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Carol Allen The Orchid Lady’s Update

Here is the schedule for the last re-potting clinics of 2020 for Carol Allen. Due to COVID 19, Carol will hold the clinics outside or in a venue that can provide enough space, ventilation, warmth, and light.

Carol’s Favorite Woodies vs. Mine

I love the videos (and live talks) by horticulturist Carol Allen and she's my favorite plant expert for our region.  I also consider myself a specialist, of sorts, in woodies, especially shrubs.  So, in her latest video for Behnkes, "Carol's …

How to Create Container Vegetable Gardens, with Carol Allen

Hot off the camcorder, Behnkes has a fabulous new video by Horticulturist Carol Allen about planting up vegetables in containers.  Here are the highlights (and times indicated for selective viewing), for people who, like this blogger, have short attention spans…

A Year of Teaching Gardening

Out of curiosity, I counted up all the educational opportunities that Behnkes provided for its customers in 2012, each one designed to turn their customers into better (and happier) gardeners and to turn more people into gardeners.  I was surprised…

How to Put your Garden Away for the Winter

Tips from horticulturist Carol Allen: Vegetable Garden Remove and deeply compost debris all spent vegetable matter, except for anything that's badly diseased, which should be removed but not composted.  Before putting old plants in the compost Carol chops it all…

Now is the time to improve your lawn and here’s how

Horticulturist Carol Allen knows about lawns - in a former job she had to deal with millions of visitors trampling the National Mall, which fortunately none of us have to contend with.  And NOW is the best time to fertilize…

Starting your Vegetable Garden, with lots of Q&As

In late January Carol Allen talked to Behnke customers about how to get their vegetable garden ready for the new season.  Carol's an “honest-to-God horticulturist,” in her words, and avid organic vegetable gardener. First she reminded us why it’s so…

Storm-Altered Landscapes

Horticulturist and frequent Behnkes speaker Carol Allen has this report from her post-Derecho garden. Today an entourage of fourteen Pepco-affiliated service trucks descended on my little gravel road. They put up a new pole and strung some obviously temporary lines!…

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…

Meet Carol Allen

We're lucky to have a real-deal expert to help customers with one of the more intimidating plants to grow - the fragile orchid (or is it really?)  "I started on my orchid journey when I was barely a teenager and…

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How Do I Get My Orchid To Bloom Again

I was in an upscale nursery the other day and I overheard two women talking…. “Oh my gosh!  Look how beautiful those orchids are!”  One woman gushed to her companion. Her friend replied, “I always kill them.  How do you…

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