Happy Fathers Day!

Newsletter 24 – Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cottage Grove location open hours

Mon-Fri 9-7
Sat – 9-6
Sun 10-6

Edgerton location open hours

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 46

Before my visit with Elicia…tufters galore! Click for Larger Image
My first clue that it was getting close to a visit with Elicia at the spa was when my mom and dad started teasing me about my tufters.  They’re poofy patches of fur that stick out from my normal beautifully smooth fur.  My mom and dad pluck gobs of them off me.  Hey, don’t panic, it doesn’t hurt at all, in fact, it feels kinda good to get plucked.  They brush me too, but they don’t do as good a job as Elicia does.  (Shhh, please don’t tell them I said that, I wouldn’t want them to feel inadequate, ya know what I’m saying?)My second and final clue was when my mom said that I smelled like a dog!  WHAT?!  What the heck is that supposed to mean?  I am a dog and that’s what I’m supposed to smell like.  Good gravy, mom, you’re not making any sense here.  (Obviously, I kept these thoughts to myself.)Soon we were off to see Elicia.  I had a bath, a warm blow dry, a real good brushing that got rid of my tufters, a sassy nail trim, and ear cleaning.  Not sure about the ear cleaning thing ‘cause I can hear just fine, but, whatever, I trust Elicia.Now my mom is planning something special for us to do for my dad for Father’s Day!  I asked my mom what the plan was and ya know what she had the audacity to say to me?  ‘Lady, I can’t tell you because you, my sweet girl, can’t keep a secret!’What’?!  What the heck does that mean…I can’t keep a secret.  I’m hurt!  I’m so hurt!Well, that’s just FINE!  Whatever the PLAN is this much I know…I’ll be looking good, feeling cool, and smelling good for my dad on Father’s Day and I owe it all to my friend, Elicia!
And after my visit with Elicia…not a tufter to be found! Click for Larger Image
~Lady4 Mutts Pet Spa, 214 W. Cottage Grove Rd, Cottage Grove, WI
Shop (608) 839-61641 Cell (608) 977-2915 / elicia@4muttspet.com

All Trees are 40% OFF this Week!

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Whitespire Birch Trees Click for Larger Image
Get them while it’s hot!  All of our trees are 40% off!  Yes, you heard it right!  Not 10% off, not 20% off, not 30%, but a whopping 40% off!Choose from apple, cherry, pear, maple, crabapple, magnolia, birch trees, and other varieties while supplies last!Now is a great time to go out on a limb and add a tree or two or three or more to your landscape.  Stop out soon to get the best selection available.

Happy Father’s Day!

This is a shout out to all you wonderful Dads out there!  Stop in to enjoy some ice cream over Father’s Day weekend at our Cottage Grove location.  We’ll have Schoep’s vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate swirl and strawberry swirl ice cream all ready for you and the whole family!

Plant a Pizza Garden for Dad Make and Take

Sunday, June 18, 11am-1pm

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Bring Dad out this coming Sunday and create a pizza garden together that he’ll be able to enjoy in the coming months.  We have tomatoes, peppers, onions and basil for a future pizza that the entire family can enjoy. What a fun and delish family project! 

Perennial of the Week – Shasta Daisy Becky

June is Perennial Month at America’s Best Flowers!

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Add white to your garden with the Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’.  This sweet perennial loves full sun and moist but well-drained soil.  Deadhead regularly and this eye catching prolific 3-4 foot tall hardy perennial daisy will flower from midsummer to early fall.  Use these white flowers, with yellow centers, all by themselves in a fresh cut flower arrangement or blended with other fresh cut flowers.Butterflies are attracted to Becky, so be prepared for an increase of fluttering beauties to your yard.Our featured perennial, Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’ is twenty percent off this week.
When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed.

I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly.

He cut the legs off the bed.
Lou Brock

Father’s Day Gift Idea

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Forget the necktie and the golf balls for Dad this year.  Why not give Dad an America’s Best Flowers Gift Card and turn him loose at one of our greenhouses?  He’ll be able to choose from a multitude of items such as trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, plants, yard art, birdbaths and the list goes on and on.Keep in mind, whether Dad browses by himself or if the entire family comes out, we’ll have Schoep’s ice cream for all of you this weekend.

Somewhat Organic Soap

Somewhat Organic Gardener's Scrub Bar SoapGardener’s Scrub Bar Soap
Somewhat Organic Lemongrass Bar SoapLemongrass Bar Soap
Somewhat Organic Citrus Hand SoapCitrus Hand Soap Click for Larger Image
Now when you visit our greenhouse, you can get dirty in the soil AND get what you need to clean up! We are carrying a line of high quality soaps that not only smell fantastic but are also 85% organic and vegan! They are 4 oz and contain essential oils and extracts that nourish your skin and enhance your mood so that you actually feel better when you’re finished using it.We have some useful blends such as Gardener’s Scrub (for deep cleaning) and Camping (which contains essential oils that repel bugs)! We also carry a wide variety of the classics including, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose Hips & Orange, Thyme & Cloves, Tea Tree, and Gentle Baby.Our assortment of 8.3 oz foaming hand soaps include; Unscented, Cloves, Citrus, Almond and Gardeners Scrub.The package says it’s only “somewhat” organic “because the soap making process uses lye, a non-organic ingredient which prevents any bar of soap from being 100% organic.” So this is as good as soap gets!Now is a great time to stock up 'cause this week it's:BUY 3 BARS OF SOAP – GET ONE FREEORBUY 3 FOAMING SOAPS – GET ONE FREE
The most important thing in the world is family and love.John Wooden

We can help with the decorating!

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Get-togethers with family and friends are always a blast, but, hey, let’s not kid ourselves here…it is a whole lot of work.We can’t help with the potato salad and such, but we sure can help with decorating your yard, patio, or deck!Stop by and choose from a variety of our Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets to add that final touch to your entertainment area.
Magician Jake: What does your father do for a living?

Matt: He’s a magician. He performs tricks, like sawing people in half.

Jake: Do you have any brothers or sisters?

Matt: Yep, four half-sisters and a half-brother.

Fresh Flower Delivery

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Why not just out-of-the-blue, red, green, or pink, brighten someone’s day with a delivery of a fresh floral arrangement?To order flowers or plants for delivery, for any occasion, just contact us at either our Cottage Grove location at 608-222-2269 or www.americasbestflowers.net or our Edgerton location at 608-884-8120 or 1-888-287-1411 orwww.edgertonfloralandgarden.com.Please keep in mind that flower and plant selection may vary between our locations.

Employment Opportunity

America's Best Flowers has an immediate opening for an experienced Perennial Manager.This person must have a broad knowledge of a variety of perennials, trees and shrubs which includes the basic care and maintenance required for our Wisconsin environment.  Duties include but are not limited to assisting retail customers, taking care of greenhouse inventory, unloading and properly documenting plant shipments. Schedules fluctuate on a weekly basis thus week days and weekends are required. This is a forty hour per-week position. Physical stamina is a must.  This position requires you to be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and to work in all weather conditions. If you are interested in this position, please email Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com or call 608-222-2269.

Upcoming Events

Father’s Day – FREE Schoeps ice cream for Dad and the whole family!
Sun, Jun 18
Customer Appreciation Day!
Sat, Jun 24
7th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society
Sat, Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bring your wonderfully dirty dogs to our garden spa for a bath, nail trim, and a poochie portrait. All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society!
Native Plant Class
Sat, Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn about native plants and how to care for them. An expert will share tips and answer questions at this informative and fun class.
Butterfly Gardening Class
Sat, Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

Last Sunday, my bosses had Chinese food for lunch.  It was one of those meals for so many people that came with some extras.  One of those extras was a waxed paper bag filled with six hot crunchy crab rangoons.  Lucky for me, they neither one like them and since I was right there – well, let's just say they didn't stay in that little bag very long.The creamy texture and sweet flavor of the crab meat in the filling reminded me of this recipe.  Quick to make, this dip is a tremendous crowd pleaser.Hope you enjoy!

Crab Rangoon Dip

• 2 cups crab meat (Two 6-oz cans fancy crab meat)• 16 oz cream cheese (2 blocks)• 1/2 cup sour cream• 4 green onions, chopped fine• 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce• 2 Tbsp powdered sugar• 1/2 tsp garlic powder• 1/2 tsp lemon juice


1. First, soften the cream cheese in the microwave for about a minute.2. Chop your green onions. Add them and your two cups of crab meat.3. Add the sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, powdered sugar, garlic powder and lemon juice.4. Mix all the ingredients and bake in glass casserole for 30 min at 350 degrees. Serve hot with crackers, chips, or fried or baked wantons.