Poinsettias for the Holidays

Newsletter 40 – Thursday, November 19, 2015


Cottage Grove

Mon-Fri 9-6
Sat and Sun 9-5


Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am and 3pm

Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
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Join us this weekend for our Holiday Porch Pot Workshop.  Come on out with your family or a group of friends and create a lifelong memory.  Being together and laughing together!  Isn’t that what life is all about? 

You are welcome to bring in your empty container(s) from home or purchase a few from us.  Our containers range from inexpensive plastic to high-end ceramic.  We will provide FREE sand for your container or liner.  (We recommend always using a liner in ceramic containers.)  All porch pot accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers and we ask that you do not bring in anything from home or from other suppliers.  A minimum $10 purchase, per container, is required.

We offer bundles of assorted fresh greens as a base to start your container. Once you have arranged the greens, you can add to your container from our wide assortment of artificial picks and stems to accentuate your design.

Finished prices range from $35 to $150. It all depends on how large, how full, and how dramatic you would like your container to be.

As with all our workshops, you do the actual “planting.” Our experienced design staff will be on hand to assist with your design and arrangement.

What a creative, fun and easy way to decorate for the holidays.

If you can’t make it out this weekend just stop out to the greenhouse from Monday through Friday, between 9:30-3:30 and do your own porch pot creation.  Please keep in mind that assistance will be limited outside of the workshop weekend hours.

SchoolGrounds Cafe

Joining us again this weekend is the charming and deliciously wonderful SchoolGrounds Café.  Their reasonably priced bakery goodies and hot beverages will be available during the workshop.

For more information on Gaston School Gallery and SchoolGrounds Café check out their website at Gastonschoolgallery.com.

Q. Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
A. Because they use such FOWL language!

Custom-made Holiday Porch Pots!

America’s Best Flowers would be happy to custom make your Holiday Porch Pots.  To order please email Marty Robbins at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or call us at 608-222-2269.

Gorgeous Poinsettias

Our Edgerton location has been busy growing beautiful poinsettias for the coming holiday season.  Stop by our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location this weekend and pick some up for your family, friends and, of course for yourself!

A Football team was on the field during practice, when to their surprise; a big turkey suddenly walked up to the coach and demanded a tryout.
“Are you crazy,” hollered the coach, “we don’t give tryouts to turkeys.”
Before he knew it the turkey started dashing towards the football and made a fantastic catch.
“That was amazing”, exclaimed the coach “I have never seen anything like that! How much do you want for a year?”

“Don’t worry about money,” said the turkey, “let me just ask you something, does the season go past thanksgiving?!”

Fresh Flower Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Tuscan Autumn Bouquet 59.99
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Maple Leaf Bouquet 39.99
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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table? We are now offering finished, fresh flower centerpieces to make your table really festive!

If you’re going to be a guest, it can also make a wonderful gift for the host! It’s an easy way to show your appreciation for all of the cook’s hard work.

We have two lovely designs to choose from, either the Maple Leaf Bouquet or Tuscan Autumn bouquet. These fresh flower arrangements are designed by our very talented florist staff at our Edgerton store but can be ordered by calling our Cottage Grove location at 608-222-2269.  Orders must be received by 9:00 am Monday, November 23rd.

You can pick up your centerpiece from our Cottage Grove location, or for an additional fee, it can be delivered in Cottage Grove or the eastside of Madison. Orders must be received 48 hours in advance for delivery.

Please note: Photos are examples. Actual flowers and containers may vary according to availability.

Festive Porch Pot Accessories

Some of our Porch Pot Supplies
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Porch Pot
An example Porch Pot
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Porch pot season is upon us and we’re ready for it! We have an entire wall full of sparkly, glitzy, and colorful porch pot accessories to dress up your porch for winter. When combined in an arrangement, these individual accents become a delightfully dazzling decoration for all to enjoy.

Exciting Event at our Edgerton Location

Isn’t this a beautiful painting of a poinsettia?  Wouldn’t this look great in your home?  Well, in just a matter of a couple of hours you, yes, you can paint this masterpiece!

Please join us at 6:30 pm tomorrow night, Friday, November 20th, at our Edgerton location only for a Vannie Gogh “Paint Togethers” party. This family-owned and operated business brings the joy and love of art to you.

Enjoy the evening with a friend and a paint brush!  All materials and instructions are included in the $35 cost.

Only 20 spots are available, so please call our Edgerton location at 608-884-8120 or 1-888-287-1411 to pre-register.

Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 5
Ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3

A cheery and festive wreath on your front door is a welcoming and warm way to greet your holiday guests into your home. 

Join us for our holiday wreath workshop.  If you need assistance we’ll be happy to give you pointers.  What a fun project for the family and, in fact, there are no limits to how many you can make.  What a nice surprise for Grandma and Grandpa or what about that special neighbor of yours?

It’s such a thoughtful way to show people that you are thinking of them and wishing them Happy Holidays!

Q. How do you make an egg-roll?
A. You push it!

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

Sunday, December 6th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3

A tasteful arrangement of candles and a christmas wreath
Making the Turkey jealous
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Create a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table!  Start by adding fresh greens to florist’s foam to create your base.  Choose from an assortment of picks for a seasonal accent.  For that classic look simply add a candle.

Decorate with Freshness

Our fresh and fragrant holiday decorating supplies have arrived!  Wreaths, spruce tops, bundled assorted greens, roping, Christmas cactus and Norfolk Pines are ready and waiting for you.

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees!

Our display of christmas trees in the parking lot
Fresh Christmas Trees
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Ho, Ho, Ho, our fresh cut Christmas trees have arrived!  

Again this year we will have locally grown Fraser/Balsam mix Christmas trees.  

So get those holiday boxes out of the attic and basement and let the decorating begin!

Q. What did the football coach say to the broken vending machine?
A. “Give me my quarterback!”

Shutterly Beautiful

Antiques-turned-Christmas Shutters
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What does one do with antique wooden shutters that have been stacked in a garage for, well, who knows how long? 

What a dilemma! Jim wanted to toss them out.  Bev said, ‘Are you nuts?  I’ll take them to the greenhouse.’

So, from a garage to our shed they traveled.  Their future looked dark and bleak.  Much time passed.  As sad and forlorn as they were, these sweet pieces of history knew that some day, one day, someone would recognize their beauty and rediscover them.  That once again they would have a re-purposeful life.  Finally that day has come! 

Our creative associates were inspired to bring these lovely examples of 100 year-old architectural history back to the present.   Their dedication resulted in beautiful door or wall hangings that you will enjoy for years to come. 

These shutters represent the past, the present and the future. Our supply of these revived shutters is very limited so be sure to stop out soon to choose the perfect one for you, a family member or friend.    

Handyman Husband

“Honey!” screamed my husband from our bedroom, “you MUST check this out!”

“What is it?” I hollered back from the kitchen.

“You’re not going to believe what I found when I was drilling a hole through the wall! I found a secret stash of bottles!”

Just then my I heard my daughters’ voice hollering from the bathroom, “I’m trying to brush my teeth in here! Who the heck is drilling a hole through the medicine cabinet!?”

Amaryllis Bulbs for Indoor Winter Blooms

We have both bulk amaryllis bulbs and pre-packaged amaryllis gift boxes available in a variety of colors. 

Amaryllis bulbs produce large, beautiful blooms indoors, in the winter, after a few weeks of dormancy. Easy to care for, they need only a sunny window, regular feeding, and careful watering. You can either toss them after they’ve bloomed, or with extra care, they can bloom year after year. Check out these Amaryllis Care Instructions for details.

Purchase your America’s Best Flowers Gift Cards on-line!

Go to our website americasbestflowers.com, hit the Gift Card icon and just follow the instructions.  Payment can be made securely through PayPal.  We then will mail the gift card to the address of your choice.  It’s as easy as that!

Please Tell Your Friends and Neighbors!

America’s Best Flowers is open year round!

Upcoming Events

Fri, Nov 20

“Paint Together” with Vannie Gogh

6:30PM – Edgerton location ONLY – Paint a gorgeous poinsettia painting for the holidays with professional instruction from Vannie Gogh. $35 per-person fee covers materials and instruction. Please pre-register at 1-888-287-1411. Only 20 spots available.

Sat, Nov 21 – Sun, Nov 22

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am-3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sat, Dec 5

Wreath Workshop

9am-3pm Design and create a holiday wreath that will cheerfully welcome all holiday guests. All accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Dec 6

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am-3pm Add that finishing touch to your holiday table with a festive holiday centerpiece! All accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

If you leave alphabet soup on the stove and leave, it could spell disaster.

Our Kitchen

With all the heavy cooking and eating coming up, I thought it would be good to have a quick, healthy recipe for this week. I asked Scott if he had a good one. Turns out he does. Here’s a nice vegetarian soup that will satisfy your appetite as it takes the chill off a damp evening. Enjoy!

Creamy Broccoli-White Bean Soup

  • 1 head broccoli (1 pound), cut into florets, stems thinly sliced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 15-oz can cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 ½ C vegetable stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 T pine nuts, toasted, for garnish
  • ½ oz shaved Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Steam broccoli florets and stems until bright green and tender, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly. Reserve 1/2 cup florets for garnish.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until tender, 5-6 minutes. Add beans and stock, bring mixture to a simmer. Remove from heat and add broccoli; puree in batches in a blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish each bowl with broccoli florets, toasted pine nuts, and shaved Parmesan.