It’s Still Gorgeous in the Greenhouse

Newsletter 41 – Thursday, November 21, 2013

Current Hours

Open Monday – Sunday

Holiday decorating can be easy AND fun!

A collage of our Winter Workshop
A collage of our Winter Workshop
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Bring your creativity and holiday spirit on out to our Winter Workshops!

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, November 23rd and 24th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am and 3pm

A holiday porch pot with an evergreen pine surrounded by evergreen boughs, decorated with glittered pinecones, berries and a red ribbon
Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
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You can do it!  Amaze everyone this holiday season with your beautiful festive porch pots!  Our holiday porch pot workshop is just one of our many ‘hands-on’ workshops we offer our customers.  It’s a creative, fun and easy way to decorate for the holidays. 

You are welcome to bring in your empty container from home or purchase one of ours.  Containers range from inexpensive plastic to high-end ceramic.  We will provide FREE sand for your container or liner.  (We recommend always using a liner in ceramic containers.)

We offer bundles of assorted fresh greens as a base to start your container. Once you have arranged the greens, you can add to your container from our wide assortment of artificial picks and stems to accentuate your design.

Finished prices ranged from $25 to $150.  It all depends on how large, how full, and how dramatic you want your container to be.  

As with all our workshops, you do the actual planting.  Our experienced design staff will be on hand to assist with your design and arrangement.

We will be serving coffee, tea and hot cider along with an assortment of sweet treats!

This is how it all works!

You may pre-register for any or ALL of our workshop events by sending Marty an email at or call us at 608-222-2269.  All of our workshops are ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3, so there is no need to sign up for a particular time slot, just the date. 

We want to have plenty of supplies for you to create your masterpieces, so pre-registration is appreciated, though not required. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Q: What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
A: He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Custom made Holiday Porch Pots!

America’s Best Flowers would be happy to custom make your Holiday Porch Pots.  To order please stop in and talk to Marty, or email him at, or call us at 608-222-2269.

Combined Wreath
Poinsettia Painting Workshops

Sunday, December 1
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am and 3pm

A poinsettia with blue-painted leaves, and there are red, yellow and lime-green painted ones in the background
Our Poinsettias need your help! They can’t paint themselves!
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Custom decorate a fresh wreath or paint a poinsettia at this workshop.  Better yet…do both!  Wreaths are available in several sizes and are freshly made. You can select from an assortment of decorations to create your own individually decorated wreath. Pricing is the cost of the wreath plus the cost of the individual picks, swags and bows that you select.

Poinsettia painting is an opportunity to color (paint) a creamy white poinsettia with a custom color. We will have several custom colors available that you will spray onto the poinsettia to create your own decorator color. It is best to bring along an old LONG SLEEVED shirt or smock to wear while painting.

Q: What did the turkey say to the man who tried to shoot it?
A: Liberty, Equality and Bad aim for all.

Combined Holiday Centerpiece
Poinsettia Painting Workshops

Sunday, December 8th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3

Create a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table!  Start by adding fresh greens to florist’s foam to create your base.  Choose from an assortment of picks for a seasonal accent.  For that classic look simply add a candle.

Pumpkin Pie Anyone?

If you make your pumpkin pie from scratch, then you’ll want to come out to the greenhouse. We have locally grown pumpkins for you to use for your fabulous homemade pumpkin pie.

Q: Why do pilgrims pants keep falling down?
A: Because their belt buckles are on their hats!

We’re Going to the Dogs!

A circular plastic bin divided into four sections, each containing about 7 bone-shaped dog biscuits. Most of them have white frosting and/or sprinkles.
The list of ingredients will really blow you away
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Please don’t forget your four-legged best friend this holiday season.  We have a variety of dog treats, this season, made from Trinity Barkery. 

This wonderful organization is devoted to helping people with developmental disabilities live full and abundant lives.  The Barkery offers them the opportunity for employment in a creative and stimulating environment.  By supporting this organization, you will help to provide both financial support and job opportunities for people with disabilities.

These dog treats are handmade with human quality ingredients.  They do not contain any preservatives, chemical additives, or by-products. 

We have an assortment of individually wrapped treats as well as packages of assorted varieties.      

Q: Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
A: The outside

Fresh and Green

Fresh cut bundled boughs and fresh wreaths have arrived at the greenhouse.  Choose from our selection of ready-made bows, in a variety of colors, and you will have your very own customized wreath.

Red and White Poinsettias!

Red and White Poinsettias!
And of course, you can paint them whatever color you want
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We realize it can be very difficult to choose between a beautiful red poinsettia and a beautiful white poinsettia.  What a dilemma!  Hmmm, we think we may have the perfect solution for you.  Why not decorate with both colors!  You knew that was coming, didn’t you?

Stop in and pick up several for the coming holiday season.  By the way, poinsettias plants make great host and/or hostess gifts!

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees!

Ho, Ho, Ho…our fresh cut Christmas trees and roping have arrived!

Perennials, Trees & Shrubs
Final Markdown
Now 90% Off

Come out and take advantage of our Clear the Benchs sale! Our remaining perennials, trees, and shrubs are now 90% off.  This sale applies to existing stock only and no warranty is included with this sale.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 32

Lucy possessed by a ghostly cow
"She also said I should give my ‘two weeks notice’, but what does Hugh Grant have to do with this?"
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My mom’s feeling much better.  This makes my dad and me very happy.  As my mom puts it she can’t wait till she’s ‘back on her own two feet again’.

My dad has been taking me for walks and that has been wonderful, but I can’t wait till my mom and I can go for a walk.  I miss the silly things my mom and I talk about on our walks.  You know that girl stuff.

That reminds me, my mom said something silly to me the other night while we were cuddling on the couch.  She said she was feeling so good that maybe it was time to get back to writing "Lucy’s Story". Wait a minute. Isn’t this my story?

What do you think? Who would you like to hear tell this story? Send your votes to and when she sees them, she’ll have to agree!

`til next time,
    ~ Lucy

Upcoming Events

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)

Q: What sound does a turkey’s phone make?
A: Wing! Wing!

Our Kitchen

I’m sharing another of Bonnie’s recipe from our Thanksgiving newsletter in 2007.  Bonnie truly loved to cook and believed her finished dishes should be the best she could offer.   She loved the holidays and spending them with her friends and family, and, of course, feeding them all.

This may sound strange, because of the Savoy cabbage, but it is fabulous. It’s from Tyler Florence on the Food Channel, who is one of my fave? chefs! ~Bonnie

The Ultimate Potato Gratin

By Bonnie Marshall

  • 1 head Savoy cabbage, cored, cleaned, and shredded
  • 1 (2 inch) piece slab bacon, thinly sliced
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ bunch fresh chives, finely chopped to ¼ cup
  • 2 pounds baking potatoes, unpeeled and thinly sliced (about 1/8 inch), see cook’s note*
  • 2 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 350.

Finely shred the cabbage. Cut the bacon into ½ inch chunks. Place a small skillet over medium heat and fry the bacon, until crisp. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon butter to bacon fat in frying pan.  When it has melted, add ½ the garlic and give it a quick stir with a wood spoon to soften. Add the cabbage and coat it with the butter. Slowly let it wilt. Add the bacon. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from heat and add most of the chives, reserving a little for the garnish.

Generously butter the bottom and sides of a 9X13 inch ovenproof casserole dish. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 1 ½ cups of cream, 1 cup of Parmesan, and the remaining garlic. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using your hands, place a layer of potatoes in the casserole dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan and repeat with two more layers. Spoon the cabbage mixture on top and spread it out evenly over the potatoes. Top it off with 2 more layers of potato and Parmesan. Pour the remaining 1 cup cream over the dish. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh chives.

*Cook’s note: Slice the potatoes immediately before using them so they don’t turn brown.

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!
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