Happy Independence Day

Newsletter 20 – Thursday, July 3, 2014

Betsy Ross presenting the original flag of the United States

Hours for July 4th

Cottage Grove
Friday, July 4th

Friday, July 4th

  The Edgerton location parking lot is being resurfaced on July 4th.  Please follow the signs to the back entrance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Revised Hours

Starting Monday, July 7th

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 56

Wow, I’ve had a great birthday week.  Yep, you heard me right…birthday week!  I know most birthdays’ are celebrated for a day, but not mine!  My mom and dad told me that since the three of us are such ‘party animals’ we were going to celebrate my birthday all week long. Gosh, being spoiled and pampered for 7 straight days, hey, who am I to argue with that!

And it has been fun, but the best day was Saturday. I just gotta tell you about it. 

Saturday morning my mom and dad had hung up a birthday banner (or I should say hung ‘down’ a birthday banner so that it would be at my eye level) and for breakfast I had a scrambled egg mixed in with my kibble. Yum!  Off to a good start here, wouldn’t you say? 

Then they told me they had a surprise for me on Saturday night that would require a ride in the car.  Okay, I’m game for any chance to stick my nose out the car window and inhale all the aromatic mysteries of life! 

Anyway, are you ready for this? Hang onto your collar ‘cause this is SO cool! 

My mom and dad surprised me with a sky full of FIREWORKS for my birthday!   Can you believe it? 

Normally, I’m not a big fan of fireworks ‘cause they can be real loud, and that really, really scares me.  I’ll pant a lot, shake a lot, and try to crawl up my dad’s pant leg (but he doesn’t mind ‘cause he loves me so much.) 

But, no worries this time, we stopped the car a long ways from where all the noise was coming from and watched the sky fill with all kinds of sparkly lights.  What a fun night I had with my family!

Do my mom and dad know how to celebrate a birthday or what?! 


Well, we all know that the fireworks display was not for Lucy’s birthday, but would you mind if we kept this secret from her? 

~Till next time,

Featured Plant of the Week – Mini Roses

These mini roses were bred from True Roses for a smaller, more compact size which makes them great for containers, window boxes, and landscape borders and edging.  Take a look at a few of the beauties that you can choose from.

And the best part is that the mini roses are 33% off the regular price here at America’s Best Flowers!

July 12 is our 1st Flea Market for 2014!

America’s Best Flowers
2014 Flea Market Schedule and Information

July 12 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
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.

Booths are still available for all our Flea Market dates!   

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.

To register please send us 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 abfscimino@yahoo.com or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

Rustic Garden Art

We have garden art that will add the perfect touch to your garden.

Our rustic bicycle with baskets filled with your favorite flowers will offer a whimsical look to your garden.

How about a colorful glass ball encased in a metal frame of the globe?

This chair, filled with a colorful plant, could be added to any area of your garden for that nostalgic look.

Blooming Zinnias!

Zinnia 'Magellan Mix'
Zinnia ‘Magellan Mix’
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Our Magellan Mix Zinnia’s are in bloom.  The early, big, long-lasting colorful blooms on these compact plants come in dazzling hues of coral, pink, rose, yellow, ivory, red, and scarlet.  They are not only tough, weather tolerant sun lovers, but they attract butterflies, too.   

The cut flowers stay fresh for well over a week in a vase and, bonus, the more you cut, the more you get.  The foliage does not do as well as the blooms, so be sure to trim it off before putting them in a vase.  They like sun and heat but do need well-drained soil.  Also, it’s best to water them either with a soaker hose to minimize wetting the foliage or water them early in the day so that the leaves dry off before nightfall.  You just cannot go wrong with the Zinnias.  They are amongst the easiest annuals to grow.

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 abflunde@yahoo.com. Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jul 12
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Jul 19
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9am-4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Jul 26
4th Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser for the Dane County Humane Society

11am-3pm – Bring your dirty dogs out to the garden.

Sat, Aug 9
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!
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.

Another wonderful and fun recipe from the archives of ‘Bonnie’s Kitchen’.

Our Kitchen

What a patriotic looking pizza cookie! Raspberries, blueberries and creamy filling are the red, white and blue toppings on the easy cookie crust. The recipe is from Pillsbury, and it makes 24 servings.

Patriotic Cookie Pizza

Patriotic Cookie Pizza

  • 1 roll (16.5 oz.) Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 t grated lemon peel
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup apple jelly, melted

Heat oven to 350°. Spray 12 inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Cut cookie dough into ¼” slices; place in pan. With floured fingers, press evenly over bottom to form crust.

Bake 15-20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely, about 25 minutes.

In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon peel until fluffy. Spread over baked crust. Arrange raspberries in large star shape in center. Arrange blueberries around raspberries. Drizzle or brush with melted jelly. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Store in refrigerator.

For more holiday desserts, check out these from our past newsletters:

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