ClearStockeries of the OverPots

Newsletter 24 – Thursday, July 30, 2015

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-7
Sat and Sun 9-5

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 99

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Miss Willa Noya
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This silly kitty now has a purrrrfectly fitting name.


Miss Willa Noya

(for – Will Annoy you!)

Kevin is the winner of the $25 America’s Best Flowers gift card!  (Kevin I like the way your mind works!)

Hey, just a quick note…My mom was laughing so hard when she was reading the names that people had sent in.  I thought, ‘Heck, I bet I can make my mom laugh too!  So, I threw out a few names that I’d like to call the stupid kitty.’

My mom didn’t laugh. Hmmm, go figure!

Till next time~

Buy One Mini Rose – Get One Free

Freshen up your patio, deck and yard with color, lots and lots of color!  (And save money while you’re at it!)

Purchase one 8” potted Mini Rose and get one free. There is no limit. Our Mini Rose offer has been extended through Wednesday, August 5th and is valid at both of our locations.  This offer is good while supplies last and is not valid on previous purchases.

OverPot ClearStockery Event

OverPot ClearStockery
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A few years back we introduced our OverPot ClearStockery Event.   It’s a funny name but it seemed to work for both you and us.  Besides, it’s so much more interesting than simply saying "Pottery Overstock Clearance Sale".

This is a great time to do two things.  First, give your patio and landscaping a fresh new look!  Second, save 40%, on a select group of pottery, while you do it! 

Our clearance pottery has been moved into the area in front of greenhouse #8 – straight in front of you when you come up the drive. There is still plenty of pottery to choose from, but don’t miss out, at these prices, they’ll soon be gone.  This promotion is valid at our Cottage Grove location.

Featured Plant of the Week – Climbing Roses
Now 40% Off

William Baffin Rose
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Add height to your yard or garden with climbing roses and they will add a whole new dimension to your landscape.  Climbing roses are usually easier to care for than other roses, but there is some training involved. 

Since they don’t have tendrils or suckers like vines have, they will need additional support to climb up a trellis, fence, or whatever other structure is involved.  It’s simple, just loosely tie the canes to the support structure with a soft cloth or string and you are on your way to achieving that wonderfully romantic and nostalgic look. 

Stop on out and choose from our colorful selection of climbing roses and receive 40% off.  Not valid on previous purchases.  Cottage Grove location only.

Our Fall Seeds Have Arrived

Now is a great time to start thinking about and planning your fall garden.  We have a garden full of Livingston seeds for you to plant!   Peas, beans, carrots, lettuce and radishes are just a sampling of the variety we have to choose from.

Our seed supply goes quickly, so be sure to stop out real soon to get the variety of seeds that you want to plant in your fall garden.

Have you heard about corduroy pillows?
They’re making headlines.

More Savings

Purchase two 4” or 5” perennials and get one of equal or lesser value free. There is no limit to this fantastic opportunity!  Don’t miss out on a chance to economically expand your perennial garden.

Buy 2 – 1 free
Buy 4 – 2 free
Buy 6 – 3 free
and so on…

This offer is good at both locations.

What did the green grape say to the purple grape?

Art in the Garden

By Marty Robbins

Art in the Garden Vendor Information

This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.

To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)

To register, please either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.  If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event.  Please include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Please send your check to:

America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

This is an art and craft fair!  We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.

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What do dogs have that no other animals have?

Dog Wash Fundraiser Results!

Seventy-six dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds were at our greenhouse last Saturday for America’s Best Flowers 5th Annual Dog Wash fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society.  Between Tabby and Jack’s Mobile Grooming, Talbot Photography and America’s Best Flowers we raised $1425.00 for the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS)! 

Thanks to Nick Pelzer and all the volunteers from the DCHS, for all their hard work bathing man’s best friend.  The volunteers came to the greenhouse dry and left soaking wet…and they didn’t seem to mind a bit.

A very, very special thanks to Tabby & Jack’s Grooming and Talbot Photography for joining with us for the fifth consecutive year.

What is red and smells like blue paint?
Red paint.

Ask Irene

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

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 8
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!

11am-2pm Enjoy a FREE brat/hot dog & corn-on-the-cob served by the Cottage Grove Historical Society. Cottage Grove location only.

Sat, Aug 22
Flea Market

9am-3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 12
Art in the Garden Craft Fair

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

Sat, Sep 19
Flea Market

9am-3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 19 – Sun, Oct 18
Scarecrow Days

Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Bring family and friends out to build one-of-a-kind scarecrow(s).

Sat, Oct 17
Flea Market

9am-3pm – Rain or Shine

Q: What do you get when you cross a chicken and a pit bull?
A: Just the Pit Bull

Our Kitchen

A few weeks ago Scott surprised me by bringing in a sample of this recipe.  Yum and double yum!  We decided the best time to share it was when tomatoes and basil are ready in the garden.  We have a good supply of fresh cherry tomatoes as well as pots of beautiful basil ready to go if yours aren’t quite there yet.

Don’t let the two sets of ingredients throw you.  It’s simple to put the marinade and chicken together the night before you want to serve it.  Then it’s an easy matter to get it ready for the oven. 45 minutes later it’s ready to serve.  A perfect accompaniment is oven-roasted new red potatoes tossed in olive oil and garlic.  They take about the same baking time as the chicken.  Enjoy!!

Chicken with Fennel and Tomatoes

By Catherine Anderson

From Tastebook (online recipe collection)
A delicious, quick and one pot dinner perfect for mid-week cooking. This recipe is for 2 servings, but it could be easily doubled for leftovers or guests.
    Marinade and Chicken
    • 1/3 C extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 shallot, minced (about 3 T)
    • 2 T water
    • 2 T chopped fresh basil
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 tsp. table salt
    • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
    • 2 (12-ounce) bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts, trimmed (or just use boneless skinless breasts and reduce the cooking time)
    • 1 fennel bulb (about 3/4 lb), stalks removed, halved, cored, thinly sliced
    • 6 ounces of cherry tomatoes (about 1 cup)
    • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
    • 1/4 tsp. table salt
    • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
    • 1 T lemon juice
    • 2 T chopped fresh basil

        1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a zip-loc bag and shake to combine. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade and then add the chicken to the bag. Marinate for at least 1 hour or up to 24.

        2. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 450°. In a large bowl, combine 1 T of the reserved marinade with the fennel, tomatoes, olives, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Transfer the veggies to an 8-inch square baking dish (or something similar).

        3. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and place them skin-side up on the veggies. Bake until the thickest part of the chicken registers 160 to 165 degrees, about 35-40 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the lemon juice into the remaining 3 T of reserved marinade.

        4. Remove the chicken from the oven, and pour the lemon-marinade mixture over the top. Let it rest for 5 minutes, and sprinkle with the basil before serving.

    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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