Container Workshop this Weekend

Newsletter 14 – Thursday, May 16, 2013

Monday – Friday

Saturday – Sunday

Container Workshop

Come out to our Container Workshop this Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, from 10 – 4 PM. Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting. 

Our workshop starts at 10 AM and is ongoing throughout the day until 4 PM.  Come in anytime between those hours.  After you have picked out your healthy, beautiful plants and flowers and gorgeous containers pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!   

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. 

God made rainy days, so gardeners could get the housework done.

Herb Cooking Clinic

Our very own resident foodie, Deb Meyer, will be demonstrating the healthy, flavorful, and easy world of cooking with herbs this coming Saturday from 11-12 pm.  Rumor is that there will be goodies to taste.

Are you hosting a graduation party, family reunion or just an all out fun get together this summer?

There is always so much preparation that goes into a social event.  Let us reduce your stress level by assisting with your outside decorating.  Our talented staff will create eye-popping flower containers that will amaze and impress your guests.  Just give us a call at 608-222-2269 to arrange a time to meet with our designer.  America’s Best Flowers will create that perfect look for your special event.

What do you call two young married spiders?
Newly webs.

Beautiful Hanging Flower Baskets

A small selection of our Hanging Baskets
A small selection of our Hanging Baskets
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Come on out and be overwhelmed with the beauty of our thousands and thousands of hanging baskets.  Our customers repeatedly tell us that they always find exactly what they are looking for at our greenhouse.  To make your visit even more worthwhile, we offer a price break when you purchase five or more.

Just in

Kiev and Jester Topiaries
Kiev (left) and Jester (right) Topiary Frames
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Our smaller wrought iron topiary frames have arrived.  These pieces will add that final touch to your herb or miniature garden, trailing houseplants and container gardens.  Two sizes are available.  The Jester topiary frame is 15” and the Kiev topiary frame is 12”.


Our Shookette is a 24" sturdy wrought iron hook with mounting hardware that is perfect for porches and decks to display our stunning hanging baskets.

Ridiculously easy to mount!
Ridiculously easy to mount!
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You asked for them and we got them.  Our adjustable wrought iron holders for window boxes fit 4" to 6" deck rails.  They are easy to install with solid steel hooks that fit over your deck rails to support your window boxes.  Also available, are 8" round holders for pots as well.

Are you a Social Networking kind of Person?

By Deb Meyer


Did you know we have 11 Pinterest Boards filled with hundreds of ideas for gorgeous gardens and delicious recipes, as well as the latest in trendy garden glam?

Check us out @

We’re also on facebook and Twitter, so be sure to connect with us and keep up to date with the latest gardening events and trends.

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 Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly.

Kids are funny!

(From Woman’s World May 20, 2013 magazine.)
One day while we were in the car, my five-year-old daughter told me that when she grows up, she wants to be a teacher.
”Really, honey?” I replied, making eye contact with her in my rearview mirror.
“That’s wonderful! What do you want to teach?”
She made a face like I was crazy as she responded,

Come Play and Sing in our Garden!

Yeah, we are getting responses from the young and talented to perform at our Music in the Garden event.  We are looking forward to hearing some great voices and music this summer at the greenhouse.

It is not the ‘Voice’ or ‘American Idol’, but it is a chance for talented young people to perform in public!  This summer we would like to offer a venue for the young and talented.  The dates for this event are Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, July 27.  Play a little or play a lot!  Sing a little or sing a lot!

We do not provide instruments or a microphone.  The ‘performers’ would need to bring their own equipment.  Electricity will be available.

There are still time slots available, so if you know of any groups or solo artists in the area that sing and/or play musical instruments and would like to perform at our greenhouse please contact Shirley at

Some people have contacted us asking for a flyer they could distrubute on their own, so here you go:

Important – America’s Best Flowers Lost and Found

About 10-12 days ago, an article of clothing was left in the perennial section at our greenhouse.  We don’t usually put lost and found items in the newsletter, but due to a medical item that was in a pocket we felt this was necessary.  Please call us at 608-222-2269 to identify the item and make arrangements to claim it.  

Lucy’s story – Chapter 6

Lucy and I left her foster home together and she settled quickly into her permanent home.  Lucy would never let me out of her sight though.  When I’d leave a room, Lucy would be right behind me.  She would join me in every single room, you get my drift?  That was 9 years ago and things have not changed.  Let me add that the house is not a mansion, in fact it is very, very small.  I don’t know if she thinks I’m going to jump out a window and disappear or what?  We have deemed the song, ‘Me and My Shadow’ our anthem. 

Lucy slept in bed with me right from the get-go.  When she would wake up, during those first few weeks together, she would be so excited.  Lucy would always wake up first and would kindly awaken me with her cold nose on my face or neck.  Once she saw my eyes open, she would almost dance in bed.  It was as if she could not believe that this was for real…she was not dreaming.  Her forever home and her forever mom were real!

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

If any of you other dog people want to share a dog story send it to

A man hears a knock on his back door and goes to answer it. There’s no one there but the man notices a snail on his doorstep so he kicks it to the bottom of his garden.
Five years later there’s another knock on the door. The man answers it to find the snail on his doorstep again.
‘Hey!’ says the snail. ‘What the heck was that about?’

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 18
Herb Cooking Class

11am – 12pm – Cooking with fresh herbs.

Sat, May 18 – Sun, May 19
Container Workshop

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

Sat, May 25
Rose Clinic

10am – FREE class on how to select, plant, prune, and care for your roses.

Sat, Jun 1
Perennial Gardening Class

10am – FREE garden plan and class.

Sat, Jun 1 – Sun, Jun 2
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am – 4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Tue, Jun 4
Perennial Gardening Class

6:30 PM – FREE garden plans and class.

Our Kitchen

Here is another recipe from the potluck party last weekend.  Several attendees asked for it.  My sister makes this at least once a week.  You can mix and match any vegetables you like. Add minced garlic to the oil before you begin, or not, it’s all up to the cook.

Sauteed Vegetables

  • 10 fresh brussel sprouts, cleaned and cut in half
  • 3-4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into ½” coins
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and cut into narrow wedges
  • ½ pound asparagus, broken into pieces, keep tips separate
  • 4 oz. sliced portabellas
  • 2-3 T olive oil
  • 2-3 T fresh herbs, cleaned and chopped, whatever you have on hand
  • salt and pepper

Spray a large skillet that you have a lid for.  Add oil and garlic if using.  Heat over medium heat.  Place brussel sprouts cut side down in skillet.  Place carrots on top.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add ¼ c water and cover pan.  Cook 10 minutes.  Add onion, stir, cover and cook 5 more minutes, adding a bit more water, if needed.  Add mushrooms and asparagus stems, reserving tips.  Stir lightly, add more salt and pepper, cover.  Cook 5 minutes.  Add tips and cook 3 more minutes.  ENJOY!

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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