Newsletter 1 – Wednesday, February 10, 2010

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person,
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”

Valentine’s Day

How do we love our customers? Let us count the ways…

Our customers mean so much to us. If you receive this newsletter, you most likely are very familiar with our business. You KNOW it’s true. We feel we have a personal relationship with you and we are always trying to make our bond with you even stronger. Our events and varied gardening classes, our “Make and Take” workshops.  All those are special to us because we know YOU enjoy them. We’re anxious for you to see the 2010 Calendar of Events, and would love to have your input on ideas for this next season. Simply email them to  and he will pass them along to our Special Events coordinator.

All of us are getting so excited about our April 1st opening day, because we can’t wait to see YOU! And, if you’re planning on going to Garden Expo, please stop by our booth. We’re right in the front of the exhibition hall next to the Garden Expo WHA TV booth. You can’t miss us! Want some details? Keep on reading!

If your aunt ran off to get married, what would you call her?

Don’t Miss Garden Expo 2010

Alliant Energy Center February 12, 13 and 14
Friday 4-9 Saturday 8-6 Sunday 10-4

This year we will be bringing blooming African violets, primroses, and cyclamen.  We will also have herbs, seeds, and hosta plants. Our lovely cyclamen plants, in a rainbow of colors, make the perfect valentine gift.

Known for our container gardens, we will have a “how to” display, and printed handout instructions available for you to plan your one-pot, four-season, eye-catching container garden, plus a schedule of our container workshops. These are some of our best attended events, and we offer free soil and assistance when you participate this spring. You won’t want to miss it, and every year, many of you attend more than one, and design every kind of container imaginable, from mixed annual/perennial beauty, to a fragrant herb pot, a salsa, or even a pizza container, brimming with tomato, pepper, oregano and basil plants, and more!

What did the boy bird say to the girl bird on Valentine’s Day?
“Let me call you ‘Tweet’ heart.”

Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in working here this spring, give us a call at 222-2269.  We do have short-term seasonal retail positions open.  Most of them require some evening and weekend hours.  Plant knowledge and retail and/or customer service experience would be a plus.

Start Planning for Gardening 2010


Even though we are closed for the winter, everyone at America’s Best Flowers is busy planning for spring. 2010 will be filled with many special events, planned with YOU in mind.

April 3rd is our Community Egg Hunt. April 17-18, our Spring Open House which will feature FREE hot dogs and popcorn.  Other spring events will include our annual Herb Fest, a specialEarth and Arbor Day Celebration, featuring FREE children’s activities, followed by Container Workshops.

We have teamed up with St. Vincent de Paul and their community gardens.  On May 1 and 2 come and purchase a four pack of peppers and/or tomatoes for use in the community gardens that are used to feed the hungry.  Approximately 45% of your pack purchase will be donated them in the form of cash by us to help the community garden.  Also consider volunteering to help in the community garden or growing a row of vegetables in your garden for them to feed the hungry of Dane County.

The first Saturday in May is our annual “SALSA SATURDAY,” when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Latin music, free samples of chips and salsa, and you can even plant a salsa container that weekend at our workshop. We will give away a $50 gift certificate for the best salsa recipe in our Salsa Recipe Contest.

Special Mother’s Day activities and free classes on vegetable and perennial gardening will continue throughout the season, along with our Make and Take Workshops and plenty of children’s activities.  We also promise you many exciting surprises. Our goal is to hold events that are interesting and helpful to our customers. Remember to give us your input. We’re listening!

“To keep your marriage brimming with love, whenever you’re wrong admit it.
Whenever you’re right, shut up.”

Ogden Nash

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 20
Class 6:30PM – Herbs

Starts at 6:30PM with Mari Lyn Haugh. "Treat Yourself with Herbs"

Sun, May 23
Class 1PM – Vegetable Gardening Class

"Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More" by UW-Extension Horticulturist Brian Emerson.

Sat, May 29
Class 10AM – Chickens and Veggie Gardening

By Al Lunde. Learn how to raise chickens and how to have a successful vegetable garden.

Sat, May 29
Class 11AM – Emerald Ash borer and Japanese Beetle prevention

Now is the time to prepare to minimize these pests from your garden

Sat, Jun 5
Class 10AM – Sun Perennial Gardening

Free garden plan and class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Jun 12
Class 10AM – Shade Perennial Gardening

There are more choices than hostas for shady places. Class by Ilene Isenberg.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Giant Valentine Cookie

  • 1 cup plus 2 T all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¾ cups (11.5 oz. pkg.) chocolate chips, divided
  • Decorator icing (optional) or foil wrapped chocolate kisses

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 8½ or 9 inch heart-shaped pan, and line with wax paper.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.  Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy.  Beat in egg.  Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips, spread in prepared pan.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Microwave remaining chocolate chips in a small, microwave-safe bowl on medium high (70%) power for 1 minute.  Stir.  If necessary, microwave in additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring until melted, spread over cookie.  Decorate with icing or put a chocolate kiss on top, off-center while chocolate is still moist.

My husband and I had several stressful months of financial difficulties.
So one evening I was touched to see him gazing at the
diamond ring that symbolized our marriage.
“With this ring” I began romantically.
“We could pay off Visa,” he responded.

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
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