2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 9

Newsletter 9 (5 /17/2007 )

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As you read this issue, keep in mind Americas Best Flowers has a lot of 50 something women on staff.  We love these jokes and thought you might like them, too.


Blooms, Blooms, Everywhere You Look, Blooms


2007 has been a fabulous year for spring-blooming trees and shrubs.  The whites and reds of crabapples, pinks of flowering almonds and plums, and yellows of forsythia have mixed with the many shades of purple lilacs to create a scent-sational landscape for us to enjoy.  If your yard isn’t part of this beautiful picture, Americas Best Flowers can help.  We have a good selection of product in stock to turn your less than picturesque property into a real show stopper.  Come on in today and let us show you how.


While you’re here, be sure to pick up several perennials to complete the project.  A rainbow of colorful blossoms and foliage will give your project a professional look.  We will be glad to help by answering questions and giving suggestions.  Creeping Phlox, Columbine, Lily of the Valley, and Cushion Spurge, are just a few that are in bloom right now.  These plants would look great in, under and around your trees and shrubs.  Your property, too, can be a garden wonderland come true.  See us today to get started.


Q. How can you avoid spotting a wrinkle every time you talk by a mirror?

A. Take off your glasses.




For your shopping convenience, Americas Best Flowers will be open from 8 until 8 on Saturdays throughout the month of May.  Sundays we will be open from 9 until 6.  The busiest time is always from 10-3 both days. We would encourage you to come early or late to avoid the crowds. 


Q. Where do 50 plus year olds look for fashionable glasses?

A. Their foreheads.


NEW LOCATION in Sun Prairie


Our location in Sun Prairie has moved.  We are still on Main Street, but across from Dairy Queen in Hanley’s side parking lot.


Q. Where can women over 50 find young, sexy men, who are interested in them?

A. Try a bookstore under fiction.


There’s so much going on this weekend here at ABF, and we invite you to join in the fun!


Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 from 10-4, we will be having another, of our Container Workshops. This is one of our customer’s absolute favorites, and always well attended, because we offer FREE SOIL and

assistance, and we’ll clean up the mess! Imagine the possibilities…..an herb pot, an annual container–bursting with color and a variety of texture and shape, one for salsa, planted with  tomato, pepper and cilantro, and for an elegant touch, perhaps a low and lovely ceramic container, filled with our miniature evergreens. Because of numerous requests we will also be offering these workshops on two upcoming Tuesday evenings, June 5 and 12 from 4-7PM. These will be held rain or shine!


If you prefer to come in at another time to do a custom planter, our customer service department will be happy to help.  You can come in and plant your own at our potting boutique with free assistance from our staff.  Except for workshops, we are unable to provide free soil, so there will be a nominal charge for soil in addition to the cost of your plants.  Alternatively, we would be thrilled to design and plant your container for you.  Please stop in and discuss your ideas with our talented designers. 


Q. What is the most common remark made by 50 plus women when they enter antique stores?

A. I remember these.


Create a Kitchen Garden


Are you a little unsure of starting your own vegetable garden? We have the solution! Attend Creating a Kitchen Garden this Saturday, May 19at 10AM.  Brian Emerson, from the West Madison Research Station will lead the FREE class and answer all your vegetable questions. Take advantage of our FREE classes whenever possible to ensure your gardening success. After class, you can make a morning of it and attend our container workshop.  We hope you’ll join us, rain or shine.


Q. Is it common for 50 plus year olds to have problems with short term memory storage?

A. Storing memory is not the problem, retrieving it is the problem.


Plant a Memorial


With your purchase of a tree or shrub valued at $49.99 and up you will receive a FREE engraved brass plaque in honor of your loved one(s) – or a favorite pet.  This offer will be good May 23 – 28. Watch for details.


Q. How can you increase the heart rate of your 50 plus year old husband?

A. Tell him you are pregnant.


Create a Water Garden Container


Thursday, May 31at 6PM, In another Ask the Expert class, Jan Vermeer of the Langeveld Co. will present Create a Water Garden Container.  In his own entertaining, yet informative, way, Jan will tell us about the hottest new gardening trend.  With water container gardening, you can even go away for a week without worrying about maintenance. How great is that?


Check our website and newsletters for upcoming workshops and classes at  Americas Best Flowers.


Q. Why should 50 plus women use valet parking?

A. Valets don’t forget where they park your car.


Bonnies Kitchen

Margarita Chicken


Prep:10 min. Marinade: 1 hr. Grill time: as needed


½ c margarita mix

3 T lime juice

1 clove garlic, crushed

3-3 ½ lb. Cut up broiler-fryer chicken

1 t coarse salt


Mix margarita mix, lime juice, and garlic in resealable heavy duty plastic food storage bag.  Add the chicken; seal bag and turn to coat with marinade.  Refrigerate, turning bag occasionally. You may marinate from 1-24 hrs, but no longer. Remove chicken and reserve marinade.


Heat grill.  Place chicken skin side up on grill. Brush with marinade, sprinkle with ½ t of the salt.  Cover and grill over medium heat for 15 minutes and then turn.  Brush with remaining marinade: Sprinkle with the remaining salt.  Cover and grill 20-40 minutes longer, turning occasionally, until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.


6 servings

I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken breasts and grill chicken 8-10 minutes, brushing frequently with marinade and turning once until chicken is no longer pink in center.


This is especially good served with some jazzed up cornbread and a cool salad of assorted greens and avocado, and sour cream apple squares.


Sour Cream Apple Squares


2 c all purpose flour

2 c firmly packed brown sugar

½ c butter, softened

1 c chopped nuts

1-2 t cinnamon

1 t baking soda

½ t salt

1 (8 oz.) container sour cream

1 t vanilla

1 egg

2 c finely chopped, peeled apples


Heat oven to 350. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup: level off. In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and butter; beat at low speed until crumbly.  Stir in nuts. Press 2 ¾ c crumb mixture in bottom of ungreased 13X9 pan.


To remaining mixture, add cinnamon, baking soda, salt, sour cream, vanilla, and egg; mix well.  Stir in apples. Spoon evenly over crumb mixture in pan.


Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 30 minutes.  Cut into squares. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream (try cinnamon).  Store in refrigerator.


12 servings


Q. What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?

A. Keep busy.  If you are handy with tools, you can finish the basement.  When you are done, you will have a quiet place to live.


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