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Our Last Mother’s Day at Behnke’s

steph and grandkids

From Stephanie

Though it was rainy, this past Mother’s Day I went into work. For the past few years I took this day off, but since it was our last Mother’s Day at Behnke’s, I wanted to be there. There has always been something very special about being at the garden center on this day for moms. It has always been the busiest day of the year…except when it RAINS!! Because we are a weather dependent business, we always just heave a big sigh when the weather calls for rain.

However, even with the rain, it was special. So many of you came out with your moms, your wives and daughters. We saw many families wandering around the nursery. Many shared with us how disappointed they were that this one family tradition would be ending. But you know, when one tradition comes to an end there is always a new one right around the corner. After we close, I am planning to write on our blog about some of the other fantastic area garden centers. I will also be letting you know where some of your favorite friends that work here will be doing and if they are working in other garden centers. Hopefully you and your families will check them out and start a new Mother’s Day tradition.

For me, this year was anything but traditional. While I was pricing some of the many, many fixtures and displays we are selling before we close on June 15th, I heard a loud voice yell “MOM!” I turned around and there were both my children, Steven and Jaimie with their spouses and best of all, my grandchildren. My beautiful grands, how I love them! And they all came to surprise me at work. Of course, I dropped everything to wander around with them. I kept wondering if my grands would even remember Behnke’s as they grow up. Little Robert, only a few months old, will have to rely on stories and pictures, but I think Aaron (7) and Zoe (3) might remember some. And I know my own children will never forget the times they came to Behnke’s Octoberfest back in the 90’s.

So many memories that it sometimes catches me by surprise and I get choked up. Even though I have known we would be closing for a few years now, I just always thought I would have more time. More time to make more memories and to share with my grandchildren about this place called Behnke’s that has touched so many lives. Maybe as they get older they will read my blog posts and look at the photos. I hope so. I hope the stories I have shared with all of you will be something that will live on in their lives. I know this has been extremely hard on so many of you and so many of our staff and I understand, I really do.

Behnke Nurseries, VP

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’m so sorry you’re closing. For many years my birthday treat has been to spend the day alone at Behnke’s, with much of my time devoted to the perennials. I’ve been shopping there for more than 40 years and spent at least 25 birthdays that way — whenever I could make it work. Sad to say, you’ll be closing this year on my birthday. Thanks for many, many wonderful years of plants and fabulous employees to help share them.

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