2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 6

Newsletter 6 (4 /26/2007 )

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The world was made round so that we would never be able to see too far down the road.  Isak Dinesen 


This quote reminds me of Back to the Future II, when Doc tells Marty that knowledge of the future can be dangerous.  If I had known when I was young I would be writing to you every week, I might have concentrated more on English than math; but then how would I have tutored by son’s best friend in algebra?  If we could have foreseen that the Dow would hit 13000 this week, we could have all been rich; but then we might never have met our co-workers.  If we had known last year that April would be beautiful, but followed by a very rainy May, our planting schedule could have been adjusted; but how would we have kept our staff busy in February.  If we were told that this April would be cold and rainy but May will be filled with warm beautiful days,  ahhh the optimist within.   The green industry is filled with eternal optimists.  I can feel the warmth of the May sun on my back even as I sit here at my computer.  It will be because it has been before.  And we are ready for it!


Our greenhouses are literally bursting with beautiful flowers that are waiting for you to take them home.  Trucks, filled with trees, shrubs, roses and perennials, have been arriving daily.  Every plant, everywhere, is filled with an intense desire to grow to maturity, and in the process add beauty to our world.  Come on out this week and let us help you find the perfect one(s) for you.


I have learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.


Add a little Fun to your life this weekend at ABF.


Container Workshop

An ongoing event, rain or shine! Saturday and Sunday, April 28 & 29 from 10-4 both days.  Come on out and plant the container of your dreams for deck or patio.  You can choose from thousands of great plants, and we will provide FREE soil, and assistance. We will even clean up the mess. Container workshops are by far our most popular events, and once you attend, you will be sure to come to the next one. Consider planting a large and beautiful ceramic container with various colorful annuals for spring and early summer.  When the weather turns hot and sultry, you can spruce up that pot, with some of our heat-loving plants.  In fall, we can show you how to transition it to a lovely autumn container filled with mums, ornamental kale or cabbage, dusty miller, asters and grasses. And last, but not least, as the winter holidays approach, it will be time to make a holiday porch pot, using evergreens, dried hydrangeas, artificial picks, ornaments and more! Choosing a ceramic container that you love, and that can withstand the different weather conditions is the key!  Sharon and Karen will be on hand this weekend to answer your questions and provide assistance in our potting boutique.


Herb Fest

Love the fresh taste of herbs?  While you’re here this weekend, sample our FREE herbal breads and dipping oils from 10-2PM both Saturday and Sunday. We’ll even be handing out FREE recipes.  YUM!


Rose Workshop

Sunday, April 29 1 PM.  Roses can be easy to grow.  It just takes a little know-how! Our own Sharon Stickford, past president of the Madison Rose Society, and Joan Schultz, another past president, will conduct a short class and answer all your questions. Learn all about the different varieties and how to plant, prune and feed your roses.


Salsa Saturday is next Saturday, May 5. Sample chips and salsa while you shop to a Latin beat!  Free recipes and lots of fun!


Tomato Talk Saturday, May 5 at 10AM  Join us as Ed Knapton holds a FREE ABF Quick Class to ensure your tomato success! No garden?  Why not grow them in containers?


Make a Mother’s Day Basket,  Tuesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 10 4-8PM. Another in our series of Make & Take workshops.  Plant up a beautiful basket with your choice of pansies, dianthus or wax begonias. A great gift for your mom, grandmother, aunt, or that special friend!


Salsa Recipe Contest

Enter our Salsa Recipe Contest and you could win a $50 gift card to Americas Best Flowers. Email your favorite salsa recipe to ed@americasbestflowers.com. Please put Attn: Recipe for Bonnie in the subject line. Alternatively, you can mail your recipe to us or drop it off at our greenhouse. There will be two honorable mention winners of a $10 gift card each. All entries must be submitted by April 30.  Our staff will judge the finalist recipes and we will notify the winner on May 4.  Winning recipes will be available to our customers on Salsa Saturday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo).


Give people more than they expect, and do it cheerfully.


Bonnie’s Kitchen


Last year at our Herb Fest, we served Rosemary Caesar Bread.  Since then we’ve had requests for a reprint of the recipe. (FYI, you can always go to back issues of our newsletters to access our recipes –we will be indexing them in the near future). We also have had several of you ask for the dipping oil recipe, so this week will be featuring those oldies but goodies again.  We will be serving samples Saturday and Sunday from 10-2PM.


Rosemary Caesar Bread


Make sure the vegetable juice is at room temperature!


1 ¼ c tomato vegetable juice

1T sugar

1T olive oil                                                                                      

3 ½ c bread flour                                                                            .

1/3 c snipped sun-dried tomatoes, dried, not packed in oil*

¼ c snipped fresh rosemary

¼ t paprika

1¼ t bread machine yeast


Measure ingredients into baking pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.  Insert pan into the oven chamber. Select Basic cycle.  Makes a 1½ pound loaf.


*Hydrate tomatoes by pouring boiling water over them and let them sit 10 minutes and pat dry before snipping.




½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon each fresh herbs: basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme

Dash red pepper flakes, optional

Add more, or less, of any herb, to taste. Wonderful paired with balsamic vinegar

Pour olive oil into small saucepan.   Add garlic and herbs.  Cook over low heat until garlic is golden. Pour into shallow bowl and surround with French, whole grain or Italian bread. Store leftovers in fridge and use within a few days.


A woman in our diet club was lamenting that she had gained weight.  She made her familys favorite cake over the weekend and they ate half of it at dinner.


The next day she kept staring at the other half, until finally, she cut a thin slice for herself.  One slice led to another, and soon the whole cake was gone.  The woman went on to tell us how upset she was with her lack of willpower, and how she knew her husband would be disappointed.


Everyone commiserated; until someone asked what her husband said when he found out.  She smiled and told us he never found out.  She made another cake and ate half.


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

Also 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