Hello Edward,


I was deep into my mid morning nap and then, BAM!, was abruptly woken up by the sound of the front door slamming shut.
I looked up. My mom was gone and my dad was sitting in the chair shaking his head.
‘It’s ok, Lady,’ my dad said. ‘That was your mom rushing out to save us money on a sale she found.’
I stared. ‘What’s that mean?’
‘Hmmm, let me try and explain this to you, Lady. What is your favorite word? What word sends tingles throughout your body?’
Wow! That’s a silly question? ‘It’s WALK, of course, ohhh, wait, I mean TREAT, ahhh, ONE word? Oh-oh!’
‘Lady, Lady, take it easy girl. It’s ok to have two words. Unfortunately, your mom has one word and that is SALE. You just wait and see. Your mom is going to come home with all kinds of junk that she thinks we can’t live without.’
Finally, my mom got home and pulled this and that and even more this and that out of a bunch of bags.
I had no idea what half the stuff was, so I guess my dad was right after all…what, wait a minute! Yowza! Is that what I think it is?
No, it can’t be…yes, it is!
Sorry, dad, but one person’s junk is this dog’s gorgeous new leopard sweater!


Why are trees very forgiving?

Because in the Fall they “Let It Go” and
in the Spring they “turn over a new leaf”.

Pansies and Violas


There’s no better sign of spring than Pansies and Violas. Their bright, cheery faces liven up the dreary landscape early in spring. You can plant them in beds or containers. Combine them with early spring blooming bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocus, planting them in masses for maximum affect. They also have a wonderful fragrance!



These tough little plants are cold-tolerant and can even withstand frost if they have been hardened off. If you are looking for something to brighten up your little corner of the world, we have pansies in all sorts of colors and planted in fun containers such as moss teacups, metal watering cans, plastic umbrellas and
Pansies and Violas should be planted in full to partial sun, but really only thrive in the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. When the dog days of summer arrive, these will fade more to the background and more heat-tolerant flowers will take their place. When the cool temperatures of fall return, they can pop back into the foreground. To make this happen, shear the plants back to prevent them from setting seed.
Keep pansies moderately moist, as they do not like to dry out. Fertilize with Miracle Gro All Purpose fertilizer. Pansies and Violas should be deadheaded (remove the spent blooms) to keep them blooming longer. Another interesting fact: pansies have edible flowers and can be used as a colorful garnish.
If you are looking for something to convince you that indeed, spring is here, despite the temperature outside, the cute, happy “faces” of Pansies and Violas should do the trick! Once you see them, their irresistible colors and fragrance are sure to draw you in and make you want to color your corner of the world with these fun plants!






We have a wide assortment of lanterns for indoor and outdoor décor. You are sure to find something to match your taste and desire, as we have contemporary, traditional, vintage and more.



Lanterns by Echo Valley are vintage inspired. They are outdoor lanterns and have an electrostatically powder-coated finish. You can hang them or place them on a stake in the ground (not included). These lanterns will automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn.
Aspen Lighting makes a classic Edison filament bulb. This is a pendant light meant to preserve the look of early 20th century lighting. They have an antique finish and a golden vintage tint. The filament gives off an amber glow. Each bulb lasts for approximately 3000 hours!



Mason jar décor is popular these days and we have several styles of lanterns with this theme. Alpine lanterns are battery operated with a timer. Dual function allows it to have either a steady or flashing light. Lights are LED, so are bright and long lasting. We have a solar Mason jar lantern from Echo Valley, available in several colors. Lastly, we have a Citronella candle Mason jar lantern from Patio Essentials. This is made with real Citronella oil, so it is sure to keep the mosquitoes away!
If you are looking for some new lighting for your home, deck or patio, stop out and see our collection of lanterns and lighting. I’m certain you’ll find something exciting and different for your space!



Floral Notes


The wedding season is just around the corner and we are seeing lots of brides looking for something new for their bouquets. Many brides are choosing bouquets that have succulents in them. Succulents come in a rainbow of colors. They come in various shades of green, red and purple.They can add a diverse texture to a flower bouquet. Succulents make wonderful corsages and boutonnieres as well.


If you are planning an outdoor wedding, succulents do well in the heat of summer. While heat resistant flowers do exist, traditional bridal favorites generally do not fall into that category. Peonies, hydrangea and lilies prefer cooler environments and will wilt in hot summer temperatures. For outdoor weddings, choose blooms that thrive despite the summer sun. The addition of succulents will enhance your bouquet’s keeping quality.


We can also use succulents in your centerpieces to coordinate with the rest of the wedding decor. 
Give us a call today to set up your wedding 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.
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.


No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

Hal Borland

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!


Tree and Shrub Class
Thursday, April 12, 2018 
5pm – 6pm
Do you have questions about trees and shrubs?
Come to this free informative workshop!
Get your questions answered and learn new things about trees and shrubs.
Forsythia and Magnolias are on the list for discussion! You don’t want to miss this!


Spring Showers Umbrella Planter

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Rain or shine, these whimsical umbrella planters will surely
put a smile on your face. Fill with colorful spring flowers such
as pansies, violas or wallflowers to name a few, and add a
splash of color to any outdoor environment. Start getting
your hands dirty early in the season!


Perennial Class
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Not sure what perennials can be planted early in spring? Don’t know the difference between an Anemones, Helleborus, Brunnera, or Virginia Blue Bells? No worries! Deb and Lori, our seasoned staff, will provide you with the information you’ll need to help get you started and answer any questions you may have on early perennial planting.




Earth Day Celebration & Container Make & Take
Saturday, April 21, 2018 
Free Kid’s Activities 10am-2:00pm
Container Make & Take 10am-3:30pm
We will be celebrating Earth Day with a host of Family Fun!
Bring the kids to make some seed balls, flower balls or paint up a T-shirt. Lots of free activities for the kids to enjoy!
Adults can plant up a spring container the same day. Bring in your own EMPTY pot or purchase one from our vast collection on hand. Minimum $10.00 plant purchase per container. America’s Best Flowers provides you with our secret soil blend, fertilizer and guidance if needed. Best of all, we clean up the mess!!



White T- shirts will be available to purchase for the kids to paint for a small fee, or you can bring in your own. Adult Supervision is required for kid’s activities.
Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday & Sunday, April 21-22, 2018
Receive a Free Black Hills Spruce with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family




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


Cheesecake in a Jar





“Perfect for summer picnics, this is a no-bake version of cheesecake in a portable jar with fresh strawberries.”


  • 6 pecan shortbread cookies (such as Keebler or Sandies), finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 6 (1/2 pint) canning jars with lids
  • 12 ounces sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped


  1. Stir together cookie crumbs, butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a bowl until blended. Divide mixture evenly among jars (about 3 1/2 tablespoons each) and gently press (do not pack) into bottoms.
  2. Halve 6 strawberries for garnish, and set aside. Chop remaining strawberries.
  3. Beat together cream cheese, lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar in bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped cream and chopped berries and divide evenly among jars (about 1/2 cup each). Top each with 2 berry halves and cover with lids. Chill at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.

From: Allrecipes.com 

By: Ruth E.