Crows Need Scaring

Newsletter 29 – Tuesday, September 18, 2012

You’re going to love your Scarecrow…that’s our promise too!

Skeletal Scarecrow
Skeletal Scarecrow
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Hay, are you looking for a fun family or group activity?  It’s scarecrow time at America’s Best Flowers.  We will be stuffing straw from 10am to 5pm seven days a week, beginning Saturday, Sept. 22 and running through Saturday Oct. 13.  What a silly time you’ll have creating your very own straw person.  It’s an ideal activity for groups of all ages.  We have a huge walk in closet (like the size of a small greenhouse) full of different ensembles to choose from.  Accessories galore to add that perfect touch to your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  The cost of the scarecrow kit is $14.99.  The kit consists of a frame, a burlap head, a funny face, staff assistance and straw, lots of straw.  Clothes in all sizes are available at garage sale prices, but you are welcome to bring your own outfit or old costumes. 

Come on out!  Bring your group and have yourself a hay-day!

For groups of 5 or more, please call ahead 608-222-2269.  This will allow us to plan ahead and have enough staff available for your group. 

What is a scarecrow’s favorite fruit?

Scarecrow Contests

After building your oh-so-special straw person, be sure to enter our contests.   Our first contest is to name our Cowgirl scarecrow.  That girl is straight from the wild, wild west!  She’d really like it if you would stop by and give her a great big ‘howdy’!  The deadline to submit your entry is October 13th.  One of our beautiful mums will be presented to the winner.

The second contest is a drawing for our scarecrow of the week.  The first week drawing will be on Saturday, September 29th

It’s Just Shocking!

Not only do we have straw…

We have corn shocks, beautiful, gorgeous healthy and strong mums (was that a little overkill?), pumpkins and Indian corn. 

Are you looking for a fun and interesting fall look for your yard? Pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, straw bales and ornamental corn are all in stock at America’s Best Flowers.  Combine these with some of our brilliant mums and asters to create a show-stopping display.  Remember our corn shocks are netted (like a Christmas tree) so they can be safely tied to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.  Hey, no worries, we’ll even provide the twine.   Hurry, get them while supplies last.

Don’t you just love the easy way out?  If your busy schedule leaves little time for decorating, we have the answer.  Our Autumn Bundle includes one of our larger-than-life mums, a straw bale and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings.  Add two more mums and save even more.  Shocks, include a few pumpkins, your very own made in the USA scarecrow, and you’ll be the talk of the neighborhood!  Celebrate the fall season with us!

What do you get if you divide the circumference
of a pumpkin by its diameter?
Pumpkin pi

Garlic anyone?


Our garlic bulbs have arrived!  Garlic is a member of the allium family. It’s easy to grow and requires very little space in the garden.  Garlic should be planted in a sunny spot not recently used for garlic or other plants from the onion family.  Break each individual clove off from a whole bulb. Each of the cloves will multiply in the ground and form a new bulb. Each of these bulbs will consist of 5-10 cloves. Plant the cloves in fertile and well-drained soil 4-6 inches apart with the pointed end of the clove up.  Be sure the rows are spaced one foot apart.  In our Wisconsin climate you’ll need to mulch with straw, chopped leaves or grass clippings up to 4 inches thick. 

Not only does garlic taste great roasted or used as a flavoring in many recipes, but it keeps the vampires away (and probably a few of your friends!)

Sincere words of ‘Thanks!’ from Marty

Thank you to all the talented vendors and wonderful customers that attended America’s Best Flowers 3rd Annual Art in the Garden event this past Saturday.  This event keeps getting better and better!  And it’s all because of you!

We hope that you enjoyed the day as much as we did.  We hope to see you next year at America’s Best Flowers 4th Annual Art in the Garden event.    

One last very exciting thing…

We are going to be open until December 15!  We have 3 upcoming holiday workshops scheduled for November and December.  Would you like to dress up the outside of your home for the holidays?  We have a Porch Pot & Wreath workshop on November 17 & 18.  What about learning how to dye a Poinsettias? Join us for that event on November 24.  Do you need a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday dinner?  On December 9 we are having our Holiday Centerpiece Workshop. 

Please pre-register for these 3 events at or call us at 608-222-2269. 

Please, won’t you share your harvest?

Do you have an abundance of peppers, tomatoes etc., from your garden that you just don’t know what to do with?  America’s Best Flowers would like to plant a seed in your mind.  Please consider donating to the Cottage Grove Community Food Pantry.  The food pantry opens at 9:00am every other Saturday starting this coming Saturday, September 22.  Please drop off your harvest early so that everyone that comes to the pantry has an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful taste of fresh produce. 

The Community Food Pantry is located at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 229 North Main Street, Cottage Grove, WI.


America’s Best Flowers wants you to succeed, so if you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.

Q: What do you call a Badger with a carrot in each ear?
A: Anything you want as he can’t hear you!

Breathtakingly Beautiful

Nope, I’m not talking about either Lucy or America’s Best Flowers this time.  Last week Hubby and I went to the Chazen Museum of Art for the very first time.  The museum is located on University Ave, on the UW campus and is very easy to find. We went to see an exhibit of forty five works of art from Florence, Italy.  The name of the exhibit is “Offering of the Angels: Painting and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery.”  The moment we passed into the exhibit area my eyes filled with tears.  Hubby looks at me and I can just read his mind ‘Here we go again with the tears!’

What can I say, when you are overcome with emotion what do you do?  Both Hubby and I recommend visiting the museum.  Who knows when you’ll get the opportunity to see art work from the late 14th to the early 18th century again? 

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

A farmer was milking his cow.
He was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started circling his head. Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow’s ear. The farmer didn’t think much about it, until the bug squirted out into his bucket.
It went in one ear and out the udder.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 22 – Sun, Sep 30
Autumn Sale
Sat, Sep 22 – Sat, Oct 13
Scarecrow Days

10am – 5pm Seven days a week. Come in and make your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow!

Sat, Oct 6 – Sun, Oct 7
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am – 4pm Sharpen your tools for fall or spring yard work.

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Mini Art in the Garden

9am – 3pm We invite you to stop in and pick up your fresh winter decorating items and, to shop at our mini-Art in the Garden. We are planning on six local vendors joining us for the weekend.

Sat, Nov 24
Painting Poinsettias

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Little Bev made this recipe a few weeks back.  She praised it so highly that I decided it should be shared.  It’s from Favorite Brand Name Recipes, copyrighted in 2010 by Publications International Ltd.  Now that the cooler days of fall are here, it’s time to dig out the crock pot again.  There is no better way to be greeted as you walk through the door after a long day at work than with the aroma of home cooked food.  Enjoy!

Sicilian Steak Pinwheels

Sicilian Steak Pinwheels

  • ¾ pound mild or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 ¾ c fresh bread crumbs
  • ¾ c grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T minced fresh Italian parsley, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds beef round steak
  • 1 c frozen peas
  • 1 c pasta sauce
  • 1 c beef broth

Lightly coat slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  Mix sausage, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs and 3 tablespoons parsley in large bowl until well blended; set aside.

Place steak between 2 large sheets of plastic wrap.  Pound with meat mallet or bottom of skillet until about 3/8 inch thick.

Remove top layer of plastic wrap.  Spread sausage mixture over steak.  Press frozen peas into sausage mixture.  Lift edge of plastic wrap at short end to begin rolling steak.  Roll up completely; discard plastic wrap.  Tie at 2 inch intervals with kitchen twine.  Transfer to slow cooker.

Combine pasta sauce and broth in medium bowl.  Pour over steak.  Cover; cook on LOW 6 hours or until tender and cooked through.

Transfer steak to serving platter.  Let stand 20 minutes.  Remove and discard twine; cut steak into 2 inch slices.  Skim and discard excess fat from sauce.  Serve steak with sauce.  Serves 6.

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