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Welcome Fall

fall porch
Fall Porch

One of the many things I miss about Behnke’s is all the beautiful pumpkins and gourds. Alfred Millard and Larry Hurley would drive to PA to these big auctions and buy truckloads of some cool gourds. They were fantastic. They also got the best pumpkins, along with all the little pumpkins.

Once the pumpkins and gourds arrived, that was when all the fun started. First, they all would have to be priced. Some would be set aside for our displays around the nursery. Then we would put the rest out for sale.

Deciding what sort of front porch Fall scene I wanted to create each year was always the hardest. First, which color chrysanthemums did I need? Then, of course, I had to have some pots of pansies scattered around the corn stalks. Next, maybe a bale of straw? And, of course, a scarecrow was always a must for me.

One of the best places to find ideas for your Fall decorating is on Pinterest. This year, I saw many great pictures on how to use your old wire tomato cage to create a unique idea. I love the one where you place the tomatoes cage upside down in a black pot. You then add a lot of the small pumpkins and gourds.

I would like you to consider when you decide what you want to use this year. I know when you stop at your grocery store or big box store for this or that, you will see so many choices of Fall decorating ideas. But think about where they come from. Last week I watched a tractor-trailer at my grocery store unload garden mums.

Sure they looked good, and the price was not bad, but they came from South Carolina. They were not grown here in Maryland. So supporting your local independent garden centers, you know you will be getting plants grown right here in our area. Even better, you will help keep these companies in business.

Alfred Millard Pumpkin Buying
Alfred Millard Pumpkin Buying
Gourds and Pumpkins
Gourds and Pumpkins

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.

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