Let the Gardening Begin

Newsletter 3 – Wednesday, March 31, 2010

?Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.?

Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

Join Us As We Usher in Spring

Tomorrow morning, April 1, our sign will officially turn, announcing the opening of the 2010 gardening season. Weeks of planting, watering, cleaning, organizing, stocking, planning and waiting, have brought us to our favorite time of the year. Our friends will be back to join us in celebrating the return of spring. Hallelujah! We can?t wait to see you. Stop out anytime between 9 and dusk Monday through Friday and 9 to 6 on weekends. We will be closed this Sunday for Easter so our associates can spend the day with their families.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 10 to 3

Spring is truly in the air at America?s Best Flowers. Brilliant pinks of Stargazer lilies, pure white Easter Lilies, yellow mini-daffodils, and multi-colored tulips, hyacinths and pansies will welcome you this Saturday, April 3, from 10 to 3 at our annual community egg hunt for children six and under. Our famous pink Easter Bunny will be here, so bring your cameras. This rain or shine event is always great fun for the children, as well as the adults. Please join us.

Click here to receive a Flower Bouquet just for you from Bonnie

You will get a blank page, click your mouse anywhere & everywhere on the page and see what happens! Better yet, click, hold down and drag your mouse over the page. Enjoy!!

How do you get a letter to a bunny?
?Hare mail!?

Open House

April 17 & 18

Don?t miss this great opportunity to come out and immerse yourself in spring. From the fresh faces of our early pansies to our first shipment of perennials, shrubs and trees, you will find spring ideas throughout the greenhouses. We will be serving hot dogs and popcorn to our loyalty customers from 11-3, so we invite you to join us for lunch. If you haven?t received your invitation in the mail, please contact Bev at 222-2269 so we can get your address updated in our computer.

What did the rabbit say to the carrot?
?It?s been nice gnawing you!?

Find us on Facebook

Become a fan of America?s Best Flowers on Facebook. You can get up to the minute information about what?s new and wonderful just by clicking on our page.

What do you call it when a rabbit has an accident with a knife?
?A Hare cut?

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 20
Class 6:30PM – Herbs

Starts at 6:30PM with Mari Lyn Haugh. "Treat Yourself with Herbs"

Sun, May 23
Class 1PM – Vegetable Gardening Class

"Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More" by UW-Extension Horticulturist Brian Emerson.

Sat, May 29
Class 10AM – Chickens and Veggie Gardening

By Al Lunde. Learn how to raise chickens and how to have a successful vegetable garden.

Sat, May 29
Class 11AM – Emerald Ash borer and Japanese Beetle prevention

Now is the time to prepare to minimize these pests from your garden

Sat, Jun 5
Class 10AM – Sun Perennial Gardening

Free garden plan and class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Jun 12
Class 10AM – Shade Perennial Gardening

There are more choices than hostas for shady places. Class by Ilene Isenberg.

What did the bunny want to do when he grew up?
?Join the Hare Force?

Fundraising Story

America?s Best Flowers offers a wonderful fundraising program for churches, schools, and non-profit organizations. Our program runs October 1 through April 1. Organizations sell our gift cards and keep 25% of the total value for their fundraising project. What could be easier? The program needs only one coordinator, eliminating ?Volunteer Burn-Out? that so many of you talk about. ABF gift cards never expire or lose value and can be used at our main location in Cottage Grove, or at our satellite locations. Call Bonnie at 608-222-2269 if you would like information for next year?s sale.

We have many wonderful stories that tell what the money raised has been used for. This week Our Savior?s Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie is sharing their story with us.

Our Savior

"The senior high youth of Our Savior?s Lutheran Church, in Sun Prairie, participate in a summer trip each year. The purpose of each trip rotates around either a camping experience, mission trip or their National Youth Gathering. This summer, 23 youth will meander down the Mississippi on houseboats as part of this year?s adventure trip.

A large portion of the money needed for these trips is raised through the America?s Best Flower sale each spring. This fundraiser sells itself and is something the congregation looks forward to each year." ? Brett Christianson

What goes ha-ha-clunk?
‘A robot bunny laughing its head off’

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Here?s an easy ham recipe you can breeze through if you?re having the gang for Easter dinner. It?s easy to make and combines the tastes of orange, brandy, currant, honey, mustard and ginger. The biscuits are fun also! Both recipes are from a WI cookbook called Country Gourmet, Seasonal Recipes, Ethnic, and Holiday Menus by Marge Snyder and Suzanne Breckenridge ?1988

Baked Ham with Ginger-Brandy Sauce

  • 1 fully cooked semi-boneless smoked ham (about 6 pounds)
  • whole cloves
  • grated zest (peel) of 1 orange
  • ? c fresh orange juice
  • ? c brandy
  • 3 T currant jelly
  • ? c honey
  • 2 T dry mustard
  • 1 t ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove rind from ham; score fat on top of ham in diamond pattern; insert cloves in center of each diamond. Sprinkle ham with orange zest and pour orange juice into pan. Bake in center of oven for 45 minutes, basting frequently. Combine brandy, currant jelly, honey, dry mustard and ginger in blender. Blend at low speed until mixture is smooth. Spoon glaze over ham and continue baking until ham is deep brown, basting frequently, about 45 minutes. Let ham stand 10 minutes before carving. Serve with assorted mustards.

Serves 10-12

These biscuits are best when served fresh and hot from the oven.

Parsley-Chive Biscuits

  • 3 c flour
  • 2 ? T sugar
  • 4 ? t baking powder
  • ? t baking soda
  • ? t salt
  • 1 stick butter (8T), cut into bits
  • ? c lard
  • ? c buttermilk
  • ? c fresh minced parsley
  • 3 T fresh minced chives
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Blend in butter and lard until mixture resembles meal. With fork, stir in parsley, chives, and ? c buttermilk (or enough to bind dough and egg). Turn dough out onto floured surface, knead once or twice and pat into ?? thick round. Cut dough with decorative cookie cutters (pigs, bunnies, lambs, etc.) or a biscuit cutter. Bake on buttered baking sheet preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

16 biscuits

"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth?s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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