Container & Mini Garden Workshop Weekend!

Newsletter 17 – Thursday, June 11, 2015

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open

9 – 8 Monday through Friday
9 – 6 Saturday and Sunday

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-6:00
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 95

Snippet from Lucy’s journal…

It happened so fast.  It was a vicious attack.  My dad said we were blindsided.  I say we were all-around-sided.

It was sooo scary.  We were all together enjoying a lovely evening on the deck. I was listening as my mom and dad were talking over the days events and was just ‘that’ close to being lulled into a nap when it happened. 

They came after my dad first.  His hands were flying through the air swinging at them and oh my, the words that came out of his mouth.   We didn’t know what to do or how to stop them.  The blood was flowing!  Then my mom hollered, ‘Run! Quick! Everyone get in the house!’  And run, we did! 

After we took care of our wounds that night we decided that we needed to find a way to protect ourselves.  The very next day my mom went shopping!  And that’s really, really hard for her. She does not like to shop unless, well, unless it’s a garage sale or one of those silly flea market things.  (Pssst, my dad passed on her invitation to come along.  Imagine that!)

My mom came home with a really big box and my dad got busy pulling things out of it and laying stuff all over the deck.  I overheard my dad talking to himself, ‘I won’t quit till this thing is up and secure. I will never ever allow that to happen to my family again!’   Gosh, my dad loves us.

By supper time, our screened in tent thingy was up and ready.  

So, take that you dirty rotten no good mosquitoes!  We double-dog- dare you to visit us again!

Till next time!

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”

Dean Koontz

Buy 2 Petunias or Calibrachoas – Get One Free

We’re doing it again!  Brighten up your patio, deck and yard with a plethora of pretty petunias or calibrachoas!

What a great time to decorate for your summer celebrations and save $.  Purchase two of these plants in hanging baskets or 5” pots and get one of equal or lesser value free. Better yet, there is no limit to this fantastic opportunity! 

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

Get the picture?

And that’s not all.  Our quantity discount still applies.  That’s right! 

When you buy 5 or more hanging baskets or 5” pots there is a price break. (Note that free baskets/pots don’t count towards earning this price break)

This offer is valid Thursday, June 11 through Wednesday, June 17 at our Cottage Grove location only. Not valid on previous purchases.

Church Bulletin Mistakes

These items actually appeared in a church bulletin somewhere. Really!
– The peacekeeping meeting scheduled for Monday night has been canceled due to a conflict.
– Carrie Johnson and Sam Showalter will be married on October 10th. So ends a friendship which began in grade school.

Container Garden & Miniature Garden Workshops!

Join us on this Saturday, June 13, for an additional Container Garden Workshop along with our Miniature Garden Workshop.  The workshops start at 10 and are ongoing throughout the day till 4.  Come in anytime between those hours. 

Think small and inside the pot this Saturday for our Miniature Garden Workshop.  Create your very own miniature fairy garden just as you’ve seen in the glossy home and garden magazines!

So many possibilities!
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Captivating, little gazing balls, tiny bird baths, mischievous gnomes, petite fairies, small stepping stones, diminutive garden arbors, and miniature fences are just some of the treasures we have waiting here to help you realize your vision. Choose from our wide selection of tiny, live plants to bring your miniature wonderland to life.  

To participate in our workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum plant purchase of $10.00 per container is required and you must use plants and/or accessories purchased at America’s Best Flowers the day of the workshop.

Bring your own pot or use one of ours!
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After you have shopped for your succulents, tiny plants, accessories and containers just pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!

Our workshops are a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your garden gloves. If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.  Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting and will help with any and all plant or design questions.

We do ask that if you are bringing in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse. 

If you are bringing in large containers please bring in packing peanuts, chunks of Styrofoam or Styrofoam egg cartons to help fill the bottom of your container.  It makes the container a whole lot lighter for you to transport back home and also, easier to rearrange in your garden if you want to change your outside decor.

Perennial of the Week – Shasta Daisies

White is such an under-used color in the landscape. Nothing adds dimension to the design of your gardens like a brilliant white. And there are few whites more brilliant than Shasta daisies. Add white to your full sun to part sun garden with this week’s Perennial of Week, Shasta Daisies. We have two varieties to choose from.

The Alaska Shasta daisy is one of the oldest and remains to this day one of the best varieties of daisies.  For three months this beauty will enhance your garden with pure white petals that explode from its soft yellow center.  This perennial is between 30-36 inches in height and spreads 24-30 inches and makes a great cut flower display. 

Our Snow Lady Shasta daisy is a dwarf plant that reaches 9-12 inches high and wide.  This daisy is a neat and tight plant with bright blooms that you’ll enjoy month after month.  It too makes for a great cut flower display.   

Both varieties will attract butterflies, bees and birds to your outdoor sanctuary.  

New Products Corner

EZ Rain Gauges

Available in six different colors
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Just in time for Father’s Day… a rain gauge that can be read up to a distance of 50 feet!  And the EZ Read Rain Gauge is perfectly calibrated for true readings.  This jumbo size rain gauge has bright markings and a high visibility float. It mounts easily in the ground or on a post or a fence.  A rust resistant bracket is included.

What a perfect gift for Dad, Grandpa or that special guy in your life!

More Church Bulletin Mistakes

– The potluck supper begins at 5:00 tonight. Prayer and medication to follow.
– The Fasting and Prayer conference is scheduled for next Friday and Saturday. It includes meals.
– Miss Smith sang "I Will Not Pass This Way Again," which gave obvious pleasure to the congregation.

America’s Best Flowers 2015 Flea Market Schedule and Information

June 27 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
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

For vendor participation we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00.  After you have your space set up on the morning of the flea market, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card. 

Each vendor will be allowed two parking spaces, which equals one booth, to display their wares.  More vendor space is available for an additional $10.00 for each parking space.  Additional space must be requested at the time of the initial registration.  Each vendor is limited to only one $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card regardless of the number of parking spaces (booths).  The flea market will be located in our huge blacktop parking lot.  Rain or shine!

[Read the Full Details Here]

You Can’t Get Here from There

An alternate route from google maps
See text for a live link to this map
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The road construction on Cottage Grove Rd and Stoughton Rd (Hwy 51) may change the route some of you will take to get to the greenhouse this year.   See this article for information.

Since Southbound entrance and exit ramps onto 51 will be closed, those coming from the north will need to get off Hwy 51 at the Milwaukee Street exit.  Go left (east) at the bottom of the exit ramp and stay on Milwaukee St. until you get to Sprecher Rd.  Turn right (south) go to the first stop light, which is Cottage Grove Rd.  Turn left (east) go 1 mile and then take a right (south) on Vilas Hope Rd.  We are down one half mile on the right.  Hope to see you soon!!

Click here for a live version of the pictured alternate route.

And Even More Church Bulletin Mistakes

– For those who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery in the basement.
– A bean supper will be served on Wednesday night. Music will follow.
– Please put your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
– The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They can be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

Send Irene 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 Irene, at  Irene will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Each week we will be featuring a question, along with the answer, that one of our customers has sent to Irene.  We hope that this may be of help to you. 

Q: ‘How often should I be watering my basket?’

A: With the warm weather we are having this week and summer just around the corner, most baskets will need to get watered once a day.  When you water, slowly fill up the basket until a little water dribbles out the bottom.  You want the potting mix to be moist from top to bottom.  Water again when the top inch or two in the pot is dry and crumbly.  Another way to tell if it’s time to water is to feel the weight of the basket after watering and hold off on watering again until it is noticeably lighter to lift.

In cooler weather it may be once every other day or longer.  The type of plants used, how big the plants are, and how sunny, windy and warm the conditions are all come in play when watering.  Hope this helps.  Happy gardening!

More Church Bulletin Mistakes

– There will be a hymn sing in the park across from the church tonight at 7:00. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
– The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast on Sunday.
– Our eighth graders will be performing Hamlet in the church basement on Wednesday night at 7:00. Everyone is invited to attend this tragedy.

Upcoming Events

Mon, Jun 1 – Tue, Jun 30
Perennial of the Week

Focus is on a different perennial each week.

Sat, Jun 13
Container & Miniature Garden Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE assistance and FREE soil with $10 plant purchase per container. Create a beautiful container and/or miniature garden in our greenhouse. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all plants and accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sun, Jun 21
Father’s Day

FREE Schoeps ice cream for Dad and the family!

Sat, Jun 27
Flea Market

9am-3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Jul 25
5th Annual Dog Wash

11am-3pm – Bring your wonderful dirty dogs out to our garden spa for a bath and nail trim. Benefits the Dane County Humane Society.

Sat, Jul 25
2nd Annual Fund Raiser for Cottage Grove Police Dog "Larz"

Cancelled Larz is unfortunately not available for a visit this year. The rest of the festivities continue unimpeded.

There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t,
and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will.

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) American poet

Our Kitchen

A jolly, laughing peach.

The warm sunny days of summer are finally here, bringing sweet, ripe peaches to the produce department of your favorite store.   Many people believe there is no better way to serve them than in a fresh pie.  This recipe is from Sharon’s family cookbook.  She guarantees it to be the best peach pie ever.  Enjoy!!

Peaches & Cream Pie

  • ½ c sugar
  • 3 T flour
  • ½ t nutmeg
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • 4 c peeled, sliced peaches (8 medium)
  • ½ c whipping cream
  • ½ t vanilla

Combine sugar, flour, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.  Add peaches and toss to coat.  Stir in cream and vanilla.  Pour peach filling into pastry lined pan.  Cover with top crust.

Bake for 10 minutes at 450 then reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for 45-50 minutes.

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