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Time To Decorate For Fall

Labor Day is over, the children have gone back to school and wait… is that the smell of pumpkin spice in the air? I am really trying to hang on to the last of summer because I love warm weather and well, Fall means Winter is around the corner. Wait! Fall? I love Fall. I love getting pumpkins and cornstalks and picking out what color garden mum I will be putting on my front porch each year. And now I am faced with the same question you have been asking us since we announced we were closing. Where am I going to get my plants? Where indeed? I will let you in on something. I have been spending a good bit of time checking out different garden centers, and I am happy to say, there is life after Behnke’s.

You owe it to yourself to take time and find some local independent garden centers (IGC’s) and check them out. “Why not go to a box store?,” you might ask. Because when you go to an IGC, you are supporting a small business. You will find familiar faces of people that love what they do. They love plants and gardening and want to share their love with you and your garden. You might even see some former Behnke employees!

For me, I plan to get some beautiful yellow and red garden mum along with a flat of pansies to plant in my porch pots. With our big tree down I now have more room and sun, and I am hoping to find the perfect containers to plant up. Corn Stalks on my porch posts and a few pumpkins! Voila! I am done!

~ Stephanie Fleming

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.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for continuing to publish your thoughts.. I look forward to reading them. I do wonder where I will find my favorite annuals next year, like Bat Face Cuphea. I hope the growers that supplied Behnke’s will continue to supply local nurseries. Perhaps you could publish a list of where we might find the unusual annuals. I live in Bethesda, but started frequenting Behnke’s when I lived in Old Greenbelt (3R Research Rd) in the mid 70’s.. My yard in Bethesda has been populated with plants from Behnke’s over the last 38 years!

  2. Hi there,

    There are so many terrific garden centers around. Some to name a few are Meadows Farm, American Plant, Johnsons, Merrifield, Patuxent, Valley View, and Sun Nurseries. I will be writing about different ones as time goes on. Good luck and keep in touch!

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