Deck the Halls

Newsletter 36 – Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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

We can make your holiday decorating easy AND fun!

A collage of our Winter Workshop
A collage of our Winter Workshop
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How, you ask?

Bring your creativity and come out to our Winter Workshops!  Have a fun time with your family or a group of your friends!  If you need a little assistance in the creativity department, our talented staff will be happy to lend a helping hand.  As you can see in this collage of pictures from last year, everyone was having a real good time.

This is how it all works!

You can pre-register for any or ALL of our workshop events by sending Marty an email at or call us at 608-222-2269.  All of our workshops are ongoing throughout the day between 9am to 3pm, so there is no need to sign up for a particular time slot, just the date.  We want to have plenty of supplies for you to create your masterpieces, so pre-registration is important, however, walk-ins are always welcome.  Shhh, there is a rumor going around that there will be door prize drawings!  

Holiday Porch Pot and Wreath Workshop

Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
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Saturday and Sunday, November 17th and 18th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am and 3pm

We are known for our container workshops throughout the year. The holiday workshops are just one of our "hands-on" workshops we offer to our customers. America’s Best Flowers porch pot and wreath workshop affords you the opportunity to create a unique and personal statement of decoration for your entry, porch, deck or patio. We offer bundles of assorted fresh greens as a base to start your container.  You can bring in your empty container or purchase one of ours. Containers range from inexpensive plastic to high end ceramic. We will fill each container with FREE sand. Once you have arranged the greens, you can add to your container from our wide assortment of pre-bundled artificial picks and stems or purchase individual stems of artificial items to accentuate your design. Our experienced design staff will be on hand to assist with your design and arrangement. Last year’s workshop was attended by over 65 people who created some spectacular outdoor pieces. Finished prices ranged from $30 to $140. It all depends on how large or how full and dramatic you want your container to be. In any case, your container makes a personal statement your family and friends will admire, and you created it yourself! If you are familiar with our spring container workshops, this is just a variation of that using winter and holiday materials. 

At the same workshop you can also decorate a fresh wreath.  Wreaths are available in several sizes and are freshly made by our staff at our florist shop in Edgerton. You can select from an assortment of decorations to create your own individually decorated wreath. Pricing is the cost of the wreath plus the cost of the individual picks, swags and bows that you select. If you’re making a porch pot, why not decorate a matching wreath too?

Mini-Art in the Garden

Saturday and Sunday, November 17th and 18th

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.

Poinsettia Painting Workshop

Come Paint Some Poinsettias!
Come Paint Some Poinsettias!
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Saturday, November 24th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am to 3pm

Poinsettia painting is an opportunity to color (paint) a creamy white poinsettia with a custom color. We will have several custom colors available that you will spray onto the poinsettia to create your own decorator color. It is best to bring along an old LONG SLEEVED shirt or smock to wear while painting.

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

A tasteful arrangement of candles and a christmas wreath
Making the Turkey jealous
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Sunday, December 9th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am to 3pm

Have you ever admired those beautiful holiday table centerpieces and wished you knew how to arrange one for your own holiday table? Well now you have the opportunity to create your own. You will start with an assortment of fresh greens and build your own base using florist’s foam. Then you will add assorted picks and ornaments that are available or maybe even add a candle or glass hurricane. We have two pricing options available for this workshop. One is priced at $29.99 and the other is priced at $39.99.

Have a fresh and natural winter decorating season!

Christmas trees, wreaths and boughs are coming soon to America’s Best Flowers!

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are not only the perfect holiday gift for that favorite gardener in your life, but they make a great gift for your child’s teacher or a fellow co-worker.  Holidays and entertaining go together!  Rather than giving the customary bottle of wine to your host and hostess why not give an America’s Best Flowers gift card?

We would be happy to take your gift card orders over the phone and mail the cards for you with a personal message for the recipient.

More gift options…

Now that America’s Best Flowers is open year round.  (Yep, you heard it right!)  We are so excited.  We are getting our Holiday Gift Area ready and we cannot wait for you to see it!  More on this in next week’s newsletter.

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

Lucille Ball

There is still easy money available for your non-profit organization!

Did you know that we have an easy, fun AND profitable fundraising program for non-profit organizations? Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms? What about your school or church music programs?

We offer non-profit organizations the opportunity to keep 25% of the proceeds from the sale of our gift cards. For example, if your organization sold $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10.00, your organization would have raised $125. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley at

Would you be so kind…

To help us with a simple survey?  

  1. Are you happy with our newsletter? 
  2. Are we providing you with sufficient gardening information? 
  3. Is our website easy to find and follow?
  4. What have we overlooked?
  5. What would you like to see more of?
  6. What would you like to see less of?
  7. Would you like to see more events for kids during the summer months?
  8. Has our ‘send us your gardening questions’ been helpful?

We are planning ahead for the 2013 season and would appreciate your input. 

Please send your responses and thoughts to Shirley at


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.

Knock! Knock!
Who’s there?
Alpaca who?
Alpaca the trunk, you pack-a the suitcase.

What do Alpacas and America’s Best Flowers have in common?

The Mysterious Alpaca
The Mysterious Alpaca
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Find out in next week’s newsletter.

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.

Bill Cosby

Upcoming Events

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

Sun, Dec 9
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

If you’re like me, this getting home in the dark makes it really hard to get in the mood for cooking dinner.  However, if you are greeted with the wonderful fragrance of cooking food when you open the door, it’s not so difficult to spend a few minutes finishing the task.

The following crockpot recipe was given to me by our retail manager, Marty and his wife, Martha.  It will take only a few minutes to put this together before you leave for work.  Hope you enjoy!!

Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff

  • 6 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 16 oz carton sour cream
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 envelopes dry onion soup mix

Place frozen chicken breasts in bottom of crockpot.  Mix together remaining ingredients.  Pour over chicken.  Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.  Serve over noodles or rice.

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