How about another Flea Market?

Newsletter 25 – Thursday, August 1, 2013

Revised Hours

Monday – Friday

Saturday – Sunday

Featured Plant of the Week – Mini Roses

These mini roses were bred from True Roses for a smaller, more compact size which makes them great for containers, window boxes, and landscape borders and edging.  We have a variety of colors to choose from and each of them has a ‘best quality’.  Check out the ‘best quality’ of the following three. 

We don’t want you getting all stressed out trying to decide on one particular color of mini rose to take home, so the price has been reduced 33%.  That way you can choose several different colors.  Feel better?

Apricot Twist

Fragrance is the best quality of this lovely mini rose.


The best quality of this beauty is its long lasting flowers.


Borne singly and in clusters is the best quality of the Sorcerer.

Why did the butterfly get a cell phone?
She wanted to cauliflower.

America’s Best Flowers is having another Flea Market!

Back by popular demand!  Our July 13th flea market went so well that we are going to have another one!   

You have another opportunity to clean out your garage, basement, and cupboards and bring your treasures out to our Flea Market on Saturday, August 24, from 8am-3pm. 

To participate we require a non-refundable registration fee of $20.00.  After you arrive and have your space set up on that morning, 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.

Rain or shine! Set up time is at 6:30am and the starting bell is at 8am.  This event will end at 3pm.  Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, awnings, chairs, etc.

For safety purposes all vendor vehicles must be parked in a separate area and will not be allowed in the market area until after 3pm.  Space is limited.  Don’t wait to register! 

To register please send a check to America’s Best Flowers for the number of booths you would like to reserve.  In the memo section of your check please put ‘Flea Market”.  For clarity include a short note stating how many booths you are registering for, a telephone number and/or email address for contact purposes.

There are a few restrictions on what may be brought to the flea market at our greenhouse.  They are as follows:

  • No firearms or ammunition,
  • No live animals,
  • No flowers and/or plants,
  • No alcohol or tobacco is allowed on America’s Best Flowers’ property.

Remember, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

If you are interested in joining us contact Shirley at or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

What does one call a country where people only drive pink cars?
A pink carnation!

Look for us at the Wisconsin State Fair

The Containers we'll be sending to the state fair!
The Containers we’ll be sending to the state fair!
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Every year America’s Best Flowers donates seven large planted containers to the Wisconsin State Fair.  We’re pretty sure you’ll recognize our work.  Our beautiful containers are located in the Wisconsin Products Building.

Help! How can I freshen up my outside patio, deck and garden area?

You can easily change the entire feel and appearance of your area by simply adding several pre-potted zinnia mini gardens, fabulous pre-potted coleus arrangements or any of our dazzling hanging baskets. 

Maybe one of our Ancient Graffiti tables to rest a book, a potted plant or cold beverage on would be the perfect accent for you. 

How about a garden flag?  We have several designs and themes to choose from.  We also have the hardware to hang them from. 

Stop on out, take a relaxing stroll through our greenhouses and see for yourself the many options that are available.  We’re pretty sure you’ll find that it will be time well spent.

Wrought Iron Hanging Basket from Deer Park Ironworks Wrought Iron Spinning Flower from Ancient Graffiti Sunflower Flag Flag Holder with Snowman Flag

What did the bee say to the flower?
Hello, Honey!!!

Herbs are for Grilling too!

The next time you fire up the grill try adding a few fresh herbs to your vegetables and main dish.  Add cilantro for that south of the border taste or basil leaves for a wonderful Italian flavor.  What an easy way to add some fun and flavor to your summer menu. Stop out today and check out our home-grown herb selection.

Choose from our wide selection of herbs and add some pizzazz to your next cookout.

Check us out on Pinterest!

A snapshot of our boards on pinterest
Check out these garden designs on Pinterest!
Click here to visit our boards!

Did you know we have 11 Pinterest Boards filled with hundreds of ideas for gorgeous gardens and delicious recipes, as well as the latest in trendy garden glam?

Check us out @

America’s Best Flowers is also on facebook and Twitter, so be sure to connect with us and keep up to date with the latest gardening events and trends.

"Every garden is unique with a multitude of choices in soils, plants and themes. Finding your garden theme is as easy as seeing what brings a smile to your face."

Does your dog need a bath?

Our 3rd Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society is Saturday, August 17, from 11-3pm.  Tail wagging details coming in next week’s newsletter.

What do you call a grumpy and short tempered gardener?

A SnapDragon.

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 Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 17

Lucy stopping to sniff the flowers
Lucy stopping to sniff the flowers
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Lucy loves these cooler days.  She can lie outside in the grass without getting overheated.  She can relax on the deck without the fan whirling at her to keep her cool.  Yes, you read it right.  We have a fan on the deck for Lucy’s comfort.  Hey, the fan also works to keep the mosquitoes away.

We’ve even been able to go for a walk around the block without her getting too overheated and tired.  I should add that we do take a break at the neighborhood park.  She has a nice long drink of water and does the investigating (sniff) thing while I sit and watch.

Hey, I know exactly what you are thinking, “Lucy is probably not the one that needs a break.”  Maybe, then again, maybe not!  Only Lucy and I know the answer to that.  And neither one of us is speaking!

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

If any of you other dog people want to share a dog story send it to

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 10
Customer Appreciation Day
Sat, Aug 17
3rd Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser for the Dane County Humane Society

11am – 3pm Bring your dirty dogs out to the garden.

Sat, Aug 24
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Aug 24
Tomato Tasting

11am – 2pm – Taste the difference between varieties.

Sat, Aug 24
Contest for Kids

10am – 2pm – Bring your colored chalk & color our parking lot! A prize winner for each age group (2-5) (6-10) (11-15) A PAPA JIMMY’S $20.00 GIFT CARD for the Grand Prize winner.

Sat, Sep 7
Autumn Container Workshop

10am -4pm FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.

Our Kitchen

A Facebook friend of mine has recently gotten into posting recipes.  With the newsletter in mind, I’ve been copying and pasting like crazy, and then printing the ones I want to try first.  The other day Bev T saw this one on top of the pile and asked if she could have a copy.  She thought it would be something her family might enjoy.  And boy did they!  She made it last weekend for dinner, served it up with salsa and watched it disappear.  The serving she brought in for me to taste didn’t last long, either.

Bev said it filled her oval crock pot about two-thirds full, but during cooking it puffed all the way up to the lid.  Because it was her first time to make it, she followed the recipe exactly, without any of the variations listed at the bottom, deciding to cook it for 7 hours.  Next time she will stop at 6 because a crust formed around the edges.

When I make it, I will add peppers, mushrooms and onions to the skillet when the sausage is about half cooked and then drain it all well.

Breakfast Casserole in the Crock Pot!

  • 1 26 oz bag frozen hash browns
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 16 oz. roll sausage, maple, sage or regular
  • Salt and pepper
  • 16 oz. bag shredded cheddar cheese

Spray crock pot and evenly spread hash browns on the bottom.

Crack 12 eggs into a large bowl. Beat well with a whisk.

Add milk, ground mustard, salt and pepper.  Mix well and set aside.

Cook the sausage over medium-high heat, drain well.

Add sausage and cheese on top of hash browns. Mix well. Spread evenly.

Pour the egg mixture over everything in the crock pot.

Turn the crock pot on low for 6-8 hours.

Some fun variations of this recipe. Before cooking add: sliced mushrooms, fresh diced peppers of any kind, diced canned green chilies, salsa or diced green onions.

Serve hot with a glass of orange juice and a side of toast.

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