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Two of Behnke’s Superstars

Mike Ayala of DC HouseSmarts TV
Mike Ayala of DC HouseSmarts TV with Christopher Lewis & Terri Poindexter

A month or so ago, we were approached by Mike Ayala of DC HouseSmarts TV to see if they could come out to our garden center to film an upcoming episode of their show. Of course we said “sure,” but then came the “oh gosh, who wants to be on TV?”  While we are very blessed to have so many knowledgeable folks on staff, many of them are a little camera shy.  I know I sure would not want to be filmed for TV.  Luckily, Christopher Lewis and Terri Poindexter stepped up and said they would do it!

The show was to be about lawn care and planting up a Spring porch pot.  After walking around the garden center, they saw the little brick cape cod house that I grew up in. Perfect! In front of the house, Christoper demonstrated the different things you should do for your lawn during the year and answered many questions. Then, inside the garden center we went to find Terri, who showed Mike how to plant up a beautiful blooming container garden using the tried and true method of having a Thriller (a tall plant), a Filler (a plant that fills out the pot) and a Spiller (a plant that trails over the pot).

Mike Ayala and his film crew were so nice during the almost 6 hours of filming.  After it was done and the crew packed up and left, we thought with as much film as they got, we would be the focus of the entire 30 minute show.  Ha! 4:19 total time, but it was great! The show aired in the DC area last week on NBC but if you missed it you can watch it with the link below.  Thank you to Terri and Christoper for being such good sports and becoming the Superstars we always knew you were!

Posted by: Stephanie Fleming, Vice President, Behnke Nurseries

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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