It’s Carving Time

Newsletter 32 – Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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

Don’t miss out!

Simple and Fun Decorating with Mums and Pumpkins
Simple and Fun Decorating with Mums and Pumpkins
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Pretty Potted Pansies
Pretty Potted Pansies

On what, you ask?  Well, vibrant gorgeous color, of course! 

Our mums, pansies and violas are sensational and sassy!  And they love the cooler weather. 

Get ‘em while it’s cool!

Fall Collection
Fall Collection
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It’s so easy and fun to decorate for fall.  Simply group a few mums, corn shocks, pumpkins, ornamental corn, gourds and a bale of straw together in the yard and you’re done! 

Have the coolest looking yard on the block with our Autumn Bundle.  America’s Best Flowers has an Autumn Bundle which includes one of our larger-than-life mums, a straw bale and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings.  Add two more mums and save even more. 

Our corn shocks are netted (like a Christmas tree) so they can be safely tied to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.  We’ll even provide the twine.

Big, Beautiful Bulb Blow Out Sale!

Are you one of those?  Come spring you’re chomping at the bit to see ANY trace of green peeking through the dirt.  You think you see something, but you’re not quite sure, so, very casually, you look around to see if any of your neighbors are watching and, if the coast is clear, you get down on all-fours to get a better look. 

Come on, we know you do it!  How do we know?  ‘Cause, we do the same in our own yards. 

Why wait till spring to get excited when you can start your spring garden now! 

Come on out and take advantage of us.  Every single one of our beautiful bulbs is 20% off.  We have a large selection of tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and other bulbs to choose from.  Just take a look at these two.

Iris 'Michigan Pride'
Iris ‘Michigan Pride’
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The Michigan Pride iris with its maroon-brown edge looks like ruffled lace, doesn’t it? 

Tulip 'Happy Generation'
Tulip ‘Happy Generation’

The Happy Generation tulip is such an eye-catcher. It’s simply stunning!

Wouldn’t these look great in your yard?

Bulbs need food!

Espoma Bulb Tone
Espoma Bulb Tone
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When planting your bulbs be sure to dig in a generous amount of plant food. It’s the only chance your bulbs have to get the nutrients they need for maximum flowering.  This year we are featuring Espoma Bulb Tone.

Stock up on Garden Gloves!

All of our garden gloves are 30% off.  Buy for yourself or give as a gift to that special gardener in your life.

A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender,
but you don’t have a top for it.

Jerry Seinfeld


There is still time for you to build a scarecrow at America’s Best Flowers.  Come on out anytime between 10am to 5pm any day this week.  The straw will be flying at America’s Best Flowers through Saturday Oct. 13.  Adult kids and little kids of all ages are welcome! It’s an ideal activity for groups of all ages.  We have a large assortment of different ensembles to choose from.  Accessories galore to add that perfect touch to your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  The cost of the scarecrow kit is $14.99.  The kit consists of a frame, a burlap head, a funny face, staff assistance and straw, lots of straw.  Clothes in all sizes are available at garage sale prices, but you are welcome to bring your own outfit or old costumes.   Don’t forget to bring your camera!

For groups of 5 or more, please call ahead 608-222-2269.  This will allow us to plan ahead and have enough staff available for your group. 

Name the Scarecrow Contest #1

After building your oh-so-special straw person, be sure to enter our contests.   Our rootin-tootin Cowgirl scarecrow needs a name!  Stop by and give her a great big wild, Wild West ‘howdy’!  The deadline to submit your entry is October 13th. The winner will be presented with an Autumn Bundle which includes; one mum, one straw bale and one corn shock.

Win the Scarecrow Contest #2

Hay, you still have time to enter.  Our second contest is a drawing to win our scarecrow of the week.  This week’s drawing, for our Little Farmer scarecrow, will be on Saturday, October 13th and the winner, of course, wins our Little Farmer scarecrow.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Mother Teresa

We’re excited!

America’s Best Flowers is going to be open until December 15!

Holiday Workshops ahead!

Join us, won’t you? We have 3 upcoming holiday workshops!   On November 17 & 18, we have a Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop.  Next comes our Paint a Poinsettia Workshop on November 24.  And our last workshop for the year is the Holiday Centerpiece Workshop on December 9.  More details about these workshops coming in future newsletters.

Please pre-register for these 3 events at or call us at 608-222-2269. 


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.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

We can tough it out a little longer

Hubby is walking around the house with his teeth chattering.  Then I hear Hubby say to Lucy, ‘Come on Lucy, lets’ go outside and warm up!’  This morning I thought I overheard some mumbling about not being able to get his shoes on over 3 pairs of sox.     

Really, like what is wrong with dressing in layers?  Granted, Hubby can’t bend his arms ‘cause he has so many layers on, but get a grip, will ya?  Cooler weather builds character…wait a minute!  Did I just see Lucy’s teeth chattering?  Gosh,

I’ll have to get back to you…I’ve got to go turn the heat on!

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Let Sleeping Dogs

One afternoon, I was in the backyard hanging the laundry when an old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. But when I walked into the house, he followed me, sauntered down the hall and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.
The next day he was back. He resumed his position in the hallway and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks.
Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.”
The next day he arrived with a response pinned to his collar: “We have ten children – he’s trying to catch up on his sleep.”

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 22 – Sat, Oct 13
Scarecrow Days

10am – 5pm Seven days a week. Come in and make your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow!

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Mini Art in the Garden

9am – 3pm We invite you to stop in and pick up your fresh winter decorating items and, to shop at our mini-Art in the Garden. We are planning on six local vendors joining us for the weekend.

Sat, Nov 24
Painting Poinsettias

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sun, Dec 9
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

I first found this recipe in the October 1, 2005, copy of Prevention magazine.  Since then I’ve come across several variations on it: subbing some or all apples for the pears, using frozen, cooked squash instead of fresh, omitting potato or subbing sweet potato or carrots for it.  All of these are good, but this original recipe is great.  Browning the onion, squash and pears in butter gives it the depth of flavor they talk about on the Food Network.  This is a great meal to make and serve on a cool, rainy weekend.  The kitchen will smell great and everyone’s hungers will be satisfied.  Serve it along with your favorite crusty bread and green salad for a delicious healthy meal.  Hope you like it as much as I do. 

Soup for All Seasons

Soup for All Seasons

  • 1 T canola oil
  • 1 t butter
  • 1 med onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 3 ripe pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 t garam masala spice mixture, or more to taste
  • ¼ t ground red pepper, or more to taste
  • 5 c reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 med potato, peeled and cut into 1” cubes
  • ½ t salt
  • 1/3 c whole milk
  • Lowfat plain yogurt (garnish)
  • Fresh herbs (garnish)

In a large saucepan, heat oil and butter over medium heat. (I have to confess I usually use 2 T butter instead of the oil and butter combo above).  Add onion and bay leaves and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Increase heat to medium-high, add squash, pears, garam masala, and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally until squash and pears begin to brown.

Add broth, potato and salt.  Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are very tender, 30 minutes or so.  Blend in batches, transferring blended mixture to a second pan.  Return to heat, stir in milk.

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
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