***April 2021 Update on What Miri Talabac is doing now: Miri is working with the University of Maryland Extension as a consultant. The University of Maryland Extension has been working on updating their website for a while now. Here is the link to check it out. Miri mentioned that she is working in The “Yard and Garden” and “Pests” areas HGIC (Home and Garden Info Ctr) letting consultants answer more questions faster than they would over the phone. This way, too, pictures can be sent, which makes diagnoses way easier than just on the phone. If you do have any questions, here’s the main question-submission form. Miri mentioned that she is really enjoying her work with them. Whenever someone writes a question to me about outdoor trees and shrubs, I email Miri, and she gives me all the information I need for me to respond back.
Behnke’s Shrub and Tree Buyer Miri Talabac hasn’t worked at Behnkes as long as many of our staff have, though she started with us just as early – in high school. Yes, she grew up not far from our Beltsville location. She started working here in 1997, and since then has worked in annuals and perennials before moving to “woodies” as a buyer. And she’s done that while earning a degree in biology at the University of Maryland, with a concentration in entomology (bugs – she’s a big fan of ’em).
Besides bugs and woody plants, she’s recently become enamored of native plants, but the central theme here is her love of being outdoors. So, call her a “nature nut” and she won’t complain. But a girl’s gotta go indoors sometime, right? That’s when she brings out the Origami, cross-stitching, and all manner of crafts. Miri’s outdoorsy and crafty too.
Watch for Miri’s articles here and on our website, and stop her any time for questions about shrubs and trees – she loves answering them!