Friday, May 27, 2011

Answers to all of your gardening questions - a poem by Green Gardener

I've been receiving quite a few questions through the contact form on this website lately, so I thought that I would answer them all, in a poem.

                      Answers to your Gardening Questions                      A Poem, by Betsy. S. Franz (the Green Gardener)
"Why won't it grow?" 
Heck, I don't know

"What can I plant?"
Plant what you want

"But will it grow?" 
Heck, I don't know

"What is this weed? What is this bug?" 
Heck, I don't know. (And I'll add a shrug)

"But I thought you were a garden pro?" 
Well, here's all you really need to know.

There's botanists, ecologist and 
Lot's of horticulturists

Of course, there're Master Gardeners too 
And lots of other "Green" gurus

Some know a little, some know a lot 
But what you need to know is your own garden plot

Learning to garden isn't hard 

And my best advice, for what it's worth

To find answers to specific garden question, please use the Dig Here For Answers link on this website.

Garden Social - June 4th - 10am - 4pm

We all know that Gardeners are Just nicer people. So what better way to spend a Saturday than rubbing elbows, making friends and sharing garden secrets with other area gardeners?

Behnke Nurseries is providing the perfect opportunity to bring gardeners together at their Garden Clubs & Plant Societies Day on Saturday, June 4th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at 11300 Baltimore Ave  Beltsville MD  20705

Friends, Gardeners, Plant Lovers: join 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. There will be representatives from many different organizations 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 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 has been profiled in Martha Stewart’s 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.

We are open from 8 to 6, with the Garden Social running from 10 to 4.

For more information, contact Stephanie Fleming at 301-937-8150 or via email

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