2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 15: Independence Day

Newsletter 15 (6 /28/2007 )

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Independence Day is more than a chance for family and friends throughout the country to gather for barbecues and fireworks displays,  It is an annual celebration to commemorate the courage and faith of our founding fathers in their pursuit of liberty.


This weekend, America’s Best Flowers invites you and your family to kick-off the Fourth of July celebration a little early.  Continuing our annual tradition, this Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1,  we will be serving free ice cream to everyone who stops out at our main greenhouse in Cottage Grove.  There’s nothing quite like a nice cup of icy cold ice cream to cool you off on a hot day. 


While you enjoy your ice cream, you can saunter through our outdoor gardens and check out the beautiful perennials and rose bushes.  Now is the perfect time to take a good look at your gardens to determine what’s missing.  Maybe you need a big splash of red to add a little pizzazz to a not so interesting spot in your yard.  Sometimes just adding a touch of white you can bring light into a dark area.  Or perhaps if you add some striking plants in bright blue, you’re bed will be perfect.  


We suggest you go all out and do all three.  Featuring red (for hardiness and courage), white (for purity and innocence) and blue (for vigilance, perseverance and justice) flowers in your gardens is a great way to show your patriotism as well as brighten up your neighborhood.  By combining annuals and perennials in the same planting, you can have continual bloom.  Come on out and let us show you how.


What do you get if you divide the circumference of a bowl of ice cream by its diameter?  Pi a’la mode.




Don’t let the birds be the only one’s living in your garden.  You, too, can spend hours enjoying the feel of the breeze on your face, the chatter of outdoor creatures and the fragrance of your flowers, while sitting in your new gazebo.  America’s Best Flowers’ has just the one for you.  Chosen for its classic design,  this gazebo will add style and function to your outdoor living space.  Come on out today and see the display model in our perennial department.  Whether you enjoy your coffee and morning paper, a respite from the midday sun, or a cool refreshing drink at the end of the day, you’ll be thrilled with your choice.


What do you get if you cross a patriot with a small curly-haired dog named Dan?  A Yankee Poodle Dandy


Perennial of the Week


Add white to your garden with this week’s Perennial of Week, Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’.  This winner of the 2003 Perennial Plant of the Year Award, loves full sun and well-drained soil.  The prolific long-stemed white flowers on this hardy perennial make fabulous cut flowers.  Loved by everyone, this plant is an absolute essential for all perennial gardens.


What quacks, has webbed feet and betrays his country?  Beneduck Arnold




Last Thursday, as our “Ask the Expert” series continued, we had Ed Schulz speak about Hostas. Ed had a few hurdles to overcome, and did it well.  Due to unstable weather conditions, about 20 hardy individuals met in the greenhouse, but the severity of the storm made ALOT of noise. Never fear, Ed could, and DID speak quite loudly, and we all learned quite a bit about the king of the shade plant.


Make sure to take advantage of these FREE classes in our “Ask the Expert” series. “Native Plant Workshop”, “Winterizing Roses”, “How and What to Prune”, “Preparing Your Garden for Winter”, “Dividing Iris and Lilies”, and “Mad about Herbs”, are a few of the upcoming classes continuing this season.


Which one of Washington’s officers had the best sense of humor?  Laughayette.




There are many ways to explore the world of gardening here at Americas Best Flowers. One of them is with our classes and workshops.  We try to offer a large choice of FREE courses, which we hope are of interest to you.  We get ideas for classes from our customers, so if there is a topic you would like to learn more about, or a speaker you would like to hear, let us know.  We will try our hardest to make it work.   


What dance was very popular in 1776?  Indepen-dance!




Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30PM

NATIVE PLANT WORKSHOP Another FREE Ask the Expert Class by Joe and Diane Powelka.  Joe is the National President of Wild Ones Natural Landscapes and will discuss prairie and woodland plants. Learn how to restore native plants and natural landscapes.


Future Events


Last fall we began a series of Divide and Swap Saturdays. We featured iris, daylilies and Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Gardeners came out and learned how to properly divide clumps of bulbs. Then they exchanged varieties with other gardeners to add new and exciting color to their garden!  If you would be interested in this activity, please e-mail or give us a call (222-2269)and let us know what you would like to ‘Divide and Swap’  Watch future newsletters for times.


What did the big firecracker say to the little firecracker?  My pop is bigger than yours!


Recipe Contest 


Concerts on the Square has begun!  Do you have a special something that you make and just love to bring there? Perhaps a delectable salad or a fabulous muffaletta sandwich—a triple chocolate (dark, of course) cheesecake or a creamy iced coffee concoction? We’d love it if you’d share it with us and you could win a $25 gift card to America’s Best Flowers! There will be one winner for the next three weeks.  Simply email your entries to ed@americasbestflowers.com with a subject line of BONNIE’S RECIPE CONTEST. Entrees should be received no later than Tuesdays.


What would you get if you crossed the American National Bird with Snoopy?  A bald beagle.


Bonnie’s Kitchen


This is a Pillsbury recipe and it’s quite good, however, you can save a few fat calories by using Neufchatel cheese, which I almost always use instead of cream cheese. And feel free to substitute your favorite fruit.


Red, White and Brownie Fruit Pizza

Prep time: 25 minutes; Start to Finish 2 hrs 35 min                               12 servings        


2 rolls (16.5 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated traditional chocolate fudge brownie batter

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1/3 c sugar

½ t vanilla

2 c sliced fresh strawberries

1 c fresh blueberries

1 c fresh raspberries

½ c apple jelly


Heat oven to 350’ (325’  for dark, non-stick pan).  Grease 12” pizza pan, or spray with cooking spray Spread both rolls brownie batter evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.  Bake 16-20 minutes.  Cool completely, about 1 hour.


In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy.  Spread mixture over cooled crust.  Arrange fruit over cream cheese.  Stir jelly until smooth.  Brush over fruit.  Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.  Cut into wedges.  Store covered in refrigerator.


To save time while entertaining, make the brownie crust and cream cheese topping the night before.




What has feathers, webbed feet and certain unalienable rights?  The Ducklaration of Independence.


What was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite dessert?   Monti Jello.


What famous pig signed the Declaration of Independence?  John Hamcock.


What did one flag say to the other flag?  Nothing, it just waved.


May the Holy Spirit Guide You!  God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
President 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

Also President of The Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin  http://www.cfgw.org/ an Organization that is a division of the six group Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) a 3 Billion dollar industry with over 4700 businesses and over 43,000 employees in Wisconsin
Senator Representing Wisconsin members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association – ANLA
Also Board member of Garden’s Beautiful Garden Centers
Also member of legislative of Committee of WGIF

Also Board Member of (WGIF) Wisconsin Green Industry Federation

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