Art in the Garden this Saturday

Newsletter 30 – Thursday, September 11, 2014

Revised Hours

Cottage Grove open
Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat and Sun 9-6

Edgerton open
Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 66

Lucy looking back over her shoulder in a startled manner
"Oh no, was that the vacuum again? I should have buried it when I had the chance."
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I knew I was long overdue for a spa treatment (aka bath and brushing) when my mom got the vacuum gadget out and started sucking the loose fur from all over my body with that tube thingy. 

Usually, I love it when my mom talks to me, but, wow, she went on and on…something about there being enough fur flying to build four eagles nest. 

I’m pretty sure she was trying to make some kind of point here…just not sure exactly what it was. Oh, well! 

I told my dad about this and he looked at my mom like she was nuts (Hmmm?) and said, “Why don’t you just take Lucy to visit Kelsey.  She always does such a nice job on her fur and nails and besides she treats Lucy like she was her very own dog.’

‘Thanks, Dad, that’s a great idea!  Too bad we didn’t think of it BEFORE that vacuum thingy was used to suck off my fur.’

So, my mom and I went to see my friend Kelsey at Tabby & Jack’s on Sunday for a spa treatment!  Kelsey seemed really happy to see me and I was pretty excited to see her too!  Kelsey ever so gently picked up my svelte 65 pounds and took me back to the spa area.  First I got bathed.  Then I begged Kelsey to brush as much of the loose fur out of my coat as possible so that my mom wouldn’t sic that vacuum gadget on me again.  After a very long brushing session I finished up with a pedicure.

I was feeling pretty sassy and couldn’t wait for my mom to come get me.  It was kinda funny. I don’t think my mom recognized me at first, but when she did her face lit up with a huge smile!  She hugged on me and told me I looked beautiful and smelled yummy just like coconut.  And then she buried her face in my fur and hugged me some more! 

Oh, by the way, I had Kelsey slip me her card.  I’ll be prepared for that vacuum gadget the next time it comes at me. 


It’s Art in the Garden Saturday

Featuring Local Artisans
Saturday, September 13, 9am-3pm

Our 5th Annual Art in the Garden event is right around the greenhouse corner. 

Over 25 talented Wisconsin artists will be at our greenhouse displaying their unique creations.  Some of the items available include: jewelry, paintings, weavings, carved gourds, pottery, woodworking, textiles, photography, tropical wood cutting boards, and much more!

Come on out for our 5th Annual Art in the Garden event on Saturday, September 13, from 9-3 What a great opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

“The difficult thing with quotes on the internet is verifying them”

Abraham Lincoln

We are so proud of our mums!

Let us tell you why. You see, we’ve known them since they were just itty bitty and we’ve nurtured them throughout their life.  Under the care and encouragement of our staff they have grown and matured into fully developed Wisconsin beauties.  Our fields have been home to them for the past several months but now it is time to let them seek their futures elsewhere. 

We are looking for good homes for our mums.  If you feel that you would be a good match for our lovely mums please stop in and meet them. 

Be forewarned that it will be difficult, if not impossible, for you to take home only one.

I thought a thought.
But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought.
If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought,
I wouldn’t have thought so much.

Avoid Springtime Regrets!

Plant your bulbs now

Every year we remind you that fall is the only time you can plant those wonderful spring-blooming bulbs.  Plan ahead and you will be the envy of your neighbors next spring!  Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, iris and more are waiting for you.  Bulbs are an investment with a payback of years and years of springtime beauty.

When you plant your bulbs is the perfect opportunity to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s your only chance you will ever have to get the nutrients the bulbs need for maximum flowering directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants.  We suggest Espoma Bulb Tone or Bone Meal.

Take my advice; I don’t use it anyway.

It’s Flea Market Sunday!

Come on out this Sunday, between 8am – 3pm and find exactly what you didn’t know you needed.

Many flea market vendors are open to a little bartering.  So, if you see something you like, but don’t care for the price that is marked, don’t be shy, make them an offer. They may say ‘sure’, then again they may make a counter-offer.  That is half the fun of flea market shopping!

On Sunday morning, September 14, we will accept last minute vendors at 7:15am for this flea market. Payment must be made upon arrival and all restrictions apply.   For more information regarding the flea market please go here

Cottage Grove Boy Scout Troop 145

Boy Scouts of America embossed logo

Stop on out on Sunday and support the fundraising efforts of the Cottage Grove Boy Scout Troop 145.  The troop is raising funds for their August, 2015, trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico.

Coffee and donuts will be ready for you on Sunday at 8:00 am.  The troop will also be serving up hot dogs, brats, chips, soda, and water.

Come on out and relax, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the flea market and our greenhouses.

Q. What grows down, when it grows up?
A. A goose

We have Happy Pumpkins!

Just look at all the happy pumpkin faces!  We have large ones, small ones and in-between ones.  And then there is the big daddy of them all The Great and Wonderful Chimnea!  What a great finishing touch for your Halloween décor!

Lauren was frustrated.
She had complained dozens of times to her daughter about her
newest gag of kissing the bathroom mirror immediately
after applying lipstick, but it was all to no avail.

Finally, one day after spending a half hour scrubbing the mirror,
only to find another kiss mark an hour later, Lauren had enough.
“Lizzy!” she hollered,

“What?” came her daughter’s reply through her bedroom door.
“I can’t find the toilet brush that I’ve been using to clean the bathroom mirror.
Do you have any idea where it is?”

After hearing the gagging from behind the bedroom door,
Lauren knew her days of cleaning kiss marks off of mirrors were over.

Farmers Market Schedule

Weather permitting America’s Best Flowers we will be at the following local farmers markets:

Tuesdays Cambridge 2-6pm
Wednesday Lake Mills 2-6:30pm
Friday Stoughton 7-1pm
Saturday Sun Prairie 7-12pm

For exact farmers market locations please refer to the above websites.

Q. What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
A. Short

Send Al your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 13
Art in the Garden Craft Fair

9am-3pm – Talented artists display and sell their unique items.

Sun, Sep 14
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 20 – Sun, Oct 12
Scarecrow Days

M-F 10-5pm / Sat – Sun 10am-4pm –

Sat, Oct 18
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Oct 18 – Sun, Nov 16
Miniature Garden Container Workshops

10am-3pm Every Weekend – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Nov 22 – Sun, Nov 23
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Our Kitchen

It’s just amazing how often delicious treats magically appear in our break room.  Just yesterday, Scott stopped by my desk to say he had brought us something to taste.  The something was this decadent, chocolaty, moist and tasty quick bread.  Every crumb was devoured, so I think it’s safe to say we all loved it.  Hope you do too.

Don’t be afraid of the chili powder.  It is very subtle.  I’m planning to put in more when I make it.

Mexican Chocolate Bread

  • 1 ½ c sour cream
  • ½ c vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ t vanilla
  • 1 ½ c flour
  • ¾ c sugar
  • ½ c mini chocolate chips
  • ½ c Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 ½ t ancho chili powder
  • 1 ½ t cinnamon

Whisk sour cream, oil, eggs and vanilla.

Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl.

Fold wet ingredients into dry until just combined.

Spoon batter into a 9 x 5 loaf pan (or 4 small loaf pans).

Bake at 350 for 60 – 70 minutes (35 minutes for small pans).

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
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