Art in the Garden this Saturday!

Newsletter 37 – Thursday, September 14, 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 36

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Aaron Rodgers has been my hero for a looong time, but I gotta tell ya this!  After the game against Seattle, well, I moved him up to idol status!Sure, our team got beat up a bit. Aaron got sacked and intercepted, but they all pulled together and the good guys WON!  What a team, what a team!But, ya know what really clinched the idol status for my buddy Aaron? It was the gut busting truck commercial with his dog Rigsbee!A laughing man and his laughing dog by his side…I get all mushy inside just thinking about the two of them!~Lady

Art in the Garden

Saturday, Sept 16, 9am-3pm

Art has the power to change your perspective, stimulate your mind, and uplift your spirit. With so many different kinds of art, it’s just a matter of finding something that personally speaks to you.Americas’ Best Flowers invites you to go on a personal journey THIS Saturday to find the art form that speaks to you!Our 8th annual Art in the Garden event in the greenhouse is this Saturday from 9-3! Over 30 artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their hand-made crafts; including textiles, woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting and more!This is a wonderful opportunity to decorate your home, find a gift for a friend, or get a jump on Christmas shopping. You’ll also meet talented artists, and get the satisfaction of supporting local art and knowing that your piece is one-of-a-kind. Don’t forget to bring a friend or the whole family!It’s a great opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!By the way, several of our staff members will be participating in our Art in the Garden event this Saturday.  Be sure to stop by and see;

  • Heidi's gang of hand-made sock monkeys,
  • Sharon's beautiful and unique hand-made jewelry,
  • Margaret's wonderful aromatherapy products and hand-made jewelry, and
  • Thelma's beautiful works of art from the garden.

We are sorry, no dogs are allowed at our Art in the Garden Event. 

September to Remember Sales!

All Perennials – 40% OFFAll Trees & Shrubs – 50% OFFAll Stepping Stones & Fairy Garden Accessories – 40% OFFAll 5" Annuals – BUY-1-GET-1 FREE
Man with a beard 100 years ago: “OK, I’ll go chop down some trees.”

Man with a beard now: “I found a great face mask that’s gluten-free.”

All Perennials – 40% OFF

Plants have feelings, too, you know!  Our perennials are longing for a forever home. For incentive, we've reduced the adoption fee for all of our perennials by 40%.  It is our hope that this will encourage many of you to open your hearts and gardens to our beautiful and, yes, homeless perennials.They promise to be quiet and respectful for the coming months ahead, but lookout next spring, summer, and fall 'cause after a winters rest these perennial are planning a big time celebration in your garden!  They'll be so happy in their forever home that these celebrations will continue for years to come!Autumn's cooler temperatures are easier on both plants and gardeners alike.  Take advantage of this sale now to allow your plants more time to become established before winter.  Stop out soon to get the best selection available!There will be no warranty on plants purchased at 40% off or more.
At a Plastic-Surgery-Addicts-Anonymous meeting:

“Ah, I see we have a few new faces here today.”

All Trees & Shrubs – 50% OFF

All remaining trees and shrubs are 50% OFF.  If you've been  contemplating making some changes to your landscaping now is a  very economical time to do just that.There will be no warranty on trees and shrub purchased at 50% off or more.
I’m not happy with this and I’d like to exchange it please.

Come again? That’s your bank statement Mr Dibbley!

I said exchange it!!

All Stepping Stones & Fairy Garden Accessories – 40% OFF

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Step right up and choose the perfect stepping stones for everyone on your holiday shopping list (including yourself.)  We have a variety of designs and themes available from sweet to sentimental to welcoming to maybe not so welcoming such as 'Cats Beware! A Dog Lives Here.'
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Then check out our fairy garden accessories.  All of our wee cottages, tiny people, teensy pets and miniature landscaping items are all 40% OFF this week.  No kidding!  At this price you could create an entire wee village!  It's a chance to create your very own small world or a FANTASTIC opportunity to give the gift of imagination to an adult, child or a senior in your life. This sale is on hard goods only, it does not include miniature plants.
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles,

It empties today of its strength.”

All 5″ Annuals – BUY-1-GET-1 FREE

Do your container gardens or flower beds need a bit of freshening up?  Well, we just happen to have the perfect opportunity for you to do just that AND stay within your budget.  All of our very healthy and robust 5" annual containers are BUY-1-GET-1 FREEChoose from moss roses, hip hop, white and lavender alyssum, flowering vinca, scaevola and more. Foliage plants in 5" containers are excluded from this offer.
Judge: “Why did you steal the car?”

Man: “I had to get to work.”

Judge: “Why didn’t you take the bus?”

Man: I don’t have a driver’s license for the bus.

Multicolor Mums

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Want mums, but not sure which colors would go well together? Then multicolor mums are just for you! They consist of different colored mums in one pot, making them a great option whether you’re feeling indecisive or just looking for something different. The color combinations are complimentary, vibrant, and really pop. Their uniqueness and beauty will surely make them stand out in your neighborhood.
“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.”

Gina Carey

Amazing Pottery – 40% OFF

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Oh, you are so going to want to take advantage of us on this deal!  We have a beautiful selection of pottery that we have recently reduced the price of by a whopping 40%!!  Fine pottery can transform a few plants in a pot into a decorative show-piece, accenting the beauty of nature with a touch of class. It really can make all the difference, so come and check out these works of art at a pleasantly discounted price.This specially reduced pottery is located in Greenhouse #7 which is located to the right of the main greenhouse.

Floral Rentals

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Are you planning a wedding or event? Relax, we have you covered!With our floral design team at the helm, the wedding you envisioned can come true! We have a wide selection of rental items that will be sure to take your vision to reality. From vases to rustic pots filled with rosemary and everything in between. We have partnered with the Fields Reserve in Stoughton and together we can create the wedding and event of your dreams. If you are looking for a rustic romantic feel, set in a picturesque Midwest setting then we can certainly help you achieve your visions. We can design a woodland ambiance for your event with lush plants and decorative elements that add that special touch. If you are looking for a more simple, down to earth style filled with cozy and comfort, we can do that too! Our rental items can really set the stage for your weddings such as wooden crates, log pedestals, and a variety of vases to match your style and that's just the tip of the iceberg. You don't have to buy a hundred vases and costly props to get that picture Pinterest look, we are here for you!Give our Floral Design team a call and set up your free consultation, show us your Pinterest boards and let's start having fun planning the wedding of your dreams!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.
A pencil maker told the pencil, five important lessons just before putting it in the box:

Everything you do will always leave a mark.

You can always correct the mistakes you make.

What is important is what is inside of you.

In life, you’ll undergo painful sharpening, which will only make you better

To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.

America’s Best Flowers Fundraiser Program for Non-Profit Organizations!

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Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?  America’s Best Flowers’ fundraising program begins this fall on October 1 and runs through April 1, 2018.  We have designed it to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks, you can earn substantial money for your group. What else makes our fundraiser so special?1.    Your group gets 25% of the total value of the America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell!2.    Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and our Edgerton locations!3.    America’s Best Flowers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!Offer your customer that perfect gift to give for the holidays or any occasion.  To help promote your fundraising efforts be sure to advertise that an America’s Best Flowers gift card may be used to purchase items for the coming holiday season.  We will have beautiful poinsettias, Christmas trees, decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths, holiday hanging baskets, Grab and Go Porch Pots, and much more for your holiday decorating needs.  Many non-profit groups have told us that America’s Best Flowers’ gift cards almost sell themselves!”How do you get started?  One way is to take orders for our gift cards.  Your customers make payment directly to your group.  Submit your completed order to us and we will process it.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total order will be due when you pick up your gift cards.  Another way is to purchase, in bulk, several different denominations of gift cards to sell at your organization’s activities.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total is due when you pick up your bulk order.  Some groups do it both ways! All holiday orders must be placed with us on or before Monday, December 11.  The cards will be available for you to pick up in a few days time.  Your orders may be submitted weekly, or all at one time.  If you need a gift card after December 18 just give us a call and we will make arrangements with you.Learn more about our fundraising program by visiting our website or emailing Shirley at

Dividing and Planting Perennials

If you have a perennial flower bed, you know what a joy it can be to see all your favorites in full-bloom during the course of the growing season. It’s hard to top the gorgeous, fragrant beauty of peonies in the early summer, the delicate, feathery blooms of Astilbe or the palettes of leaf colors and textures of literally hundreds of Coral Bells (Heucheras).In your perennial garden, at times you’ve probably also noticed that some of these plants simply grow themselves into non-flowering clumps of leaves or worse, simply crowd themselves out. Plants like Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), Daylilies (Hemerocallis) and Irises really depend upon division for their flowering survival. If they are not dug and divided every few years, they stop flowering.Please go to our BLOG for complete details on dividing and planting your precious perennials.

Upcoming Events

Art In the Garden Craft Fair
Sat, Sep 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Talented local artists display and sell their unique items among flowers and foliage! Crafts include a variety of styles and mediums, providing a nice selection to choose from. This is a great way to get a jump on holiday shopping!
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!
Scarecrow Weekends
Sat, Oct 21 – Sun, Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bring the family and build your own scarecrow!
Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take
Sat, Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Make your place festive with a colorful container brimming with fragrant greens and sparkly accents. Drop in and you’ll get assistance on selection and design and browse glittery botanicals to accent fresh, local evergreen boughs.Then bring it all together with a creation to complement your front door for the holidays and well into winter.

Our Kitchen – By Margaret

We've received quite a few comments regarding ''a taste of memories from the old "Bush" cookbook, so we thought we'd share another one of these wonderful recipes.  The Garden Tomato Salad recipe seemed like a perfect one for this time of year. If you would like to order Volume 1 or Volume 2 of Catherine Tripalin Murray cookbooks please just Google 'a taste of memories from the old "Bush".   

Garden Tomato Salad

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• 4 large vine-ripened tomatoes• 1 medium onion, sliced thinly• 4-5 fresh sweet basil leaves, chopped• 1 medium sprig of parsley, chopped• 1/4 t. dried oregano• 1/4 cup olive oil• Salt and pepper to taste


Slice tomatoes into thin wedges. Add onions, basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Toss in a large salad bowl until all spices are well mixed. Add oil and toss again. Serves 4 or 5.