Happy Labor Day

Newsletter 28 – Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Labor Day

American Flag and Bald Eagle

Current Hours

Cottage Grove open

 Labor Day open 9-6

Tues-Fri 9-7, Sat and Sun 9-6.

Edgerton open

Labor Day open 9-4

Tues-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 64

Mr. Six-Pack
I don’t get it! Every single time my mom looks at this dummy she smiles.
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My mom and her crazy fun friend had a garage sale last Sunday.  Yep, the day after the Flea Market thingy. 

My dad said that my mom needs some kind of intervention with all this Flea Market and garage sale stuff.  Not sure what he means by that, but I always believe what my dad says.

Back to the dummies…my mom put Max, May-Bell and Mr. Six-Pack out in the front yard at the garage sale.  Max and May-Bell were strapped to trees and Mr. Six-Pack was set in the driveway with his thumb pointing to the garage sale.

I watched from my window seat as lots and lots of people stopped and asked if the dummies were for sale and, sadly, here we go again, my mom’s response was, “Oh, no, they are members of our family.  We could never sell them.”

That was the exact moment I hatched my plan. 

Since, it was really, really hot my mom had me stay in the house most of the day, but I did get out to, well, you know, do my thing.  One of the few times I was outside two people got out of their car and went over to the dummy Max, I had my chance.  I sauntered over to them.  As I was communicating with them that Max needed a stable home and that he would fit nicely in their car…she appeared. 

“Lucy, I cannot believe what I’m hearing.  How could you? Max is not going anywhere.  But you Missy are going right back into the house!”   

Hey, you can’t blame a girl for trying. Right?


The end of labor is to gain leisure.


Featured Plant of the Week – Evergreens

Evergreens provide shade, privacy, and year round color.  What better reasons to plant an evergreen or two or three in your yard?

All of our remaining evergreens are 20% off!  Come on out and choose from Birds Nest Spruce, Arborvitae, Golden Globe Arborvitae, Moon Glow Junipers, Dwarf Norway Spruce and many others.

Evergreen roots will grow more aggressively when planted in early fall while the soil is still warm and the air has become more moist.

Stop on out and get the ‘pick of the litter’ of our remaining evergreens.  Our knowledgeable staff will assist you with any planting questions you may have.

The 20% off does not apply to special orders nor does our warranty apply.

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be
going back to school the next day.
It would have been called Independence Day,
but that name was already taken.

Bulbs, Bulbs and More Fall Bulbs Have Arrived!

September is the time to plant bulbs for next spring’s bloom. Our fall bulbs have arrived. Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, and more are just waiting for you to take them home.  Remember, bulbs are an investment in the future.

When you plant your bulbs is the perfect opportunity to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s your only chance to get the nutrients the bulbs need for maximum flowering directly under the bulbs in the root zone of your plants.  This year we are featuring Espoma Bulb Tone and Bone Meal.

The Elderly

When I worked for an organization which delivered meals to the elderly,
I would take along my four year old daughter.
She was always fascinated by the appliances of
old age – canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.
One day I saw her staring at a set of false teeth in a jar.
She said to me,
"The tooth fairy will never believe this."

Are you entertaining this weekend?

Freshen up your yard, container garden, deck and yard with a variety of brilliant colors for your Labor Day get together!

And since mums and pansies are hardy plants that survive cooler weather you’ll be enjoying them for months to come.  

And there is more…

ALL 10” & 12” Hanging Baskets are $10

‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ Begonia in Hanging Baskets
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Freshen up those unsightly looking shepherd hooks with fresh and colorful hanging baskets.  All of our 10” and 12” hanging baskets are $10.   We have a variety of colorful hanging baskets of geraniums, Santa Cruz Begonia, bougainvillea, delosperma and impatiens for you to choose from.

Cleaning the Attic

While cleaning the attic, Joan and Harry found an old stub for some shoes
they left at the repair shop 10 years ago. They thought it would be
funny to go to the shop and see if the shoes were still there.
So they did.
They handed the stub to the repair man who took it and looked in the back.
He came out again and said,
"They’ll be ready on Wednesday."

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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Amish Humor

Sign behind an Amish carriage:
"Energy efficient vehicle. Runs on grass and oats.
CAUTION: Avoid exhaust!"

Coming Soon
Autumn Container Workshop

September 6, from 10 – 4 PM.

Check Out Some of Our Fall Creations
Check Out Some of Our Fall Creations
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Pick out your favorite mum, add one or two of our perfect perennials, even a shrub and we’ll help you create a beautiful autumn container to showcase your home, deck or backyard.   Autumn, with its plethora of vibrant and sultry colors, is the time to appreciate our Wisconsin beauty!

We’ll have more details about this workshop in next week’s newsletter.

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, 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

Sat, Oct 18 – Sun, Nov 16
Miniature Garden Container Workshops

10am-3pm Every Weekend – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Q: What did you say to an angry 300 pound baked potato?
A: Nothing, just butter him up!

Our Kitchen

August is family reunion month for Jim’s family.  After spending three days enjoying kids and grandkids on beautiful Lake Eau Claire, we came back through Stevens Point so we could visit with the rest of Jim’s family.  They are one of the biggest potato growers in the area, and, as always, a 50# box of russets found its way into our car. 

Even though this last Sunday was one of the hottest days of the year, I was hungry for oven roasted vegetables – Alex – make the link to Newsletter 1, 2012.  I started with yellow and white carrots, beets and onions, but wanted a little different way to include potatoes.  To the internet I went – typed in oven baked French fries and found the following on a site called www.justapinch.com  I’ve increased the parmesan and salt, and I’m sure you could change up the seasoning to anything you would like.  Chili powder would be great, or take the quick route and just use a teaspoon or so of Lawry’s seasoning salt.  Whichever way you do it, enjoy!!  We sure did!

No Mess Oven Fries

  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into even strips
  • 2 T parmesan cheese
  • ¼ t salt
  • ¼ t garlic powder
  • ¼ t paprika
  • ¼ t ground black pepper
  • 1 T olive oil

Soak cut potatoes in ice water for 30 minutes.  Drain and blot dry on paper towels.

Preheat oven to 450.  Place dry ingredients in a gallon plastic zipper bag.  Mix well.  Add potato strips, toss well to coat.  Drizzle olive oil over seasoned potatoes.  Reseal bag and toss until all strips are evenly coated.

Lay out in a single layer on a parchment paper or foil-lined baking sheet, Space out so they are not touching.  Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.  Do not turn.

Cleanup is so easy, just toss plastic bag and parchment paper or foil in trash.

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