Happy Father’s Day!

Newsletter 18 – Thursday, June 16, 2016

Current Hours

Cottage Grove

Mon-Fri 9-8
Sat 9-6
Sun 9-5


Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5
Sun 9-4

Happy Father’s Day!

We want to treat all you wonderful Dads out there to ice cream over Father’s Day weekend.  We’ll have Schoep’s vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate swirl and strawberry swirl ice cream all ready for you and the family!

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.

William Shakespeare

June is Perennial Month at America’s Best Flowers!

Perennial of the Week – Hollyhock Malva

Hollyhock Malva 'Zebrina'
Hollyhock Malva ‘Zebrina’
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Hollyhock Malva 'Mystic Merlin'
Hollyhock Malva ‘Mystic Merlin’
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The lovely Hollyhock Malva will provide your garden with a spectacular profusion of color. Hollyhock Malva ‘Zebrina’ has 2 inch white to lavender flowers with deep purple stripes pointing to its purple center and can reach 30 inches. The flowers will completely cover the plant in early summer and are beautifully framed by deep green glossy foliage. Hollyhock Malva ‘Mystic Merlin’ has blue, purple, and mauve flowers also with dark stripes pointing to the center and can reach 5-6 feet.

Hollyhocks add both height to a garden and a nostalgic beauty. Not only will they enhance your cut flower arrangement, but the hummingbirds and butterflies will thank you for adding them to your garden!

And if you suddenly say ‘Bonjour’ or ‘Parlez-vous français?’ around this hollyhock, relax! Malva is commonly known as a French Hollyhock.

Starting today, Malva is 20% off this week! (Free French language lessons included!)

Father’s Day Gift Idea

Forget the neck tie and the cargo shorts for Dad this year.  Why not give him an America’s Best Flowers Gift Card and turn him loose at our greenhouse?  He’ll be able to choose from a multitude of items such as trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, plants, yard art, birdbaths and the list goes on and on.

Keep in mind, whether Dad browses by himself or if the entire family comes out, we’ll have Schoep’s ice cream for all of you this weekend.

Fun ways to order a pizza

Tell them to put the crust on the top.

Ask if you get to keep the pizza box. When they say yes, heave a sigh of relief.

Have your pizza "shaken, not stirred."

When listing toppings you want on your pizza, include another pizza.

Color Galore!

The last couple of days we’ve had a few phone calls asking if we have any Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets left.  You bet we do!  We have a wonderful assortment that will make decorating your yard, patio or deck as easy as can be!

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Featured Products Corner
Captain Jack’s Deadbug & Eight Insect Control

Captain Jacks’ Deadbug Brew – Dust Form
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Captain Jacks’ Deadbug Brew – Spray Form
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Last week we mentioned 2 fertilizer products that will help your flower and vegetable garden grow.  This week we have several products to keep your gardens healthy and productive.

Do you have any of the following in your flower or vegetable garden: bagworms, borers, beetles, caterpillars, codling moth, gypsy moth, loopers, leaf miners, spider mites, tent caterpillars, thrips and other pests?

We’d like to recommend a product to rid your organic garden of these uninvited guests.  We have an organic solution, Bonide’s Captain Jack’s Deadbug, for Flower & Vegetable Gardens.  We have it in both garden dust and an easy to use spray form.


Eight Insect Control Dust
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Eight Insect Control Spray
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Try Eight Insect Control, an insecticide that controls over 100 different insect pests on fruits, roses, flowers, lawns, shrubs, trees, over 60 varieties of ornamentals, and house plants.

This outstanding vegetable garden insecticide kills and will repel virtually any insect pest common to home gardens. It works great for Japanese Beetles on roses & flowers. It is colored green to blend with foliage!  There is a short interval between application and harvest.

One evening a little girl and her parents were sitting around the table eating supper.

The little girl said, "Daddy, you’re the boss, aren’t you?"

Her Daddy smiled, pleased, and said yes.

The little girl continued, "That’s because Mummy put you in charge, right?"

Make and Take Summer Miniature Garden

2 sessions available
Saturday, June 25, 10-noon or 1-3

Think small and inside the pot!  We’ll show you how easy it is to create a charming miniature garden just as you’ve seen in the glossy home and garden magazines!

Captivating little gazing balls, tiny bird baths, mischievous gnomes, petite fairies, small stepping stones, diminutive garden arbors, and miniature fences are just some of the treasures we have waiting here to help you realize your vision. Choose from our wide selection of tiny, live plants to bring your miniature wonderland to life.

Bring in your own containers from home (minus any potting soil or dirt of any kind) or choose from our large variety of pottery.

Procedure for All Make & Take Workshops

1.    Sign in at the registration table located near the back of the main greenhouse.   You’ll receive a worksheet at this time which we will complete after your container is finished.

2.    Shop for your plants, flowers, and containers.

3.    Return to the registration area and pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!

It’s a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your gardening gloves.  If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.

We do ask that if you bring in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse.  To participate in our container workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum $10.00 plant purchase is required per container the day of the container workshop.

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Seeking Cashier for our Edgerton Location

Do you, or someone you know, enjoy helping people and making their day brighter? Then consider joining our Edgerton team as a part-time cashier! You’ll be able to help people, contribute to light floral duties, and share the joy of plants.

This is an almost year-round position that requires evening and weekend availability. If interested, please call 608-884-8120 and ask to speak to Spike.

Upcoming Events

Sun, Jun 19

Father’s Day

FREE Schoeps ice cream for Dad and the family!

Sat, Jun 25

Make & Take a Summer Miniature Garden

10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant purchase per container. You create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sat, Jul 23

6th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring your wonderfully dirty dogs to our garden spa for a bath and nail trim. All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society!

Sat, Aug 6

Customer Appreciation Day!
Sat, Sep 10

Art in the Garden Craft Fair

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Talented artists display and sell their unique items.

Sat, Sep 17

Flea Market

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Rain or Shine

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

Last Sunday was my nephew’s graduation party and it turned out to be a really nice get-together. Both of my parents made it down from Green Bay and my mother brought with her our former neighbor from my childhood home, Sandy. Though we don’t see her often, she’s just like family to us and she gives THE BEST hugs! After the party, we spent the whole day catching up, and she was telling me about her new healthy lifestyle, including a new-found appreciation for cucumber-infused water! She has completely cut sugar out of her diet, and says that this is a tasty and refreshing soda substitute. When I asked her how she did it, she replied, “Just put cucumber slices in water!”

Well, I need a little more direction than that, so I did a little internet search and found recipes with all sorts of fruits and herbs. I want to try several of them, but here’s one with cucumber that I’m super excited about! This also serves as a good detox drink. Cucumber contains a lot of water, but it also contains many vitamins and minerals. It even has a very real cooling effect on the body, which is perfect for this heat we’ve been having!

Just a little note about last week’s recipe: There was a little typo about how much time to mix the cake batter… it read 30 mins, but it was supposed to be 3 mins. My apologies to anyone who faithfully followed the directions! I hope your arms didn’t get too sore!!

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

  • 6 cups of filtered water (1.5 quarts)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 4-6 mint leaves

Wash lemons and cucumbers; slice thinly. Add lemons, cucumber, and mint to pitcher. Cover with water and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.