Saturday, June 04, 2011

Garden Clubs & Plant Societies Day at Behnke Nurseries

Washington Gardener Magazine will be there with a table signing up new subscriptions, taking renewals, and selling current and back issues.

This first-of-its-kind event will be a great opportunity to explore local gardening groups, enjoy some time outdoors on a gorgeous day, and it is all the benefit Brookside Gardens.

I hope to see many of you there!

Garden Clubs & Plant Societies Day
at Behnke Nurseries

Saturday, June 4 from 10 to 4

Friends, Gardeners, Plant Lovers: join us at Behnke Nurseries in Beltsville Maryland on Saturday, June 4th for the first annual Garden Social to benefit the

Friends of Brookside Gardens. This is an opportunity for interested people to see what garden clubs have to offer their members, meet plant enthusiasts, ask questions, and maybe even join a club. Representatives from many different organizations are participating, including the Takoma Horticultural Club, the Azalea Society of America, the Beltsville Garden Club, Master Gardeners from Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties, the Gesneriad Society (African Violets and their relatives), the Potomac Hosta Club, Four Seasons Garden Club, and the Silver Spring Garden Club, just to name a few.

The idea is for members of different groups to share with each other and pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm to Behnke's gardening customers. But there's more to it than that-- anyone who brings a garden plant from home can participate in the "plant swap" at 11:30. Also, there will be many wonderful items offered as raffle prizes. All money raised from the raffle goes to the Friends of Brookside Gardens, supporting the magnificent public garden in Wheaton, so dear to all of us in the Washington, DC area.

In addition, at 3:00PM, internationally renowned perennial expert David Culp of Sunny Border Nurseries will be giving a free lecture on perennials. David's Pennsylvania garden was recently profiled in the "Best of" edition of Martha Stewart Living. He is currently writing a book about his garden for Timber Press.

We expect this to become an annual event, so why not attend the first one? Like Woodstock... you can tell your grandchildren: "I was there!" There is plenty of parking at Behnkes, and food will be available to purchase from Monte's Barbeque. The Garden Center will be open from 8 to 6, with the Garden Social running from 10AM to 4PM.


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