Hello Edward,

My mom and dad told me the only way I’d be able to go for a walk was if I wore boots to keep my feet warm and dry, a sweater to keep my body warm and sunglasses to protect my eyes from the bright glare of the sun and snow.

What?! I’m no sissy! I’m a strong and healthy ancestor of the wolf family!

I pouted and pouted, but they wouldn’t budge and I really, really wanted to go for a walk, so, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? 

I ALLOWED them to put the boots, the sweater and the sunglasses on me and out we went for a nice winters’ day walk and, wow, it was terrific! 

Gosh, I can’t wait to put my gear on and go again…ahhh, I guess my mom and dad were right…this time!

Let’s keep this just between us, ok?


How do you care for your houseplants during the winter months?
The holidays are over. Time to settle back into normalcy, whatever that is, right?! Maybe you purchased a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, Norfolk pine or one of our frosty ferns to add to your holiday décor. Now the challenge is keeping it happy!
Believe it or not, even the poinsettia can be kept as a houseplant. If you were in either of our stores, Cottage Grove or Edgerton, over the holidays you probably saw our huge poinsettias. Our Grower, Spike, kept poinsettias we didn’t sell from Christmas 2016, potted them up into large containers and grew them all summer. The result was four foot tall and equally as wide poinsettias for this Christmas!
Now I’m sure most of you don’t want poinsettias that big. Some may not want them at all
after the holidays. However, assuming most people want all of their plants to thrive, here are some tips to keep your houseplants healthy and happy this winter. Read more…
 What did one ocean say to the other?

Nothing. It just waved.

Say “I Love You” 
Tell your Someone Special, 
“I Love You”, with fresh flowers this Valentine’s Day! If you are thinking more in the line of blooming plants or dish gardens, we carry those, too. Add on a box of chocolates, balloons or a stuffed animal to show your Valentine how special they are to you.

Place your orders early to ensure delivery on Valentine’s Day. Call us at either of our America’s Best Flowers locations:

Cottage Grove: 608 222-2269
Delivers to Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deerfield, Cambridge, Marshall, DeForest, Madison, Monona, McFarland, Fitchburg, Middleton and Waunakee.

Edgerton: 608 884-8120 
Delivers to Edgerton, Milton, Stoughton, Deerfield and Cambridge


Want a great houseplant?
Our hanging fern baskets are just $10.00!

Wisconsin Garden Expo
FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018
fri: 12-8pm | sat: 9am-6pm | sun: 10am-4pm
Exhibition Hall, Alliant Energy Center | Madison, Wisconsin

Garden Expo is presented by Wisconsin Public Television and UW-Extension-Horticulture as a fundraiser for Wisconsin Public Television.

You can purchase your tickets here

What do you call two guys hanging on a window?

Kurt and Rod.

Enchanted, Whimsical and full of Wonder…
The twinkle in their eyes and the excitement in their voices will be a memory to treasure.

In 2018, we are introducing a magical party package for your little ones’ birthday party or social-get-together. 

We supply all the materials they will need to create a miniature fairy garden plus we clean up the mess!

For more details or questions e-mail 
Upcoming Events 2018- Mark your Calendars!!!

2018 will be full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!
Make your own floral arrangement 
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 1pm-3pm
Cost $30.00
Create a springtime arrangement of daisies, carnations and alstroemeria in a mason jar vase to brighten up your winter days.
Paint-A-Pallet Party!
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1pm-3pm
Cost $35.00 (one side) 
          $50.00 (both sides)

It’s time to unleash your creativity as you paint your way through this workshop.
You don’t have to be an artist to attend this fun and creative event; you just have to hold a paint brush and have some fun! 

You will be creating a decorative pallet you can add to your Valentine decor. If you choose to paint both sides, the other side will be something you can use for Spring! 
Make a Terrarium Garden
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1pm-3pm

Choose from a selection of terrariums as you design your miniature world.

A variety of miniature plants and accessories will be available. Price will depend on materials chosen for your terrarium.
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

Walleye Chowder

Since I’m off to the northwoods to do some ice fishing for a few days, I thought 
I would share an old favorite walleye chowder recipe.  This will work with any fish, 
but it is really good with walleye. 
Spike Carothers 

Ingredients: (4 servings)
8  slices thick sliced bacon  
1  large onion, chopped  
1  stalk celery, chopped  
1/4  cup flour  
2  medium potatoes, peeled and diced large  
1/2  cup white wine  
2  cups fish stock or chicken stock  
2  cups milk  
1/2  green pepper, chopped  
1/2  red pepper, chopped  
1  cup frozen corn  
1  bay leaf  
salt to taste
pepper to taste
2  lbs deboned walleye fillet, diced large, same size as potatoes  


In a large saucepan, saute bacon until crisp. 
Remove, drain, crumble bacon. Set aside. 

Leave about one tablespoon of bacon fat in pan and remove the rest.
Add celery and onion to pan.
Saute until tender.
Sprinkle with flour, stirring constantly.
Cook 3 minutes.
Add potatoes, stock, wine and bay leaf.
Simmer until potatoes are barely soft.
Add all remaining ingredients.
Cook until the walleye is just tender.
Do not overcook.
Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the top and serve.

“I’m a wolf, goshdarnit!”