Container Workshop this Saturday!

Newsletter 29 – Thursday, September 4, 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 65

Lucy laying in the grass, showing off her badger-themed leash
"Did you get my good side?"
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I know this weekends’ Badger football game is only a pre-season game, but, hey, this girl is all about looking good for any and all football games! 

So, in order to complete my Badger outfit it was between my new red and white leash with the black handle and my new red and white leash with the clear handle. It was a tough decision to make, but I’ve made it!  I’m going with my new red and white leash with the black handle. 

My very creative friend, Jeff, makes hand-made leashes that glow, yep, you heard me, glow in the dark!  How cool is that?  Jeff made both leashes for me and I just love them!

I like the way the black-handled leash looks with my beautiful black fur, yet the clear-handled one just says ‘sassy’ to me.  I wore the clear-handled one to the vet last week and the vet even said I looked sassy! 

Another really nice thing about my new leashes is that they are short (just like my mom and me!) Jeff can make them in different lengths, so my mom asked Jeff if he would make us short ones.  

Now that my Badger outfit is complete I’ve gotta start working on the folks for a Packer leash.  The Packer game is tonight, so I gotta think quickly here.  What is my strategy going to be?  Do I pout or do I play my trump card and act totally heartbroken that I don’t have a complete Packer outfit?  

Hmmm, first things first, I feel a nap coming on.   


P.S. Hey, Cutter, thanks for the treat ideas!  I do like carrots and I’m okay with apples (if there is a little peanut butter on them.)  I had a frozen thingy this weekend.  It had honey, plain yogurt and peanut butter.  Yummmy!  Let me know if you want the recipe, Cutter.

P.S.S. Hey, if any of you fellow styling dogs out there are interested in a leash just have your mom or dad send Jeff an email at


Why the sun lightens our hair,
but darkens our skin?

Why don’t you ever see the headline
‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

If flying is so safe, why do they call
the airport the terminal?

Autumn Container Workshop

Come out to our Container Workshop
this Saturday, September 6, from 10 – 4 PM

Check Out Some of Our Fall Creations
Check Out Some of Our Fall Creations
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Pick out your favorite mum, add one or two of our perfect perennials, even a shrub and we’ll help you create a beautiful autumn container to showcase your home, deck or backyard.   Autumn, with its plethora of vibrant and sultry colors, is the time to appreciate our Wisconsin beauty!

Our workshop starts at 10 AM and is ongoing throughout the day until 4 PM.  Come in anytime between those hours.  Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting. 

We do ask that, if you are bringing in your containers from home, please empty all soil from them before bringing them into our greenhouse.  We will provide fresh and FREE potting soil for your creation and we even clean up the mess. 

When planting larger 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 much lighter for you to transport back home and easier to rearrange in your garden. 

Hey, while you’re here…

Why not pick up your Fall Bulbs?

September is the time to plant bulbs for next spring’s bloom. Our fall bulbs have arrived. Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, iris and more are just waiting for you to take them home.  Remember, bulbs are an investment in the future.

When you plant your bulbs is the perfect opportunity to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s your only chance to get the nutrients the bulbs need for maximum flowering directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants.  This year we are featuring Espoma Bulb Tone and Bone Meal.


Why women can’t put on mascara
with their mouth closed?

Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

Easy decorating for your football party!

Of course, all your guests’ eyes will be on the TV during the games, but come halftime, or should we say, chowtime, people will be sure to take notice of the spectacular mums in your yard, container garden, or deck. 

It’s only natural that you’d use mums from America’s Best Flowers to decorate.  After all, Packer and Badger fans deserve only the best. 

To keep your mums looking vibrant and healthy as long as possible please review the following information:


Light: Full sun for maximum bloom

Soil: Well-drained

Water: Water well after planting until established

After Care:

Sept-Oct: Bloom Season

November: Cover with 4-5 inches of soil for winter protection.  After ground freezes, mulch soil around plant with hay or straw. 

Garden mums are zone 5 perennials and should be considered tender perennials in WI.  They must be given protection to survive the winter.  We do not guarantee that mums will over winter.


Why is it that doctors call what
they do ‘practice’?

Why is lemon juice made with
artificial flavor, and dish washing
liquid made with real lemons?

Art in the Garden

Featuring Local Artisans
Saturday, September 14, 9am-3pm

Our 5th Annual Art in the Garden event is right around the greenhouse corner. 

Over 25 talented Wisconsin artists will be at our greenhouse displaying their unique creations.  Some of the items available include: jewelry, paintings, weavings, carved gourds, pottery, woodworking, textiles, photography and much more!

Remember to mark your calendar for our 5th Annual Art in the Garden event on Saturday, September 13, from 9-3.  What a great opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

Art in the Garden Vendor Information

There is still room for vendors at this year’s Art in the Garden event. 

Our 2014 Art in the Garden event will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 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.

Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, draping, displays, products and booth security. Art in the Garden will take place inside our main greenhouses. In the event of rain, some of our plastic roofs may leak. YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PLASTIC DRAPING to cover your items/booth if rain is forecast. This is a rain or shine event.

Please dress accordingly. On sunny days the greenhouses can become quite warm by mid-day. Shoes and shirts MUST be worn at all times, NO BAREFOOT attire will be allowed.

We have two booth sizes. The single booth is 6 ft. long. The double booth is 12 ft. long. ALL BOOTHS ARE APPROXIMATELY 6 ft. DEEP. A very limited number of 6 ft. long steel mesh top tables are available if you need a display table. Tables are on a first come first serve basis and you are responsible for covering the steel mesh top. Your display and products MUST fit with-in your designated area. After unloading your vehicle it must be moved to the designated parking area for vendors.

To register for this event we must have both your booth size and registration fee no later than Monday, September 8, 2014.

Please call 222-2269 or e-mail me at, with your booth size.  If we have not received your registration fee by Monday, September 8, 2014 then your booth space will not be held.

Upon request we will provide vendors with flyers for advertising.  Please stop at our greenhouse and pick up a supply to post in appropriate places. Please be sure you receive permission before posting them.

Items deemed inappropriate by our management to sell in a family atmosphere will be and can be excluded at any time. There is NO SMOKING or firearms allowed on our property.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.


Why is the man who invests all
your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the
slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored
cat food?

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.


Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

You know that indestructible black
box that is used on airplanes? Why
don’t they make the whole plane out
of that stuff?!

If con is the opposite of pro, is
Congress the opposite of progress?

Upcoming Events

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.

Sun, Sep 14
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 20 – Sun, Oct 12
Scarecrow Days

M-F 10-5pm / Sat – Sun 10am-4pm –

Sat, Oct 18
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Oct 18 – Sun, Nov 16
Miniature Garden Container Workshops

10am-3pm Every Weekend – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Our Kitchen

A great big thank you goes to Mary for sharing another way to use zucchini.

This is her mom’s recipe and she always had to double it because the family liked it so much.  I can’t wait to try it.

Zucchini Cheese Soup

  • 3-4 lbs zucchini, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 5 green onions, including green tops
  • 2-3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • water to cover
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 soup cans milk
  • ½ C grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 c light cream

Simmer first five ingredients until vegetables are tender.

Puree in a blender and return to kettle.

Add soup and milk.  Heat to just below boiling. 

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add cream just 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
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627