Happy New Year!

Newsletter 1 – Thursday, January 15, 2015

Current Hours

Our Cottage Grove hours are now 10am – 4pm, Monday through Saturday.  For the month of January we will be closed on Sundays.

We have spring fever…how about you?

Don’t wait for spring to start planning your garden!  America’s Best Flowers is open for business.  We have vegetable and flower seeds, potting soil, seed trays, and lots more to get you started.  It is one stop shopping at our greenhouse. 

In addition, whether you are a first time gardener or a veteran gardener, our experienced staff is here to assist you.

Visit us at the 2015 Midwest Garden Expo

February 13, 14, &15

Friday      3pm – 9pm
Saturday  9am – 6pm
Sunday     10am – 4pm

Come out and see us at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  We’ll have a wide selection of vegetable and flower seeds, succulent plants, flavorful herbs, houseplants, garden supplies and much, much more.

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program

America's Best Flowers Gift Card
Their garden will thank you!
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Spring 2015 is right around the corner!  People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.   

What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program.  Non-profit organizations earn 25% of the proceeds from each America’s Best Flowers gift card they sell.  For example, if your organization sells $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10, your organization would earn $125.   

Please contact us if your non-profit organization is in need of funds for things such as (but by no means limited to):

  • local charities, (i.e. food pantry)
  • church mission trips,
  • new equipment or uniforms for your school sports program, or
  • new equipment or uniforms for your school band or orchestra.

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations. 

If you are interested or have questions regarding our easy and profitable program, please contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

Our 2015 Newsletter

Our next 2015 newsletter will be Thursday, February 5.  The weekly edition will begin on Thursday, March 5 with all kinds of new stuff for the 2015 gardening season.

Upcoming Events for 2015

It’s going to be a busy season for us at America’s Best Flowers.  Our Community Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 4 this spring.  We’re going to have 10 container workshops this year along with several different types of gardening classes.  Our hope is that we have a little something for everyone.  We’ll have more details about our 2015 events in future newsletters.

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

Job Opening

We are looking for a part-time person to join our team helping us make the world a better place with plants and flowers. The skills we are looking for are:

  • Graphic design and photographic skills to lay out marketing pieces such as postcards and newspaper ads.
  • Social media skills to make regular postings on our facebook, pinterest, etc. pages.
  • Writing skills to make press releases.

Most of the work can be done at home. 2 to 3 hours per week at the greenhouse and about 10 hours or so at home. Pay depending on skills and experience.

Upcoming Events

Fri, Feb 13 – Sun, Feb 15
Garden Expo
Sat, Apr 4
Community Egg Hunt

10am-2pm – Indoor – Rain or shine! FREE candy! For children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Accepting items for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

Sat, Apr 11 – Sun, Apr 12
Terrarium & Miniature Garden Container Workshop

10am-3pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own terrarium or miniature garden. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sat, Apr 18 – Sun, Apr 19
Spring Flower Show

9am-6pm We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season and a HUGE selection of new pottery.

Sat, Apr 18
Herb Container Workshop

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

Sat, Apr 18 – Sun, Apr 19
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9am-3pm Get your tools ready for easier gardening.

Our Kitchen

I believe this recipe was originally developed by Kraft, as a way to promote the use of their Catalina salad dressing in cooking.  It’s been around a long time, but is still delicious. 

I have made it using split (bone-in, w/ skin removed) chicken breasts, regular Catalina dressing and served it over mashed potatoes.  You can also use skinless chicken thighs and/or legs.  This lower-fat version has been shared by Marty’s wife.  Hope you enjoy!

Chicken w/Cranberry Sauce

Chicken w/Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 8 oz bottle of Catalina fat-free dressing (1 cup)
  • 1 pkg dry onion soup mix
  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Mix together cranberries, dressing and soup mix.  Lay chicken in 9×13 glass baking dish.  Pour sauce mixture over top.  Cover with foil.  Bake 1 hour at 375.  Remove foil and let sit 5 minutes before serving.  Serve over rice. 

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