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The Best Thing About January

One of the best things about January at Behnke’s is the excitement as new merchandise arrives. However before that happens, we spend a day or two inventorying EVERYTHING in the garden center.  It’s such a big process that everyone helps. For weeks before, each department makes sure items are together and all have UPC codes on them.  If you happened to be here this past Tuesday, you would have heard the cheerful sounds of the beep beep beeps from all the scanners. I’m pretty sure many of our staff members were hearing them all night long.

But now that’s done and the fun starts! I came in this morning to pallets of new products being received. Soon they will be put out for sale.  Houseplants received a tractor trailer load of gorgeous plants that makes that department look so fresh that I just know I one is going to go home with me. I have a corner in my dining room that needs attention. Though I might just have to wait till the Garden Shop gets their new pots out.

I passed Leslie and Patricia receiving our Spring seeds and they were just like Santa, checking their lists twice.  I bet they were thinking of just what they might plant this Spring in their own gardens. I know I’m ready to get that wonderful yellow straight neck squash I grew last summer.

January… what a better way to beat the Winter blues then to stop in and see what’s new each week. Dream about what you might want to plant in your garden this Spring. (Or, if you don’t have a garden, remember you can always plant many things in pots.)  Dreaming doesn’t cost a dime and we welcome all to come in and just wander around and take deep, refreshing breaths of greenhouse air. Just don’t do it around the fertilizer…it might make you sneeze.

by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President

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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