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My Grandfather’s Rose Garden Part 2

Albert Behnke with Double Delight Rose
Albert Behnke with Double Delight Rose
Last year I wrote about my grandfather’s rose garden. While I know I have written about his love for roses many times in the past, today I find myself sharing some more about Albert Behnke and his roses.

 

This summer I have been going through thousands of photos of Behnke Nurseries along with my grandparent’s home and private gardens in Burtonsville. As I find more and more photos, I have posted many of them on the private Facebook page (Behnke Alum) set up for those of us who worked for Behnke Nurseries in the past. That way, anyone that wants the actual photos can ask, and I will send them. While sorting, I came across a few more of Albert Behnke and his roses. Some I have never seen before, and I wanted to share them with all of you.

 

As I mentioned in last year’s article, he loved his rose garden and took so much pride in how well they did. Some photos show him in the laundry room, where he would fix each of the roses each morning. Some were kept for my grandmother, while most others were given away to guests and employees.

 

I love the one where he is in the garden holding out one single rose to someone. Me? I can hear him now saying, “This is Double Delight, and is she ever a beauty.” I hope you enjoy this trip to Albert’s Rose Garden.

 

By the way, if you did work for us and would like to join our Facebook page, search for Behnke Alum and request to join. Then, once verified you worked for us, you will be part of the group.
Albert Behnke in his private rose garden
Albert Behnke in his private rose garden
Albert Behnke on his golf cart with a handful of roses
Albert Behnke on his golf cart with a handful of roses
Albert Behnke with a bouquet of roses in his backyard
Albert Behnke with a bouquet of roses in his backyard
Albert Behnke Fixing His Roses
Albert Behnke Fixing His Roses

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.

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    1. Good Morning! Thank you so much for taking the time to write. I love seeing all the old photos of my grandfather but the ones with his roses are always extra special.

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