Hello Edward,
The ordeal of Sally’s broken paw has finally come to an end! Sally had x-rays on May 18th and Dr. Zilker found that, while there was healing and progress there, Sally still had not healed completely. Unfortunately, she had to put her paw back in bandaging for 2 more weeks and allow the paw to heal longer.

But, on May 31st, Sally went back for more x-rays. It has been two very long months, but Sally’s paw has finally been given its freedom! No more splint, no more bandages, just that scrawny little paw without much fur, throwing caution to the wind! But it’s beautiful, just like she is!

The report from Mom is that Sally is licking that paw like there’s no tomorrow, making up for lost time I guess. She’s used that paw to scratch her ear, something she hasn’t been able to do for herself in 8 weeks! Imagine that!

She’s slowly starting to put some weight on it. I’m guessing it will take a while for her to get used to walking on 4 paws again. Mom says she gets in all sorts of mischief (she’s very curious) and I’m betting that’s not going to improve with an extra paw to walk on!

Good news is, that despite the long road of recovery, she had a lot of love and support along the way. We all miss her here at the greenhouse, but know that she is well-loved and cared for at Mom’s house. I think Sally would agree, getting hurt wasn’t so bad, given the outcome.

Why did the mosquito go to the dentist?

To improve his bite! 


Have you ever really looked at the flowers of the Milkweed plant? You know, that “weed” that everyone pulls out of their yards and gardens, the one that you used to see growing everywhere – on the roadside, in ditches and in open fields. Each flower that makes up the cluster of flowers is perfect in every way! Next time you see one, look for yourself. Nature is breathtaking, if you only take the time to observe!

Here in Wisconsin, we have 14 native Milkweed species. The Milkweed plant is the required host plant of the Monarch Butterfly caterpillar. It plays a critical role in the Monarch’s life cycle. Females lay their eggs on them and once hatched, the caterpillars feed on the Milkweed for approximately two weeks before forming their chrysalises.
Milkweed plants contain a milky sap containing cardiac glycosides, which makes them toxic for some wildlife to eat. The caterpillars and adults store the Milkweed’s distasteful chemicals in their bodies, which provides them with at least some protection from predators. Without this plant, the Monarch could suffer extinction.

It is the destruction of habitat, those areas that once were covered in Milkweed plants, that has led to the decline in Monarch populations. Disease, extreme weather, dependence on herbicide resistant crops and persistent insecticides all have contributed to their demise.
Fortunately, though, there is something that we all can do to help them. Planting even ONE Milkweed plant can help Monarchs, as well as many other pollinators. You can even go a step further and resist the urge to pull out the Milkweed “weed” in your garden! Allow it to live and see what happens! Chances are, you will have Monarch caterpillars on it later this summer. What a treat that would be!

Regardless, you will know that you have contributed to their conservation. Old or young, you still have to love the sight of these stunningly, beautiful butterflies.

All Asclepias are 20% off this week. Applies to the Cottage Grove location only. 
Offer not valid on previous purchases and only on in-stock items. While supplies last.


Not valid on any previous purchases
No coupon required

Offer expires June 15, 2018. Available at our Cottage Grove Location Only.
While supplies last. Excluding houseplants and tomatoes.

What’s bugging you?

The Dalai Lama once said, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” They are annoying little buggers, aren’t they?! They are capable of ruining an enjoyable hike or evening sitting in the backyard with their biting and blood-sucking. This year, unfortunately, we seem to have a bumper crop of them.

Did you know that there are over 3000 species of mosquitoes? Who cares, right? They all have the same goal in life, to make us miserable! However, you should know that they transmit more diseases than any other creature on the planet.

Fortunately, there are some good options for keeping their populations in check. Summit Chemical produces safe, non-toxic products to control mosquitoes. They manufacture Mosquito Dunks and Mosquito Bits which contain Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis) a naturally occurring bacterium found in soils. Bti contains spores that target mosquito larvae and kill them before they grow up into flying, biting adults.

One of the added benefits of the Bti in Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Bits is that it is targeted to mosquitoes. It will not harm other organisms in the water and it is safe to use around birds and other wildlife. Unlike many other mosquito control products, it’s non-toxic to bees! Most importantly, it’s safe to use around children and pets.

Use Mosquito Dunks in bird baths, koi ponds, rain barrels, water troughs and any other place where water may collect for a period of time. One Mosquito Dunk will treat 100 square feet of surface water for 30 days or more.

If a “Dunk” is impractical, use Mosquito Bits, which is a granular form of the “Dunk”. Eight ounces of Mosquito Bits will treat approximately 2000 square feet of surface water. Use in areas such as water gardens, flower pots, roof gutters, old automobile tires or unused swimming pools.

Don’t let those pesky, little buggers ruin your summertime activities. Treat the areas that serve as their breeding grounds with safe and effective Summit Chemical Mosquito Bits or Dunks. Take back your summer!

Floral Notes
Popular Flowers For Weddings 
Not sure where to start when selecting flowers for your wedding? Here are a few suggestions. Before you decide on what type of flowers, think about what mood you’d like to set for your wedding. Are you looking for romantic, vintage, modern or traditional? Do you like the lush greenery and wildflower look, or do you prefer something luxurious and elegant. If you are creative, check out some non-flower accents like peacock feathers or succulents.


Roses – There is a reason why roses are the most popular wedding flower. They are thought to symbolize love and romance. Roses have a sturdy stem making them the perfect flower for bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.

Hydrangeas – The large heads of the hydrangea flower fills out a bouquet or table centerpiece quickly, making it an affordable flower for large centerpieces. They come in shades of pink, blue, white and green.

Peony– Peonies symbolize happiness. Their blooms have soft and fluffy petals, with a strong fragrance that might be too much for those with allergies. Peonies can be costly, but the size of the bloom will quickly fill out an arrangement or bouquet.


Anemone – If your wedding is a modern type, there is no flower that makes more of a statement than the anemone. They pair well with other flowers such as peony and ranunculus.

Carnations – Either you love them or you hate them. Carnations are very affordable. You can really stretch your budget when you use these lovely flowers in your bouquets and centerpieces and they come in so many colors. Their ruffed edges are perfect for the vintage look.

Daisies– The simple daisy is a beautiful traditional wedding flower. It is associated with innocence and purity. Daises come in a lot of colors with single and double petals.
Whatever your style or favorite flower, let our floral designers help you make your wedding dreams come true. Call us and set up a consultation.

Cottage Grove

Employment Opportunities

Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers and in the dirt? 
If so, we may have the perfect job for you. 
We are looking for a few good people to join our team.
Lead Maintenance Technician: Cottage Grove Location
Are you gifted with the ability to fix almost anything? 
Do you love the challenge of problem-solving? Like working outdoors? 
We are looking for a Lead Maintenance Technician to handle the maintenance and repairs of our greenhouse systems, buildings, vehicles and equipment. This person is also in charge of all grounds maintenance, as well as assisting with greenhouse production. If you like diversity in your day-to-day and are mechanically gifted, this job is for you!
Part-time Floral Designer:  Edgerton Location

We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. General knowledge of floral design is needed. Positions include some customer service, watering, plant maintenance. 

Grower/Biological Control Technician: Cottage Grove Location

Do you have a horticulture background? We are searching for the right candidate to take over the responsibility of Grower for our operation. We are approximately 2 acres under cover and grow almost all of our own product. Pest control is done primarily through monitoring and release of biological controls. Minimum requirements are a two year Horticulture degree and ability to pass the State Pesticide Certification exam. This is a full time, permanent position.

How does the Green Giant dress when he goes to a
corporate board meeting? 

He wears a three peas suit.
Upcoming Events 2018 – Mark your Calendars!!!

2018 is full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!
Butterfly Magnets
Saturday, June 9, 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Summer Miniature Garden Make & Take
Saturday, June 9, 2018
11:00 am – 12:00pm

Create a Miniature Garden for your Summer Enjoyment! A great summer project to do with the little ones, now that summer vacation has started! 
Let’s Talk Pollinators! 
Million Garden Pollinator Challenge
Saturday, June 16, 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us as we talk about the Million Garden Pollinator Challenge and how to attract pollinators to your outdoor living space. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Come in and join us for FREE Schoeps Ice Cream for Dad and the family! 
All day on Father’s Day, while supplies last.
Ornamental Grasses and Groundcovers 
Saturday, June 23, 2018 
10:00 am – 11:00 am 
Join us for this free informative workshop as our perennial experts talk about ornamental grasses and groundcovers that will make your yard look amazing!

All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

Chocolate Lasagna  

3 packages fat-free instant white chocolate pudding mix
3 cups skim milk
2 (8 ounce) tubs fat-free whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®), divided
1 box chocolate graham crackers
1 milk chocolate candy bar cut into pieces

Whisk white chocolate pudding and skim milk together in a bowl until thickened and smooth; fold in 1 tub whipped topping.
Line a 9×13-inch casserole dish with 1 layer of graham crackers. Spread 1/2 of the pudding mixture over graham cracker layer. Repeat layering with graham crackers and remaining pudding mixture, ending with a layer of graham crackers. Spread 1 tub whipped topping over top graham cracker layer; sprinkle with candy bar pieces. Chill in refrigerator until set, 2 to 4 hours.
Store-brand graham crackers will get softer faster and should not be left in for 4 hours.