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‘Tis the Season

Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is next week and that means poinsettias, porch pots and more! Time for Christmas!

Finally an end to head shaking and comments of “Christmas already?” (We start decorating in September around here because it’s such an involved process.)  Instead, we get smiles and grins. There is excitement in the air as Marian and her gang of elves put out all the new varieties of poinsettias, along with all the old favorites. They have some in fall colors for next week, but I still love seeing the beautiful reds. Makes me just want to start singing Christmas carols! I am trying my best, though, to hold off till after Thanksgiving.

Yesterday, Alfred (our president) led a merry crew up to the home of the Festerlings (my mother, Sonja Behnke Festerling, and her husband Joe) to cut many of the cool, fresh greens that our production team will use to create one-of-a-kind porch pots and centerpieces.

We are also gearing up for our annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 24–it’s a great time to wander around the garden center and see what’s new for the holiday season. This year we’re very excited that our friends from the Beltsville Lion’s Club will be serving their famous hot dogs. What goes with hot dogs you might ask? Well, how about FREE wine tasting from our neighbors at Old Line Fine Wine and Bistro.  (By the way, if you’ve never been to Old Line, you really need to check them out. They stock 500 different beers and a great selection of wines and craft distilled beverages. 

But the real draw for me is their bistro/restaurant. I’m partial to their shrimp tacos but my mother swears that their Reuben is the best ever!)  For entertainment, the Camerata Musical Madrigals will be back, along with our favorite harpist and Behnke contributing blogger, Jim Dronenburg.  Best of all, Santa will be here for photos or just to say “hi!”  (For a full list of times and activities, visit our events page.)

Happy beginning of the season!

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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