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Help from Carol Allen about Orchids, or Anything Else

Orchid-growers are flocking to the repotting workshops that horticulturist Carol Allen is giving at both our locations, so here’s a closer look at Carol.  Her knowledge of plants goes waaay beyond just orchids.   Looks like we could pick her brains on just about anything plant-related:

Carol’s 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. It’s June 20, 2019, and I just went to your website to find the next time Carol Allen was holding an orchid clinic. I was so very shocked and saddened to find out that you’re closed. My husband and I have spent many treasured hours wandering around looking at everything. You’ll live on in the area due to the trees and plants that were added to neighbors gardens. But, I have a dilemma. I was given an orchid from a military family getting ready to go to a new posting in Hawaii. My very first thought was to have Carol give it a “physical.” Is there a way to forward my message to her to find out if she’s holding clinics elsewhere? I can’t put my hands on one of her pamphlets with her contact info.

    Thank you for any help you could provide.

    Sincerely, Cynthia

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