Customer Appreciation Weekend

Newsletter 22 – Thursday, August 12, 2010

If friends were flowers, we’d pick you

Customer Appreciation Weekend

August 14 & 15 · Free Ice Cream

The most valuable part of America’s Best Flowers is not the land or the state-of-the-art buildings that sit on it. Nor is it our vision for a more beautiful world. While our plants, associates, activities and commitment to our local communities are all important, it is our loyal customers who make America’s Best Flowers what it is.

Without you, no one would enjoy the country setting or marvel at the variety of plants we grow. Our aisles wouldn’t be filled with children hunting eggs or chasing butterflies. School classes wouldn’t enjoy free tours and activities. Contributions to local non-profits would cease. And we believe that the world in and around Dane County would be a lot less beautiful, without you.

Somehow offering you ice cream and saying thank you, however heartfelt, doesn’t seem like enough of a reward for the faithfulness you all demonstrate by your continued patronage. Since this week is Customer Appreciation Week, and since there isn’t a company out there who appreciates their loyal customers more than we do, we want to do something extra special. Thus was born…

The Matching Funds Event

We have a diverse selection to choose from
We have a diverse selection to choose from. Click on the image for a Better View.

Coming up with an offer big enough to show our sincere appreciation was a challenge.  After brainstorming a bit, we decided to give away our entire remaining stock of mixed annual containers and hanging baskets, including Marty’s incredible custom-designed collection.  To get your FREE container or hanging basket, all you have to do is purchase an equal amount (that’s the matching funds part) of anything we have in stock. Just bring your purchases to the checkout, we’ll ring them up and tell you what you can get FREE.

Example: Select a $25.00 pot from our pottery department and you can pick out your favorite mixed annual container or hanging basket, with a regular price of $24.99 or less for FREE! How good is that?

The possibilities are endless, spend $50 (after you take the 40% off) on perennials, trees or shrubs and get a regularly priced $50 annual container, or spend $22 on soil, mulch, or garden supplies and get a regularly priced $22 basket.  Think ahead to what you might need next year, get it now at this year’s prices, and receive containers of beautiful flowers FREE. There is no limit on how many you can get.

If you’ve had your eye on one of our incredible mixed containers, don’t wait.  You’re not the only one who loves it. There’s still lots of summer left to enjoy these annuals, and the best part is that all the hard work is already done. All you need to do is bring them home and enjoy! 

* Just to be clear, the Matching Funds Sale does not include our fall mums and asters, fall annuals or fall mixed containers.

Ehrlich’s Law
The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.

Customer Appreciation Door Prize

Door Prize

While you’re here, sign up to win our Customer Appreciation door prize.  This beautiful creation, valued at $239, was designed especially for you.  It features an extra large pot from our Italian Chocolate Collection filled with an exclusive custom arrangement which includes a stately King Tut papyrus, a variegated canna, and flowering vinca.  Wouldn’t this piece be a fabulous addition to your entry, deck or patio?

Entries can be made through Tuesday, August 13th, once per day per loyalty customer, with the drawing held on Wednesday.

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Tussman’s Law
Nothing is as inevitable as a mistake whose time has come.

Additional Perennials Now Available

Vinca Vine Creeping Phlox Johnson's Blue Geranium

Many of you have asked if we would be getting any more perennials in.  By luck we have been able to obtain a limited number of astilbe, veronica, yarrow, columbine, Johnson’s Blue geranium, lamb’s ear and ground cover sedums, vinca vine and creeping phlox.  These very nice plants won’t last long at our special 40% savings.

Cannon’s Comment
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire,
the next morning you will have a flat tire.

More Savings…

Pick up a pot from our clearance department at 75% off and then fill it with a FREE mixed annual container and you’ll have a gorgeous container for your patio or deck.  No work, no fuss!

Our remaining annuals, herbs and water plants are still Buy One Get One FREE, and our perennials, trees and shrubs are a great value at 40% off.  These special offers do not include fall annuals, mums, asters or fall mixed containers.

Speaking of mums, the red blossoms of Helen and yellow ones of Diana are starting to open.  If you’re ready to replace droopy summer annuals with color that will last into the fall, plant them with the bright pinks or blues of asters, and you’ll have a cheerful addition to your landscaping.

IBM’s Pollyanna Principle:
Machines should work. People should think.

Iris Divide & Swap

August 14 at 10 am

If you love iris like I do, there’s no such thing as too many.  Except, if you have several clumps of the same variety.  America’s Best Flowers can help you with that.  This Saturday come to our Divide and Swap Iris Workshop at 10 AM.  Bring in a clump of iris that needs to be divided.  If you’ve never dug one before, be sure to dig back away from the plants a few inches so you don’t damage the rhizome.  If your clump is large, it may break up a bit as you dig.  No worries, just throw it all in a box or sack and bring it along. We’ll show you how to divide your plants and then you’ll have a chance to trade for other varieties.  If you can, please bring along a Sharpie, a garden knife and scissors and a few plastic grocery sacks.

Peer’s Law
The solution to a problem changes the problem.

West Towne Update

Cheryl, Karen, and Lisa from our West Towne site want to thank you all for making 2010 a special season.  Even though our roof blew off in the storm Monday night, we will be open one more week.  Please stop in to see our fall asters and mums fresh from the farm.  We look forward to seeing all of you this week.

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends. Help us get one thousand fans and surprises will await you when you visit our page.

Beach’s Law
Identical parts aren’t.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 14
IRIS Divide and Swap

Starts at 10 AM. Bring a clump of Iris to divide and swap with others! Bring a knife, a sharpie pen and plastic bags.

Sat, Sep 18
Art in the Garden

9 AM – 4 PM Local artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their merchandise

Cole’s Law
Thinly sliced cabbage.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

I always liked quinoa (pronounced ki-no-a, accent on the first syllable) but then I bought some red quinoa at Trader Joes and loved the way it looked as well. So beautiful on the plate and mixed with veggies—WOW! It’s a nutty grain, and packs a big amount of protein. Always rinse it in a strainer before use to remove its naturally bitter coating. You may substitute long grain rice in this recipe, if you prefer.

Not only is this healthy, it’s simply beautiful, due to all the color.

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Casserole

Red Quinoa
  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed well
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 6 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ t salt
  • ¼ cup white wine or apple juice


In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and 3 ½ cups of the chicken stock. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium; cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until all the stock is absorbed.

Meanwhile, in a 10” no-stick skillet, combine the oil, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, and remaining ½ cup of stock. Cook and stir over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables soften. Add the spinach. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the spinach wilts.

Preheat the oven to 350° Coat a 2-quart shallow baking dish with no-stick spray.  Spread the quinoa in the baking dish. Top with the vegetables, bread crumbs, Parmesan, pepper, and salt. Pour the wine or apple juice over the mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

The Class Reunion

I was in a department store dressing room when I overheard a woman in the next booth make disparaging remarks about the clothes she was trying on.
Finally, an attendant knocked on her door and asked if there was a specific color or style she could get for her.
“I need a dress for my class reunion,” the woman answered.
“I don’t care what color or style, as long as it makes me look
twenty pounds lighter and ten years younger.”
From another dressing room I heard another woman call out,
“Make that two!”

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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