Newsletter 7 – Thursday, April 3, 2014

Longer Hours Starting Monday, April 7

Our Cottage Grove location will be open from 9-6 Monday through Saturday and 9-5 on Sundays.  We will be closed for Easter to allow our associates to spend time with family.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 43

Lucy looking tranquil and relaxed
"I’ve never felt so spoiled before…"
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Okay, I’ve got to admit it.  Hubby and I have been a little lax with Lucy’s daily massages.  That point was made recently when sweet Lucy laid down on the floor next to her massager and woefully looked up at us with those sweet caramel colored eyes and then let out a long soulful sigh. 

Oh, man, talk about a guilt trip!  Hubby and I got the message loud and clear.  We immediately stepped up to the plate (rather, down to the floor) and now Lucy is once again getting one, sometimes two massages a day. 

By the way, Lucy wanted me to send a ‘happy tail wag’ out to Linda.

Hmmm, not quite sure what this is all about, but I surmise that Linda possibly put a (friendly) bug in Lucy’s ear on how to get her massage wants and needs recognized. 

Is it time for me to change my email password?

’til next time

The boy had never played basketball before
so he decided to give it a shot.


It’s more than just a Carly Simon song to us.  We are giddy with anticipation for our April 12-13, Spring Flower Show!

Come on out and see for yourself how gorgeous our greenhouse is. Check out our new plants for this season and our new lawn and garden decorations. Don’t worry your favorite flowers and plants will be here too.

America’s Best Flowers is geared up for a spectacular season.  Stay tuned for future newsletters that will keep you informed on our events and helpful articles regarding plant, lawn, and garden care. 

Congratulations Badgers!

Wisconsin Badgers Gazing Globe
And we have stands, too!
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We are so proud our Wisconsin Badgers Basketball team is headed for the Final Four.  Congrats go out to the entire team for a great season. 

Show your support (Commemorate the season) with a UW gazing globe.  Our 4-inch red stainless steel globe, with the motion ‘W’ is certain to add the Wisconsin spirit to any household.  What a great gift this would be for your favorite Badger fan.  Supplies are limited, come out today.

At seven foot six he was a great basketball player
And everyone looked up to him.

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Extended to April 15

There is still time for your non-profit organization to earn funds. Due to several schools mentioning the fact that ‘Spring Break’ reduces the time for them to sell America’s Best Flowers gift cards we are extending the deadline to April 15 for all non-profit organizations.

Since spring 2014 is here 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.  Non-profit organizations earn 25% of the proceeds from each gift card they sell.  For example, if your organization sells $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10, your organization would earn $125.   

Please contact us if your non-profit organization is in need of funds for things such as (but by no means limited to):

  • Local charities, (i.e. food pantry)
  • Church mission trips
  • New equipment or uniforms for your school sports program, or
  • New equipment or uniforms for your school band or orchestra

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations. 

If you are interested or have questions regarding our easy and profitable program, please contact Shirley at

A basketball player couldn’t control his saliva
But he could sure dribble!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13
Spring Flower Show

We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season. We also have a HUGE selection of new pottery.

Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13
Herb, Terrarium & Miniature Garden Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own herb container garden, terrarium or miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am-4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Apr 19
Community Egg Hunt

10am-2pm – Rain or Shine! FREE candy! Children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Accepting items for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

Sat, Apr 26
Earth Day Celebration

10am-2pm – FREE children’s activities 10am-2pm. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant cat grass, and more.

Sat, Apr 26 – Sun, Apr 27
Arbor Day Celebration

Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family.

Basketball players are always bouncing ideas off each other

Our Kitchen

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you open a magazine and find something new.  We came across the following idea in the April 2014 issue of Midwest Living Magazine.  How clever and at the same time so easy.  Top your colorful rolls with homemade herb butter for a delicious addition to your holiday meal.

Easter Egg Rolls

  • 1 Package Frozen Dinner Rolls
  • Egg Yolks
  • Water
  • Food Coloring

For Easter-egg rolls, thaw frozen dinner rolls (such as Rhode’s) according to package directions. Gently form rolls into egg shapes; let rise 1 hour. For each color, in a small bowl, whisk 1 egg yolk, 2 teaspoons water and food coloring. Brush “paint” on rolls. (For stronger color, do a second coat.) Bake as directed. Serve nestled in a basket.

Herb Butter

This is so delicious on bread, also great for vegetables, potatoes and pasta.  You can make herb butters up ahead of time, label your containers and store in the refrigerator. Just be sure to warm to room temperature before serving.

Soften desired amount of butter to room temperature.

Add one or two tablespoons chopped fresh herbs per stick. We have several basils and thymes ready to go home with you now.  Many more will be ready by Easter.

Experiment with different herbs, either alone or in combination: 

  • Dill or parsley butters are great on warm rolls.
  • Try chive butter on potatoes. 
  • Basil, oregano, thyme and marjoram team up for great pasta.
  • Parsley, chives, thyme, cayenne and salt are wonderful on corn.

The possibilities are endless.  Enjoy!!


A farmer walked into an attorney’s office wanting to file for a divorce
The attorney asked, “May I help you?”
The farmer said, “Yea, I want to get one of the dayvorces.”
The attorney said, “Well, do you have any grounds?”
The farmer said, “Yea. I got about 140 acres.”
The attorney said, “No, you don’t understand, do you have a case?”
The farmer said, “No, I don’t have a Case, but I have a John Deere.”
The attorney said, “No, you don’t understand. I mean do you have a grudge?”
The farmer said, “Yea, I got a grudge. That’s where I park my John Deere.”
The attorney said, “No sir, I mean do you have a suit?”
The farmer said, “Yes sir, I got a suit. I wear it to church on Sundays.”
The exasperated attorney said, “Well, sir, does your wife beat you up or anything?”
The farmer said, “No sir, we both get up about 4:30.”
Finally, the attorney said, “Okay, let me put it this way. WHY DO YOU WANT A DIVORCE?”
And the farmer says. “Well, I can never have a meaningful conversation with her.”

Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627