Learn How to Invite Butterflies to Your Garden

Newsletter 32 – Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cottage Grove location hours

Mon-Fri 9-6
Sat 9-5
Sun 10-5

Edgerton location open hours

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 53

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Hey guys and gals, I’m on vacation this week. Talk to ya when I get back!~Lady

Butterfly Gardening Class

Saturday, Aug. 12, 11-12 pm

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Have you ever wondered which plants butterflies find irresistible? Well, now you can find out! Come learn how to attract butterflies to the garden with the plants they love.Master gardener and butterfly enthusiast, Diane, will share which plants, including trees and grasses, will entice butterflies to window boxes, planters, gardens, and yards. You'll benefit from Diane's years of experience, and learn everything you need to create a haven for these beautiful and majestic creatures.Pre-registrations appreciated 608-222-2269.

JUST IN! – Petite Orchids

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Aren't these orchids just adorable?! These perfectly petite plants provide a graceful burst of color for any space, big or small. And they're so easy to care for, only needing to be watered about once a week. A great gift for a college student, friend, or colleague; they're sure to brighten anyone's day!
What do we want?

Low flying airplane noises!

When do we want them?


All Bond Garden Tools – 40% OFF

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Make fall clean-up easier with some brand spankin' new garden tools! Bond is a brand known for quality and these tools are sure to make gardening more enjoyable. There's a tool for every job including a drain spade, hoe, shovel, telescopic cultivator, telescopic shrub rake, and bow & springback rakes. The telescopic feature of some is especially handy for easy storage.These tools are built to last, so take advantage of this great sale!
What time does Sean Connery go to Wimbledon?


Annual Ornamental Grasses in Jumbo Pots BUY-1-GET-1 FREE

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It's time to start thinking fall, and we're kicking it off with a great deal. Ornamental grasses are perfect for the seasonal transition, adding a lush, textured dimension to the landscape. With stunning foliage and dramatic plumes, they complement other fall beauties such as mums and pansies.Choose from Purple Fountain, Fireworks, Cherry Sparkler, Javelin Rush, or Firefox Sedge. 

All Kinetic Spinners – 30% OFF

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Add movement and whimsy to your yard with graceful kinetic spinners! These works of art are playful, yet sophisticated and provide endless hours of wind-powered joy. You won't find a better price on these, so treat yourself or gift it to someone special.
Sometimes I tuck my knees into my chest and lean forward.

That’s just how I roll.

All Dragon Wing Begonias BUY-1-GET-1 FREE

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Stock up on this tough and beautiful annual to carry you through the summer. Pink or red flowers and glossy foliage add a tropical flair with minimal care for sun or shade. They can withstand a little drought, so if you're planning that last vacation of the summer and not sure if the neighbor kid will stay on top of the watering… these are for you!Sale includes all pots, baskets, and containers.
A man walks into a library and orders fish and chips.

The librarian says, “This is a library.”

The man says, “Oh. Sorry.”

(Then in a whisper) “I’d like some fish and chips.”

Fall Kale, Cabbage, & Swiss Chard

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Fall vegetable plants are ready! Make the most of the fresh food season and plant them either in the garden or containers. These crops have beautiful foliage, so they double as ornamentals!We have Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage, Dinosaur Kale, Blue Curled Scotch Kale, and Red Russian Kale available in 4-packs, and Bright Lights Swiss Chard, and Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard available in 4" pots.

Check out our Gardening Blog

You know how our wonderful staff always provides valuable information when you're in the store? Well, now you can access some of this information online!We've been working hard behind-the-scenes to compile our best advice for your gardening success, and now you can start reaping the benefits. Our blog can be found here or on our website under "About Us" and then "Blog." You can access informational articles on a wide range of gardening topics. There are also lists of plants that we carry, either grouped by their uses, or a list of all the varieties of a plant we carry, with some characteristics of each.It's a great start, but we're continuing to work on it, so check back periodically to see what's new. Let us remain your go-to source of information both in store and now online!
An old man went to the Doctor complaining that his wife could barely hear. The Doctor suggested a test to find out the extent of the problem. “Stand far behind her and ask her a question, and then slowly move up and see how far away you are when she first responds.”

The old man, excited to finally be working on a solution for the problem, runs home and sees his wife preparing supper. "Honey?” the man asks, standing around 20 feet away “What’s for supper?”

After receiving no response, he tried it again 15 feet away, and again no response. Then again at 10 feet away, and again no response.

Finally, he was 5 feet away “Honey, what’s for supper?”

She replies “For the fourth time, it’s lasagna!”

Art in the Garden Craft Fair Vendor Information

This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 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, you can 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.  Be sure to include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. 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 call 222-2269 or e-mail me, Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com with your booth size choice NO LATER than Friday, August 25th, 2017. Your registration fee will be required to reserve your booth no later than Wednesday, August 30th.  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.Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.
Knock Knock.

Who’s There?


To Who?

It’s To Whom.

Beautiful Fresh Flowers

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If your family is like mine, August and September are busy months because it seems like everyone has a birthday. What better gift for a birthday than a bouquet? Everyone enjoys flowers. Yes, even men!As always, if you're ordering flowers for someone and not quite sure what type to order for a person or occasion, our floral experts will be happy to assist you.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 or www.edgertonfloralandgarden.com.Please keep in mind that flower, plant and container selection may vary between our locations.
“C’mon, Ma, you have got to try it” I pleaded to my elderly mother.

I don’t know how my mother lasted this long without ever using the internet, but enough was enough! I thought.

“Ok.” she said reluctantly, settling down by the computer and slowly putting on her reading glasses “What do I do now?”

“Now I’m going to open the home page of Google.” I explained. “Ok, here it is! Now type in ANY question you want into the bar over here and you will find an answer to your question.” I confidently assured her.

My mother looked at me warily, thought for a second, and slowly began to type:

How is Gertrude doing this morning?

Upcoming Events

Butterfly Gardening Class
Sat, Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rose Winterization Class
Sat, Sep 9 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Learn how to create a spring bulb garden
Sat, Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Art In the Garden Craft Fair
Sat, Sep 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Create a Bonsai plant with the help of our expert
Sat, Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Scarecrow Weekends
Sat, Oct 7 – Sun, Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bring the family and build your own scarecrow!

Our Kitchen – By Lauren

I'm always looking for healthy dishes that are very simple. Simple ingredients; simple preparation. This Thai inspired dish fit the bill and was perfect for a summer lunch. The cilantro and lime are refreshing and light, yet the noodles and peanut butter make it quite satisfying.This is the kind of recipe where you can really play with the ingredients and make it your own. I think next time I'll try adding edamame beans.

Soba Noodle Salad

Adapted from vegetariantimes.com
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• 6 oz. low-sodium soba noodles• 1/2 cup peanut butter• 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar• 1 Tbs. agave nectar or maple syrup (I used honey)• 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger• 2 tsp. soy sauce• 1 clove garlic, peeled• 1 Tbs. lime juice• 1 tsp. fresh lime zest• 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided• 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced (1 1/2 cups)• 1 small red bell pepper, sliced (1 cup)• 1 large carrot, grated (1/2 cup)• 2 Tbs. chopped peanuts, optional (but delicious!)


1. Cook noodles in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain, and rinse under cold running water.2. Purée peanut butter, vinegar, agave nectar, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, and ¼ cup cilantro in blender or food processor until smooth and creamy, adding 2 to 3 Tbs. warm water to thin, if necessary.3. Toss together noodles, cucumber, bell pepper, carrot, and peanut butter mixture. Garnish with remaining cilantro and chopped peanuts, if using.