Deck the Halls … and everything else!

Newsletter 42 – Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Hours

Cottage Grove open
Open 7 days a week 9am-6:00pm

On Sunday, December 21 we will be closing early for our staff holiday party.

On Wednesday, December 24 we will be closing early at 4:00 and we will be closed on Thursday, Christmas Day.

Edgerton open
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 77

"Brr…! It’s so cold out I think I might go crazy! And not from the cold!"
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I was just waking up from a well deserved nap and sleepily glanced over at my dad.  My dad was watching my mom, not saying a word, just watching.  He stared at me and I saw the ‘oh, no, now what?’ look on his face.  I was afraid to peek over at my mom, but I knew it had to be done.  ‘Oh, no’ is right! I knew that look and it made my fur stand straight up all the way from my head to the very tip of my tail.  

As I looked back at my dad he said, ‘You see it too, don’t you Lucy?’  Then we silently waited and waited and waited! 

‘Yep,’ my mom finally said. ‘Now that we have the furniture rearranged for our Christmas tree it’s obvious that this room REALLY needs to be freshened up.  We have exactly 20 days until Christmas Eve.  That should give us plenty of time to get the living room, foyer and hallway painted.  Hmmm, and if we get right on this we just might have enough time to paint the kitchen.’ 

My dad and I looked at each other and, yep, you guessed it, we made a mad dash for the back door. 

And then we heard my mom laughing!  Laughing?  Wow, she doesn’t usually laugh when we make a quick exit.  We weren’t outside very long when we realized why she was laughing so hard.  Duh, it was freezing cold outside.  So, with heads and one tail hanging, back in the house we shuffled.

‘Well, what do you two think of this color?’ my mom asked us with a smirk on her face.   

After the ‘perfect’ color was decided on, me and my dad got busy planning our ‘winter’ escape plan.   Wish us luck!


Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

Saturday, December 6th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am and 3pm

Create a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table!  Start by adding fresh greens to florist’s foam to create your base.  Choose from an assortment of picks for a seasonal accent.  For that classic look simply add a candle.

You can select from an assortment of decorations to create your own individually decorated centerpiece.  Pricing is the combined cost of the florist’s form, fresh greens, adornments, and bows that you select.

You may pre-register for this workshop by sending Marty an email at or call us at 608-222-2269. 

We want to have plenty of supplies for you to create your masterpieces, so pre-registration is appreciated, though not required.

Our workshop is ongoing throughout the day between 9am and 3pm, so there is no need to sign up for a particular time slot.  Walk-ins are always welcome.

Funny Pun

My wife accused me of being immature.
I told her to get out of my fort.

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree…

Our display of christmas trees in the parking lot
Fresh Christmas Trees
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Ho, Ho, Ho…your fresh cut Christmas tree is here and waiting for you to take it home!  Again this year we have Wisconsin grown Fraser/Balsam mix Christmas trees.  

We have all sizes of trees for you to choose from.  We even have a good selection of 9 to 10 foot trees for those wonderfully high cathedral ceilings.  Need a heavy duty stand for your tree?  We have a limited supply of steel arm 25” stance tree stands that will hold your tree safely.

We’ll fresh cut the trunk for you and help you load it into or on top of your vehicle.  If you live within 5 miles of our Cottage Grove location we’d be happy to deliver them to your home.  A $10.00 delivery fee would apply for that service.

Ten Things I know about you

1) You are reading this.
2) You are human.
3) You can’t say the letter ”P” without separating your lips.
4) You just attempted to do it.
6) You are laughing at yourself.
7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5.
8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.
9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it too.
10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it.

Gorgeous Poinsettias

A picture of our poinsettia display, in red, green, and a variegated red-inside/green-outside. Some of the pots are wrapped in gold, red or green foil and some have big red bowties.
This year’s poinsettia come in many colors and sizes!
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Our Edgerton location has been busy growing beautiful poinsettias for the holiday season.  Stop by our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location this week and pick some up for your family, friends and, of course for yourself! 

We have a great selection of, 4", 6" and 8" size poinsettia pots.

If you are interested in a dyed poinsettia, such as lavender, orange, blue or a blended color please call us at 608-222-2269 or e-mail Marty at to place an order.

Custom-made Holiday Porch Pots!

A holiday porch pot with an evergreen pine surrounded by evergreen boughs, decorated with glittered pinecones, berries and a red ribbon
Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
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America’s Best Flowers would be happy to custom make your Holiday Porch Pots.    To order please email Marty Robbins at or call us at 608-222-2269.

Or if you would still like to create one and couldn’t make it to our Holiday Porch Pot Workshop last month please give us a call. 

We’ll set up an appointment with you to come out during the week between 10am-3 pm to make your Holiday Porch Pot.  Due to reduced staff at this time of year our assistance during the week may be rather limited.  We’ll be happy to get you started, but it is a hands on workshop, so bring your gardening gloves and pruners.  Free sand is provided with purchase.

Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items

a Holiday Hanging Basket
Holiday Hanging Basket
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  • Holiday Hanging baskets
  • Bulk amaryllis as well as gift-packaged amaryllis.
  • Decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths made locally. 
  • Roping, 25’ lengths (Perfect for your holiday decorating.)
  • Bundled greens, assorted greens in 3 pound bundles. (More freshness for your holiday decorating.)
  • Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus, and (both decorated and undecorated) Norfolk Island Pine trees in small, medium and large sizes. 
  • Indoor/Patio Citrus Meyer lemon plants
  • Grab-n-Go Holiday Porch Pots
  • Dogwood and willow bundles

Other Holiday Decorating Items

Our display of picks for making porch pots
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We even have a selection of forever-lasting items such as artificial table centerpieces, decorated wreaths and gorgeous artificial bows!

Holiday ‘Grab and Go Porch Pots’

Just grab them and go!
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Stop by and grab and go with one of our ‘Grab and Go Decorated Porch Pots’! What a nice way to greet guests even before they cross your threshold.  Fresh greens combined with artificial enhancements will stand the test of holiday time.

A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.

Christmas Centerpieces

Christmas centerpieces can be ordered and picked up at our Cottage Grove location.  For a small fee we will deliver in the Cottage Grove area and eastside of Madison.

All orders require a 1 day turnaround.  The cut off date for ordering a holiday centerpiece is December 19th.

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

Stone Owls and Penguins
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  • Bird feeders
  • Stone owls with varying wing spans
  • Stone penguins
  • Large ceramic turtle planters
  • Large and small ceramic fish planters
  • Stone fairy houses
  • Beautiful Birdbaths (both ceramic and stone)

All Melissa & Doug products are 25% off!

Let the fun begin!  We have all kinds of imagination starters for kids from the Melissa and Doug product line.   

Following is just a sample of the many Melissa and Doug toys we have at our greenhouse:

  • Bollie Ladybug Kids’ Broom,
  • Happy Giddy Bowling Set,
  • Bella Butterfly Pretend Play Tea Set,  
  • Mollie & Bollie Ladybugs Umbrella,
  • Bella Butterfly Bug Houses, and
  • Fun and colorful garden tools and accessories.   

Imaginative and fun holiday gifts for the little ones!

Bollie Ladybug Kids' Broom
Bollie Ladybug Kids’ Broom
Happy Giddy Bowling Set
Happy Giddy Bowling Set
Bella Butterfly Pretend Play Tea Set
Bella Butterfly Pretend Play Tea Set
Mollie & Bollie Ladybugs Umbrella
Mollie & Bollie Ladybugs Umbrella
Froggy Bulldozer Toy
Froggy Bulldozer Toy

“Oh, no, not leftovers again!”

Complained my older sister when she saw the leftover meatloaf on the table from last nights supper.

“Young lady” responded my father sternly, “do you know how many people would love to have a delicious supper like this?! You should be ashamed of yourself! Now before we start eating I want to hear you say grace thanking the Lord for this delicious meal!”

“Thank you Lord for this delicious supper”, muttered my sister submissively, “…again!”

Holiday Gift Giving!

America's Best Flowers Gift Card
Their garden will thank you!
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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!  Why not give an America’s Best Flowers gift card to your holiday host and hostess this season? 

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.

Edgerton Floral Holiday Open House

Our Edgerton location is having a Holiday Open House on the weekend of December 6th-7th.  Please join us Saturday from 8:30am – 5:00 pm or Sunday from 9:00am-4:00pm. 

There will be in-store specials along with a vast array of decorating ideas. 

You will be awed by all the fresh and natural beauty this gem of a greenhouse offers.  Every wreath, Holiday Grab-n-Go Porch Pot and Holiday Porch Pot was created right there by our talented Edgerton staff. 

Our Edgerton address is 1101 N. Main St., located right next door to Deegan Hardware.

Did we mention that, with purchase, you can register for a door prize?

Upcoming Events

Sat, Dec 6
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Our Kitchen

What could be better than Red Velvet cake?  Red Velvet cookies, of course!  And, these cookies have the famous Red Velvet frosting mixed right in, so each bite is extra delicious. 

Make sure you have enough for your family and Santa!

“Gooey” Red Velvet Cookies

  • 8oz. (1 brick) Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. Butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • 1 (18-ounce) box red velvet cake mix
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling/dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

Beat in egg, then the vanilla.

Beat in the cake mix.

Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up.

Roll batter into tablespoon-sized balls and then roll them in powdered sugar.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and "gooey". Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

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