It’s a Great Big World

Newsletter 9 – Tuesday, May 1, 2012

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

We know it’s repetitious, but we’re doing it again!

A bowl-shaped planter filled with flowering plants spilling over the sides
Will it fit? Yes it will!
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Questions about our container garden workshop
A few of you have called and asked ‘Is the container workshop a 6 hour class?’   

Gosh, no!  Our workshop starts at 10 AM and is ongoing throughout the day till 4 PM.  Come in anytime between those hours.  After you have shopped for your plants, flowers and a container (if you didn’t bring one from home) pick your spot in our designated workshop area and start having fun!  

Another question that’s been asked is ‘Do you (meaning our associates) plant our container for us?’  The answer is no, not really.  Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting and will  help with any and all plant or design questions.  We provide the potting soil (yes, it’s free) and we clean up the mess. 

If you are bringing in large containers please bring in packing peanuts, chunks of Styrofoam or Styrofoam egg cartons to help fill the bottom of your container.  It makes the container a whole lot lighter for you to transport back home and also, easier to rearrange in your garden if you want to change your outside decor.   

This weekend
Come to either our Cottage Grove location, 4311 Vilas Hope Road, or our Edgerton location, 1101 N Main St., for our Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6 container garden workshop.  Workshop times are the same at both locations. 

Mother’s Day Make and Take Workshop
    Tuesday evening, May 8, 6:30
    Thursday evening, May 10, 6:30

Wondering what to do for Mother’s Day?  Why not give your special person something that you created.  We have beautiful and colorful containers that you can place flowers in and present to your mom, aunt or whoever that special person is.   We invite you to come out and plant a gift.  Fill them with herbs, or pansies for a delightful gift.  Prices range from 14.99 to 19.99.  And we’ll clean up the mess.  Please register by calling 222-2269.

We know you’re busy
For those of you who would like to have a beautiful container of plants and flowers, but due to a busy schedule can’t participate in a workshop, we can help.  Our designers have created a wonderful variety of pre-made containers so you can just pick one out and grab and go!  

What is a spring chick after it is five months old?
Six months old. (What did you think the answer was?)

Best time to shop?

Anytime, as far as America’s Best Flowers is concerned.  We are open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday – Friday.  On Saturday and Sunday we are open from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Stop by on your way home from work and unwind with us.  Relax and enjoy your stroll through our greenhouses and breathe in the fragrant beauty of America’s Best Flowers. 

It’s a great big world … but not to Margaret

A miniature garden, complete with a miniature arbor, trelling, bench, cushions and stepping stones
Margaret’s miniature world
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Our perennial manager, Margaret Elmore has a talent for the tiny.

Take a bird’s eye tour of one of Margaret’s miniature creations.  It’s as if you are walking through an arbor into a magical garden.  Take a stroll on the pebble stone path.  See the garden fairy at her stone bench with her 3 terra cotta planters?  When she is finished creating her container gardens she relaxes in her contoured vine chair and looks out over her shrubs and trees that she has planted with her very own tiny little hands.  If you look closely, you can see the dragonfly design on the pillow back on the chair.  Create your own small world or choose from one of Margaret’s many creations.  Consider America’s Best Flowers your ‘it’s a small world’ provider.

Q: I’m the part of the bird that’s not in the sky.
I can swim in the ocean and yet remain dry. What am I?
A: A shadow.

The grass is always greener, or is it?

By Marty Robbins

Landscape and container plantings are featuring more grasses, both perennial and annual varieties.  We have several new varieties this year.  Pennisetum, Vertigo is bright mahogany/maroon foliage on a highly vigorous plant.  Red Bunny Tails is a dwarf purple fountain grass that is perfect for containers.  Looking for an unusual perennial grass?  Check out Northern Sea Oats.  It grows 3 to 4 feet high in sun to shade with moist well drained soil.  Seed heads are excellent for drying.

Bumper Sticker

If you always take time to stop and smell the roses…sooner or later, you’ll inhale a bee.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Community Food Pantry

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 4 – 6, you have the opportunity to help the St. Vincent de Paul’s community garden.  By donating a $1.99 pack of tomatoes or Lady Bell peppers for their gardens the food pantry will be able to offer fresh vegetables to many families this season.   For every 4 pack sold, America’s Best Flowers will donate $.50 towards the SVDP gardens.

Q: How many gardeners does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Three. One to change it and two to have a debate about whether this is the right time of year to be putting in lightbulbs or daffodil bulbs.


America’s Best Flowers wants you to succeed, so if you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at  Al will get back to you promptly.  We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.  

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Spring Fever

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes.
After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.
Much to their relief she smiled and said, “Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.”
Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: “First Question: Which tire was flat?”

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 5 – Sun, May 6
Container Workshop

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

Tue, May 8
Mother’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

6:30pm Plant a beautiful ceramic herbal or pansy garden to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt. Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269.

Thu, May 10
Mother’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

6:30pm Plant a beautiful ceramic herbal or pansy garden to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt. Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269.

Sat, May 12 – Sun, May 13
FREE GERANIUM FOR MOM with purchase.

Your mom loves OUR plants!

Sat, May 19
Salsa Saturday

11am – 2pm Sample FREE salsa and chips while you shop for your tomatoes and peppers for your own homemade salsa.

Sat, May 19 – Sun, May 20
Container Workshop

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

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Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

This quick and easy pork chop recipe is Jim’s absolute favorite.  Slide a few baking potatoes into the oven beside it, serve it with green beans (Jim likes them in casserole form for this meal) and a fruit salad.  End the meal with your family’s favorite from-the-box bars – baked in the hot oven while you eat the main course. 

Sue’s Pork Chops

  • Pork chops, use the 1” thick ones for this recipe – 1 per person
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • Brown sugar
  • Ketchup

Spray a 9 x 13 casserole.  Lay pork chops in bottom of dish.  Top each with 1 lemon slice, 1 onion slice, 1 T brown sugar and 1-2 T ketchup.

Cover casserole with tight fitting lid or aluminum foil.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Remove cover and bake an additional 30 minutes.  Do not drain liquid when you remove cover. 

Thinner pork chops will work, but you will need to reduce baking time to 20 minutes covered and 20 uncovered, and be sure to start the potatoes 20 minutes before the meat (or cut them in half and wrap in foil).

My Mother’s Apple Salad

  • 2-3 of your favorite apples, diced
  • 1-2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 small can pineapple tidbits
  • ¼ – ½ c chopped walnuts
  • ½ c miniature marshmallows, optional
  • Maraschino cherries, optional

Right before serving stir in enough Light Cool Whip to hold it together.

To prevent apples from browning, dice them into salt water.  Rinse and pat dry just before adding to your salad.

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