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Women Do Not Want Chocolate

Women Do Not Want Chocolates (said no one ever)

Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day besides a box of chocolate. Take a trip to your local independent garden center to check out all the different ways to say, "I love you!" With plants, of course!

Sonja and Her Violets

Sometimes we hear a song and are transported back in time. The same can happen with plants. For Sonja Behnke Festerling, African violets trigger memories of her childhood and the bond she formed over them with her mother, Rose Behnke.
Valentines Roses

Roses and More for Valentine’s Day

This year Valentine's Day is Sunday February 14th, so dare we ask: Are you ready? Don't worry, Behnke's has you covered! Order online.......

Memorial Weekend at Behnke Nurseries

Memorial Day is when we remember and honor those who are serving and have served in the United States armed forces. I was asked to re-share what I wrote last year about the men in our family who served.
Those Beautiful Rex Begonias

Those Beautiful Rex Begonias

Walking though the greenhouse the other day I was drawn to the many different Rex Begonias and other foliage begonias that we have. On each of the tables were BIG BEAUTIFUL Pots of begonias with little signs in them saying.....

Behnkes Loves African Violets

In the early years, Behnke Nurseries became rightly famous for its African violets. This all began many years ago when Albert and Rose Behnke's young daughter Sonja, (now retired as President of Behnke Nurseries) received a gift from a friend.…

African Violet

African Violets – A Behnke History

Many times I have been asked this question - why did my parents, Rose and Albert Behnke, decide to specialize in African Violets? The answer takes me back to the mid 1940's when I was in elementary school. Every day,…

African Violets Feature

African Violets

In the early years, Behnke Nurseries became rightly famous for its African violets. This all began many years ago when Albert and Rose Behnke's young daughter Sonja, (who recently retired as President of Behnke Nurseries) received a gift from a…

African Violet

Beyond the African Violet

Beyond the African Violet: Meet the Family Some of the most beautiful and easily grown plants for the home are members of the Gesneriad (pronounced either “jez-NARE-ee-ad or “guess-NARE-ee-ad) family, or Gesneriaceae in botanical Latin. The family, named for the…

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