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Scenes from an Open House

Our recent Open House in Beltsville was a great fun for us and seemed to be for the large crowd of attendees, too. So thanks to everyone who participated – all the vendors and terrific volunteers, like the two Master Gardeners grinning here. Their talk about growing food was particularly popular and we’ve asked them back for another one soon.

Steila Clark (L) and Carol Lundquist (R)
Steila Clark (L) and Carol Lundquist (R)


Linda Thompson and Bruce Murray are Bowie-Upper Marlboro beekeepers.
Linda Thompson and Bruce Murray are Bowie-Upper Marlboro beekeepers.


Agnes Traynor of Home Food Gardens displays and demonstrates how to grow food hydroponically.

Below, Sandy McDougall (of Sandy’s Plants) was a big hit with her planters packed with Stepables.

Sandy McDougall of Sandy’s Plants


Cheryl Flynn of The Pampered Chef (left), and Kathy Jentz of Washington Gardener Magazine just to her right, in side view.

Below, the author of Aidan Saves the World from Global Warming.

Storyteller and author Edward Faine


And last but definitely not least, here are Sonja Behnke Festerling with the Baltimore Sun’s Susan Reimer.

Sonja has long been a fan of Susan’s writing and wouldn’t have missed Susan’s talk (about gardening on the Internet) for the world.


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. Great shots of the show! Those Hydroponic plants from Home Food Gardens look so green and healthy! Basil and mint! Delicious!

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