Newsletter 5 – Wednesday, April 13, 2011

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

Spring Open House

April 16 & 17


The sunny days and warm temperatures of the last few days have teased us, causing a serious outbreak of spring fever.  Even though the weekend forecast is for a cool down, it is the perfect time to come out to the greenhouse.  We’ve received our first shipment of Easter lilies, Asiatic lilies, floral hydrangeas, and cyclamen.  So Beautiful!  We invite you to come on out and see for yourself and while you are herejoin us for FREE HOT DOGS AND POPCORN from 11-3 both Saturday and Sunday.

How do you make a hot dog stand?
Steal a chair


The Beacon of Spring

Beautiful, beautiful pansies

Every spring pansies and violas provide the first brilliant color in the greenhouse.  Pansies, one of the most popular cool weather flowers, have heart-shaped, overlapping petals in bright colors with face-like center markings.  Extensive breeding has produced blossoms in every color of the rainbow, including bicolors and ruffles and frills, like Fuzzy Fruit Salad Mix and Blueberry Thrill.  While they look delicate, they are surprisingly hardy.  An added bonus, like their cousins, the violas and violets, the pansy flowers are edible.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds that you plant
Robert Louis Stevenson.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 16 – Sun, Apr 17
Open House

FREE hot dogs and popcorn. 11-3PM

Sat, Apr 23
Community Egg Hunt

Ongoing from 10am-2pm Rain or Shine! FREE candy. Children 6 and under. Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Fri, Apr 29 – Sun, May 1
St. Vincent de Paul’s "Pick-a-Pack" Event

Come out and donate a $1.99 4 pack of tomatoes or Lady Bell peppers for their gardens. The veggies will be used for their community pantry. For every 4 pack sold, ABF will donate $.50 towards the SVDP gardens.

Sat, Apr 30
Earth Day Celebration

FREE Children’s activities 10AM-2PM. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant cat grass, and more!

Sat, Apr 30 – Sun, May 1
Arbor Day Giveaway

Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce seedling, with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family.

Sat, Apr 30 – Sun, May 1
Container Workshop

10AM – 4PM. FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container in our potting shed and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy one of ours.

Our Kitchen

There is no doubt that Bonnie planted the seeds of joy on so many of our dining tables with her wonderful recipes. We plan to continue with the weekly recipe in her honor. If any of you have recipes you would like to share, please email them to Thank you for helping us to carry on what has become the favorite part of the newsletter.

Herb and Pansy Salad

Our pansy/lettuce container For a change of pace try this spring salad simply dressed with lemon juice and a twist of pepper. Fresh herbs provide the flavor – pansies and violas a rainbow of color.
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • ¼ cup fresh dill springs
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup basil leaves, rolled and thinly sliced crosswise.
  • 1 large lemon, halved and seeded
  • pinch of salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup pansies or violas blossoms

Combine greens and herbs in your favorite bowl.  Cover and chill.  Trim pansy stems close to blossoms, wash well and pat dry with paper towels.  Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Before serving squeeze lemon juice over greens to moisten and season with salt and pepper.  Toss well.  Add blossoms.  Toss gently. Divide salad into four serving bowls.  Optional:  Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles and/or your favorite nuts over greens.  Enjoy!

Costly Popcorn
For the first time in many years, an old man traveled from his rural town to the city to attend a movie. After buying his ticket, he stopped at the concession stand to purchase some popcorn. Handing the attendant $1.50, he couldn’t help but comment, "The last time I came to the movies, popcorn was only 15 cents."

"Well, sir," the attendant replied with a grin, "You’re really going to enjoy yourself. We have sound now."

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