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Brighton Dam's Azalea Garden Welcome Sign

Brighton Dam’s Azalea Garden

How could I have lived in this area my whole life and never have known about the Brighton Dam's Azalea Garden? A beautiful public garden with over 22 thousand azaleas planted over 5 acres this is a must-see garden that everyone will enjoy.
Amsonia tabernaemontana Blue MD Native

Spring Blues

Larry Hurley writes about one of his favorite blue flowering perennials. There are a number of blue-flowered, spring-blooming perennials. A group you should consider are in the genus Amsonia, commonly known as Bluestar. Several are native to the United States, and one, Amsonia tabernaemontana, is native to Maryland. This species gets two to three feet tall, and blooms for several weeks in late April through early to mid-May, depending on weather conditions. It has pale blue flowers and nice yellow fall color. It grows in full sun to partial shade.

This Years Garden Center Group Fall Event in Nashville Tennessee

Last week I traveled to Nashville, TN, to take part in the yearly Garden Center Group Fall Event. This is a group of Independent Garden Center owners that share information and ideas with each other. One of the highlights of the trip each year is when we all.....

Calamint – A Low Maintenance Perennial

Here’s another perennial that I think is underappreciated. Calamint, officially Calamintha nepeta, is a low maintenance perennial for the front of the garden, staying at around 18 inches in height. It has airy masses of tiny flowers in white to…

Upside-down Flower Towers at Glacier Gardens, Juneau, Alaska

Flower Towers, Supertrees and Shepherd’s Hooks

My wife and I just got back from an Alaska trip, and we started out by spending several days in Juneau, staying on the north end of town and renting a car to visit some of the parks.

The Herb Garden at Behnke’s

Growing culinary herbs is an easy way to participate in the garden-to-table movement, but some herbs are easier to grow than others. See what's worked in our own display herb garden.

A Tiny Garden

After a number of years, our display garden of low-growing groundcover plants is growing beautifully. Click through to learn about it and get inspiration for your own garden.

Behnke’s Rain Garden Update, Summer 2018

Gardens are always in a constant state of change. Three years after it was planted, our display rain garden is a totally different beast. Read about what has grown and what hasn't so much (yes, even we forget to water sometimes).

Fall…Into Brookside Gardens

Though Brookside Gardens is beautiful any time of the year, it shines in early fall, with remnants of summer color and unique experiences specific to this season. Enjoy Emily's photo journal of a walk through Brookside in September.

Rain Garden at Behnke’s is One Year Old

About a year ago, Behnke's installed a rain garden as one of seven examples at the nursery demonstrating what you can do to receive a rebate with the Prince George's County Rain Check Rebate program. Read on to learn about our garden, the plants in it and its upkeep. Included are many helpful links for more about rain gardens.
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