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The Garden of Carole Galati

Bill Galati poses in Carole’s famous front-yard garden


Here’s the first of a new feature here on the blog – showcasing gardens of some of our customers – and what better place to start than the famous garden of Carole Galati?  Last summer it graced the cover of the Washington Post’s Local Living section, illustrating Adrian Higgins’s article “Lose the Lawn”. And there’s Carole herself in the photo gallery accompanying the story.

Carole’s garden – and Carole – in the Washington Post


But we want to see more, including her back garden and some of the terrific found objects she’s incorporated into the garden, and hear from her a bit of the garden’s back story.   So take it away, Carole:

I started hacking away at saplings and knee-high weeds in 1971, when I moved in. In the beginning I gardened as much as any single parent with 2 small kids can garden. My fervor increased as the kids got older and more independent. Then  in 1999 I got totally lost in my garden, when I retired from teaching and took the Master Gardener training in Montgomery County. I’ve been in my garden ever since, creating my own therapy and exercise program! I’m having a ball, collecting plants and friends who love gardening and garden clubs (four of them). And then there is the ever-changing garden!

About those four garden clubs that Carole’s involved with, they make her the perfect person to help us create our special event for garden clubs, coming up in June (stay tuned!)  So we thank Carole for all her good work, and for these very cool photos of her garden.

Show us Your Garden!
If you’re a Behnkes customer with a garden to show off – even just parts of it – send us your photos!  Leave a comment here and we’ll be in touch.

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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