Come Make a Holiday Porch Pot with Us!

Newsletter 39 – Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-6
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 17

(Ocassional Light Snoring)

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Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, Nov 19-20, 9-3pm

Festive Holiday Porch Pots

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Our first holiday workshop of the season will have you feeling merry and bright! Use your creativity to make a stunning container of fresh, fragrant evergreens and sparkly accents to cheer up your space and wow your guests. Porch pots don’t need water or fertilizer to remain beautiful in the cold, and they’re fun to assemble.

Bring in your empty container(s) from home or purchase containers from us. With a minimum $10 purchase per container, you get free sand, and our talented porch pot experts will guide you through the design process as you arrange. You get to choose a bundle of assorted fresh greens and add whichever accessories you would like to make it fabulous. We have a wide selection of accessories to choose from, including glittery botanicals and sparkly accents of all shapes and colors. All accessories must be purchased on site.

Bringing gloves and pruning shears is encouraged, and pre-registrations are appreciated. 222-2269


We attempted to photograph this porch pot, but encountered difficulties when we got trapped inside it

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If you can’t make it to one of our weekend workshops just stop out to the greenhouse Monday through Friday, any time between 10 and 3 to make your own porch pot creation. Please keep in mind that assistance will be limited outside of the workshop weekend hours.

Have a group of girlfriends with a free afternoon? Book a private group session to create holiday porch pots with one of our design professionals! It’s a great way to spend time with friends, get crafty, and share the fun. Call us at 608-222-2269 to book a time!

Why is it that when you transport something by car, it’s called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it’s called cargo?

Fresh Thanksgiving Floral Centerpieces

Heart of Fall Centerpiece – 49.99

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Autumn Gathering Centerpiece – 64.99

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Order your fresh floral centerpiece today for a beautiful Thanksgiving table! A centerpiece is that extra touch to really make your guests feel welcomed and special. Not hosting this year? Gift a centerpiece to your host for a heartfelt and memorable ‘Thank you.’

Choose from either the Heart of Fall bouquet or the Autumn Gathering candle centerpiece, designed by our talented florist staff at our Edgerton location. Please note actual arrangements may vary from pictures shown, according to availability.

Call 608-222-2269 to order now through November 19th. By pre-ordering, you’ll be ready to simply pick up your centerpiece from our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location at a time that works for you. For an additional fee, we’ll deliver to Cottage Grove or the eastside of Madison, with 48 hours advance notice.

Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

Christmas Cactus are Here!

Christmas cactus are in and just about to burst with blooms! They’re sure to get you in the holiday spirit with their bright, vibrant colors and fresh green stems. Available in three sizes, these make a great hostess gift, and will last through Christmas!

Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

Jolly Days Ahead…

Those jingle bells are ringing in our ears! We now have fresh wreaths in various sizes, and our Christmas trees are scheduled to arrive next week (call ahead to be sure.) We have amaryllis bulbs, paperwhite bulbs, and all sorts of new indoor houseplants for gifts. Soon we will be having workshops often, as well as our Christmas Open House Dec. 3rd. There’s a lot going on here so stop by and check in often!

Ever wonder about people who pay $2 for a bottle of Evian water?

Just spell "Evian" backwards!

Bulbs– 30% Off

Narcissus Jonquilla ‘Bell Song’

This is the ideal time to plant bulbs! Plant them now until the ground freezes to reap the rewards next year. We have plenty of classic spring bloomers and great garlic varieties to choose from.

Bulbs are so easy to plant! Dig a hole, drop them in, add fertilizer for bulbs or mulch for garlic, and water. That’s it!! With such little effort and a low price, it’s a small investment for a great return of enjoyment for years to come. The sooner you get these bulbs, the more time they’ll have to get a little established before winter, so hurry in while supplies last!

Darwin Hybrid Tulip ‘Golden Apeldoorn’

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We could have been here sooner

An elderly couple were killed in an accident and found themselves being given a tour of heaven by Saint Peter. "Here is your oceanside condo, over there are the tennis courts, swimming pool, and two golf courses. If you need any refreshments, just stop by any of the many bars located throughout the area."

"Heck, Gloria," the old man hissed when Saint Peter walked off, "we could have been here ten years ago if you hadn’t heard about all that stupid oat bran, wheat germ, and low-fat diets!"

Thanksgiving Pumpkins – 50% Off!

Celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest with pumpkins this Thanksgiving! They make lovely decorations for all of your festivities. Sale does not include pie pumpkins or gourds. Hurry out while supplies last!

90% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs

Perennials, trees, and shrubs are 90% off!! Selection is very limited, but there are many perfectly good plants available. Come pick up as many as you can before they’re all gone!

This offer excludes mums and asters and is not valid on previous purchases or custom orders.  There is no warranty on plants purchased at special savings of 40% off or more.

A man visits his aunt in the nursing home. It turns out that she is taking a nap, so he just sits down in a chair in her room, flips through a few magazines, and munches on some peanuts sitting in a bowl on the table.

Eventually, the aunt wakes up, and her nephew realizes he’s absentmindedly finished the entire bowl. "I’m so sorry, auntie, I’ve eaten all of your peanuts!"

"That’s okay, dearie," the aunt replied. "After I’ve sucked the chocolate off, I don’t care for them anyway."

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?  America’s Best Flowers’ fundraising program begins this fall on October 1 and runs through April 1, 2017.  We have designed it to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group. 

What else makes our fundraiser so special?

1.    Your group gets 25% of the total value of the America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell!

2.    Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and our Edgerton locations!

3.    America’s Best Flowers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!

Offer your customer that perfect gift to give for the holidays or any occasion.  To help promote your fundraising efforts be sure to advertise that an America’s Best Flowers gift card may be used to purchase items for the coming holiday season.  We will have beautiful poinsettias, Christmas trees, decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths, holiday hanging baskets, Grab and Go Porch Pots, and much more for your holiday decorating needs.  Many non-profit groups have told us that “America’s Best Flowers’ gift cards almost sell themselves!”

How do you get started?

Learn more about our fundraising program by visiting our website or emailing Shirley at

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

We’re getting closer!

We just got shelves painted and mounted in the cooler! We’re getting closer and closer to having floral bouquets, fresh cut flowers, and fresh centerpieces at our Cottage Grove location. Please pardon our mess as we remodel. We’re hoping to have our floral shop up and running by the holidays!

In the meantime, our Edgerton location can provide beautiful arrangements that we can deliver from Cottage Grove with a little advance notice. Give them a call at 888-287-1411.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Nov 19 – Sun, Nov 20

Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Nov 27

Christmas Miniature Garden Make & Take

10am to Noon or 1pm to 3pm Create an indoor miniature winter wonderland. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sat, Dec 3 – Sun, Dec 4

Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sat, Dec 3

Christmas Open House

9am-3pm Holiday celebration! Free kids activities! Free treats and refreshments!

  • Picture with Santa 11am-1pm
  • Face Painting 10am-1pm
  • Felt Ornament Make & Take (ages 3-5) 10am-1pm
  • Bead Ornament Make & Take (ages 6+) 10am-1pm
Sun, Dec 4

Holiday Wreath Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a holiday wreath that will cheerfully welcome all holiday guests. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Dec 11

Holiday Centerpiece Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create that finishing touch for your holiday table with a festive holiday centerpiece! Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Why do they call it "chili" if it’s hot?

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

I’ve never been a big chili fan, but my equally-good-other-half made some chili last week that I just love! I got the recipe from my aunt Tina a while ago. It’s vegetarian, but don’t let that keep you from trying it. It’s full of flavor and has plenty of protein and vegetables so it’s satisfying and you feel good after eating it. It’s on the edge of too spicy for me, but it may have been because he used beans that were already spiced for chili. I can’t say for sure though, because it was the first time trying this recipe. We’ll definitely be making it again!

Bean and Veggie Chili

* For extra spice, add 6 dashes of Tabasco sauce and 1 finely diced jalapeno pepper.
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 28 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 14 oz. can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 14 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups water

In a 6 quart pot, in the olive oil, sauté the celery, onion, green pepper, carrot, zucchini, and mushrooms over medium heat for 10 minutes until tender. Add all the seasoning and spices and continue to sauté for 5 minutes more. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and all the beans. Simmer for one hour on low heat. Add water as needed if the chili becomes too thick. Adjust the seasonings and cayenne to your taste as the chili cooks.