Have a Happy Halloween!

Newsletter 37 – Thursday, October 30, 2014

Current Hours

Cottage Grove open
Open 7 days a week 9-5:30

Edgerton open
Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 73

My Mom is taking a much-deserved break this week.  Be back soon!  Meanwhile read about the luscious treats below.  I hope I can get some!


Calling all dogs!

Packages of cookies in a basket with a sign that reads "Help a homeless animal"
These cookies need a home too!
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Heart-shaped dog cookies, thick and crumbly
These are the Peanut Butter variety
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We are now selling High Hopes Doggie Treats!  They are all natural baked cookies and treats made with ingredients formulated by Pet Nutritionists.  Every sale of this product benefits a homeless pet AND they are made in the USA!

High Hopes donates 3.5% from every sale, every day (up to 15% of the company’s profits) to the High Hopes for Pets Foundation.  The Foundation in turn donates to local shelters and rescue groups who help care for and find homes for homeless pets everywhere.

As nutritious as they are delicious, we stock cookies in the following flavors:  Peanut Butter & Pumpkin, Peanut Butter & Blueberry, Peanut Butter and Banana, Peanut Butter Bacon & Cheddar and Bacon, Egg & Cheese.

Remember, we are always dog friendly at America’s Best Flowers and if you bring your four-legged friend out they will receive a FREE SAMPLE of these great treats now thru Christmas!!!

What happened to the guy who couldn’t keep up payments to his exorcist? He got repossessed.

Ongoing Miniature Garden & Terrarium Workshops!

Weekends Now thru November 16 10am – 3pm

So many possibilities!
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Bring your own pot or use one of ours!
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Think small and inside the pot every Saturday and Sunday, through November 16, at our Miniature Garden and Terrarium Workshops.  Join us, from 10 am to 3 pm, for a journey to our miniature world. Create your very own terrarium or miniature fairy garden just as you’ve seen in the glossy home and garden magazines!

Captivating, Christmas miniatures, little gazing balls, tiny bird baths, skeletons, ghosts, mischievous gnomes, petite fairies, small stepping stones, diminutive garden arbors, and miniature fences are just some of the treasures we have waiting here to help you realize your vision. Choose from our wide selection of tiny, live plants to bring your miniature wonderland to life.  Bring your own pot or purchase one here. Soil is free, and design assistance is always available!

Choose from our large selection of succulents and miniature garden plants and garden accessories to create your very own one-of-a-kind terrarium or miniature garden.

We know life is busy so if you are unable to make it to a weekend workshop you are welcome to come in and create your special miniature garden anytime during the week.

Q: What is a vampire’s favorite fruit?
A: A nectarine!

Clear the Bench Sale – Now 70% Off!

Starting Thursday, October 30, our remaining outside inventory of perennials, trees and shrubs will be 70% off.  Take advantage of our selection while it lasts.  Now is a great time to pick up the perennials, trees and shrubs you’ve had your eyes on all season. 

This sale applies to existing stock only (no special orders), and no warranty is included with this sale.  All sales are final. 

This 70% sale does not apply to previous purchases.  Annuals and tropicals are not included. 

Spring Bulbs!

Plant a promise now and save 30%

Planting bulbs is like planting a promise that Spring will be here again and things will grow and bloom and be beautiful. Fall is the only time you can make it happen.  Plant now and be the absolute envy of your neighbors next spring! Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, and more are waiting for you and at 30% off you can afford to plant your whole yard.  Excludes amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs.

This sale does not apply to previous purchases, or to Amaryllis or Paperwhite bulbs (because we just got them in!).

What did the three vampires order at the bar? Two bloods and a blood light.

Stay Green with Houseplants

Houseplants benefit us in so many ways.  Often chosen for the color and texture they add to a room, houseplants are a beautiful addition to any home.  Nothing helps create a pleasant, relaxed mood faster than the addition of a few plants.  Research has shown that the benefits of indoor plants go far beyond decorative, proving that people living in homes and offices with plants have fewer problems with stress-related illnesses.  The group also had lower blood pressure than those living without plants. 

Stop out today and pick up several for your home and office.

Holiday Porch Pots!

Your porch doesn’t have to go bare just because it’s winter!
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Create a design for your porch at America’s Best Flowers.  We have all the supplies needed to make your home look beautiful and inviting this holiday season.  We are talking about Holiday Porch Pots. 

We will have fresh evergreens and dried florals and branches that come in a variety of colors and textures to match any of your decorating needs.  We also have some that are a natural color for more of a traditional look. 

With all these choices, your porch will looking stunning from Fall thru winter with very minimal work.  And the best part, no watering is required!

You don’t have to do it alone.  We have a Holiday Porch Pot workshop to give you hands-on assistance!  Just bring in your container from home or you can buy one when you get here. (We still have a great selection for you!)  We will help you choose evergreens, dried florals and branches and fun fillers to match your needs.  It’s snow much fun! Haha

Our Holiday Porch Pot Workshop will be Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23 from 10am to 3pm each day.  Groups are welcome at any time but please call ahead for groups of 5 or more to make sure we have adequate staff.

Two monsters went to a Halloween party.
Suddenly one said to the other, "A lady just rolled her eyes at me. What should I do?"
The other monster replied, "Be a gentleman and roll them back to her."

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?  America’s Best Flowers fundraising program begins this fall on October 1 and runs through April 1, 2015.  We have designed it to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group. 

What else makes our fundraiser so special?

1.    Your group gets 25% of the total value of the America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell!
2.    Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and our Edgerton locations!
3.    America’s Best Flowers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!

Offer your customer that perfect gift to give for the holidays or any occasion.  To help promote your fundraising efforts be sure to advertise that an America’s Best Flowers gift card may be used to purchase items for the coming holiday season.  We will have beautiful poinsettias, Christmas trees, decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths, holiday hanging baskets, Grab and Go Porch Pots, and much more for your holiday decorating needs.  Many non-profit groups have told us that ‘America’s Best Flowers gift cards almost sell themselves!’ 

How do you get started?  One way is to take orders for our gift cards.  Your customers make payment directly to your group.  Submit your completed order to us and we will process it.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total order will be due when you pick up your gift cards.  Another way is to purchase, in bulk, several different denominations of gift cards to sell at your organization’s activities.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total is due when you pick up your bulk order.  Some groups do it both ways! 

All holiday orders must be placed with us on or before Monday, December 15.  The cards will be available for you to pick up in a few days time.  Your orders may be submitted weekly, or all at one time.  If you need a gift card after December 15 just give us a call and we will make arrangements with you.

Learn more about our fundraising program by visiting our websitewww.americasbestflowers.com or email me at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Let’s work together to make this your best fundraiser ever!

America’s Best Flowers has been included in this year’s Best of Madison Readership Poll. 

If you feel that we are the Best Garden Center in the area please vote for us.  It’s easy to do and takes just a couple of minutes.  All you do is go to the Madison Magazine Best of Madison website,  www.madisonmagazine.com.  Under ‘Pick a Category,’ choose ‘Home & Lifestyle’ then scroll down to ‘Lawn, Garden & Landscape.’  America’s Best Flowers is the first one listed.  Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. 

The deadline is October 31.  Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

A guy named Billie Bob Joe goes to a costume dress party with a girl on his back.
Harold, answering the door: What are you supposed to be?
Billie Bob Joe: A turtle.
Harold: What do you mean?
Billie Bob Joe: The girl on my back is Michelle.

Upcoming Events

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.

Sat, Nov 22 – Sun, Nov 23
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Sun, Nov 30
Wreath Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Sat, Dec 6
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Our Kitchen

This recipe is from our very own Larissa.  She brought these cupcakes in earlier in the season and we have been requesting them again ever since.  What could be better than Oreos, cream cheese and chocolate?!  And with a name like, “Death by Oreo Cupcakes”, they are just in time for your Halloween celebrations.  Enjoy!

Death by Oreo Cupcakes

  • 1 package Oreo Cookies, regular size
  • 1 package mini Oreo Cookies for decoration (optional)
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (mix according to directions on box)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cupcake liners

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix packaged cake mix according to directions. Line cupcake tins with liner.  Place a regular size Oreo cookie in the bottom of each liner.  Take 1/2 of remaining cookies and chop coarsely and add to cake mix (you will use the other half in the frosting).  Fill the cupcake tins.  Bake for 15 minutes (or according to box directions).  While cupcakes are baking make the frosting.

Cream together butter and cream cheese.  Add vanilla, then add powdered sugar slowly until well blended.  Chop remaining regular-sized Oreos very fine.  (I put the cookies in the food processor instead of trying to chop them up super fine and it worked out really well).  Add to frosting.  After cupcakes have cooled, frost and decorate with Mini Oreos.

My batch made 2 dozen, but that may vary depending on the mix you choose.

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