Calling All Dogs!

Newsletter 22 – Thursday, July 17, 2014

Current Hours

Cottage Grove – open Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat and Sun 9-6.

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

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 58

The dummy is laying out on a sunchair, wearing a hat that obscures her face. Lucy in nudging her face into the dummy's feet
"I’ll be your best friend forever if you read me my favorite book."
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Hey, I almost forgot to tell you about the first dummy that came to live with us.  Remember, she was the homeless mannequin lady on a curb that my mom picked up, put in the car and brought home? 

She soon became a member of our quirky family.  My mom would dress her in seasonal outfits and she would stand tall and proud in the living room.  Sometimes she would stand inside just around the corner from the front door.  I can’t tell you how many times she has scared the living bejeebees out of people that have come to visit us.

My dad, mom and I couldn’t wait to see people jump at the sight of her.  We’d crack up laughing every single time. Ok, so I guess the humor is a little warped at our house, but, hey, it works just fine for us! 

The four of us were having so much fun together until one day my mom noticed that our friend was looking kinda sad. 

Here we go again, with the freak side of my mom.

My mom said something wasn’t quite right with our friend.  So, she tried a variety of things to cheer her up. 

First she dressed her in a sassy bright outfit and then she moved her to a different location in the living room.  The finishing touch was a pair of really cool red sunglasses.

But, none of this seemed to make any difference.  My mom was getting really upset that our friend was so unhappy.  After all, according to my mom, she was a member of our family and we needed to find out what the problem was.  

My mom would ask me, “Lucy do you have any idea what is bothering our friend?” 

Now, what I really wanted to say to my mom was,

“What the heck?  She’s a dummy!  Are you kidding me?  She doesn’t breathe, eat, or talk, Mom.  Snap out of it, will ya?” 

But being the sweet and loving dog that I am, I didn’t.   I just looked up at my mom and just shook my head. My mom thought I was shaking my head ‘no’, but you all know the real reason I was shaking my head, right?

And it continued, “Lucy, could it be this or Lucy, could it be that or Lucy, what do you think we should do?”  

On and on she went. 

Finally, I looked at my mom and said,

“Mom, I love you, but really, get a grip!  Do you hear yourself? It’s Lucy, Lucy, Lucy!  I really love my name, but you’re gonna wear it out!” 

My mom looked down at me and said, “LUCY!  You are a genius! That’s it!  Our friend doesn’t have a name!”

That my friends, is how the ‘name game’ started and if my mom thinks I’m a genius, well, if it works for her it works for me.

So, my mom named her…hey, wait a minute!  How about another contest.  Can you guess our friend’s name?

Here are your clues:

  1. Her name is hyphenated (but isn’t normally)
  2. Liberty ____
  3. An international radio/telephone signal word used by aircraft and ships in distress

Those are your clues.  Good luck!    

I’ll let my mom take it from here. 


Here we go with another chance to win a $25.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card to the first person that responds with both the correct name and correct spelling of the name to our Facebook page.  

~Till next time,

Doggy Dictionary

THUNDER: This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly and following at their heels.

Featured Plant of the Week – Water Garden Plants (All of them)

Now is a great time to freshen up your pond with a variety of water garden plants.  Blue water iris, zebra rush, and pink pickerelweed are just a few of the colorful and striking water plants that are available at America’s Best Flowers.

Water floaters such as water hyacinth and water lettuce oxygenate the water and they also provide spawning ground and hiding places for tenants of your pond (aka fish and frogs). 

Stop on out and pick up a few water garden plants for the health and beauty of your pond.

All water garden plants are 50% off the regular price here at America’s Best Flowers!

Get your tools sharpened this weekend!


Don, from Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening, will be here on Saturday, July 19, from 9am-4pm and will, for a nominal fee (collected by Don) sharpen those dull garden tools, lawn mower blades, tin snips, and more.  Signs will be posted in our parking lot directing you to the tool drop off area.

Don will be able to sharpen most items while you are enjoying your time at the greenhouse.  For more difficult sharpening Don may need to take your items back to his shop.  They may then be picked up at America’s Best Flowers the following week.

We’re Going to the Dogs!

A dog in a bucket of soapy water

Bring your dirty dogs out to America’s Best Flowers on Saturday, July 26, from 11-3pm, for our 4th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS).

Also on this day, America’s Best Flowers will be hosting the 1st Annual Fundraiser for the Cottage Grove Canine Fund.  

We are excited that Larz, the new K9 member of the Cottage Grove Police Department, will be here on Saturday, July 26, with his canine handler, Officer Tony Koratko.  A demonstration of Larz’s police dog skills will be at 1:00.  

To help support our four-legged public servant, America’s Best Flowers will donate 5% of the total July 26 greenhouse sales to the Cottage Grove Police Department Canine Fund.

A Day of Pampering for you Pooch!

Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming Service logo

Bring your dog out for a day of pampering at our greenhouse.  Volunteers from the DCHS will give your dog a nice cool summer bath.  Tabby & Jack’s Pet Grooming Service will be here to trim those long canine nails by either the traditional method or by the drummel method. Finally, complete the day with your four-legged-best-friend with a professional photo session with Talbot Photography.

Talbot Photography

All proceeds from the dog wash, nail trimming and photo session go directly to the DCHS.

Listen for America’s Best Flowers radio ad for these events on Magic 98 on Wednesdays and Fridays between 12-3pm. 

More tail wagging details about our dog wash fundraiser and Larz, in next week’s newsletter.

Little Harold was practicing the violin in the living room while his father was trying to read in the den. The family dog was lying in the den, and as the screeching sounds of little Harold’s violin reached his ears, he began to howl loudly.
The father listened to the dog and the violin as long as he could. Then he jumped up, slammed his paper to the floor and yelled above the noise,
"For Pete’s sake, can’t you play something the dog doesn’t know?!"

Part-time Floral Designer, experience required

A part-time floral designer position is open at our Edgerton location.  Must have a minimum 2 years Flower Shop experience and be proficiently trained for weddings, proms, funerals, events and everyday orders.  This position is for anywhere from 20+ hours, includes 1-2 Saturdays and/or Sundays per month and shared flexibility with other staff members on scheduling.    Longer hours required for busy floral holidays.

Additional tasks may include but are not limited to, taking phone orders, greeting walk-in customers, accessing web orders, POS entry, processing flowers & plants and general clean-up. All designers must be willing to take deliveries and have an excellent driving record.

Pay will depend on experience and ability.

Please apply in person.

Edgerton Floral & Garden Center
1101 N. Main St.
Edgerton, WI  53534

Please, no phone inquiries.

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.

It Never Rains…

The manager of the garden centre overhears one of his nurserymen talking to a customer.
‘No, we haven’t had any of that in ages,’ says the nurseryman.
‘And I don’t know when we’ll be getting any more.’
The customer leaves and the manager walks over to give him a telling off.
‘Never tell a customer we can’t get them something,’ he says.
‘Whatever they want we can always get it on order and deliver it. D’you understand?’
The nurseryman nods.
‘So what did he want?’ asks the manager.
‘Rain,’ replies the nurseryman.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jul 19
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9am-4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Jul 26
4th Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser for the Dane County Humane Society

11am-3pm – Bring your dirty dogs out to the garden.

Sat, Aug 9
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!
Sat, Aug 23
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 6
Autumn Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.

Sat, Sep 13
Art in the Garden Craft Fair

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

Our Kitchen

Steve’s Herbed Corn

By Steve

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh chives
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 8 ears of sweet corn, husked

Combine all ingredients (except corn) In a small bowl.

Spread 1 Tbsp over each ear of corn.

Wrap each ear of corn individually in heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Grill 10-15 minutes, turning frequently until corn is tender.

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