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My Mom’s African Violets

Sonja Behnke Festerling's African Violets are over 45 years old and still growing strong!

Wash Day

Stephanie's mother, Sonja Behnke Festerling, loves to talk about the old days growing up with her brothers on the land that is Behnke Nurseries. Some of the funniest memories are about 'wash day.' Click through to read all about it.
Sonja Behnke Festerling

Mother’s Garden ~ Author Unknown

My Mother kept a garden, a garden of the heart, She planted all the good things that gave my life its start.
Mr. Steinley Counting Pansy Seedlings

Please Do Not Talk To Me…..

Today my mother, Sonja Behnke Festerling, and I took some time to look through a few of the thousands of photos my grandmother, Rose Behnke, took and we came across this one! We both started laughing since this was a sight that I remember well and so did she.
Behnkes History

Growing Up At Behnke’s

So many things can trigger memories, old photos, a certain song, the smells of something wonderful cooking in the oven, they all bring memories.
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 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…

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