Come On Out for Lunch On Us!

Newsletter 25 – Thursday, August 6, 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

Customer Appreciation Day


Here at America’s Best Flowers, we are so fortunate to have such great customers, and we know it! To show our appreciation and have some fun, we would like to invite you out to the greenhouse this Saturday, from 11-2, for a complimentary picnic lunch!

The Cottage Grove Area Historical Society will be serving up brats, hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob. Each person will receive a ticket to redeem for their choice of either a brat or hot dog, AND a corn-on-the-cob or chips. You’re also welcome to purchase additional food and beverages in addition to your free meal. Proceeds go to the Historical Society.

Bring the family, come on out and enjoy a day in the country!

Q: How do you prevent a Summer cold?
A: Catch it in the Winter!

Buy One Gerbera Daisy – 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 6” Gerbera Daisy and get one free. There is no limit. This offer is good through August 12th and is valid at both of our locations. This offer is good while supplies last and is not valid on previous purchases.

Early Fall Mums

Some of our fall mums accompanied with scarecrow dolls and pretty foil pot wrappers
Simply Adorable
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At this point in the season, some of your summer annuals can be looking a bit bedraggled, so now is the perfect time to spruce things up! Our earliest mums have started blooming and look beautiful! By replacing those non-blooming plants with mums, you’ll instantly bring color back into your landscape. Our mums are large, full, and covered in blooms. We also have some gift-ready with foil and a little scarecrow that are absolutely adorable!

Q: What do you call a French guy in sandals?
A: Phillipe Phloppe.

Cabbageworms Give Butterflies a Bad Name

By Lauren, the Bug Lady

A cabbageworm and its prey
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I can be tending my garden, admiring the bounty it will soon provide when suddenly, a little white flash flutters by. As a butterfly admirer, I am enchanted… until I realize what it is, and then I’m instantly flushed with annoyance. Such a stark change in reaction can only be spurred by the imported cabbageworm and knowing their capacity to destroy my cabbage, kale, and broccoli. The caterpillars chew large, irregular holes in the leaves and can reduce them to sticks if you let them.

An Adult Cabbageworm and Egg
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If you catch the damage early, you’ll be able to control these pests by spraying periodically. I highly recommend Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew. It’s an organic spray containing Spinosad, which is derived from a bacterium, and kills caterpillars. It has a short residual and doesn’t affect most beneficial insects. It does affect bees though, so blooms should be avoided and spraying done later in the day.  It works only when it comes in direct contact with the caterpillar, so thorough coverage on the upper and underside of the leaves is essential. It’s very effective, and sure beats tediously searching for and hand-picking those hard-to-see caterpillars!

Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew comes in a ready-to-use spray, concentrate or a bottle that attaches to the end of a hose. Come out and pick up a bottle today!

Turning Trash to Treasure!

East side of a past flea market
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The west side of a past year’s flea market
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Our next fantastic flea market, on August 22nd, is just around the corner. This is thrilling for experienced and novice treasure hunters alike, as you really never know what you’ll find. It’s always a surprise and you may find just what you’ve been looking for or what you don’t even know you need.

There’s still plenty of time to sign up to be a vendor. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to turn your garage and basement clutter into cold hard cash! Flea markets are not only fun, but they are so very easy to participate in! Just bring your treasures out to the greenhouse, display them like you would for a garage sale, sit back and sell.  That’s all it takes!

If interested in becoming a vendor, please click here for more information.

2015 Flea Market Schedule

August 22 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Sept 19 Sunday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 17 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Two Year Old

My two-year-old cousin scared us one summer by disappearing during our lakeside vacation.
More than a dozen relatives searched the forest and shoreline, and everyone was relieved when we found Alex playing calmly in the woods.
"Listen to me, Alex," his mother said sharply. "From now on when you want to go someplace, you tell Mommy first, okay?"
Alex thought about that for a moment and said, "Okay. Disney World."

Art in the Garden

Join us for our annual Art in the Garden event here in the greenhouse on Sept. 12, 2015 from 9 to 3. This will be our 6th year hosting this event, where we bring together talented, local artists to sell their art, crafts, and wares. Some of the items available include: jewelry, paintings, weavings, carved gourds, pottery, woodworking, textiles, photography and much more!

This is a wonderful opportunity to decorate your home, find a gift for a friend, or get a jump on Christmas shopping. It’s just so special when you know a piece is one-of-a-kind and you get to meet the artist who made it.

If interested in participating as a vendor, please click here for information.

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

Miniature Golf

I was at a miniature golf course on a brutally hot day when I saw a father with 3 kids. "Who’s winning?" I asked cheerfully.
"I am" said one.
"No, I am" said another.
"No," the father said "their mother is!"

Our Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, I found out that just like Sharon, Margaret’s family also has a recipe book.  She brought it in for me to look at.  I’ve picked out a few that I think absolutely must be shared.  I’m starting with this salad, because it is finally tomato time in Wisconsin.  It’s easy to adjust the heat by changing the amount of Tabasco sauce you use. I also found a ‘fiery’ version online that adds 1 finely chopped jalapeno to the veggies and 1 tsp of horseradish to the dressing, instead of the Tabasco sauce.

Fire & Ice Tomato Salad

Good served as a side dish with just about anything, but especially with fish.
Fire & Ice Tomato Salad

  • 6 large tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 large green bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 large red or Vidalia onion, sliced thin
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced thin
  • ¾ c cider vinegar
  • ¼ c water
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 ½ t celery salt
  • 1 ½ t whole mustard seed
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1/8 t red pepper or Tabasco sauce, or more to taste
  • 1/8 t black pepper

Place tomatoes, peppers, onion and cucumber in a large bowl.  Hand toss to combine ingredients.

Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Boil for 1 minute, remove from heat. Pour hot vinegar mixture over vegetables.  Chill for several hours or overnight.

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