Visit us at the Garden Expo!
Newsletter 6 – Thursday, February 9, 2017
|• Lady’s Story – Chapter 28• What’s the first sign of spring?• Visit us this weekend at the 2017 Midwest Garden Expo• Valentines Day Flowers!• America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program• We have seeds…lots and lots of seeds!• Tulips Galore!• Employment Opportunities• Upcoming Events for 2017• Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Cake• Recipe: Frosting|
Cottage Grove location open Hours
|Mon-Sat 9-5Closed Sunday|
Edgerton location open Hours
|Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30Sat 8:30-5:00Sun 9-4|
Lady’s Story – Chapter 28
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|My mom and dad were telling me about this Valentines Day thingy. They told me that it’s a day that people do something really nice to celebrate the love they have for special people and that a certain dog, (yep, that be me!) was going to be included in this celebration! So, guess what! We’re gonna have a Valentines Day party!Yeah, I love parties!But I’m kinda confused…since I celebrate EVERYDAY I’m with my mom and dad I wonder, do we really need to have a party?What?! Wait a minute here! Duh, who in their right mind would pass up a party?Wow, that was a close one! Thank goodness I came to my senses!~Lady|
What’s the first sign of spring?
|It’s the 2017 Midwest Garden Expo, of course! February 10th to February 12th. Come on out to the Exhibition Hall, inside the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, and see what’s new for the 2017 gardening season.Our large and colorful booth is located just inside the entrance across from the Wisconsin Public Television booth. As always, our experienced staff will be there to answer all your gardening questions.|
|They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.Bil Keane|
Visit us this weekend at the 2017 Midwest Garden Expo
February 10, 11 & 12
Come out and see us at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. We’ll have a wide selection of vegetable and flower seeds, bulbs, blooming cyclamen and primula, garden supplies and much, much more.
| Q: What is a ram’s favorite song on February 14th?|
A: I only have eyes for ewe!
Valentines Day Flowers!
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|Valentines Day usually involves giving someone in your life either flowers or candy! America’s Best Flowers would like to offer our expertise with beautiful fresh flowers. Our talented staff can create a breathtaking bouquet of fresh roses, or carnations, or tulips or a wonderful combination of freshness and beauty as shown in the picture above.Another option we offer is decorating a favorite potted plant for Valentines Day! Wouldn’t a kalanchoe, a jasmine plant on a trellis, or an anthurium look sweet with a Valentine Days theme? Or if you would prefer a hanging basket we’ll add a few red Valentine pics to a spider plant or Boston fern hanging basket and voila…it is now a wonderful Valentines Day gift!|
|Another benefit to giving flowers or plants rather than candy for Valentines Day is…no calories are involved!Stop by either our Cottage Grove location or our Edgerton location to personally pick out and pick up your Valentines Day flowers or plant.To order your Valentines Day flower or plant for delivery, just contact us ahead of time at either our Cottage Grove location at 608-222-2269 or www.americasbestflowers.net.OrOur Edgerton location at 608-884-8120 or 1-888-287-1411 or www.edgertonfloralandgarden.com.|
| Trivia About Kissing:An average person spends two weeks of his or her life kissing.|
Two out of every three couples turn their heads to the right when they kiss.
It is thought that men who kiss their wives every morning before going to work live 5 years longer than men who don’t.
A real kiss may quicken the pulse to 100 beats in a minute.
America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program
|Spring 2017 is right around the corner! People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers. What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program and earn funds for your local charities, mission trips, school equipment, school uniforms, etc.America’s Best Flowers would like to help you succeed with your fundraising efforts! Our SPRING fundraising program runs through April 3, 2017. We have designed this program to be quick, easy, and profitable. In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group by selling America’s Best Flowers gift cards.What else makes our fundraising program so fabulous?|
|After a quarrel, a wife said to her husband, “You know, I was a fool when I married you.” And the husband replied, “Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn’t notice it.”|
We have seeds…lots and lots of seeds!
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|It’s never too early to start planning for this season’s garden. If you are planning a vegetable, herb or flower garden, bring your seed list out to either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location. We have a huge selection of Livingston seeds for you to choose from.|
|All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.Charles M. Schulz|
|Currently starring at America’s Best Flowers floral shops are a variety of fresh cut tulips and what says spring better than tulips? Stop on by and pick up a bouquet, or two, or even three for a fragrant breath of spring!|
| Today is Valentine’s Day – or, as men like to call it,|
Extortion Day!Jay Leno
|Are you looking for a short-term seasonal job? Do you enjoy people, flowers and dirt? If so, we may have the perfect job for you. We are looking for a few good people to perform retail, customer service and cashier duties. Plant knowledge is preferred for these positions.These job opportunities would be from approximately mid-April thru mid-June. We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week. The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 40 hours. Other job duties could consist of stocking and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, corralling run away shopping carts.Another position available is for a Greenhouse Production Associate. The Greenhouse Production Associate is responsible for all aspects of plant maintenance including but not limited to: watering, moving, shipping, and disposing of all plants while maintaining the quality standards of America’s Best Flowers. Physical stamina is necessary for this position.We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week. This is a 40 hour per week position.If you are interested in either of these employment opportunities please email Marty Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Betty Bless at email@example.com.|
| ‘I married the first man I ever kissed.|
When I tell my children that, they just about throw up.’Barbara Bush
Upcoming Events for 2017
|It’s going to be another busy season for us at America’s Best Flowers.Our indoor Community Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 15 this spring.We’re going to have 15 container workshops this year along with several different types of gardening classes. Our hope is that we have a little something for everyone. We’ll have more details about our 2017 events in future newsletters.|
|As promised last week, here is a super easy, moist and delicious cake to make for your Valentine. Serve it with your favorite vanilla ice cream topped with a spoonful of cherry preserves for an impressive dessert. A great end for the meal that starts with the London Broil recipe in last week’s newsletter.|
Chocolate Cherry Cake
|• 1 dark chocolate cake mix|
|• 2 eggs|
|• 1 can cherry pie filling|
|• 1 t. almond flavoring|
|Preheat oven to 350.Mix all together with your electric mixer in a large mixing bowl.Spread in an 11 x 15 pan and bake for 20 minutes.Allow to cool.|
|• 1 C sugar|
|• 1/3 C milk|
|• 1/3 C butter|
|• 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips|
|Mix sugar, milk and butter in a 2 quart saucepan. Heat until bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips.Continue stirring frosting in pan until cooled. Plan for 8 -10 minutes or so. (You can set bottom of pan in 2″ cool water to speed this part up)Frost cake and enjoy!Note – brown sugar can be substituted for white if desired|