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Newsletter 33 – Thursday, August 17, 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 54


I had such a fun vacation with my mom and dad!  We went on lots of walks, played lots of ball,  sometimes we slept in late and we kinda ate what we wanted, when we wanted.  Pretty great, huh? Then one day my mom, with what looked like a twinkle in her eye, said she had to go shopping for something special, but she wouldn’t tell me what it was.  Soooo, I’m thinking ‘Hmmm, she’s up to something!’My dad winked at her and wished her good luck when she walked out the door. ‘Hey, that’s not fair.’  I said to my dad.  ‘Am I or am I not a part of this family?  How come…’‘Oh poor Lady, you’re just going to have to be patient here. Now let’s go out and play some ball.’  Boom!  That’s all I needed to hear! Eventually, my mom came home and called me and my dad in the house and ‘lo and behold…this is what I saw.’
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Not 1, but 2 brand new beds! ‘Lady, you’ve inherited every bed you have here and we thought it was time to change that.  Now it’s up to you to decide which one of these beds you want to keep.’Wow!  I get to decide? How cool is that?  So, I went from one to the other, back and forth and, well, I’m thinking they both fit me.  How can I decide?Then it hit me, if I play this right maybe just maybe, well, ya’ll know where I’m going with this, right?
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Yep, I got to keep them both!I tell ya, I feel like a princess in my own little castle of love.~LadyP.S. Thanks everyone for the wonderful and touching feedback regarding Lady’s story.  Lady will be touching base with you all every now and then as I gradually retire from the greenhouse.  Feel free to drop us a line at’s Mom, Shirley



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Are you ready for this?  ALL of our beautiful water fountains are 40% OFF!What better way to relieve stress at the end of the day then to unwind to the soothing sound of soft flowing water while relaxing in your yard, patio or deck area.Water fountains help to drown out annoying background noise like traffic or barking dogs which enable you to unwind in a more peaceful and quiet atmosphere.Several sizes of water fountains are available, from table top fountains to larger fountains that will nestle nicely in any area of your yard.
Q: Why are there no knock, knock jokes about America?

A: Because freedom rings!

40% OFF Garden Stakes (And other Garden Goodies)


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Hey, what’s your garden style?  Is it whimsical or rustic or somewhere in between? Well, we have all styles of garden stakes and a variety of garden decor that will look great in any garden!If your Christmas shopping list is looming in the back of your mind now might be a great time to get a jump start, save money (40% OFF) and avoid the holiday shopping rush.Spinner garden stakes are excluded from this offer.  This 40% sale does not apply to previous purchases.
Q: Have you heard about the new restaurant called Karma?

A: There’s no menu; you get what you deserve.

40% OFF ALL Square Pot Perennials


All remaining square-pot perennials are on sale and at these prices you can’t go wrong.Now is the perfect time to get back into those perennial beds and give them a fresh look. And what do you know, we just happen to have some very nice perennial plants that are looking for their forever home at 40% OFF the original price!There are still lots to choose from! We have creeping phlox, marsh marigold, compass plant, hops, sedum, allium, columbine, Jack-in-the-pulpit, sweet pea vine, monkshood, and shooting star.
A man was walking down the street and saw a sign in a store window that said

“Help Wanted,”

so the man ran in the store and yelled out,

“What’s wrong?!”

4″ Herbs BUY-1-GET-1 FREE


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Besides the fact that it’s so easy to grow your own herbs, it’s just way cool to walk out your back door and snip a little rosemary, thyme, oregano or basil (and the list goes on) for your fabulous recipes.Why not add a few fresh herbs to your vegetables and main dish the next time you fire up the grill?  In fact, one of this week’s recipes is for Rosemary Potatoes for grilling.  It’s an easy way to add some fun and flavor to your summer menu.Stop out and take advantage of our BUY-1-HERB-GET-1-HERB FREE offer.
If number two pencils are so popular why are they still number two?

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!
Q: Why did the tofu cross the road?

A: To prove he wasn’t chicken.

Art in the Garden Craft Fair Vendor Information


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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 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.

Beautiful Fresh Flowers


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It only takes a phone call and we can create a beautiful bouquet of flowers for delivery or pick up.  It’s as easy as that!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 or our Edgerton location at 608-884-8120 or 1-888-287-1411 or keep in mind that flower, plant and container selection may vary between our locations.
Fred: “Why do elephants wear red nail polish?”

Bob: “I don’t know, why?”

Fred: “To hide in cherry trees.”

Bob: “But I’ve never seen an elephant in a cherry tree.”

Fred: “See, it works.”

Upcoming Events


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!
Scarecrow Weekends
Sat, Oct 14 – Sun, Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bring the family and build your own scarecrow!

Our Kitchen – By Shirley


It only seemed appropriate that since we are having a BUY-1-GET-1-FREE HERB offer this week that we include 2 easy and tasty recipes that include several types of herbs.  Several of us at the greenhouse have made and very much enjoyed these recipes.  We hope you will too!

Sizzling Summer Treat: Rosemary New Potatoes


By Barbara AnninoServes 4Rosemary is one of the most versatile herbs. Not only does it punch up potatoes, it also can freshen your breath and shine your hair. For most dishes, I use this potent herb sparingly, but on the grill, I always add a generous amount, as the leaves may slip through the grate.
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• 1/4 cup fresh rosemary• 1/4 cup olive oil• 1 teaspoon garlic powder• Fresh pepper• 20 small, whole new potatoes• Skewers



Mix first four ingredients and toss with potatoes. Skewer potatoes and grill for 25 minutes, turning occasionally and basting with olive oil mixture.Goes great with steak, fish and chicken.

Why not jazz up some butter with a few magical herbs and enjoy it on chicken and fish.

Herb Butter


• 2 sticks sweet unsalted butter• 1/2 cup fresh herb leaves (tarragon and flat-leaf parsley)• 1/2 small garlic clove (finely minced)• 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice• Kosher salt and pepper



Bring butter to room temperature and mix ingredients until evenly distributed.Brush on oven baked or grilled chicken and fish.