2009 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 31: Decorate for Fall – Naturally

Newsletter 31 – October 1, 2009


60% off Most Plants!

Scarecrow Days are here!

Decorate for fall – Naturally!

  Recipe – Chocolate Zucchini Cake


“If people never did silly things,

nothing intelligent would ever get done.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein


Progressive Sale Continues


60% OFF

Perennials, Annuals

Trees & Shrubs

Hurry in, before they’re gone!


20% OFF

Spring-Blooming Bulbs


Mums, Asters, Houseplants, and Fall Merchandise not included



Bad Test Answer:

Teacher -Name an environmental side effect of burning fossil fuels.

Student – Fire

Decorate for Fall – Naturally


Our beautiful mums are a great starting place.  Add a few pumpkins, corn shocks, gourds, straw bales and Indian corn and you’re almost there.  Finish with a unique scarecrow you will build at our workshop, and you’re good to go.


This year’s pumpkins and gourds are some of the best we’ve had in years.  The ears of Indian corn are long and bright, and our corn shocks are netted like Christmas trees so you can get them home without damage to either them or your vehicle


For special savings, we’ve put together an Autumn Bundle for you, which includes one of our larger-than-life mums, a straw bale and a bundle of corn shocks. 


We invite you to come and see how easy it is to have a great looking autumn display.  Everything we sell for fall is locally grown, right down to the straw we stuff our scarecrows with.  So you will know, as you look at the beautiful flowers on your mums, or gaze at the unique scarecrow you built with your own hands, that you are being kind to our environment as well as supporting your local economy.


“This fall a team of scientists will shoot lasers at Mt Rushmore

to create a three-dimensional model. 

If the lasers are effective,

Teddy Roosevelt will no longer need glasses.”

Conan O’Brien



Through Sunday, October 4


You won’t want to miss our fun-filled Scarecrow Days. Rain or Shine at America’s Best.  For just $12.99, we provide the scarecrow kit and the assistance you need to build your own unique scarecrow!  Bring your own clothes, or purchase ours at garage sale prices.  This is family fun at its best, and a wonderful activity for any kind of group.  For five or more, please call ahead at 222-2269 to be sure we are properly staffed to accommodate you.  This year we are building scarecrows in our large red shed, and we offer complimentary refreshments on the weekends.


Working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children.

One day I entered the examining room to give 4 yr old Lizzie her shot.

“No, No, No!” she screamed.

“Lizzie”, scolded her mother, “That’s not polite behavior.”

The little girl yelled even louder,

“No, thank you! No, thank you! No, thank you!”

Reminder – It’s time to get your flu shot.



This recipe was submitted to us for our zucchini recipe contest several weeks ago. I made it, brought it in, and got good reviews.  When I served it at home, my grown children couldn’t tell it had zucchini in it, and loved it. Many thanks to Kathy V. who also submitted a terrific zucchini bread recipe that I have now made several times. It’s better than my own usual recipe.


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

½ c butter, softened

½ c oil

1 ¾ c sugar

2 eggs

1 t vanilla

½ c sour milk

1 t baking soda

1 t cinnamon

1 t salt

¼ c cocoa

2 c grated zucchini

2 ½ c flour

Mix by hand in order given. Pour into a 9”X13” greased and floured pan. Sprinkle on top: 1/3 c chocolate chips and ½ c nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


Zucchini Bread

3 eggs, beat until foamy

Add and mix well:

1 c oil

2 c sugar

2 c coarsely grated zucchini (leave skin on for more fiber)

3 t vanilla

Add and mix until well-blended:

3 c flour

1 t soda

1 t baking powder

1 t salt

2 t cinnamon

1 t nutmeg, optional

1 c chopped nuts

1 c raisins (optional, I do not use)

Bake 325 degrees for 1 hour or until tests done. Freezes well.

Makes 2 large bread pans or 3 small with ½ dozen muffins in paper liners.


At Peace in the Playpen

Mary was almost crazy with her three young kids.

She complained to her best friend Judy, “They’re driving me nuts!

They give me no rest! I’m halfway to the funny farm!”

“What you need,” said Judy, “is a playpen.”

So Mary bought a playpen.

A few days later, Judy called to ask how things were going.

“Superb! I can’t believe it,” Mary said.

“I get in that pen with a good book and a chocolate bar,

and the kids don’t bother me for hours!”



May the Holy Spirit Guide You!  God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
President 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
https://www.americasbestflowers.com/home.htmlAlso President of The Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin  http://www.cfgw.org/ an Organization that is a division of the six group Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) a 3 Billion dollar industry with over 4700 businesses and over 43,000 employees in Wisconsin
Senator Representing Wisconsin members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association – ANLA
Also Board member of Garden’s Beautiful Garden Centers
Also member of legislative of Committee of WGIF
Also Board Member of (WGIF) Wisconsin Green Industry Federation

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