2008 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 17


Newsletter 17 – July 10, 2008

Events      Plant Necessities      From the Mouth of Babes      Recipe


$ave even more

ALL PLANTS 20% off



“A job at the greenhouse can be a budding career.” joke 1


On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!!!

You’ve waited all season to use your ABF orange dollar$.  Now through July 20 you can come in to any of our sites and redeem your dollars for up to 50% off the total price of your purchases.  All our locations are open from 9-8 Monday through Friday and from 9-6 on weekends.

America’$ Be$t Dollar$ are good on everything we sell, even sale merchandise.  Is there a special tree or shrub you’ve been coveting?  Did you fall in love with one of our fabulous pieces of pottery, but your budget said ‘No’?  Have you always wished you could have one of our beautiful blooming patio containers?  Are there new perennials you’ve been dying to buy?  NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO HAVE ALL OF THIS AND MORE!  Tools, soil, mulch, watering cans and wands, fertilizer, bird baths – the list goes on and on.  But hurry!!  The best stuff always goes fast.

And there’s more good news.  If you have any old Orange OR Red dollar$ stashed in your junk drawer, you can still use them.  They never expire.  The only restriction we have on all our ABF dollar$, is they can’t be used with other coupons or birthday cards.


By the time you make ends meet, they move the ends. joke 2



Every spring America’s Best is honored to host tours for school children.  These tours provide a chance for young people to see the greenhouse early in the season, and to learn about plants.  During these tours, the children are given a chance to plant a flower to take home.  This year a first grade class from Taylor Prairie sent the following poem to Deb after their tour.

Roses are red

Violets are Blue

America’s Best is awesome

And we Thank You

The flowers we loved to plant

The seed experiment was cool

The scavenger hunt was great

We talked about it all day at school!

Thank you for your time

And for your energy!

America’s Best Flowers

Is where we want to be!



A cabbie is a fare-minded person. joke 3


Plant Necessities

Plants are like us in so many ways.  Their basic needs include water, food, and a little personal care.  So far this year, most of the water has been supplied by nature.  When the rains slow down, it will be our turn to make sure our plants have the moisture they need.  Gardening Rule of Thumb #1 – water your plants regularly, especially if they are growing in planters or hanging baskets. To check your plants, lift the pot or stick your finger in the soil.  If they are dry, it’s time to water.  To minimize fungal problems, water early in the day and try to avoid getting water on the foliage.

Gardening Rule of Thumb #2 – Be sure to fertilize. Plants need more nutrition than can be provided by plain water.  Ed’s rule is to fertilize every seventh watering.  So for hanging baskets that dry out every day, that would be once a week.  For other plants it will probably be more like every other week. If you have questions about what type of fertilizer is best for your plants, please ask us.  We have different formulations for different situations.

Now for the personal care.  The most important thing you can do to keep your plants looking great all summer is deadheading.  Gardening Rule of Thumb #3 is to cut or pinch back all spent blossoms, as well as yellowing leaves, on all your plants.  Some plants, such as petunias and dianthus, benefit from an all-over cut back.  Snip at least two inches below the flower, more if the stems have grown long and leggy.  A good way to reduce the amount of deadheading you will have to do, is to regularly cut bouquets for your home and office.  By doing so, you encourage your plants to re-bloom.  And finally you can help your plants by putting down an extra layer of mulch around your plants to reduce water evaporation and hinder weeds. They will love the cooler root temperatures in the summer heat.



Did you hear about the Broadway actor who broke through the floor boards?

He was just going through a stage.Joke 4


Bridge Out

If you typically come to America’s Best by taking Buckeye to Sprecher Road, we want to let you know that the bridge going over the I90/94 is out.  But don’t let that stop you from coming out and using your America’$ Be$t Dollar$.  Going east, you can take the last left-hand turn off Buckeye just before the Interstate, Thompson Drive, all the way down to Cottage Grove Road.  Turn right and continue going east to Vilas Hope Road.  Turn right again and go about a half mile. Turn right into the drive.  We’ll be waiting for you.


You know the kids are growing up when your daughter begins to put on lipstick,   and your son starts to wipe it off.joke 5




July 10-20 – America’$ Be$t Dollar Day$ – Use your ABF Dollar$ to save up to 50% off on your entire purchase.

August 10 – Divide and Swap Iris 1PM  Learn how to divide iris, and swap to get more varieties for your garden.

August 16-17 – Customer Appreciation Days – FREE treats from 11-3


“I got a good tip from my stockbroker the other day.  He said, ‘For only 39 cents, I can super size those fries for you.’”Jay Lenojoke 6



Artichokes With Tarragon Drizzle

I love artichokes, and could eat them with Cool Whip, or raspberry jelly, if I had to!

8-10 servings

4-5 large whole artichokes

2/3 c extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 c white wine vinegar

1/3 c thinly sliced green onions

2 T Dijon mustard

2 T snipped fresh tarragon or 2 t dried crushed tarragon

Sea salt or salt

Black pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil

2 lemons, each cut in 8-10 wedges.

1. Wash artichokes; trim if desired, and remove loose outer leaves. Snip off the sharp leaf tips. Cut darker green portion of leaves off top half of artichoke; discard.

2. In a Dutch oven bring a large amount of lightly salted water to boiling; add artichokes. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer covered for 20-30 minutes, or until a leaf pulls out easily.

3. Place artichokes in a large bowl of ice water to cool completely. Drain artichokes upside down on paper towels. Cut them in half from top through stem; use a spoon to scoop out the fibrous cores, leaving the hearts and leaves intact.

4. For Tarragon Drizzle, in screw-top jar, combine 2/3 c oil, vinegar, green onions, mustard and tarragon. Cover and shake well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Brush artichoke halves with additional olive oil. For a charcoal grill, place the artichokes cut side down on the rack of an uncovered grill, directly over medium coals. Grill for 7 minutes, turn and grill for 5-7 minutes more. Grill on medium on gas grill, covered, for same time as above.

6. On a serving platter, place grilled artichokes cut side up. Shake Tarragon Drizzle; pour some over the artichokes; pass remaining sauce with platter. Serve with lemon wedges. YUM!

From Better Homes and Garden June 2006

 “Chickens in Trees

During the Revolutionary War, there was a small encampment of patriot soldiers in the woods.  Before they went to bed each night, they tied their chickens (which were being saved for a special meal) to the trees around the campground.

Late one night, some British soldiers were stumbling through the woods and frightened the chickens.  Their screams and clucks woke the Patriots, who were able to defeat and capture the entire group of British soldiers.

A few nights later, the cook prepared the chickens for a celebratory dinner.

One of the soldiers said, “This is really good.  What do you call it?”

The chef said in honor of these special chickens who had saved their lives,

He called it, “Chicken Catch a Tory.” joke 7



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