Don’t Forget, Mother’s Day is Almost Here!

Newsletter 11 – Thursday, April 30, 2015

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open

9 – 8 Monday through Friday
9 – 6 Saturday and Sunday

Edgerton location open

Mon-Sat 8:30-6:00
 Sun 9-4

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 89

Snippet from Lucy’s journal…

My mom and dad were talking flowers again!  I should say my mom was talking and my dad was listening.  I heard him say, at least 4 times, ‘We don’t need to move anything.  Everything looks great right where it is!’ 

Lucy attempting to "ESP" her way into more treats
"You are feeling very generous…"
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It was like my mom had lost her hearing.  On and on she went.  ‘It’s too bad we planted that one lilac where we did.  It would be perfect if we could move it over about 3 feet.  And while we’re at it, let’s transplant some hostas about 3 feet closer to the left side of the house along with some ferns.  Which, now that I think about it we could move a few heucheras over 3 feet and the…’ 

My dad shook his head, put his head in his hands and said to me, very, very quietly, ‘Maybe, Lucy girl, we should just dig up the house and move IT over 3 feet?’ 

It was a miracle! My mom got her hearing back!  She stopped talking and gave my dad her ‘ESP’ look.  Very slowly my dad got up and motioned to me.  ‘Come on, Lucy, let’s go get the shovel.’

Shhh, I wonder if that ESP stuff would work for me.  I’d sure enjoy some extra treats every now and then!

Till next time!

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.

Milan Kundera

More Fun This Weekend At Our Greenhouse!

We are having another Container Workshop this Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. The workshop starts at 10 and is ongoing throughout the day till 4.  Come in anytime between those hours.  After you have shopped for your plants, flowers, and containers pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!

It’s a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your garden gloves.  If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.  Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting and will help with any and all plant or design questions.

We do ask that if you are bringing in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse.  To participate in our container workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum purchase of $10.00 is required and you must use plants purchased at America’s Best Flowers.

If you are bringing in large containers please bring in packing peanuts, chunks of Styrofoam or Styrofoam egg cartons to help fill the bottom of your container.  In addition to providing great drainage, it makes the container a whole lot lighter for you to transport back home and also, easier to rearrange in your garden if you want to change your outside decor.

Some cause happiness wherever they go;
Others, whenever they go.

Oscar Wilde

May 10 Is Right Around The Corner!

Remember Mother's Day!

Plan ahead for Mother’s Day this year by sending your mom, grandma, aunt or special lady an America’s Best Flowers gift card!  It’s as easy as calling us at 608-222-2269.  We can take your gift card order over the phone, add your personal message to the card and we will even put it in the mail for you.

For a Hands-on Mother’s Day Gift

Come on out and create a special Mother’s Day gift at our Make & Take Workshop.  On Tuesday afternoon, May 5 and Thursday afternoon, May 7, from 5-7 pm, our container workshop area will be devoted to Mother’s Day creations. Plant a special gift for Mom, Grandma, a favorite aunt or a special friend.  America’s Best Flowers has a wonderful selection of beautiful plants, flowers and herbs for you to choose from along with a wide variety of potteries.   You are welcome to register by calling 222-2269 or just stop on out.

Or How about a Hanging Flower Basket?

A view of our hanging baskets in the main greenhouse from above
There’s so many baskets, it can be hard to get a good picture!
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We have a wide and gorgeous selection of hanging baskets at the greenhouse.   Stop in and grab some for all those special ladies in your life.  To make it even better, we offer a price break when you purchase five or more. 

While you’re here grab a Dramm watering wand (24” or 30” lengths available) to help water those hard-to-reach places.

Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. He sleeps at night.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Pick-a-Pack Weekend!

Logo of Saint Vincent de Paul

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1-3, you have the opportunity to help the St. Vincent de Paul’s community garden.  By donating a $1.99 pack of tomatoes or Lady Bell peppers for their gardens the food pantry will be able to offer fresh vegetables to many families this season.   For every pack of vegetables you donate, America’s Best Flowers will give an additional $.50 towards the SVDP gardens.

Q. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A. Concrete floors are very hard to crack!

New Products Corner

By Marty Robbins

Our greenhouse is going to the dogs (and cats!)  This life-like menagerie will induce both smiles and ‘ahhhs’ from your family and friends.  Our realistic critters are maintenance free and are made of durable lightweight poly-resin.

As with ‘real’ pets these indoor or outdoor pets need special protection from the elements.  Ice and snow will damage them and direct sunlight will cause weathering and fading.

You Can’t Get Here from There

By Bev Wilson

An alternate route from google maps
See text for a live link to this map
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The road construction on Cottage Grove Rd and Stoughton Rd (Hwy 51) may change the route some of you will take to get to the greenhouse this year.   See this article for information.

Since Southbound entrance and exit ramps onto 51 will be closed, those coming from the north will need to get off Hwy 51 at the Milwaukee Street exit.  Go left (east) at the bottom of the exit ramp and stay on Milwaukee St. until you get to Sprecher Rd.  Turn right (south) go to the first stop light, which is Cottage Grove Rd.  Turn left (east) go 1 mile and then take a right (south) on Vilas Hope Rd.  We are down one half mile on the right.  Hope to see you soon!!

Click here for a live version of the pictured alternate route.

Associate of the Week: Mary

By Judy

Mary has worked part time for the last 7 years in our retail area.  Mary loves working in retail where she can help customers with their questions, sharing her knowledge of the products that we have available and knowing that she has a satisfied customer when they leave.  She has on occasion helped with our workshops and in our customer service area.

Mary states there are many reasons she enjoys working for America’s Best Flowers.  She has given her top three reasons as follows:  “Spring comes early in the greenhouse!”  “I love watching the rapid plant progression from the planting stage to a greenhouse laden with blooming hanging baskets.”  Last but not least “the smiling faces on both the pansies and her co-workers”.

She indicates that her favorite plant is our begonias and the many varieties we have.  “The begonias bloom profusely and I just love them”.

Mary has a huge vegetable garden every year and so she does lots of canning and freezing of her fresh produce.  She also enjoys sewing and quilting in her spare time.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.
You have to catch it yourself.

Benjamin Franklin

Send Irene 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 Irene, at  Irene will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Upcoming Events

Fri, May 1 – Sun, May 3
St. Vincent de Paul’s ‘Pick-A-Pack’ Event

Come out and donate a $1.99 pack of tomatoes or Lady Bell peppers for their gardens. The veggies will be used for their Community Food Pantry. For every 4 pack sold, America’s Best Flowers will donate $.50 towards the SVDP gardens.

Sat, May 2 – Sun, May 3
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 EMPTY pots or buy some of ours.

Tue, May 5
Mother’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

5pm-7pm Plant a beautiful ceramic planter with an herb or pansy to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt. Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269.

Thu, May 7
Mother’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

5pm-7pm Plant a beautiful ceramic planter with an herb or pansy to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt. Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269.

Sun, May 10
Celebrate Mother’s Day w/flowers!
Sat, May 16 – Sun, May 17
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 EMPTY pots or buy some of ours.

Butter vs. Margarine?
I trust cows over scientists.

Our Kitchen

We have been treated like royalty around here this week.  Judy has been trying out a recipe we found on Facebook.  She first made it just like it says, and then, because she can’t leave recipes alone either, she made a modified version for us to try today.  Both were good but today’s is totally yummy.  The combination of peanut butter and caramel is absolutely delicious. These bars are thick and gooey, absolutely sinful.  Enjoy!!

Caramel Bits Peanuts Creamy Peanut Butter

Judy’s Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

    • 2 ¼ c whole grain white flour
    • 1 t baking soda
    • 1 t salt
    • 1 c butter, softened
    • ¾ c sugar
    • ¾ c packed brown sugar
    • 1 t vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • ½ c roasted, unsalted peanuts, finely chopped
    Caramel Sauce
    • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 11 oz package caramel bits
    • ½ c creamy peanut butter

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Combine dry ingredients in small bowl.  Beat butter, sugars and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually mix in flour mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.  Reserve 1½ c for topping.  Spread remaining crust mixture in sprayed 9×13 pan.

    For sauce, combine condensed milk and caramel bits in medium sauce pan.  Cook over low heat until caramel is melted, stirring constantly.  Add peanut butter.  Melt completely, remove from heat.

    Quickly spread sauce over crust mixture, covering completely to edge of pan.  Drop reserved mixture by teaspoonfuls over caramel mixture.  Spread slightly.  Bake 40 to 45 min or until golden brown and center is set. Cool and cut into 1 ½” squares. Makes 48 bars.

    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