Customer Appreciation Day

Newsletter 22 – Tuesday, July 31, 2012

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

We’re having a whopper of a sale this week!

Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs and planted containers are all on sale!

We’re not kidding!  Choose from our wide selection, which includes Birch, Magnolia, pear and apple trees and our Boxwood, Azalea, Rhododendron and Hydrangea shrubs.  They’re waiting for you to take them home!     

What about pottery?  Check out the selected pottery that has been reduced 30%.  

Stop in and take advantage of us! 

And last but not least…

Customer Appreciation Day at America’s Best Flowers

Flying Cow Pizza

In appreciation to you, our LOYAL CUSTOMER, America’s Best Flowers would like to treat you to FREE pizza!

Brett Buchanan, from Flying Cow Pizza, will be tossing pizza dough this coming Saturday, August 4th between 11:00 – 3:00.  You’ve got to see Brett’s portable brick oven on wheels.  It’s really cool, or hot, depending on how you look at it.  And the pizza is fabulous!  Check out Brett’s website for the story behind the name at

While you’re here, take a tour of our greenhouses and grounds.  See how many butterflies you can count. 

Please join us for food, flowers, fun and friendship!

Q: "Waiter, will my pizza be long?"
A: "No sir, it will be round!"

Birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…they all need water.

Did you know that bird baths are not only for the birds? This summer really opened my eyes to the many different frequent flyers that stop in for a quick drink.  Bees by the dozen are coming by and they are in no hurry to leave.  I honestly thought I saw one doing the backstroke the other day.  Summer Olympics in the bee-kingdom, perhaps? 

Bird baths enhance any area.  They can even turn a neglected corner of your yard into a bird sanctuary. America’s Best Flowers has both glazed and unglazed bird baths and many are ‘Made in the USA.’   And most of our bird baths have locking tops.  Reminder:  Never pick up a bird bath by the basin/bowl.  Remove the basin/bowl from the pedestal when moving the bird bath. 

Q: Who is the bees favorite singer?
A: Sting!

What are those Flowers?

Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne’s Lace

Driving from Monona out to the greenhouse every day, it’s hard to miss the abundance of white and blue flowers along the road.  Even in the sweltering, drought conditions we have this year, they hold their little heads up high…proud to adorn the highways and byways.

The white ones are Queen Anne’s Lace, a relative of carrot and parsley.  The blue ones are chicory, a distant relative of asters. 

And are they beautiful, especially compared to the brown landscape that surrounds them. 

Many years ago, in my life as an Iowa farm girl, I decided that if they were beautiful along the road, they would be a great addition to my gardens.  I did not realize that the qualities that made them so hardy along the roadside, would make them unstoppably aggressive in the fertile soils of my flower beds.  So my advice to you is to take a drive in the country to enjoy the beauty these plants have to offer, but resist any temptation you might have to carry a few seeds home.  I promise you will be glad you did. 

~ Bev Wilson

It’s getting closer … mark your calendar

Our 2nd Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society is Saturday, August 18.  Tail wagging details coming in next week’s newsletter.

Doggy Dictionary
LEASH: A strap that attaches to your collar,
enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.


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.

‘Ed wants to know…Just how clever are you?’ Submissions

In last week’s newsletter, we asked for ideas from you for a new tag line for America’s Best Flowers.  This is our current tag line ‘You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!’  If you have a short and catchy idea for us send it to by August 3, 2012.  Following are the submissions we’ve received to date:

We promise a garden with an explosion of color to delight the eye and of flavor to tempt the taste buds!
Your garden… an explosion of color…a temptation of flavor!
"growing with you"
From our garden to yours
America’s Best flowers stand the test of time!
Plants grown with love to grace your landscape.
Flowers, trees and herbs for the beginner and the seasoned gardener!
America’s Best Flowers are simply irresistible!
The place to bee for flowers and trees!
Growing with you and for you!

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 11
Tomato Tasting

Taste the difference between fresh varieties. Canning & pickling anyone?

Sat, Aug 18
2nd Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser

11am – 3pm For the Dane County Humane Society

Sat, Aug 25
Autumn Container Workshop

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

Sat, Sep 8 – Sun, Sep 16
The Last Dollar Days

Come in and use your orange dollars. This is the last chance to use them before they expire for good.

Sat, Sep 15
Art and Craft Fair

9am – 3pm

Sat, Sep 22 – Sun, Sep 30
Autumn Sale

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Warm summer days provides such a great opportunity to grill out.  It doesn’t even seem to matter what you are serving, it will taste great if it comes off the grill.  Jim and I really enjoy grilled peppers and mushrooms.  This is so good, it can be a stand-alone vegetarian dish, with or without a bun, or a delicious accompaniment for your favorite meat.   Serves 3-4 as a main dish or 5 or more as a side.  Enjoy!

Mini Bell Peppers & Portabella Mushrooms on the Grill

Bell Peppers

  • 15 Mini Bell Peppers, whole
  • 10 large Portabella mushroom caps, 3-4 inches across
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T cider vinegar
  • 1 t soy sauce
  • ¼ t garlic powder, or 1 large clove, minced
  • black pepper to taste
  • 4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

Carefully clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel.

Wash peppers and dry.

Mix oil, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and pepper in small bowl.

Brush this mixture on peppers and place on foil-covered cookie sheet.  Brush top of mushroom caps and lay upside down on foil. Gently brush remaining mixture into gills of mushrooms.  Cover gills with cheese.

Grill peppers directly on grill over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes, turning once, should show char marks.  Move to top shelf of grill (or to the side).  Grill mushroom caps, cheese side up, directly on grill for 5-8 minutes, until cheese is melted. 

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