Freshen up Your Holidays at One Last Workshop

Newsletter 43 – Thursday, December 8, 2016


Cottage Grove location open

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

Sunday, December 11 both locations will be closed at 4:00pm for private events.

Edgerton location open

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

Sunday, December 11 both locations will be closed at 4:00pm for private events.

Lady’s Story – Chapter 20

Previously on Lady’s Story

"…did you have to put it right in front of the couch…?"

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They did it!  They really did it!  My mom and dad put a tree in our house!  This is too much, I tell ya.  Waaay too much!  I can’t handle it.  I just can’t handle it.  I know…a nap, that’s what I need.  A nice relaxing, stress free nap.

"I guess we can all share the floor, then."

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The world always looks better after a little shut eye, don’t you agree?


Holiday Centerpiece Make and Take

Sunday Dec 11, 9am-3pm

A tasteful arrangement of candles and a christmas wreath

Making the Turkey jealous

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Join us on Sunday and create a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table!  Start by adding fresh greens to florist’s foam to create your base.  Choose from our assortment of picks for a seasonal accent.  For that classic look simply add a candle.

The Centerpiece Workshop is our last workshop for 2016.

‘Words of wisdom from the late Andy Rooney’

I’ve learned…
‘That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.’
I’ve learned…
‘That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.’

Fresh Cut Flowers & Holiday Centerpieces

Fresh cut flowers, floral arrangements, centerpieces, and gift items are all now available at our Cottage Grove Floral Shop.  We create new centerpiece designs on a regular basis.

Q: How do you know Santa has to be a man?
A: No woman would wear the same outfit year after year.

Our Gift Giving Solution for You!

Gardeners love to receive gift cards from America’s Best Flowers ANYTIME of the year!  If you have a gardener on your holiday gift list let us make your shopping as easy as one, two or three. 


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. 


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. 

It’s as easy as that!

Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has
never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.

Gorgeous Poinsettias

Our Edgerton location has been busy growing beautiful poinsettias for the coming holiday season and we have several sizes available. 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 Decorating

I wanted our street to have the prettiest decorations in the neighborhood, so I strung lit colored balls from house to house, all the way down the block. I did all the electrical wiring myself.

If you’d like further information, just drive down Moorpark Street in North Hollywood. We’re the third pile of ashes from the corner.

Bob Hope

Your Christmas Tree is Waiting for You!

Our beautiful fresh cut Christmas trees are Wisconsin grown Canaan Firs which are a Fraser/Balsam mix.

Choose the perfect tree for your family and we’ll give it a ‘fresh cut’ and load it onto your vehicle and tie it down.

Fresh Wreaths

We have both decorated and undecorated wreaths available in a variety of sizes.

Custom order wreaths are also available for an extra fee.  Just give us a call at 608-222-2269 and we’ll have it ready for you to pick up in two days time.


While you’re here picking out your Christmas tree take a look at our new variety of Christmas ornaments.  All of these sweet little critters pictured below are ornaments from our Woodland Christmas tree.  They are very light weight and will snuggle nicely in your tree.

Give your Christmas tree a fresh look with a few new ornaments from America’s Best Flowers.

Q. What happened when the snowwoman got angry at the snowman?
A. She gave him the cold shoulder.

Succulent Creation Planters

Our collection of Succulent Creation Planters are now priced between 

$17.49-$19.99.  Choose from many lovely combinations of succulents in a variety of container styles.

Succulents are very low maintenance plants.  They make great gifts for people who forget to water their plants on a regular basis.  Succulents need about six hours of light a day, so placing them by a window with a southern exposure during the winter months is important.

Succulent Shoes

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Succulents not in Shoes

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Christmas Wish

When a father asked his little boy what he wanted for Christmas, the boy replied, “A baby sister.”

As it turned out, the wife was pregnant, and delivered on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day she brought home a brand new baby sister for their son.

The next year, when the father asked his little boy what he wanted for Christmas, the boy said, “If it wouldn’t make mommy too uncomfortable, I’d like a pony.”

It’s Never Too Late!

Your Holiday Porch Pot Before…

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Your Holiday Porch Pot After!

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If you were unable to attend one of our Holiday Porch Pot Workshops and would still like to make one you still can!  Stop out at our Cottage Grove location anytime between 10 and 3, Sunday through Saturday and create a festive Holiday Porch Pot for yourself or for someone special on your gift list! 

Choose from branches of birch and curly willow, fresh, fragrant evergreens, 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 for your porch pot.

Bringing gloves and pruning shears is encouraged.

Assistance will be limited, 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.

Grandma’s Christmas Strategy

One Christmas, a mother decided she was no longer going to remind her kids to send thank you notes. Consequently, the kids’ grandmother never received any thanks for the Christmas checks she sent to the kids.

The very next Christmas, all the kids stopped by in person to thank their grandmother for their checks.

When asked by a friend what caused this change in behavior, the grandmother replied, “Simple. This year I didn’t sign the checks.”

Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items

Grab n’ Go Porch Pots

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  • 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

Why was the toilet paper rolling down the mountain?
To get to the bottom.

Feed the Birds this Winter!

You can make it a happy, hardy, and healthy season for our feathered friends.  We have gift boxed hanging Holiday Birdie Wreaths, from Pine Tree Farms.  This featured wreath will serve up a feast of black oil sunflower, peanuts, colored safflower, and red millet. Stop in and stock up your bird pantry for the winter.

These would make great gifts for the bird watcher in your life!

Support Your Local Businesses

During this holiday season please remember to shop local and support the local businesses that make our community great!.

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!

Upcoming Events

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 a cute idea for a holiday treat that kids help make. They can help shape into balls, dip in chocolate, and decorate. Few ingredients and simple steps make for a fun project on a cold, wintry day. Plus, they’re so darn cute!

This recipe comes from Kraft’s website.

Melting Snowmen Cookie Balls

Melting Snowmen Cookie Balls

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 24 peanut butter sandwich cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 3 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S White Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted
  • 48 Mini OREO Bite Size Cookies
  • 2 Tbsp. decorating icing

1. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.

2. Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls; place in single layer in shallow pan. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in chocolate; place in shallow waxed paper-lined pan, allowing excess chocolate to pool at bottom of each ball. Decorate with remaining ingredients to resemble snowmen.

3. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Keep refrigerated.

How to Easily Dip Balls

To easily coat balls with the melted chocolate, add balls, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate. Use 2 forks to roll balls in chocolate until evenly coated. Remove balls with forks, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Place balls in prepared pan; let stand until firm.


Sprinkle cookie balls with colored sugar or sprinkles instead of decorating with the Mini OREO Cookies and decorating icing.