Happy Memorial Day!

Newsletter 14 – Thursday, May 21, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open

9 – 8 Monday through Friday
9 – 6 Saturday and Sunday

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-7:00
Sat 8:30-6:00
 Sun 9-4

Memorial Day Hours

Cottage Grove will be open from 9 to 6 on Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day. 

Edgerton will be open from 9 to 4.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 92

Lucy lying on her dog bed on the porch while looking morbidly off the porch into the backyard
"I don’t mind the dummies. Honestly. They only occasionally move around on their own."
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Snippet from Lucy’s journal…

Ok, here we go again!  Me and my dad are trying very hard to talk my mom out of bringing those stupid dummies up from the basement this summer and putting them in the backyard.  "Oh, but they are a part of our family … " my mom whined. (Oops, I didn’t mean to say that … it just slipped out!)

My dad and I looked at each other.  It’s like he was reading my mind ‘cause he said. ‘Well, maybe this year Lucy and I would like to have a little more input on this dummy thing then we’ve had in the past.  What do you say to that?"

My mom said N-O-T-H-I-N-G!!  Not a word.  She just looked at us.  After a few minutes of the LOOK (seemed like hours to me) my dad said, ‘Well, Lucy, I think we just got our answer."

Me and my dad quietly went to the basement.

Till next time!

Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

Mark Twain

Is it celebration time at your house?

Are you frantic just thinking about everything that needs to get done before your celebration?  Let us offer a simple and easy solution to decorate your yard, patio or deck.  Our Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets will give your special area that beautiful final touch.

If your get together is in a week or so let America’s Best Flowers create custom-made container gardens for you.  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.

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.

Henry Ward Beecher

Serving Up Tasty Herbs on Saturday

A basket filled with herbs

Join us this coming Saturday, between 11-1, for our Herb Cooking Class.  Steve, our herb expert, will explain just how easy it is to introduce fresh and tasty herbs into your kitchen.  This is an opportunity for you to taste a variety of homemade basil-flavored salad dressings!  And, yes, recipes will be available for you to take home.

Did you know that herbs are wonderful in deserts too?   Steve will have an assortment of rhubarb and mint flavored syrups served over ice cream to prove it.  Yum!  See you on Saturday!

Tomato and Pepper Plants!

If you’re looking for different varieties of tomatoes for your vegetable garden, we have them!  We have over 20 varieties of tomatoes to choose from and that’s not including over 10 varieties of Heirloom tomatoes.

And the same goes for peppers.  We have over 20 varieties of peppers.  Mild peppers, hot peppers and super hot peppers … we’ve got them all.

You know you are drinking too much coffee when…

You can type sixty words per minute … with your feet.
You can thread a sewing machine, while it’s running.
You help your dog chase its tail.

Associate of the Week: Jesse

By Judy

This week our featured associate is Jesse.  He has been with America’s Best Flowers since 2005 and is a Lead Retail Worker.  He began as a cashier and has worked his way up to his current position.  Jesse has several different roles, some of which include providing excellent customer service, purchasing of products, training new associates each year and cheering on the crew.

Jesse enjoys working at America’s Best Flowers because he loves being outside and working with all the plants and customers.  He says “it’s so much fun to see the new varieties each year and to see our customers enjoying our fabulous product”.

His favorite plant, at the moment, is an annual called Digiplexus.  He loves it because it has a beautiful orange and purple color that reminds him of a sunset.  Jesse enjoys container gardening with annuals and also growing veggies he can enjoy all winter.  His other interests include art and photography.

Church Signs

"Free Trip to heaven. Details Inside!"
"Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins."
"Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here!"
"How will you spend eternity … Smoking or Nonsmoking?"
"It is unlikely there’ll be a reduction in the wages of sin."

America’s Best Flowers 2015 Flea Market Schedule and Information

June 27 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
August 22 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Sept 19 Sunday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 17 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

For vendor 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!

[Read the Full Details Here]

You Can’t Get Here from There

An alternate route from google maps
See text for a live link to this map
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The road construction on Cottage Grove Rd and Stoughton Rd (Hwy 51) may change the route some of you will take to get to the greenhouse this year.   See this article for information.

Since Southbound entrance and exit ramps onto 51 will be closed, those coming from the north will need to get off Hwy 51 at the Milwaukee Street exit.  Go left (east) at the bottom of the exit ramp and stay on Milwaukee St. until you get to Sprecher Rd.  Turn right (south) go to the first stop light, which is Cottage Grove Rd.  Turn left (east) go 1 mile and then take a right (south) on Vilas Hope Rd.  We are down one half mile on the right.  Hope to see you soon!!

Click here for a live version of the pictured alternate route.

The following are actual classified ads found in newspapers:
Free Yorkshire terrier.
8 years old. Hateful little dog.
Free puppies:
1/2 cocker spaniel –
1/2 sneaky neighbor’s dog
snow blower for sale…
Only used on snowy days.
2 wire mesh butchering gloves:
1 5-finger, 1 3-finger, pair: $15
free 1 can of pork & beans with
purchase of 3 bdrm 2 bath home.

Send Irene 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 Irene, at abfirene@gmail.com.  Irene will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 23
Herb Cooking Class

11am-1pm Cooking with fresh herbs.

Sat, May 30
Perennial Gardening Class

10am-11am Free garden plan and class.

Mon, Jun 1 – Tue, Jun 30
Perennial of the Week

Focus is on a different perennial each week.

Sat, Jun 6
Container & Succulent Garden Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE assistance and FREE soil with $10 plant purchase per container. Create a wonderful container and/or succulent garden in our greenhouse. Bring in your own EMPTY container or buy one of ours.

Sat, Jun 13
Container & Miniature Garden Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE assistance and FREE soil with $10 plant purchase per container. Create a beautiful container and/or miniature garden in our greenhouse. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all plants and accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sun, Jun 21
Father’s Day

FREE Schoeps ice cream for Dad and the family!

My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual.

Phyllis Diller

Our Kitchen

Last Friday, May 15 was National Chocolate Chip Day.

I was totally unaware of this special event created to celebrate the wonderful goodness of chocolate chips, until Judy mentioned it this morning.  Soooo – I decided to share a recipe Sharon brought in last week.

I had originally planned to include it during strawberry season, because the addition of chocolate would make strawberry shortcake into something phenomenal.  You might want to copy it (highlight recipe and copy to a word document) and keep it handy.  I can think of several occasions to make these.  There’s Sunday, and Monday, and Tuesday…..   Enjoy!!

Chocolate Chip Shortcake

  • 2 ½ c flour
  • ¼ c sugar
  • 4 t baking powder
  • ¼ t salt
  • 2/3 c butter
  • 2/3 c half & half
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk (save white)
  • mini chocolate chips – about half a 12 oz. bag

Preheat oven to 400. Combine dry ingredients.  Cut in butter to size of small peas.  Mix half & half, egg and egg yolk in small bowl.  Add to flour mixture.  Stir until just combined. Dump onto a floured board.  Knead a few times.  Cut in half.  Form each into an 8” circle. Place one on a greased baking sheet.  Put mini chips on top and place other circle on top.  Seal edges.  Brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake 18-20 minutes.

Cut into wedges to serve.  Wonderful topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

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