Help us Clear the Benches!

Newsletter 35 – Thursday, October 10, 2013

Current Hours

Monday – Sunday

It’s our ‘Clear the Benches’ Sale!

Come and get ‘em!  Starting Thursday, October 10, perennials, trees and shrubs will be 40% off.  Take advantage of our great 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.

Do you want to hear more?  We are going to reduce our perennials, trees and shrubs an additional 10% each week, until they all have good homes.

This sale applies to existing stock only (no special orders) and no warranty is included with this sale.

Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
Answer: Mt. Everest; it just wasn‘t discovered yet.
[You ‘re not very good at this are you?]

Just In – A little of this and a little of that!

Our large selection of miniature garden plants: succulents, terrarium, and houseplants just arrived.  Also just in is our huge selection of miniature garden accessories.  Wouldn’t a miniature garden make a great gift to give for the holidays?

Holiday parties and celebrations are right around the corner.  A small garden or houseplant is the perfect hostess/host gift as well.  Stop on in and check out our HUGE selection.

To make it easy for you we will be having combination miniature garden and terrariums workshops every weekend starting October 19 through November 17.  If you can’t make it to a weekend workshop just come in anytime during the week and create one.

We have colorful blooming houseplants for you!

Add a pop of color to your home with America’s Best Flowers blooming cyclamens.  These little beauties are available in a variety of colors.

Build your very own Scarecrow!


There is still time left for you to build your very own scarecrow at our Cottage Grove location.  We will be stuffing straw from 10 to 5 Monday thru Friday and 10 – 4 on Saturday & Sunday, through this coming Sunday, Oct. 13. There is a nominal fee for the scarecrow kit and garage sale prices on the clothing (or bring your own clothes from home).

Or stop at our Edgerton location at 1101 N Main from 10 – 2 on Saturday, October 12 to build your very own custom made scarecrow.

We request that groups building 5 or more scarecrows call ahead. 608-222-2269 or 608-884-8120 for Edgerton.

Johnny‘s mother had three children.
The first child was named April.
The second child was named May.
What was the third child ‘s name?
Answer: Johnny, of course!

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Did you know that we offer an easy, fun AND profitable fundraising program to non-profit organizations? Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms? What about your school or church music programs?

We provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to keep 25% of the proceeds from the sale of our gift cards. For example, if your organization sold $500 of our gift cards, your organization would receive $125. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley at

America’s Best Flowers Flea Market!

There is still time to register for our last 2013 Flea Market on Saturday, October 19, from 8-3.

This time we offer vendors the option of having their booth either inside the greenhouse or outside in the parking lot.

For planning purposes we would like to have your registration by 6:00 pm, Monday, October 14.  For further details please see last week’s article.

If you are interested in joining us or if you have any questions contact Marty at or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?
Answer: Incorrectly

Send Al your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have fall gardening questions send an email to Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly.

Surgery joke

Before going in for surgery I thought it would be funny if
I posted a note on myself telling the surgeon to be careful.
After the surgery I found another note on myself.
”Anyone know where my cell phone is????????”

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 26

My dad took my mom to the vet the other day (why do I always have to stay home?)  When THEY left the house TOGETHER, (you bet I’m pouting!) my mom’s foot was just a huge ugly cotton and bandage wrapped blob.

I was going to put on my best pouting act when THEY got home (‘cause a girl has got to make her feelings known, right?), but when I saw my mom I was so excited I forgot all about pouting.

It was magical.  My mom left with an ugly blob of a foot and came home with the coolest BADGER RED foot!

Wow, with my dad wearing his Badger shirt, me in my Badger collar and my mom with her Badger red foot the Northwestern Wildcats don’t stand a chance on Saturday!

`til next time,
    ~ Lucy

Hey, if you want to send my mom a ‘Hi!’ send it to me at  She gave me complete control of her emails, so I’ve been having a tail wagging, paw stomping (whoops, sorry, mom) good time! 

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 21 – Sun, Oct 13
Scarecrow Days

M-F 10-5PM / Sat – Sun 10-4PM

Sat, Oct 19
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Oct 19 – Sun, Nov 17
Miniature Garden Workshops

10am – 3pm Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) – Make a mini garden in a terrarium or planter of your choice.

Sat, Nov 23 – Sun, Nov 24
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required)

Sun, Dec 1
Wreath Workshop / Paint A Poinsettia Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required). You can make porch pots too, if you want!

Sun, Dec 8
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop / Paint A Poinsettia Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required)

Our Kitchen

I’ve made this cornbread recipe for years.  Last week Al bought some honey at a farmer’s market.  We decided if I made cornbread and he brought in the honey it would be a win win for everyone.  It was.  Enjoy!

Bev’s Buttermilk Cornbread

  • 1 C flour
  • 1 C yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • ¼ t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • ¼ C cooking oil

Preheat oven to 425.  Spray a 9” square pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl stir dry ingredients together. Set aside

In a medium bowl, beat eggs, add oil and buttermilk.  Mix well.

Add wet ingredients to dry.  Stir just until moist, mixture will be lumpy.  Pour into pan.

Bake at 425 for 20-22 minutes or until light brown on top.

**I often double this and bake in a 9 x 13.  It’s a bit thicker and takes about 25 minutes in the oven.

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