Earth Day

Newsletter 6 – Thursday, April 22, 2010

"At the end of all things, the blessed will say,
‘We never lived anywhere but in heaven’."

C. S. Lewis

What a turn out we had last weekend for our annual Open House! It was wonderful to see so many of you come out to visit, have a hot dog and walk through the greenhouses. When we see your enthusiasm it makes all of our hard work worthwhile. This was our first really busy weekend of the year and, as Murphy?s Law would dictate, we had several hiccups with our computers. The silver lining was that once again we were reminded we have the absolute best customers in the world. During the times we were down, you were patient and kind to our staff. And then we saw you helping each other find things and giving advice to less experienced gardeners, allowing time for us to solve our problems. Nothing could have encouraged us more! Thank you so much!!

Free Earth Day Activities for Kids!

Saturday, April 24 from 10am – 2pm

Rain or Shine, bring your children to America?s Best Flowers this Saturday for some FREE Earth-loving crafts and fun. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, if you don?t have one, we will have some available for a nominal fee. The kids can also make seed balls and play a few games.

Where: We?ll be set up in the back of our main green house on the right hand side. We encourage you to have your child wear old clothes, as paint is involved. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

What is a tree?s least favorite month?

In Honor of Arbor Day

We?re celebrating Arbor Day Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 with a FREE BLACK HILLS SPRUCE SEEDLING. One per family, with any purchase, while supplies last. Spend a GREEN weekend with your friends at ABF, and while you?re here, be sure to walk through our outside tree, shrub, and perennial areas to see all the new things that arrived this week. Judging by the calls we?ve been getting, a lot of you are experiencing Spring Fever!

What kind of a tree can fit in your hand?
A palm tree

Princess Lilies & Regal Geraniums

Regal Geranium Fabiana - The first Variegated Princess Lily

The Royalty of the greenhouse are in their full splendor, ready to brighten your patio or garden with incredible color. If you have never grown these lilies or geraniums, be prepared to be amazed. They are truly fit for a Queen.

Regal geraniums, unlike their cousins the zonal geraniums, bloom during cooler weather and thrive in partially sunny areas. Also known as Martha Washington geraniums, they come in a variety of vibrant colors to brighten any garden or home and make wonderful gifts.

Variegated foliage is the latest triumph in Princess Lily (Alstroemeria) breeding. Fabiana is the only dwarf alstroemeria with crisp green foliage and white ribbon edges. Pretty even before it flowers, Fabiana gets more attractive as the summer progresses. These plants have a very long bloom period and make lovely, long-lasting cut flowers. They are the perfect plant for your filtered-sun locations.

How do trees get on the internet?
‘They log on’

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends to, also. Filled with beautiful pictures and information about what?s going on at the greenhouse our page is a pleasure to visit.

What did the beaver say to the tree?
‘It?s been nice gnawing you.’

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 20
Class 6:30PM – Herbs

Starts at 6:30PM with Mari Lyn Haugh. "Treat Yourself with Herbs"

Sun, May 23
Class 1PM – Vegetable Gardening Class

"Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More" by UW-Extension Horticulturist Brian Emerson.

Sat, May 29
Class 10AM – Chickens and Veggie Gardening

By Al Lunde. Learn how to raise chickens and how to have a successful vegetable garden.

Sat, May 29
Class 11AM – Emerald Ash borer and Japanese Beetle prevention

Now is the time to prepare to minimize these pests from your garden

Sat, Jun 5
Class 10AM – Sun Perennial Gardening

Free garden plan and class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Jun 12
Class 10AM – Shade Perennial Gardening

There are more choices than hostas for shady places. Class by Ilene Isenberg.

What kind of shorts do clouds wear?

Test Your Driving Knowledge

When Bonnie emailed this Driving Test to me, I thought that surely 40 years (say it isn?t so) of driving would make it easy. But I?ve been wrong before!

After you finish taking the official test, scroll down below Bonnie?s Kitchen for one final question.

End procrastination ? tomorrow!

Could Your Salsa Recipe be a Winner?

Salsa Saturday will be a blast!

HURRY!! Procrastination could cost you! Submit your favorite Salsa recipe by Monday, April 26 and you could win a $50 gift certificate to America?s Best Flowers. There will be two Runners-up, with prizes of a $25 gift card. This is a great opportunity to show off your culinary skills and win free product for your gardens in the process. Email your entry to with a subject line of Salsa Recipe for Bonnie or you can bring your recipe to ABF and put it in the Contest Box yourself.

Our staff will judge the finalist recipes, and we will notify the winners on Friday, April 30. Winning recipes will be available to our customers free of charge at our annual Salsa Saturday, on May 1 (in honor of Cinco de Mayo). In addition, we will serve complimentary salsa and chips to our customers from 11AM-2PM that day, while you shop to a Latin beat.

Be creative! We?ve had some truly exciting recipes over the years with recipes featuring tropical fruits, assorted beans and unusual spicing. This is a great time, so be sure to join us for the fun!

Every time I hear that dirty word, ‘exercise,’
I wash out my mouth with chocolate.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

This is a good recipe I got from The Turkey Store. They often include recipes on their packaging and most of them are REALLY good.

Orange Glazed Turkey with Wild Rice

  • 1 package turkey tenderloins
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • ? cup chopped onion
  • 1-? cups cooked wild rice
  • 2 T slivered almonds
  • ? cup orange juice concentrate, thawed, divided

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9X9 baking pan, and skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium-high heat about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and onion; cook and stir 2 minutes or until onion is tendercrisp. Remove from heat. Stir in rice, almonds and 2 T concentrate.

Slice lengthwise pocket along thickest side of each turkey beast tenderloin; cut to within 1/2 inch of opposite side. Spoon the wild rice mixture into each pocket. Arrange in pan with pocket opening toward center. Spoon remaining concentrate over turkey; cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes; remove foil. Bake 25-30 minutes more or until turkey is no longer pink in center. 5 servings.

Melanie, age 5, asked her Granny how old she was.
Granny replied that she was so old she didn?t remember any more.
Melanie said, "If you don?t remember,
you just look in the back of your panties.
Mine say five to six."

Did you try the Driving Test yet? (Just in case you missed it)

What is the proper following distance in traffic?

  1. Close enough to read the fine print on the license plate holder in front of you.
  2. Close enough to catch the draft from the car in front to save fuel.
  3. At least one car length for every ten miles an hour you are traveling.
  4. Close enough so other drivers won?t merge in front of you.

Email your answer to The first ten correct emails will receive a free four-pack. Please be sure to include your name and address in your email.

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
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