Summer Savings are Heating Up!

Newsletter 24 – Thursday, July 28, 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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 2

"Phew! That was an emotional roller coaster."
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Usually, my mom comes home from work smelling like country air and flowers, but a few days ago she come home smelling like wet dog.  And I don’t mean just ONE wet dog!  There was a smorgasbord of dog scents on her.  I sniffed her from head to tail (ok, so not to tail, but you know what I mean, right?)

My new mom was seeing other dogs!  I looked at my dad and well, I…I just collapsed on the floor.  My dad came over to me and asked, ‘Lady, what’s wrong?  Are you ok?’  My mom knelt down and asked the same question.

What is wrong with them?  Couldn’t they see my heart was breaking?

Suddenly, my dad looked at my mom and said, ‘Phew!  You smell like wet dog.’

‘Oh Lady! I get it now,’ my mom said, ‘I wasn’t out playing with other dogs.  We had a dog wash at the greenhouse to help our local humane society.  The money that was donated will help dogs, cats, and all kinds of other creatures who don’t have a nice safe and FOREVER home like you have with us. All that money will buy food and medicine for them.’

What?!  I’m the only dog after all?!  Let it be known that Lady (of the previously broken heart) is whole again!

Due to the rain and lightning on Saturday afternoon we had to shut the event down early, but we did get to bathe 55 dogs.  The total amount that was raised for the Dane County Humane Society from the bath, nail trim and photos was $1260.

America’s Best Flowers would like to thank Kaley, from Deer-Grove Veterinary Clinic; Ivan, from Talbot Photography and all the wonderful volunteers from the DCHS that participated in our fundraiser this year!  Also, thanks to the people who donated canned food and towels to the DCHS.

See all you dirty dogs again next year!

I used to be in a band, we were called ‘lost dog’.
You probably saw our posters.

Featured Plants
Held over for another week of
spectacular savings!

Butterfly Bush

‘Black Knight’ Butterfly Bush

If you like bursts of color, visits from hummingbirds and butterflies then the Butterfly Bush would make a perfect addition to your yard.

They are fast growers and low maintenance, which makes life easier for any gardener.  Sit back, relax, and watch as a soft breeze gently and gracefully sways the stems and the lengthy colorful flowers to and fro.

‘Petite Purple’ Butterfly Bush
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Our Butterfly Bushes are now buy one get one FREE!  What?!  No kidding!  Purchase one Butterfly Bush at $9.99 get another $9.99 Butterfly Bush ABSOLUTELY FREE!

We have Royal Red, Petite Purple, Bi-Color and Black Knight for you to choose from.  Hurry on out so that you get the color(s) you want!

What a great time to freshen up your backyard, deck and patio with nature’s beauty!

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

The only time incorrectly isn’t spelled incorrectly is when it’s spelled incorrectly.

Scaevola Hanging Baskets

Scaevola Baskets
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This sweet annual, with purple flowers and deep green foliage loves heat and is drought tolerant, but does need watering, of course!  The Scaevola works well in a mixed container or all by its lovely self in a hanging basket.  And there is no need to deadhead it.

Every single beautiful 10” Scaevola hanging basket, normally 24.99, are now just $10.00! Yes, you read it correctly!  Come on out and load up your vehicle(s) with a bounty of Scaevola hanging baskets.

What a great time to freshen up your backyard, deck and patio with nature’s beauty!

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

All Water Plants – 35% Off

This week all of our water plants are 35% off!  The greenhouse rumor is that they are absolutely beautiful and lush.  If you are looking for lovely Variegated Sweet Flag, Water Orchid, Rain Lily, Canna Lily (orange, yellow or pink) or Blue Spiral Rush, then America’s Best Flowers is the place you want to visit.


We’re betting you can’t wait to see what’s up our gardening sleeve for next week!  Here’s a hint.  It’s a special treat for Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday, August 6.

Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small
donation towards the local swimming pool.
I gave him a glass of water.

Grab-N-Go Container Gardens
Hanging Baskets

There are colors galore waiting for you at our greenhouse!  Bright and colorful Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets will freshen up your yard, patio or deck in a snap!

Iris Divide & Swap Event

Saturday, August 13th
11-12 noon

Save this date, along with your iris plants!  Bring in your iris clumps and learn how to check for iris borer and how to correctly divide your iris.   After the dividing is done exchange your iris divisions with other attendees!  

I childproofed the house…but they still get in!

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 contact either Marty Robbins or Betty Bless at 608-222-2269 or email Marty or Betty at with any questions you may have.  Reservations, along with your booth size choice, must be received NO LATER than Thursday, 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.

We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.

I told my friend that she drew her eyebrows on too high.
She looked surprised.

America’s Best Flowers 2016 Flea Market Schedule and Information

Sept 17 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 15 Saturday Flea Market (Indoors) 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

For Flea Market vendor participation we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00.  After you have your space set up on the morning of the flea market, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card.

Each vendor will be allowed two parking spaces, which equals one booth, to display their wares.  More vendor space is available for an additional $10.00 for each parking space.  Additional space must be requested at the time of the initial registration.  Each vendor is limited to only one $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card regardless of the number of parking spaces (booths).  The flea market will be located in our huge blacktop parking lot.  Rain or shine!

Set up time begins at 8am.  The starting bell for the flea market is 9am and it ends at 3pm.  Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, awnings, chairs, etc.  For safety purposes all vendor vehicles must be parked in a separate area and will not be allowed in the market area until after 3pm.  Space is limited.  Don’t wait to register!

We will have a specific area set up to test electrical items.

To register please send us a check for the number of booths you would like to reserve.  In the memo section of your check please put ‘Flea Market’.  Also, include a short note stating the specific flea market date(s), the number of booths you are registering for, a telephone number and/or email address for contact purposes.  Our mailing address is:

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

There are a few restrictions on what may be brought to our flea markets. They are as follows:

  • No firearms or ammunition,
  • No live animals,
  • No flowers and/or plants,
  • No alcohol or tobacco is allowed on America’s Best Flowers’ property.

If you are interested in joining us contact Shirley at or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 6

Customer Appreciation Day!
Sat, Aug 13

Iris Divide & Swap

11am-12pm Swap your iris divisions with fellow gardeners! Bring in your iris clumps, and everyone will divide, check for iris borer, and exchange some of their divisions for divisions brought in by other attendees.

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

Sat, Sep 17 – Sun, Oct 16

Scarecrow Days

Bring family and friends out to build one-of-a-kind scarecrow(s). Sept 17th-Oct 16th, M-F 10-4:30/ Sat-Sun 10-4

Pizza will make your clothes shrink.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

I’m not one to let food go to waste, so I try to make use of whatever is in the fridge. Sometimes the recipe is good and becomes a keeper! Other times… not so much. Here’s a recipe that is neat in its simplicity, but very delicious.

I enjoy toasted pita and hummus, and I usually keep both in the fridge for a nice snack. One time, I had some left-over marinara sauce that I didn’t know what to do with and when I looked in the fridge for what I could possibly pair with it, I saw some pita bread and had an “Ah-ha!” moment. Pita pizza! I put some mozzarella, broccoli and mushrooms on top and voila! A delicious, personal-size pizza! Use whole wheat pita bread and it becomes a healthy snack!

Pita Pizza

  • 1 pita loaf
  • 2 T marinara sauce
  • Some shredded mozzarella cheese (or whatever cheese you have)
  • Top with whatever you want

1. Spoon marinara sauce onto pita, sprinkle cheese on top, and add toppings.

2. Place in pizza oven, or regular oven at 400°, for about 5-7 mins.

[I make the same thing with tortillas instead of pita bread. I also prefer pizza sauce instead of marinara sauce, but use whatever you like! ~Alex, Editor]