Fruit Trees and Square Perennials on Sale

Newsletter 22 – Thursday, July 14, 2016


Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-7
Sat & Sun 9-5

Edgerton location open

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

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Little Bev

On Monday morning, July 11th, a member of our America’s Best Flowers family passed away.   Our hearts are deeply saddened by the death of Bev Techmeier.

Bev was a pixie of a lady.  Tiny, petite and quick on her feet was our friend.  She was an absolute little firecracker to be around.

We all had a story to tell about Bev and it was always a funny one!   It was impossible not to smile and laugh in her presence.

We will continue to smile when we think of her.  We will continue to be grateful that she was in our lives.  And we will continue to cherish the years she spent with us.

Bev’s full obituary will be in the 7-17-16 Wisconsin State Journal.

He wants you all to Himself to put His loving, divine arms around you.

Charles Stanley


The dog that is not lucy laying happily on the stone patio
Hi! I’m – whoops! Almost gave it away!
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My new mom and dad said that it was time that I introduce myself.  You see, my previous family had to move far away and it wouldn’t have been a good place for me to live, so they searched and searched for a new loving family for me.  I was sad at first.  I was going to miss my 2 kids, but WOW my new family is pretty cool.  I have a fenced in back yard where I can run and run and run.  We play ball together and when my new mom and dad are not looking I try to hunt for little critters.  You see, my mom keeps on telling me it’s a ‘no kill zone’, not quite sure what that’s all about.  But, I’m trying really, really hard to follow the rules, but habits are hard to break…ya know what I’m saying?

Sometimes, my mom calls me ‘Lucy’ and that’s ok with me.  She says it with so much love in her voice that I feel honored when that happens.  My mom and dad told me all about Lucy, how much they loved her, how much joy she brought into their lives, and how sad they were when she passed.

Being the wise (and adorable) dog that I am, I believe that the past, present and future is connected.  Those that are gone watch out for those of us that are still here.  That is why I’m here, in my new home.

Lucy brought me here.

Hello Everyone!

In the past our dog Lucy told her story in this newsletter. We hope that you will accept this little girl and her story as you so kindly accepted our sweet Lucy’s story.

I’m sure you notice that her name was not mentioned.  That is because many of you seemed to enjoy the contests that Lucy used to instigate. So, we thought what better way to start this little girls’ story than with a ‘GUESS THE NEW GIRLS’ NAME AND AGE’ contest.

Here are your clues:

  • 4 letters
  • 2 syllables
  • Contains the letter ‘D’

The winner will receive a $25 America’s Best Flowers gift card.  Please send your submission to Shirley at by Wednesday, July 20th at 2:00pm.

Good luck!

“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”

Emily Dickinson

Do I smell wet dog?

Dog Wash

Yep, the smell of wet dog is in the air!  On Saturday, July 23, from 11-3 PM America’s Best Flowers will be hosting their 6th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS).

Volunteers from the DCHS will bathe dogs between 11:00 and 3:00. We are suggesting a $10 or larger donation which will go directly to the DCHS.

Talbot Photography

Partnering with us again this year is Poochie Portraits by Talbot Photography.  For a $30 donation, your dog will have a professional photo session in a cool, calm and private area in our greenhouse.  And Terry Talbot sure knows how to make a dog smile!  You’ll receive an adorable 5×7 picture of your best friend that you’ll treasure for years.

Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, July 23.  It’s clean dog day at America’s Best Flowers!

Is your tail wagging now?  Stay tuned…there’s more information coming.

Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married.
The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

Essential Oils and Garden Herbs
Intro Class

Wednesday, July 27th 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Have you ever been curious about using essential oils to support your health and wellness?  Essential oils are a potent form of natural support to one’s health and wellness.

In this hands-on workshop you will explore herbal essential oils, learn about their safety, and try different methods of application. We will also be making a natural and safe bug spray using oil made from herbs to take home with you.

Pre-registration is required and payment of $10 is required (the night of class.)  To register please call Margaret at 608-235-7413.

Things to Ponder

1. Is there another word for synonym?
2. I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where’s the self-help section?”
She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
3. Where do forest rangers go to “get away from it all?”
4. If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
5. Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
6. How do they get the deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

Fruit Trees
Select Perennials on Sale!

All of our fruit trees are 30% off.  And what kinds do we have, you ask?  Well, here you go:

Apple trees – Haralred, Haralson, Winecrisp, Urban Apple – Tasty Red, Urban Apple – Tangy Green, Urban Apple – Golden Treat

Pear trees – Tawara Asian, Parker, Ure

Cherry trees – Northstar, Black Tafarian, Lapin’ Sweet Cherry

Peach trees – Red Haven & Elberta

Plum trees – Toka, Pipestone & Superior

Also, all perennials, in square pots, are on sale.  Buy 2 and get 1 free (of equal or lesser value).

Featured Product Corner:
Japanese Beetle Killer

By: Lauren

With a shiny bronze shield, border of black and white spots and a metallic green head, the Japanese Beetle is a natural piece of art. While it’s no doubt aesthetically dazzling, its beauty loses luster with its massive destruction. In Japan, they’re just part of the ecosystem, but in American gardens, they’re one of the most broadly destructive invasive pests. Often found in large numbers, they eat just about any plant, but prefer plants of the genus Prunus such as roses, crabapples, and raspberries, as well as grapes, canna lilies, linden trees, birch trees, and others. They eat the soft tissue of leaves and avoid the leaf veins, leaving the skeleton of a leaf that once was. Given the chance, they’ll gleefully redesign your yard with this skeleton-leaf look.

Fortunately, these rogue horticulturists can be thwarted in a number of ways. The simplest way to control them is by picking them off and tossing them in a bucket of soapy water. If this isn’t feasible due to the large number, or you can’t stand touching bugs, we do have a spray from Bonide called Japanese Beetle Killer, which effectively kills adults. Just spot-spraying as you see them will do, being sure to apply periodically.  This product may be used indoors, outdoors and in greenhouses.

A leaf tranformed into what looks like a fishing net by japanese beetle dietary habits
Absolutely rubbish gardening
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Please note, we do not carry, nor do we recommend, pheromone traps. Studies have found that the pheromone traps attract more beetles to your yard from surrounding areas, and they often settle down on their favorite plants before they even reach the trap.

An invisible man marries an invisible woman.
The kids were nothing to look at either.

Grab-N-Go Container Gardens

Bright and colorful Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets are in need of good homes!  Stop on out and adopt a few for your yard, patio or deck!

Six More Things to Ponder

1. The older you get, the better you realize you were.
2. Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
3. Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.
4. If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?
5. If work is so terrific, how come they have to pay you to do it?
6. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

Art in the Garden – Vendor Information

This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.

To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, we will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)

To register, please either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.  If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event.  Please include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Please send your check to:

America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

This is an art and craft fair!  We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.

Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, draping, displays, products and booth security. Art in the Garden will take place inside our main greenhouses. In the event of rain, some of our plastic roofs may leak. YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PLASTIC DRAPING to cover your items/booth if rain is forecast. This is a rain or shine event.

Please dress accordingly. On sunny days the greenhouses can become quite warm by mid-day. Shoes and shirts MUST be worn at all times.

We have two booth sizes. The single booth is 6 ft. long. The double booth is 12 ft. long. ALL BOOTHS ARE APPROXIMATELY 6 ft. DEEP. A very limited number of 6 ft. long steel mesh top tables are available if you need a display table. Tables are on a first come first serve basis and you are responsible for covering the steel mesh top. Your display and products MUST fit within your designated area. After unloading your vehicle, it must be moved to the designated parking area for vendors.

Please call 222-2269 or e-mail either me at, or Betty Bless at with your booth size choice NO LATER than August 18th, 2016. Your registration fee will be required to reserve your booth no later than August 25th. If we have not received your fee by then your booth space will not be held.

Upon request we will provide vendors with flyers for advertising.  Please stop at our greenhouse and pick up a supply to post in appropriate places. Please be sure you receive permission before posting them.

Items deemed inappropriate by our management to sell in a family atmosphere will be and can be excluded at any time. There is NO SMOKING or firearms allowed on our property.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.

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.

“This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate two eggs,
but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.”

Gracie Allen

Upcoming Events

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 photo session. All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society!

Wed, Jul 27
Essential Oils Intro Class

6-7pm Pre-registration required
Learn to support your healthy body systems naturally using oils of the garden!

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

Sat, Sep 17
Rose Winterization Class

9:30am – 10:30am

Our Kitchen

By: Bev

We always have such a good time when we get together with Jim’s cousins.  They live all over the country so when they descend on Madison, the time together is precious, the tales shared entertaining, the talk lively and the food delicious.  Just last week Jim and I were lucky to spend an evening with this delightful group.  Dinner was a tantalizing offering of so many beautiful vegetables along side pesto-marinated grilled chicken, which there actually isn’t a recipe for.  Just marinate boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a generous amount of your favorite pesto for a couple of hours and grill. But the surprise of the evening was when we were treated to the last serving of Blueberry Buckle that cousin Larry had made for breakfast.  My my my my my my my my my.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Larry’s Blueberry Buckle

  • 2 c flour
  • 2 t b powder
  • ¼ c butter
  • ¾ c sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ c milk
  • 2 c blueberries
  • ¼ c butter
  • ½ c sugar
  • 1/3 c flour
  • ½ – 1 t cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray 8” springform pan generous with Pam.  Dust with flour.  (Larry sprayed a shot glass and put in center of pan to insure the buckle would bake evenly in the center.  This is optional)

Mix flour and baking powder together

Beat butter and sugar together in a stand mixer until fluffy, add egg.

Add flour mixture and milk alternately. Mixing to combine well.

Toss berries with a couple of tablespoons flour.  Fold into batter.  Pour into prepared pan.  Set aside.

Combine topping ingredients using a fork to make a crumbly mixture.  Sprinkle over batter.

Bake one hour.  Test center with a toothpick.  If not done, bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

When the cake is cool, run a knife around the edges to remove from pan.