2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 31

Newsletter 31 – October 25, 2007   Events     Bonnie’s Kitchen


A few days after Halloween, Sally came home with a bad report card.

Her mother asked why her grades were so low.

Sally answered, “Because everything is marked down after holidays!”

My Holiday Shopping Trip

In our case, the markdowns have come before the holidays.  And what markdowns they are!  After browsing through the greenhouse last weekend, it didn’t take long to realize that I could save a lot of time and money by doing my own holiday shopping right here at America’s Best.

Just inside the door, I found the perfect gift for my sister, Radius ergonomically correct hand tools (50% off).  Add a 4-foot long wicker planter box that would match her sun porch (75% off), and the first one is done!

For the three married couples on our list, I found a mosaic mirror gazing ball and stand (50% off), wrought iron window boxes (75% off), and a great orange tree (50% off).  Check, check, and check.

My aunt has a great rose garden.  For her I found West County Rose gloves (50% off). And my brother’s getting a great blue Oxo watering can (50% off).  These durable sprinkling cans are also available in orange, yellow, green, white & gray.  Two more done.

Our youngest granddaughter will be ready to help her mom in the garden next spring with her color coordinated Dora the Explorer gloves and trowel (25% off), and her new purple hoe (50%).  To give her something to do now, I picked up some paperwhite narcissus bulbs (50% off) and stones to grow them in.  Her pre-teen cousin is going to love the aqua blue table and stools with matching string lights (all 75% off).  A matching pot (50% off) holding a Boston fern (only $2.65 at 50% savings) will look great on the table. Almost done!

Down the aisle I went, wondering what I could find for my sweetie, when I saw it.  A brass sundial that says, “Grow Old with Me.” (30%)

Walking toward the register, I passed a great display of chenille plants, their fuzzy red blossoms vibrant against green leaves.  And it clicked –no poinsettias this year, but who says chenille won’t work just fine (50% off). Three plants later, I’m at the counter, where I find the perfect stocking stuffers.  Tubes of Working Hands skin therapy lotion (60% off).  Since this product is great for anyone who spends time outside, like gardeners, fishermen and hunters, it’s great for them all.  Eight tubes and I’m done.  Life is good!

When is it bad luck for a black cat to cross your path?

When you’re a mouse!

A Customer Speaks on Bulbs

As I was walking by our bulb display on Sunday, a customer was filling her arms with packages of tulips.  I pulled a package of the Bulb of the Year – Ice Follies Narcissus (daffodils) off the shelf and asked her if she had those.  I told her that the Bulb of the Year is always the best value we have, and now with our 50% sale it was a must-have.  As she added them to her collection, she said, “I do this every year. Before I get them all planted, I question why.  But in the spring it’s so fun!!!”

Another great bulb idea – if you have a family member or friend with a spring birthday, a wedding anniversary, or a baby due, think about planting a bouquet of bulbs for them now(see newsletter 27).  Whether or not you can make it a surprise, next spring they will love it. 

He was so skinny that he has to put on weight to dress up as a skeleton on Halloween.


America’s Best Flowers is increasing our focus on growing the best annuals and perennials possible.  A result of this emphasis is a change to seasonal retail hours.  Our 2007 gardening season will end October 31, when we will close for the winter. 

In preparation for Gardening 2008, we will spend the next few months attending garden and trade shows, redesigning the greenhouse, performing necessary maintenance and cleaning, taking time off to refresh ourselves, and, of course, growing the beautiful plants that will adorn your landscapes next year.

We will continue to send monthly newsletters throughout the winter to keep you up-to-date.  When we reopen next April, we pledge to uphold our high standards with quality products and superior customer assistance.

During the next few days we hope to see all of you.  This is the time of year we have incredible deals you won’t want to miss.  Refer to the highlights at the top of this newsletter to see our markdowns on trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and more.

What did the skeleton say while he was riding his Harley?

“I’m bone to be wild!”


There’s just a few more days left for Gardening 2007 at America’s Best Flowers.  We sure would like to see you all one more time!  2008 promises to be another great year, filled with many special events just for you. 

In April, our Spring Open House will kick off the season with FREE workshops, demonstrations, hot dogs and popcorn.  Other events include our annual Herb Fest, Earth Day Celebration and the start of our Container Workshops.

The first Saturday in May is our annual “SALSA SATURDAY.” We will be giving away a $50 gift certificate for the best salsa recipe, so start testing yours now. We will have tasty samples for everyone, as well as a Salsa Container Garden workshop.

Special Mother’s Day activities and free classes on vegetable and perennial gardening will continue on into the season, along with our Make and Take Workshops and children’s activities.  In addition, we promise many exciting surprises as the season goes on.

Our goal is to hold events that are interesting and helpful to our customers. If you have ideas for events, please let us know.  You can email us at ed@americasbestflowers.com or call 222-2269.

Who was the most famous French Skeleton?

 Napoleon Bone-apart!

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Moist Caramel Apple Cake

Saves well and so good!                          Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 pkg. (2 layer size) yellow cake mix

1 pkg. (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding

1 cup water

4 eggs

1/3 cup oil

3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, coarsely chopped (I use Cortland)

20 caramels, unwrapped

3 T milk

Grease and flour a 12 cup fluted pan or 10 inch tube pan. Beat cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until blended.  Beat on high speed 2 minutes. Gently stir in apples. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes and remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Microwave caramels and milk in microwaveable bowl on High 1- 1½ minutes. Stir every 30 seconds until blended. Cool 10 minutes until slightly thickened. Drizzle over cake. I use a few more caramels and 1 T less milk for a thicker glaze.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

A skeleton went around breaking windows on Halloween. “Aren’t you afraid of the police?” someone asked. “No, they can’t pin anything on me!”

If you’re like me, you can never get enough Halloween jokes. Here’s a few more I’m sure you’ve heard before, but are still good for a chuckle.–

What did the skeleton order at the restaurant?  Spareribs

What instrument does a skeleton play?  A trom-bone.

What would you do if a witch, an alien, Count Dracula and Frankenstein were all at your door?—Hope it was Halloween!!

How can you enter a haunted house? With a skeleton key.

Why wouldn’t the skeleton cross the road? Because he didn’t have the guts.

How do you keep a skeleton from laughing? Take away his funny bone!

Why didn’t the skeleton go to the Halloween party? It had no body to dance with.

One more just for you

One Halloween a trick-or-treater came to my door dressed as “Rocky”,

 in boxing gloves and satin shorts.  Soon after I gave him some goodies, he returned for more. So I asked him, ”Aren’t you the same ‘Rocky’ who left my doorstep several minutes ago?”

 “Yes,” he replied,” but now I’m the sequel. 

And I’ll be back three more times tonight, too.”

May the Holy Spirit Guide You!  God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
President Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627
https://www.americasbestflowers.com/home.htmlAlso President of The Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin  http://www.cfgw.org/ an Organization that is a division of the six group Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) a 3 Billion dollar industry with over 4700 businesses and over 43,000 employees in Wisconsin
Senator Representing Wisconsin members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association – ANLA
Also Board member of Garden’s Beautiful Garden Centers
Also member of legislative of Committee of WGIF
Also Board Member of (WGIF) Wisconsin Green Industry Federation

Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627