firm in the 1990’s.  Since those days I have repotted too many orchids to count and have guided thousands of ‘just folks’ to successfully grow and bloom their own orchids.  So come on down and visit me at one of the orchid clinics!”

Orchid Diagnostic and Repotting Clinics

Carol will answer all your questions and, for a minimal fee, she’ll also expertly repot your orchid.

Carol’s Full Bio

A quick look at her resume reveals knowledge of waaaay more than orchids.   Looks like we could pick her brains on just about anything plant-related:

Carol Allen has been involved in gardening and horticulture since childhood.  She has worked in almost all aspects of the horticultural industry and confesses to being a confirmed ‘plant-a-holic’. Carol enjoys teaching people about plants and their care and occasionally teaches at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Fascinated by the interplay of pest and prey, Carol recently returned to college and earned a degree in horticulture.

She is currently enrolled as a graduate student in plant science at the University of Maryland where her research is in transfer of virus disease in orchids. Carol speaks to various plant groups and societies on a wide range of horticultural topics.  She can be heard at Brookside Gardens teaching organic gardening, speaking on building a butterfly garden at a local garden club, teaching master gardeners about houseplant care, or talking about pests and diseases at a regional orchid society.

She is an integrated pest management specialist and a licensed pesticide applicator in the states of Maryland and Virginia.  Readers are informed and entertained by her column in the Washington Gardener magazine on pest issues.  Carol confesses to growing a wide range of plants in and around her home that she shares with cats, anoles, tropical frogs, tropical fish, and pet snakes.

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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  1. I found Carol Allen’s post on getting orchids to rebloom much more helpful and to the point than any other instructions I’ve seen

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