Flowers for Memorial Day

Newsletter 15 – Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day

In Memory of all the bald eagles that gave their lives to make this image

Memorial Day Hours

America’s Best Flowers will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM on Monday, Memorial Day.


Tuesday– Friday

Saturday – Sunday

Roses, anyone?

A Red, Red Rose
A Red, Red Rose
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Join us for our Rose Clinic this Saturday, May 25, at 10:00 am. Our very own Sharon Stickford and Al Lunde, will show you how easy it is to grow them.  Jot down all your questions and bring them with you.

After the clinic, we are pretty sure you are going to want to get started on your rose garden.  We invite you to stroll out to our perennial area where you will find a wide and wonderful selection of roses that will bring years of beauty and enjoyment to your yard.

Does confusion come with an itchy head?

Memorial Day Flowers

Our red, white, and blue petunias are ready for Memorial Day weekend.

So much to do and so little time to do it!

Is this you?  Are you hosting a summer get-together?  Are you frantic just thinking about everything that needs to get done before your big event?

Let America’s Best Flowers reduce your stress level by assisting with your outside decorating.  Our talented staff will create beautiful flower containers that will amaze and impress your guests.  Just give us a call at 608-222-2269 to arrange a time to meet with our designer. 

We also have pre-made flower containers available and many with complementing hanging flower baskets. 

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do.

Important Warm Weather Pet Information

Dog holding its leash in it its mouth

Dogs (on leashes) are always welcome at America’s Best Flowers.

If you forget to bring a leash, just stop at our Customer Service Desk or our perennial area and borrow one of ours.  We even have bowls of fresh water for thirsty dogs in two areas of the greenhouse.

Please keep Fido safe this summer!  During warm weather it’s dangerous to leave your pet in the car for any amount of time.  Running into a store for just a gallon of milk can even be too long!  Please read the following article from the ASPCA website

From ASPCA – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®

102 degrees!

On an 85 degree day, it only takes ten minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees even when the windows have been left open an inch or two.  Within 30 minutes, a car’s interior can reach 120 degrees.  When the temperature outside is a pleasant 70 degrees the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter.  Shade offers little protection on a hot day and moves with the sun.

Pets most at risk for hyperthermia (overheating): young animals, elderly animals, overweight animals, those with short muzzles and those with thick or dark-colored coats.

I’m young at heart.
Slightly older in other places.

Watering Practices for Lawns

Our friend, Donna, at Heritage Seed Company sent us great lawn watering information.  Please click on this link for watering instructions.

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 Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather.
Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

Come Play and Sing in our Garden!

Yeah, we’re getting responses to our Music in the Garden event!

We know it is not the ‘Voice’ or ‘American Idol’, but it is a chance for talented young people to perform in public!  This summer we would like to offer a venue for the young and talented.  The dates for this event are Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, July 27.  

We do not provide instruments or a microphone.  The ‘performers’ would need to bring their own equipment.  Electricity will be available.

There are still time slots available, so if you know of any groups or solo artists in the area that sing and/or play musical instruments and would like to perform at our greenhouse please contact Shirley at  

It’s okay to let your mind go blank; but please turn off the sound.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 7

As most dogs, Lucy loved to go for walks.  It did not take long to discover that Lucy did not require a leash.  She stayed very close to me. (Remember, ‘Me and My Shadow’ from last week?)   When she did venture a little ways ahead she’d always look back to make sure I was within sight.  Now, before you go shaking your head, let me add, that the leash would always be attached when crossing the street or when we were amongst people.

Our neighborhood is a very dog-friendly one and many new dog friendships were made at our local park.  It’s funny, I remember every single dog’s name, but I can’t for the life of me remember any of their owner’s names.  All of you dog people out there know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you?  

I thought Lucy had everything she needed in life, but I was soon to discover that what she was missing was a best dog friend. This, she found in a big blonde male Labrador named Casey!  Oh, what comical pair they made.

Sweet moments (including a mama skunk story) of the Casey and Lucy duo coming soon!

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

Received an email from Carol, last week, regarding a heartwarming story of JoJo and the joy she brought to her family. JoJo, as described by Carol, was a half pure bred Labrador and half passing stranger.  How hysterical is that?

If any of you other dog people want to share a dog story send it to

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 25
Rose Clinic

10am – FREE class on how to select, plant, prune, and care for your roses.

Sat, Jun 1
Perennial Gardening Class

10am – FREE garden plan and class.

Sat, Jun 1 – Sun, Jun 2
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am – 4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Tue, Jun 4
Perennial Gardening Class

6:30 PM – FREE garden plans and class.

Sat, Jun 8
Make & Take Miniature Garden Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Jun 15
Father’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

10am – 4pm – Bring in Dad’s shoe to plant!

Our Kitchen

Last Saturday we had a Cooking with Herb class led by Deb Meyer.  She made the following dish for us all to sample.  Yum Yum Double Yum.  It would be really good served with a fresh green salad and fresh French bread slathered with the garlic & chive butter, recipe below. Enjoy!

Chicken Saltimbocca Rotini

(4 servings)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 lb rotini pasta (or any short pasta)
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ c lemon juice + zest
  • 1/3 c white wine
  • ½ c chicken stock
  • 2 T capers
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 slices prosciutto ham chopped
  • 2 T fresh sage minced

Cook pasta in 4 quarts water with 1 tablespoon salt until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Pound chicken to 1/4 inch, season with salt, pepper and lightly dredge in flour.

Sauté the chopped prosciutto in olive oil, set aside.

Pan-fry the chicken, 2-3 minutes per side until cooked through. Remove from pan & cover with foil to keep warm. Add a little more oil to the pan and sauté minced garlic 30 seconds. Add stock-wine-lemon juice-capers and reduce by 1/2. Swirl in butter.  Cut chicken cutlets into bite-sized pieces. Add chicken pieces, prosciutto and freshly chopped sage to the sauce. Mix into pasta.

Note: This is also good with chopped parsley or basil.

Garlic & Chive Butter

In small bowl, blend 1/2 cup softened butter, 2 cloves finely chopped garlic and 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives.

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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