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.