Freshen up your Color

Newsletter 26 – Thursday, August 14, 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 62

"It could be worse. At least I taught them to play fetch."
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My mom just left to go shopping again for the ‘perfect’ clothes for our ‘family’ picture.  It’s time for me and my dad to get busy with our escape plan.  It’s worked perfectly for us the last two or three times she’s gone shopping for this stuff.   

First, I gotta explain why we do this so you won’t think poorly of us. 

Every time my mom gets home from her shopping trips she is giggly with excitement and wants to have a style show.  Then we have to go outside to join the dummies in the back yard and a couple of us have to try this stuff on.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to dress and undress a dummy?  They are not very cooperative.  Nothing on them bends.  They can’t even stand on their own two feet without falling over.  In fact, one of them is tied to a tree and another one is tied to the lilac bush.   Really?!  Have they no pride? 

Oh, my, gosh, I sound like my mom don’t I?  Oh, please, help!  This weirdness is rubbing off onto me!

My mom laughs the whole time and my dad, well, he mutters under his breath, in a foreign language, the whole time.  We beg her to just pick out something for us to wear and let’s get this freaky family picture done with, but noooo, she says, the picture has to have the right ‘feel’ to it.  

The right ‘feel’, huh?! 

Like a good dog, I stay silent, but I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, if FREAKY is what you’re looking for Mom, well, you got it, big time!” 

Now do you understand our need for an escape plan?

I’m at my lookout post in the window seat not taking my eyes off of the driveway.  My dad has my leash by the back gate all set for a fast getaway. 

She’s home!  I ran to my dad and together we head for the back gate and we’re outta here!  Yeah, we did!  We made it! 

“Good job, Lucy.  You are one great lookout dog! Looks like we got away with it again!” my dad said as he was looking down at me smiling and rubbing my head as I was looking up at him smiling and wagging my tail. 

Then SMACK!  We slammed right into my mom.  Where did she come from? 

“Going somewhere you two?” asked my mom with a smirk on her face.

We both gulped.  We looked at each other. My eyes pleaded. “Quick, Dad, think of something here.” 

“Ah, yeah”, replied my dad quickly, “We were just coming around to help get the car unloaded.  Lucy and I can’t wait to see what clothes you picked up for us to try on today.”

“Well, of course you are! Gosh, I’m sorry, I was beginning to think you two were in cahoots together and trying to escape or something.” replied my mom.

Wow!  That was a close one.  My dad is a quick thinker, isn’t he?

Why does my mom still have a smirk on her face?   


Featured Plant of the Week – ALL 10” Hanging Baskets are $10

Our hanging baskets in the main greenhouse, covered in red, white, pink and other colored blooms!
They look even better in person!
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‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ Begonia in Hanging Baskets
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Yes, you read it correctly!  Every single one of our 10” hanging baskets is $10.  Come on out and load up your vehicle(s) with a variety of colorful hanging baskets of geraniums, Santa Cruz Begonia, scaevola, bougainvillea, impatiens, and houseplants.

Your yard will look so spectacular you’ll want to invite your family and friends over to enjoy it with you.

During a shopping trip to a department store,
I was looking around for a salesperson so I could pay for my purchase.
Finally I ran into a woman wearing the store’s ID Tag.

“Excuse me,” I said. “I’m trying to locate a cashier.”

“I can’t help you,” she briskly replied, barely slowing down.
“I work in customer service.”

And she walked away.


A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
A Pathway Lined with Fall Mums
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Mums and asters love cool weather! And due to the cool summer we’re having ours are ready to pop with color!  What a great time to freshen up your yard or container garden with a variety of vibrant colors.

We grow our mums and asters outside (to make them hardier) in deep pots resulting in large plants with incredible bud count.  

Our fields are overflowing with 4,000 early, mid and late blooming plants in more than 30 shades of white, yellow, gold, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender and purple. 

Flea Markets at Our Greenhouse!

America’s Best Flowers
2014 Flea Market Schedule and Information

August 23 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Sept 14 Sunday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 18 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Why not take advantage of the opportunity to turn your garage and basement clutter into cold hard cash! 

Flea markets are not only fun, but they are so very easy to participate in! Just bring your treasures out to the greenhouse, display your items like you would for a garage sale, sit back and sell.  That’s all it takes to be a flea market vendor.

For participation we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00.  After you have your space set up on the morning of the flea market, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card.

Each vendor will be allowed two parking spaces, which equals one booth, to display their wares.  More vendor space is available for an additional $10.00 for each parking space.  Additional space must be requested at the time of the initial registration.  Each vendor is limited to only one $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card regardless of the number of parking spaces (booths).  The flea market will be located in our huge blacktop parking lot.  Rain or shine!

Set up time begins at 7am.  The starting bell for the flea market is 8am and it ends at 3pm.  Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, awnings, chairs, etc.  For safety purposes all vendor vehicles must be parked in a separate area and will not be allowed in the market area until after 3pm.  Space is limited.  Don’t wait to register!

We will have a specific area set up to test electrical items.

Booths are still available for all our Flea Market dates!

To register for any of the three remaining flea markets, please either stop by the greenhouse, a registration form will be at our Customer Service desk, or send a check for the number of booths you would like to reserve. In the memo section of your check please put ‘Flea Market’.  Also, include a short note stating the specific flea market date(s), the number of booths you are registering for, a telephone number and/or email address for contact purposes.  Our mailing address is:

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

There are a few restrictions on what may be brought to our flea markets. They are as follows:

  • No firearms or ammunition,
  • No live animals,
  • No flowers and/or plants,
  • No alcohol or tobacco is allowed on America’s Best Flowers’ property.

If you are interested in joining us contact Shirley at or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

The couple had been debating the purchase of a new auto for weeks.
He wanted a new truck.

She wanted a fast little sports-like car so she could zip through traffic around town.
He would probably have settled for any beat up old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of their price range.

“Look!” she said.
“I want something that goes from 0 to 200 in 4 seconds or less. And my birthday is coming up. You could surprise me.”

For her birthday, he bought her a brand new bathroom scale.

Services are pending!

Art in the Garden Vendor Information

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.

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A guy shows up late for work.

The boss yells, “You should’ve been here at 8:30!”

The guy replies, “Why? What happened at 8:30?”

The Joy of Fall Gardening


Swiss Chard

From now until September 15 is a great time to plant cool season vegetable crops.  Fall gardens are easy to grow, and it’s a delightful time to work in the garden – there are fewer bugs and it’s not too hot.  To get you started we have cabbage, kale, broccoli, lettuce, Swiss chard plants, and seeds for fall planting.

Because they mature in progressively cooler temperatures, fall crops have a wonderful flavor.  Much better than spring crops.

Cool fall weather actually holds the crops for you right in the garden so you can enjoy your harvest well into October.  Fall garden care is similar to spring gardening, except you don’t have to water as much.  All you do is dig in a little compost at planting time.  If you don’t have a compost pile available, we have it in ready-to-use bags.

While my friend Amy was visiting her mother, they went for a walk
and bumped into an old family acquaintance.

“Is this your daughter?” the woman asked.
“Oh, I remember her when she was this high. How old is she now?”

Without pausing, Amy’s mother said, “Twenty-four.”

Amy, 35, nearly fainted on the spot.
After everyone had said their good-byes,
Amy asked her mother why she’d told such a whopper.

“Well,” she replied, “I’ve been lying about my age for so long,
it suddenly dawned on me that I’d have to start lying about yours too.”

Floral Designer Needed

We are looking for a trained floral designer to join us at our Edgerton location.  A minimum of two years design experience is preferred, including weddings, proms, funerals, and other special events. This part-time position is for approximately 20 hours, which would include some weekdays as well as weekends. We have an environment of shared flexibility with all of our staff members on scheduling.    Longer hours will be required during busy floral holidays, wedding weekends, prom week as well as other busy times.

Additional tasks may include, but are not limited to, taking phone orders, greeting walk-in customers, accessing web orders, cashiering, processing flowers & plants and general clean-up. Our designers often deliver, so we do require an excellent driving record.

Pay will depend on experience and ability.

Please apply in person. No phone inquiries.

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

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, 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

Sat, Sep 20 – Sun, Oct 12
Scarecrow Days

M-F 10-5pm / Sat – Sun 10am-4pm –

Sat, Oct 18
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Our Kitchen

Ahhh!  Zucchini season is here.  It’s that wonderful time of year when every gardener you know is offering to share the bounty of their plants.  But what to do with it all!  Here is a recipe Scott made for us last week.  We all loved it and hope you do too.

Scott’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

  • ½ c butter
  • ½ c oil
  • 1 ¾ c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ½ c sour milk (2-3 t vinegar in fresh milk)
  • 2 1/3 c flour
  • 4 T cocoa
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 c grated zucchini (drained of excess water)
  • 1 c chocolate chips – Scott used mini chips
  • ½ c chopped nuts – Scott used pecans

Preheat oven to 325.  Spray 9×12 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Add vinegar to fresh milk in measuring cup.  Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, oil and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.  Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl.  Add to butter mixture alternately with the sour milk, beginning and ending with flour, mixing well after each addition.  When completely combined, stir in zucchini. Pour into prepared pan.  Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts on top.  Bake for 40 minutes.

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