I’m sure everyone knows at least one veteran and I’m willing to bet most people know several. Maybe you’re related to that person or you work with that person. Maybe that person is your neighbor or friend.
Regardless, I feel it’s important that we recognize the sacrifice that these people make for us and our country. Some make the sacrifice with time, their jobs, money, family time, status, career advancement and many other things that are hard to imagine, hard to describe. Some make the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
I’m proud to say that I have several veterans in my family. My stepsister and stepbrother both served in the Marine Corp. My stepsister’s son and one of her daughters followed in their parent’s footsteps and are currently in the Air Force and Marine Corp, respectively. I have 2 uncles that served in the Navy, as well as 2 of my cousins. My grandfather was in ROTC while attending the University of Wisconsin. One of my uncles served in the Air Force. Our owner, Ed Knapton, served in the Coast Guard. Nearly every branch of the military is represented there!
Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I. After World War II and the Korean War, though, it was changed to represent and honor all veterans. Memorial Day was created to remember those veterans who gave their lives for their country. Veterans Day was created for that reason, too, but also to recognize and give credit to living service members who you meet and see in everyday life.
This Veterans Day, thank the service members in your life. Better yet, thank a service member who’s in their military uniform, a complete stranger, and see what sort of reaction you receive. Give up your seat on the bus, buy them a cup of coffee, shake their hand. Most members of the armed services live to serve. They are a special breed. I’m willing to bet, you will be as grateful for the experience, as they are for the gesture from you. Try it, you’ll be glad you did.

Would you like to help a service member and their family?

Project EverGreen is a nonprofit organization that provides free lawn care, landscaping and snow removal for eligible, deployed service members and their family, during the entire length of their deployment.
Services provided include mowing, lawn-aeration, lawn fertilization, tree
pruning, weed-wacking, weeding, spring garden clean-up and snow removal.
They are always looking for people to volunteer. If you are interested in being

a volunteer for lawn services or snow removal or would like to donate, please
visit their website www.projectevergreen.org

Let the Party Begin!!!
Our first Porch Pot Party is a little over a week away and we are super-excited to welcome
everyone again this year! If you have attended our Porch Pot weekends before, you kind of
know what to expect. However, this year is stacking up to be even more special, as we
already have more reservations than we did for all of last year! If you have never attended
one of our Porch Pot Parties, well get ready, as the building is full of creativity!

We have all of our picks, berries and everlasting botanicals out on display now. Stop in and see what we have, so when you arrive on your reserved day, you already have in mind what your creation will look like! While you are here, browse through our Christmas arrangements, ornaments, rugs and other seasonal gifts. 


What did the house wear to the party?


What do you call a blanket for plants?
A Planket of course!  


Frost protection just got easier with the Planket! These lightweight, breathable covers are easy to put on and take off your plants. A drawstring allows you to bring the bottom in snugly, so plants are tucked in warm and tight. These frost blankets are also water resistant. The 10′ x 20′ blanket, which is perfect for bushes and plant beds has a grommeted edge, so it can be secured with ground stakes. We have 3 different sizes from which to choose.

Protect your Evergreens

We’ve all seen it. Those poor evergreen trees that are nice and lush green on one side, golden brown on the other. If you are lucky, the damage is minimal enough that you can shear or prune the damage out. Sometimes the leaves or needles just simply fall off themselves. If you are unlucky, the entire plant may have to be replaced and that can be costly!

Winter burn is caused by the winter sun and wind causing excessive water loss from the leaves and needles. Because the roots are in frozen soil, they are unable to replace this water loss. This results in drying and browning out.

Many factors can contribute to the damage such as poorly developed roots, plants being subjected to rapid temperature changes, salt damage and having a colder than normal and/or longer than normal winter.

All evergreens are susceptible. Broadleaf evergreens include those such as Rhododendron, Azaleas, Holly and Boxwood. Evergreens with scale-like foliage include Arborvitae, Junipers and Cypress. Those with needle-like foliage include Pine, Hemlock, Spruce, Fir and Yew. Foliage that faces south, southwest or west is most susceptible to damage.
There are things that you can do now to prevent winter burn damage. Make sure your
evergreens receive water from now until right up to the time the ground freezes. Construct a barrier of burlap or other similar material on the south, west, southwest and windward sides of your evergreens. Always leave the top open for light and air circulation. Apply 2″-4″ of mulch such as hardwood, pine or leaf compost around the base of each plant, out to at least the dripline or the edge where the branches extend. We have burlap and mulch in stock now.
In future years, you can do the following to help prevent winter burn:
  • Carefully consider placement of any new evergreens and how they may be affected by winter sun and wind.
  • Keep plants well-watered throughout the year, decreasing slightly in September to harden them off and increasing again in October.
  • Complete any pruning prior to August 31st. Pruning after that may induce new, lush growth that will be susceptible to winter damage.
  • Do not transplant evergreens after mid-October in Southern Wisconsin. The roots need time to develop and planting after mid-October does not give them enough time to get established.

Don’t know what to do with that Christmas tree and boughs after Christmas? Cut the branches off the tree and prop the boughs against your evergreens. This provides protection from winter sun and wind and helps to catch snow for natural insulating protection.

With a thorough understanding of what causes winter burn and a few preventive measures,
you can be sure that your evergreens make it through winter with their beautiful green
needles and leaves intact.
Wildlife snacking on your plants?
We have the solution for you!
Do you enjoy watching Bambi from your window, his quiet elegance as he moves about your yard? Not so much, though, I bet, when he begins to browse on your $150 Arborvitae tree! We have a product available, that is effective and is not harmful to animals or the environment, and will keep Bambi from making your Arborvitae a salad. Plus, it’s organic certified and made right here in the USA.
Plantskydd is an animal repellent listed for use against deer, rabbits, voles, chipmunks, squirrels and opossum. It’s also listed for elk, mountain beaver and even moose, so if you own a home where you see any of these, it will work for those, too! Made of porcine or bovine dried blood, it repels by emitting an odor that browsing animals associate with predators. This stimulates a fear-based response and they react accordingly.

Vegetable gardens, flower gardens and home landscapes all can be protected with Plantskydd. It is rain and snow resistant, so now is the perfect time to apply, before snow cover occurs and pesky critters begin to look for things to munch on. The liquid formulation is great for deer and lasts up to 6 months over winter, on dormant plants. The granular formulation is effective for the smaller critters (although I’ve never seen a Mountain Beaver, so that may all be relative!).

Effective, safe for pets and children, safe for the environment and made in the USA. What more could you ask?

Floral Notes
Hosting Thanksgiving or maybe you are going to a Friendsgiving 
feast this year?
Why not spice up the table with a floral arrangement! Be the hostess with the mostest or surprise your hostess with one of these festive centerpieces. Give us a call today and have it delivered before Thanksgiving.
 *We reserve the right to make substitutions based on product availability.


Lift and store tender bulbs such as cannas, dahlias, caladium, colocasia, tuberous begonias, gladioli. Refer to our blog page for more information on digging and storing each.
There’s still time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinth, tulips, alliums and crocus. Mulch after planting and apply pest repellant such as Bonide Repels All or Plantskydd.
Plant Paperwhites (Narcissus) and Amaryllis for showy indoor blooms.
Trees and Shrubs:
Shred fallen leaves to use as mulch on your perennial beds after the ground has frozen hard.
Apply hardware cloth around any tree trunks that sustained rabbit and/or rodent damage in previous years. Use hardware cloth that is 1/8″ to ¼” mesh. Encircle the truck and extend it up at least 20″-30″ above the ground. Bury the hardware cloth in the ground 2″-4″. Apply a repellant such as Repels All or Plantskydd.
Continue to water newly planted trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, until the ground freezes.
Throughout winter, the wind and the sun will demand water from evergreens, through the foliage, so it’s important to water evergreens up until the ground freezes to help prevent winter burn.
Wrap fruit trees and younger trees (1-2 years old) with tree wrap to help prevent rabbit and rodent damage, as well as sun scald, over winter. We recommend DeWitt Tree Wrap, made of polypropylene, which is durable in the rain and snow. Remove the wrap in the spring.
Winterize your roses before the ground freezes. For specific tips on how to winterize your roses, visit our blog.
Annuals and Perennials:
Remove annual plant material from your garden and containers.
Cut your perennials to the ground. Keep some for winter interest and cover for wildlife.
Collect any dried material for winter decorations- peppers, strawflowers, coneflowers etc.
Once the ground freezes hard, mulch your perennial garden.
Herbs, Fruits and Vegetables:
Apply a heavy mulch over leeks, beets, cabbage, broccoli, kale, carrots and turnips to continue the harvest into early winter.
Rototill 1″ to 2″ of composted manure or other organic material into your garden soil.
Remove any fallen fruit from your garden and yard.
Mulch strawberries with a layer of straw. Do this before the temperatures are in the twenties.
Fall is the perfect time to add lime to your garden if needed. Have a soil test done to see if lime or other amendments need to be made. UW Madison provides soil tests. Visit their website HERE for information.
General Garden:
Keep your compost pile active by adding layers of green material and brown dried material, with small amounts of soil, fertilizer and moisture. Turn the pile regularly.
Bring in your terra cotta pottery, ceramic pottery and other garden accessories that are not frost-proof. If you are looking for pottery that you can leave out with your winter porch pots, many of the pieces in our Michael Carr line of pottery are freeze and frost resistant.
Add notes to your Garden Journal regarding plants you may want to move, perennials to divide, spaces in the garden you want to fill and any other items you want to remember. This information can be easily retrieved during winter, when you may have more time to sit down to plan and research for next spring.
Clean up and dry your tools. Rub metal tools with vegetable oil or linseed oil to prevent rusting.
Once the final mowing is complete for the season, complete winterization and storage of your mower, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Make sure all hoses are disconnected from outdoor faucets and drained. Store hoses inside a garage or shed to prevent cracking.


Employment Opportunities


Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers?
If so, we may have the perfect job for you!
Part-time Floral Designer (Edgerton) 


We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. Use your artistic abilities and knowledge of design 
to create floral arrangements for various occasions.

One year previous floral design experience is required; 4 years preferred.

Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.


Do you know what’s really odd?

Numbers not divisible by 2.
Create your festive holiday porch pot using fragrant mixed winter greenery. 
Add decorative touches such as pinecones, festive holiday picks, permanent botanical pieces, birch logs and other elements. We have a wide variety of options from which to choose. 
A time honored tradition that grows every year, this is a great way to start off the season with family and friends, as you create your very own decorative pot to adorn your front step, patio or anywhere you want to add that touch of holiday charm. The best part is you take home your creation and just leave the mess behind!
We have three weekends from which to choose.
Give us a call today to pre-register for this popular event. 

November 17 & 18, 2018
Saturday  9am – 3 pm
Sunday  10 am – 3 pm


November 24 & 25, 2018
Saturday  9 am – 3 pm
Sunday 10 am – 3 pm 
December 1 & 2, 2018
Saturday  9 am – 3 pm
Sunday  10 am – 3 pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9 am – 3 pm 
Our holiday open house is in conjunction with 
Christmas In The Grove!
Bring the whole family to our Holiday Open House.
Time to get festive and wear those jingle bells as you head on over here.
Rest assured our greenhouse will be filled with holiday spirit along with all that is merry and bright.
Enjoy the fresh scent of pine and take that comfy cozy feeling home with you. Decorate with fresh garland/roping, pine boughs, fresh Christmas trees and, of course, our locally grown Poinsettias! YES, we grew them in our greenhouses, just for you! 


Children can experience the magic of Christmas as Santa’s Head Elf stops in from 11-1 and will be here to help them write their letters, read stories and most importantly get their letters to the 
big guy himself!


Our friendly neighbors from State Farm will stop by and serve up free cookies and hot cocoa! Want to see what Nate and his team are up to? 


Just click on the cookies!


Holiday Decorating & Kissing Ball Make & Take
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10 am – 11 am
COST: $35.00
Pre-Pay and Pre-Registration is required
Create an Air Plant Gift
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10 am- 11 am
COST: $20.00
Pre-Pay and Pre-Registration is required
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mmmm…I can’t wait to make these and have the smell of fall fill the house! Let’s head on over to Gather for Bread and find out how this all comes together.