Miniature Christmas Garden Make & Take this Sunday!

Newsletter 41 – Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!


Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-6
Sat & Sun 9-5
Closed for Thanksgiving

Edgerton location open

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 18

My mom no more than got back from her road trip and off my dad went with his guy friends for a few days of fun!   I tell ya, it was a revolving door around here for a while.  Finally, things are getting back to normal at our house.

We’ve been really busy the last 3 days planning a feast for later in the week.  My mom and dad have been trying to explain to me what this celebration is all about.  My mom tells me it’s about ‘being thankful for family and friends.’  My dad nods his head and adds, ‘good health, living in this wonderful country, and, of course, our humongous turkey’ and on and on they go.

Then they stopped, looked at me and added ‘And, Lady we’re thankful you’re a member of this family.’

And my response was, ‘Gosh, I’m really thankful to be…hey, wait a minute! Back up the truck here, Dad!  Did I hear turkey? We’re gonna have turkey?  I love turkey!  Oh my, it’s been such a looong time since I’ve had turkey!  Mmmm, I can almost taste it…’

Or Happy Tofurkey Day for you vegans out there!

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Oops! Then I noticed the look on my mom and dad’s face, man, did I blow it or what!  I tried to explain that ‘turkey’ is my ‘lose control of my emotions’ food word!  And ya know what happened?  They both started laughing!  They sat down next to me and explained.  ‘It’s ok, Lady!  Ya see, we have our ‘lose control of emotions’ food word, too!  Your mom’s is potato chips and mine is fried cake donuts. So, I guess this is one more piece of evidence that you definitely belong in this family!’

From our happy house to all of you, Happy Turkey Day!


Fresh Thanksgiving Floral Centerpieces

Could one of these beautiful fresh and festive centerpieces be THE final touch for your Thanksgiving Day table?  These are available at our Cottage Grove location and more designs are available at our Edgerton location.

If you are not hosting this year what better way to say ‘Thank You’ to your host than with a fresh centerpiece!

Q: Why do pilgrims’ pants fall down?
A: Because their belts are on their hats.

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees!

Our display of christmas trees

Fresh Christmas Trees

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Ho, Ho, Ho, our fresh cut Christmas trees have arrived.  Again this year we will have Wisconsin grown Canaan Fir which is a Fraser/Balsam mix.

Did you know that it is tradition in many households to decorate the Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving?  And that, my friends, is what America’s Best Flowers is all about…family and tradition!    So, get those boxes of holiday decorations out of the attic and basement and let the fun begin!

And while you’re here, how about doing a little more shopping and save $ during our FIRST EVER Black Friday Weekend Sale?

Black Friday Weekend Sales!!

Avoid the crazy crowds at the big box stores and shop local this Black Friday weekend for three days of great savings!

Friday, Nov. 25th – Sunday, Nov. 27th

Birdbaths and Bird Feeders – 25% to 60% Off!
Succulent Creation Planters – 50% Off!
Glazed Ceramic Pottery – 40% Off!
Fall Bulbs – 60% Off

You’ll save money, enjoy a relaxed environment, and feel good knowing that you’re supporting a locally-owned business. Don’t forget that it’s Small Business Saturday, so be sure to visit other small businesses to support our local economy.

Daddy did you know that girls are smarter than boys?
No, I didn’t know that.
There you go.

Christmas Miniature Garden
Make and Take

Sunday, Nov 27,
10-noon or 1-3 pm

Create your own festive holiday piece

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Think small and inside the holiday pot this Sunday, at our Christmas Miniature Garden Make and Take.  Create your very own miniature holiday fairy garden just as you’ve seen in the glossy home and garden magazines!

Many different figures and ornaments to use

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Captivating, Christmas miniatures, little gazing balls, candy canes, snowmen, elves, Christmas gnomes, Christmas angels, tiny bird baths, petite fairies, stepping stones, 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 your own pot or purchase one here. Soil is free, and design assistance is always available!

All miniature garden 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.

You’re welcome to come anytime

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A boy breaks an old vase at a rich uncle‘s house. The uncle gets extremely angry and yells: “Do you even know how old the vase was? It was from the 17th century!”
The boy sagged in relief: “Oh good, then it wasn’t new.”

Gorgeous Poinsettias

Our Edgerton location has been busy growing beautiful poinsettias for the coming holiday season.  The warm temperatures we had this fall were perfect for growing big lush plants.  Stop by our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location this weekend and pick some up for your family, friends and, of course for yourself!

Christmas Open House

Dec 3rd, 9-3

You’re invited to our special Christmas celebration. Come for the free kids activities and stay for free treats and refreshments!

11-1 Picture with Santa
10-1 Face Painting
10-1 Felt Ornament Make & Take (ages 3-5)
10-1 Bead Ornament Make & Take (ages 6+)
9-3   Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take

While you’re here, check out our poinsettias, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, Amaryllis and Paperwhites, fresh wreaths, bundled boughs, roping and more!

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

George Burns

Don’t Fret…

Festive Holiday Porch Pots

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If you missed our first Holiday Porch Pot Workshop!  There is another Holiday Porch Pot Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, from 9-3!

Choose from branches of birch and curly willow, and simple or glittery lotus pods, berries, pine cones, ornaments, ribbons, and bows!! With so many colors, shapes, and textures, there are endless combinations to be made.

Bring empty container(s) from home or purchase your favorite from us. All accessories must be purchased at America’s Best. 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.

Bringing gloves and pruning shears is encouraged, and pre-registrations are appreciated. 608-222-2269


Stop in anytime between 10 and 3, Monday through Friday, to make your own porch pot creation. Assistance will be limited outside of the workshop weekend hours, but you’re welcome to assemble and arrange in our workspace.

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!

We also have some pre-made containers, or for an extra fee, we can create custom porch pots made to order.

All you need is love.
But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles M. Schulz

Holiday Wreath Workshop

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!  Pre-registration is appreciated 608- 222-2269.

If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

Flip Wilson

Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items

Grab n’ Go Porch Pots

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  • Decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths made locally. 
  • Roping, 25’ and 50′ lengths (Perfect for your holiday decorating.)
  • Bundled greens, assorted greens in 3 pound bundles. (More freshness for your holiday decorating.)
  • Bulk amaryllis
  • Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus, and (both decorated and undecorated) Norfolk Island Pine trees in small, medium and large sizes. 
  • Grab-n-Go Holiday Porch Pots
  • Holiday Hanging baskets
  • Red twig dogwood and Miscanthus Plumes

It’s so easy to Purchase an America’s Best Flowers Gift Card!

Holidays are both wonderful and hectic.  What to get is always the question.  All gardeners love to receive gift cards from America’s Best Flowers.  In an effort to relieve a bit of your shopping angst we have three ways for you to purchase gift cards. 

Just stop in at either of our locations and we will process your America’s Best Flowers gift card(s) in as little as five minutes. 


Call us and we’ll take your gift card order(s) over the phone.  We will then either mail the gift card(s) or we will have it/them all ready for you to swing by the greenhouse and pick up. 


Go to our website, 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!

Holiday Community Events

During this holiday season please remember to shop local and support the local businesses that make our community great! This year we are excited to be a part of some great holiday events.

We have been a proud member of Dane Buy Local, a non-profit organization that helps promote small businesses in the Dane County area. They are running their Shift Your Shopping campaign. It’s a call to local residents to shift your holiday spending money to local business first. Make sure to stop in here and enter your name in the raffle drawing now through Dec 31st. There are some fabulous prizes to be won!

Did you know that we have been a longtime member of The Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce? And this year we are participating in Christmas in the Grove.

Be sure to come out and see us in the parade Friday night Dec. 2nd at 7:00 (starting from 1855 Saloon), and then stop in at our greenhouse Dec. 3rd for our Christmas Open House.

For more information and details on these events please visit our social media pages. We support other local businesses in the area and we urge you to do the same this holiday season.

Upcoming Events

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.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

Here’s an easy appetizer for the holidays! There are many recipes like this one out there, though they are often called puff pastry pinwheels, and it seems so easy to assemble. Other recipes use fresh herbs like parsley or basil, pesto, lemon zest, or different cheeses. Feel free to play with the ingredients, but this one seems solidly delicious, straight from Pepperidge Farm’s Puff Pastry website. I might swap out garlic powder for minced garlic. Muenster cheese…. mmmmm…..

Spinach Cheese Swirls

Spinach Cheese Swirls

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup shredded Muenster cheese or mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 green onion, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/7 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 package of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
  • 1 package (about 10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F.  Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.
  2. Stir the Muenster cheese, Parmesan cheese, onion and garlic powder in a medium bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface.  Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface.  Brush the pastry sheet with the egg mixture.  Top with the cheese mixture and spinach.  Starting at a short side, roll up like a jelly roll. Cut into about 20 (1/2-inch) slices.  Place the slices, cut-side down, onto 2 baking sheets.  Brush the slices with the egg mixture.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.
  5. Remove the pastries from the baking sheets and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.