Calling all Dogs

Newsletter 21 – Thursday, August 11, 2011

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

Beauty With God’s Help for You

One of our Many Mixed Annual Containers
One of our Many Mixed Annual Containers
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Everyday I walk through the greenhouse and marvel at the beauty the flowers provide.  It is so amazing to watch them grow and change from day to day.  In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we sometimes forget how important it is to surround ourselves with beautiful things.  The beauty of flowers can play a significant role in helping us to cope with the stresses of life.

The aisle of the main house is home to the gorgeous mixed annual containers our design department creates.  Right now these incredible stress relievers can be yours at fantastic Buy One Get One Free savings.  So stop out today to choose the perfect combination that will soothe your soul. 

Please note: Fall containers not included in sale.

I’ve been on so many blind dates I should get a free dog.

Circus at Cottage Grove’s Fireman’s Park

Culpepper and Merriweather Circus

This Sunday, August 14, the biggest show in town will definitely be the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus.  Be sure to head to Fireman’s Park for their 2 performances in the Big Top, one at 2:00 and the other at 4:30.  With acts like a unicycle riding, bagpipe playing clown and performing camels, the shows promise to entertain.    For more details visit  We invite you to stop by before or after for a quiet stroll through the flowers. 

Why did the dog chase his own tail?
He was trying to make both ends meet!

Dog Days of Summer

Kickoff Saturday, August 20
FUNDRAISER for the Dane County Humane Society

Do you have a dog, know a dog or simply love dogs?  Well, sink your teeth into this!  This month, America’s Best Flowers, is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society.  We invite you to be our partner in the effort to support the less fortunate animals in our area.

Bring your dirty dog, no disrespect meant; out to America’s Best Flowers on August 20th for our dog wash. Volunteers from the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) will bathe dogs between 11:00 and 3:00. We are suggesting a $10 or larger donation which will go directly to the DCHS.  All clean dogs will receive a brand new bandana from DCHS!  Ahh, there’s nothing like the smell of a wet dog!

It doesn’t end there.

The fabulous Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming will be here to trim those doggie nails for only $10 and all proceeds will be donated to the Dane County Humane Society.  Did you know that Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming has two locations in Madison?

And, what better way to end the day then to have a professional picture taken with your best friend.  That’s right!  Talbot’s Photography will be here to capture that special moment that you can treasure forever.  Fifteen percent of Talbot’s proceeds will be donated to the Dane County Humane Society.

Makes you want to roll over with excitement, doesn’t it?

Man’s Best Friend Wall of Fame
Man’s Best Friend Wall of Fame
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In the main greenhouse, we have our Man’s Best Friend Wall of Fame.  Please send us a picture of your dog along with his/her name and age.  If your dog is a lucky rescue dog please include the name of the organization.  For protection against humidity we will need to laminate the picture.  You may either e-mail a picture to, or mail it to America’s Best Flowers, Attn: Shirley Cimino, Events Coordinator, 4311 Vilas Hope Rd., Cottage Grove, WI 53527, or drop it off.

Remember to mark your calendar for August 20th.   It’s clean dog day at America’s Best Flowers!

Begging for more?  Stayed tuned – lots of treats are coming…it’s our promise!

Important note:

We have a collection bin, located right in front of our Customer Service Desk, for much needed items for the Dane County Humane Society.

Please help us in filling it from the following list of most needed items:

  • Cat litter—unscented and non-clumping
  • Bleach (liquid)
  • Laundry detergent (liquid)
  • Copy paper
  • Canned dog and puppy food
  • Canned, ground cat and kitten food
  • KMR Kitten Milk Replacer
  • Large spray bottle

And, as always, we are accepting cash donations as well.

The more people I meet, the more I like my dog,

Purple Leaf Sandcherry – Now 40% Off

Purple Leaf Sandcherry
Purple Leaf Sandcherry
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From the pretty white flowers of spring to the beautiful purple foliage that lasts all year, the Purple Leaf Sandcherry has something for every garden.  Growing best in full to part sun, the Sandcherry can be pruned to fit its location.  This week Sandcherries join the 40% off list, while supplies last.  Still on the list are viburnum and spirea.

Dog’s Note to Self:

I will not bite the officer’s hand
when he reaches in for Mom’s drivers license and registration.

Autumn Container Workshop

Saturday, August 27, 10-4

On Saturday, August 27 we invite you to join us for an Autumn Container Workshop.  Add seasonal beauty to your containers by using a combination of mums, asters, perennials and small shrubs to fill your pots with the warm, comforting colors of fall.  You buy the plants from us and can bring in your own pots or select some of ours; and as always, we’ll provide free soil and clean up the mess. Our container gardening experts will be here to help you select the perfect combinations.  Over the years these workshops have become favorites with many of you.  Because of limited availability on some plant materials, we would ask that you give us a call to pre-register. 222-2269 or email

Dog’s Second Note to Self:
I will remember the cat is not a squeaky toy.

2nd Annual Art in the Garden Event

Calling all artists!  America’s Best Flowers is searching for artists to exhibit at our annual Art in the Garden event on September 17.  This is a free event.  We currently have two booth sizes available; 6 x 6 and 6 x 12.  Do you or someone you know want to display your artistic talent?  Contact us for further information.

Dog’s Third Note to Self:
The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

Thanks to all of you who came out to visit America’s Best Flowers last Saturday.  We hope you enjoyed the yummy pizza from Flying Cow Pizza.

We are always interested in hearing from you.  Do you have a suggestion for a particular type of event?  Is there any way we can improve our commitment to you in providing you with the best customer service ever?

Please let us know! 

Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you?
But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 20 – Sat, Aug 27
Dog Days of Summer

Kicks off with a dog wash on the 20th, then continues with dog-themed giveaways the rest of the week. Donations go to Dane County Humane Society

Sat, Aug 27
Autumn Container Workshop

10am – 4pm Free soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container in our potting shed and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring your own pots or buy one of ours.

Sat, Sep 10 – Sun, Sep 18
Fall Dollar Days

Redeem your collected orange ABF dollars for up to 50% off your total purchase.

Sat, Sep 17
Art in the Garden

9am – 3pm Local artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their merchandise. Please note that the artists will not accept Orange Dollars.

Sat, Sep 24 – Sun, Oct 16
Scarecrow Days

10am – 5pm Make your own scarecrow and we’ll clean up the mess. Family fun!

Sat, Nov 19
Winter Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

10am – 4pm Please call ahead to register 222-2269.

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Our Kitchen

America’s Best Flowers is blessed with many things, among them some of the best cooks around. The following recipe has been a requested staple at many of our potlucks for years. It’s especially good this time of year, when tomatoes are at their best. Feel free to adjust amounts of vegetables to suit your own taste. Tomatoes and peppers of all colors work well. All vegetables are used raw, making this as easy as it is delicious. Enjoy!

Margaret’s Famous Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta
  • 1 16 oz bottle Paul Newman’s Family Italian Salad Dressing
  • 2 cans artichoke hearts, quartered and packed in water, drained
  • 1 2 oz can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 C tomatoes. diced (or cherry tomatoes halved)
  • 1 C green peppers, chopped
  • 1 C carrots. sliced thinly
  • 1 C broccoli florets
  • 1 C frozen peas, thawed
  • ½ – 1 C green onions, chopped (including part of green tops)
  • 5 – 6 oz bag freshly grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and rinse well under cold water.  Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours – for best results make the day before. 

One summer evening, during a violent thunderstorm, a mother was tucking her son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?"

The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug.
"I can’t dear," she said. "I have to sleep in Daddy’s room."

A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: "The big sissy."

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