Club to help gardeners choose plants


February 03, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN SELECTING plants for our gardens, we should give special consideration to those that have proved to do well in Maryland. The Beautification and Garden Committee of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights has planned a program for the club's next meeting that will help gardeners make those choices.

"Baysafe Gardening (Native Plants for Maryland)" will be presented at the club's meeting at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. The speakers will be John Peter Thompson and Larry Hurley from Behnke Nurseries.

Thompson is chief executive officer of the Beltsville company. He is the grandson of the founders, Albert and Rose Behnke, and son of the president, Sonja Behnke Festerling. John grew up at the nursery and worked in his grandfather's garden, learning the nursery trade from the ground up.

After college and working for other businesses, John came back to the nursery in the late 1980s and worked his way up to top management through perennial production at the Largo facility. In addition to his training in linguistics, music and history, he is a Maryland certified professional horticulturist with advance certification in perennials and weed control. Thompson works to expand Behnke's selection of native plants.

Hurley is assistant to Thompson. He is a horticulturist with degrees in zoology and horticulture from the University of Wisconsin. He was a florist in Wisconsin and at a wholesale nursery in Texas before joining Behnke's in 1984. Hurley helped develop Behnke's retail store in the 1980s and then went into perennial production as a grower and administrator. He has been instrumental in the development of the Behnke Nurseries' Baysafe Program.

The men will have handouts and newsletters and will show a few slides.

The club's Beautification and Garden Committee is chaired by June Burton. Marge Smith is co-chairwoman.

Information: Smith at 410-859-8455.

Breakfast at church

The third annual Sweetheart Breakfast at Friendship Church of the Brethren on Saturday sounds like a good deal. Arrive between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and enjoy the full meal: pancakes, eggs, hash browns, biscuits, milk, coffee and juice.

The cost is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3.50 children. Tickets are available at the door. The breakfast is held by the church youth group to raise money to attend a youth conference this year.

The church is at 217 Mansion Road in North Linthicum.

Iinformation: 410-789-2422.

Prescriptions topic at AARP

Amy Rubino of the county Department of Aging will discuss prescription drugs Thursday at the monthly meeting of Linthicum Chapter 2244 of the AARP at St. John Lutheran Church, Maple and Hammonds Ferry roads.

A social period will begin at 11 a.m. The board will meet at 11:30 a.m., and the club meeting and program will begin at 1 p.m. Membership dues for the year will be collected. Prize donations for the May luncheon will be accepted. Tickets for the luncheon will go on sale next month. Guests are welcome to attend the meeting.

Information: Mary Foster, 410-850-4630.

Valentine's Day lunch

Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of the AARP will celebrate Valentine's Day with a luncheon at Rose Restaurant from noon to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Juggler Dana Tison will entertain. Food donations for the needy will be collected at the luncheon. The deadline for buying tickets is Friday.

Tickets or information: Betty Hidey, 410-519-3092, or Dolores Beutelspacher, 410-859-3457.

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