Got Junk?

Newsletter 12 – Tuesday, May 22, 2012

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

Daniel Webster
Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory,
nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds,
yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.

If you can put dirt in it, then we'll put flowers in it
If you can put dirt in it, then we’ll put flowers in it
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Got Junk?

Bring that what-cha-ma-call-it in to America’s Best Flowers on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, May 26-28, and turn it into a classy or sassy piece of loveliness.

Our Plant Your Junk Contest is very similar to our regular container workshops except for one thing.  Instead of using an attractive piece of pottery or container bring in that ‘thing’ from home, purchase your plants from us and plant your object d’art here.  We provide the dirt and clean up the mess.  We’ll take a picture of your masterpiece and our staff will vote for the winners. 

The First Place winner will receive a $50 America’s Best Flowers Gift Card. The Second Place winner will receive a $25 America’s Best Flowers Gift Card.   Please empty your ‘thing’ of dirt or potting soil before bringing it into our greenhouse.

I don’t have room for a vegetable garden

There's always room for carrots!
There’s always room for carrots!

Oh, yes, you do!  Come to our Square Foot Vegetable Gardening Workshop on Saturday, May 26, from 10 – 4 PM and we’ll show you how to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce and much more in a container.  Not only is this a great way to garden due to lack of space, but not everyone wants a large garden

Is a chronic health condition preventing you from gardening?

Don’t let a physical disability limit your joy of gardening.  Whether you want to plant flowers, herbs or vegetables, container gardening may be the answer.  A container can be placed on a counter or table so that you can work at a comfortable height.  Pick low maintenance plants or vegetables that do not require a lot of pruning.  There are many garden tools such as OXO Good Grips that have larger grips and handles that are easier for arthritic hands.  Yes, America’s Best Flowers carries them.  We want you to be able to get your hands in the soil again.

Free Rose Gardening Class

Roses are red, orange, yellow, and even ... green!?
Roses are red, orange, yellow, and even … green!?

If you have rose gardening questions come to our class on Saturday, May 26, from 10 -11 AM.  Our Operations, Manager Al Lunde and our Container Garden Designer, Sharon Stickford will show and tell you how to care for the beautiful rose. 

Memorial Day Hours

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

Creating a Container Garden Is Not Just for Weekends Anymore!

Bring in your own containers or purchase any of our beautiful pieces of pottery or containers anytime, any day of the week, pick out your plants and plant them here.  Why should you do that?  We will provide free soil and clean up the mess.  That’s right!  If you do bring containers from home we would appreciate it if you would empty all dirt from them before bringing them into our greenhouse. 

Our staff will be happy to answer your questions, but please keep in mind that we may not be able to provide the one-on-one service that takes place during our Container Garden Weekend Workshops. 

Do We Have A Deal For You!

Now is the time to pick up gardening books at a 40% discount.  We have two different Wisconsin specific gardening books and two different gardening books for small spaces.   Quantity is limited so don’t wait.  


America’s Best Flowers wants you to succeed, so if you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at  Al will get back to you promptly.  We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 26
Vegetable Square Foot Garden Workshop

Let us show you how to grow veggies in a small area.

Sat, May 26
Rose Workshop

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

Sat, May 26 – Mon, May 28
Plant your Junk Container Workshop

Free soil. Contest for best junk planter.

Sat, Jun 2
Perennial Gardening Class

10am Sun and shade garden plants.

Tue, Jun 5
Perennial Gardening Class

6:30pm Sun and shade garden plants.

Fri, Jun 8
Ladies Night at the Garden


There are 2 cowboys in the kitchen. Which one is the real cowboy?
The one on the range.

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Growing up on a hog farm in central Iowa taught me a love of pork.  We had it almost every night of the week.  Because beef required a trip to the store instead of to our overflowing-with-pork deep freeze, it was a rare and wonderful day when it graced our table.  To this day it is still a treat.  Whether it is topped with everything in the frig, or nothing at all, a good medium-rare burger is still my favorite meal.  Below are a collection of delicious recipes to suit whatever mood strikes you for your Memorial Day Cookout.

Salsa Burgers

  • 1 ½ lb. lean ground beef
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ¼ cup plain bread crumbs
  • 3 oz. (3/4 cup) shredded hot pepper jack cheese
  • 6 burger buns, split , toasted
  • 6 tomato slices
  • 6 avocado slices
  • 6 T sour cream

In medium bowl, combine ground beef, salsa and bread crumbs; mix well. Shape mixture into 12 patties, about 4” in diameter and ¼” thick. Sprinkle a rounded tablespoon of cheese in center of 6 patties, spreading slightly. Top with remaining patties; press edges together firmly to seal.

Grill over medium heat for 11-13 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, turning once.

Place burgers on bottom halves of buns. Top each with tomato and avocado slice and 1 T sour cream. If desired, top with additional salsa. Cover with top halves of buns.

Inside-Out Southwestern Cheeseburgers

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2T finely chopped onion
  • 2T drained, canned, diced, green chilies
  • 8 slices Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers (about 4 oz)
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted
  • 1/4 c taco sauce or salsa

Heat grill. Mix beef, onion and chilies. Shape mixture into 8 thin patties. Top each of 4 patties with 2 slices cheese.  Place remaining beef patties on top; pinch edges to seal securely.

Grill 4-5" from medium heat, covered,  for 14-16 minutes, turning once, until burgers are slightly firm when pressed in center.  Serve on Kaiser Rolls with taco sauce.

Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers

By Tyler Florence of the Food Network

  • 1/2 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large hamburger buns, split
  • ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, sliced tomato, onion, and avocado for toppings

Combine jack cheese and chopped bacon in a bowl. Put the beef in another bowl and season with salt and pepper, using a rubber spatula to mix. Flatten one fourth of the meat mixture in the palm of your hand.  Squeeze together about a tablespoon of the cheese and bacon mixture to make a little nugget.  Put in center of ground beef.  Bring sides of the patty over the filling, making sure the cheese is completely covered by the meat.  Flatten slightly for a nice patty shape.  Set them side by side on a platter in the refrigerator while preparing the grill.

Heat grill. Brush grates with oil to prevent sticking. Grill burgers 6-8 minutes per side to medium doneness. Remove the burgers to side plate.

Rub grill with more oil and place buns cut side down for 1 minute. Serve with your favorite garnishes.

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