Doggy Invasion!

Newsletter 23 – Thursday, July 24, 2014

Current Hours

Cottage Grove – open Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat and Sun 9-6.

Edgerton – open Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 59

"Day 18: They are everywhere. Soon, the dummies will outnumber the living."
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A dummy wearing a bright orange shirt partially concealed in a bush
"Look at him! He thinks he’s being so sneaky!"
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I don’t get how this works.  My mom goes to the store for milk and comes home with a bunch of dummies and a trunk full of body parts, and NO milk! 

There are dummies everywhere in the backyard.  I love my mom, but when is enough gonna be enough?

If this keeps up I’m going to have to look into getting therapy and I’m not talking for me, if ya know what I mean.   

That’s about all I’ve got to say.  Right now I’m going to go hide from the dummies.


Kathy was the first person to respond to last week’s contest with the correct name and correct spelling of May-Bell, the mannequin relaxing on the chaise lounge. Kathy has won a $25 America’s Best Flowers gift card.    

~Till next time,

Three race horses were bragging about their race averages.
“I won 5 out of 20 races,” said the first horse.
“Oh yeah? I won 15 out of my 30,” said the second.
“Hah? I won 50 out of 60,” said the third.
Hiding behind a hay bale, a Greyhound was listening in on the conversation. He steps into view and says, "Well I won 99 out of 100 of my races."
The third horse looks at the second horse and says,
"WOW!! A talking dog!"

Featured Plant of the Week – Brugmansia

Angel’s Trumpet
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Brugmansia,or Angel’s trumpets, are sub-tropical shrubs known for their beautiful trumpet shaped fragrant flowers. This annual plant attracts birds and butterflies and makes quite the statement in container gardens. 

These easy to care for tough plants can withstand a wide variety of temperatures and conditions. If you’re growing them in containers, take them inside during the winter months.

We have several colors available and they are all 30% off the regular price here at America’s Best Flowers!

Dear God: Are there mailmen in Heaven?
If there are, will I have to apologize?

Calling All Dirty Dogs!

A dog in a bucket of soapy water

All clean and dirty dogs are welcome at America’s Best Flowers 4th Annual Dog Wash on Saturday!  A cool refreshing bath, a nail trim and a professional picture are all a part of our fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society. 

Your four-legged best friend will be in the loving and gentle care of volunteers from the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS), Tabby and Jack’s Mobile Grooming and Talbot Photography. 

For a suggested $10 donation (or more if you choose) Dane County Humane Society volunteers will shampoo and rinse all those intriguing (?) summer smells from your dog.  All proceeds go directly to the Dane County Humane Society. 

(Here is a helpful tip from Tabby and Jack’s for owners of long haired dogs; long haired dogs should have a good brushing before a bath to remove any matting or knots.  This will allow for a more thorough rinsing of shampoo.) 

If Rover or Daisy has a very special bath towel, please feel free to bring it on Saturday and have the volunteers use it to dry your dog.  

The DCHS is always in need of towels!  If you have any old and clean towels that you could bring to the dog wash and donate to the humane society it would be greatly appreciated.

Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming Service logo

Stop by and visit Kelsey, a professional groomer, at the Tabby & Jack’s Grooming booth.  Kelsey can trim those doggie nails either by the traditional method or with a drummel.  The cost for a nail trim by the traditional method is $10 and for the drummel method is $15. 

Did we mention that Tabby & Jack’s is donating all proceeds to the Dane County Humane Society?  How great is that!

Talbot Photography

Don’t forget the brush!  Poochie Portraits, from Talbot Photography will be here to photograph your best four-legged friend.  How about a picture of the two of you together?

For a $30 donation, your dog will have a professional photo session in a cool, calm and private area in our greenhouse and you’ll receive an adorable 5×7 picture that you’ll treasure for years. 

All proceeds will be donated to the DCHS. How picture perfect is that!

What’s a dog party without prizes!  There will be door prize drawings during the dog wash.  You must be present to win.  We will provide water and treats for the dogs and, ah, those necessary plastic bags (we’ll even do the picking up!)

Ninety one dogs attended our fundraiser last year.  Please help us break the 100 attendance mark this year.   

Bring your darling dirty dog(s) in for a day at the spa and help us reach our goal of $2,000 for the Dane County Humane Society.

Please check the website for a list of much needed dog and cat items.  We will have collection bins for your generous donations.

Let us paws a moment here and ask Mother Nature for a beautiful day!  In the event of lightning, thunder or hurricanes, it will not be safe to continue with the dog wash. However, we would move Tabby & Jack’s indoors to join Talbot’s Photography and everything else will continue as planned.

Please sign up for your dogs’ bath and nail trim upon arrival at the registration table in front of the main greenhouse.  

For safety reasons all dogs must be on a leash.

Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, July 26th, from 11am – 3pm.   It’s clean dog day at America’s Best Flowers!

How do you keep a dog from barking in your front yard?
Put it in your backyard!

A german shephard lying comfortably in the grass
Though he may look like just an ordinary dog, this dog is a public servant
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Also on Saturday, America’s Best Flowers will be hosting the 1st Annual Fundraiser for the Cottage Grove Canine Fund.  

We are excited that Larz, the new K9 member of the Cottage Grove Police Department, will be here with his canine handler, Officer Tony Koratko.  A demonstration of Larz’s police dog skills will be at 1:00.  

To help support our four-legged public servant, America’s Best Flowers will donate 5% of the total July 26 greenhouse sales to the Cottage Grove Police Department Canine Fund. 

A picture of the creators of the doghouse, who are smiling, standing next to the doghouse in question. It is white, sturdy and decorated with Snoopy images.
Caution: Not actually an airplane.
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And while you’re here, enter a drawing for a chance to win this fabulous dog house.   Linda & Mike Fonger, of Cottage Grove, generously donated this dog house to help raise funds for the Cottage Grove K-9 Unit.  How tail wagging cool is that? 

Tickets are:
1 for $5.00
3 for $10.00

Winner need not be present.

Be sure to visit all the vendors for special dog items for your four-legged-best-friend.  Stop by the Police K-9 booth and shop for a Larz T-shirt and other dog items!

If you can’t make it to the greenhouse on Saturday and would like to donate to the K-9 Unit fund please call the number below or visit their website for details.

Banner Image: Cottage Grove Police K9 Unit. Contact the Police Dept. to Donate: (608)839-4652

It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking and I saw a little boy staring in at me.
"Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked.
"It sure is," I replied.
Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then toward the back of the van. Finally he said, "What’d he do?"

Art in the Garden Vendor Information

By Marty Robbins

This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.

To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)

To register, please either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.  If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event.  Please include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Please send your check to:

America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

This is an art and craft fair!  We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.

Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, draping, displays, products and booth security. Art in the Garden will take place inside our main greenhouses. In the event of rain, some of our plastic roofs may leak. YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PLASTIC DRAPING to cover your items/booth if rain is forecast. This is a rain or shine event.

Please dress accordingly. On sunny days the greenhouses can become quite warm by mid-day. Shoes and shirts MUST be worn at all times, NO BAREFOOT attire will be allowed.

We have two booth sizes. The single booth is 6 ft. long. The double booth is 12 ft. long. ALL BOOTHS ARE APPROXIMATELY 6 ft. DEEP. A very limited number of 6 ft. long steel mesh top tables are available if you need a display table. Tables are on a first come first serve basis and you are responsible for covering the steel mesh top. Your display and products MUST fit with-in your designated area. After unloading your vehicle it must be moved to the designated parking area for vendors.

Please call 222-2269 or e-mail me at, with your booth size choice NO LATER than August 20th, 2014. Your registration fee will be required to reserve your booth no later than August 24th. If we have not received your fee by then your booth space will not be held.

Upon request we will provide vendors with flyers for advertising.  Please stop at our greenhouse and pick up a supply to post in appropriate places. Please be sure you receive permission before posting them.

Items deemed inappropriate by our management to sell in a family atmosphere will be and can be excluded at any time. There is NO SMOKING or firearms allowed on our property.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.

Dear God: More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

Part-time Floral Designer, experience required

A part-time floral designer position is open at our Edgerton location.  Must have a minimum 2 years Flower Shop experience and be proficiently trained for weddings, proms, funerals, events and everyday orders.  This position is for anywhere from 20+ hours, includes 1-2 Saturdays and/or Sundays per month and shared flexibility with other staff members on scheduling.    Longer hours required for busy floral holidays.

Additional tasks may include but are not limited to, taking phone orders, greeting walk-in customers, accessing web orders, POS entry, processing flowers & plants and general clean-up. All designers must be willing to take deliveries and have an excellent driving record.

Pay will depend on experience and ability.

Please apply in person.

Edgerton Floral & Garden Center
1101 N. Main St.
Edgerton, WI  53534

Please, no phone inquiries.

Where does a Rottweiler sit in a movie theater?
Anywhere it wants to!

Send Al your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jul 26
4th Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser for the Dane County Humane Society

11am-3pm – Bring your dirty dogs out to the garden.

Sat, Aug 9
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!
Sat, Aug 23
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 6
Autumn Container Workshop

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

Sat, Sep 13
Art in the Garden Craft Fair

9am-3pm – Talented artists display and sell their unique items.

Sun, Sep 14
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Our Kitchen

Scott is sharing this fabulous recipe with everyone this week!

Try this delicious and quick dinner perfect for mid-week cooking.  This recipe is for 2 servings, but it could easily be doubled for leftover or guests.

Chicken with Fennel & Tomatoes

    Marinade & Chicken
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 Shallot, minced (about 3 Tbsp)
    • 2 Tbsp water
    • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • ½ tsp salt
    • Pinch of black pepper
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 fennel bulb (about ¾ lb), stalks removed, halved, cored, and sliced thin
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped

    1) Whisk together all marinade ingredients (except chicken) in a bowl until combined.  Reserve ¼ cup of marinade for later use.  Pour remaining marinade into a zip-lock bag, add chicken, seal the bag and toss to coat.  Marinate in fridge for at least 1 hour.

    2) Move oven rack to center and preheat to 450 degrees.  In a large bowl combine 1 Tbsp of reserved marinade with fennel, tomatoes, salt and pepper.  Toss to coat.  Transfer veggies to an 8” square baking dish.

    3) Remove chicken breasts from the marinade and lay them on top of veggies.  Discard bag and remaining marinade.  Bake until thickest part of chicken registers 160-165 degrees, about 30-35 minutes.  Meanwhile, stir lemon juice into remaining 3 Tbsp of reserved marinade.

    4) Transfer the chicken and veggies to a serving platter along with all the juices from baking dish.  Pour lemon-marinade mixture over the chicken and let rest 5 minutes.  Garnish with chopped basil before serving.

    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