Liberate your Garden!

Newsletter 20 – Thursday, July 2, 2015

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open

Monday through Friday 9 – 7
Saturday and Sunday 9 – 6
Saturday, July 4th, 9 – 6

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4
Saturday, July 4th, 9 – 1

The US Flag with Fireworks effects in front of it


By Bev Wilson

As you might expect, the first annual Shake the Lake celebration, Saturday night, June 28, started off with our national anthem.  I was delighted as the sky filled with a huge red explosion in time with the words “the rockets’ red glare.”  And then was amazed as an irregular scattering of white flashes immediately followed, mimicking “bombs bursting in air.” 

While the rest of the evening’s music did not compare to the perfect choreography of Rhythm and Booms; the fiery display of light may have exceeded the memories of years gone by.  Missing though were the patriotic tunes; the ones that bring goose bumps to the arms of young and old alike; the ones that spark images of the men and women who gave up so much for our freedom.

When we get caught up in life, it is so easy to put the reasons to celebrate that freedom to the back of our minds – to be brought forward and appreciated at another time.  I’m declaring this is that time; time to concentrate on the tremendous dreams our forefathers had when they left their homelands for a place where they could be free.  Free to worship their God. Free to govern themselves.  Free to speak their minds.  Free to be who they are.

This week, as you stand in respect when our flag is raised, I challenge you to bow your heads for a moment in memory of those who died so we can raise that flag. And always remember we are all a part of a whole, like the individual sparkles in the dark sky that together make such an incredible sight.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal;
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Thomas Jefferson

40% Off Furniture & Rustic Wood Planters

Add some pizzazz to your outdoor entertainment area with a few of these charming pieces of lawn furniture and rustic wood planters.  All benches, tables and chairs and rustic wood planters are 40% their original price. Each piece of the furniture is treated with a baked-on powder coated finish.  The cushions are made with an indoor / outdoor material.  To ensure years of enjoyment bring the cushions indoors in the off season. 

This offer is valid Thursday, July 2 through Wednesday, July 8 at the Cottage Grove location only.  This offer is good while supplies last and is not valid on previous purchases.

Perennial of the Week – Russian Sage

Russian Sage is a sun loving perennial that will provide your garden with a long and lovely season of bloom.  This plant grows in a bushy upright tuft of lacy and fragrant leaves and the combination of its grayish leaves and violet-blue flowers make it a true visual delight for your garden.  This easy to care for perennial works well as a border, a focal point in your garden, or as a light and airy addition to a shrub area. 

An added bonus is the neighborhood butterflies will visit your garden often! 

Stop on out and choose from a selection of our specially priced Russian Sage and receive 20% off.

A team of little animals and a team of big animals decided to play football. During the first half of the game, the big animals were winning.

But during the second half, a centipede scored so many touchdowns that the little animals won the game.

When the game was over, the chipmunk asked the centipede, “Where were you during the first half?”

He replied “Putting on my shoes!”

50% Off All Water Garden Plants & Bloomed-Out Lilies

Water Plants
Some of our Water Plants
Click for Larger Image

Now is a great time to freshen up your pond with a variety of water garden plants.  Water iris, blue eyed grass, red rice, water orchid, and bear root are just a few of the colorful and striking water plants that are available at America’s Best Flowers.

Stop on out and pick up a few water garden plants for the health and beauty of your pond.  This offer is valid at our Cottage Grove location only.

Our bloomed-out Asiatic and Oriental lilies are also 50% off.  Bloomed-out simply means they will not bloom again this year, but come next season their brilliant color will knock your socks off.  Stop in soon, at our Cottage Grove location, and take advantage of the many colors that are available.

A commercial boasted that its product could help people
live pain free in their golden years.
“Am I in my golden years?” My wife, 63 asked.
“Not at all“, I assured her.
“But you are yellowing fast.”

More Savings

Purchase two 4” or 5” perennials and get one of equal or lesser value free. There is no limit to this fantastic opportunity!  Don’t miss out on a chance to economically expand your perennial garden.

Buy 2 – 1 free
Buy 4 – 2 free
Buy 6 – 3 free
and so on…

This offer is good at both locations.

The Sartre of living

Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, “I’d like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream.”

The waitress replies, “I’m sorry, Monsieur, but we’re out of cream.
How about with no milk?”

Exit Ramp – Closed

An alternate route from google maps
See text for a live link to this map
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The road construction on Cottage Grove Rd and Stoughton Rd (Hwy 51) may change the route some of you will take to get to the greenhouse this year.   See this article for information.

Since Southbound entrance and exit ramps onto 51 will be closed, those coming from the north will need to get off Hwy 51 at the Milwaukee Street exit.  Go left (east) at the bottom of the exit ramp and stay on Milwaukee St. until you get to Sprecher Rd.  Turn right (south) go to the first stop light, which is Cottage Grove Rd.  Turn left (east) go 1 mile and then take a right (south) on Vilas Hope Rd.  We are down one half mile on the right.  Hope to see you soon!!

Click here for a live version of the pictured alternate route.

Q: What goes tick-tock, bow-wow, tick-tock, bow-wow?
A: A watch dog.

Send Irene your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to Irene, at  Irene will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jul 25
5th Annual Dog Wash

11am-3pm – Bring your wonderful dirty dogs out to our garden spa for a bath and nail trim. Benefits the Dane County Humane Society.

Sat, Jul 25
2nd Annual Fund Raiser for Cottage Grove Police Dog "Larz"

Cancelled Larz is unfortunately not available for a visit this year. The rest of the festivities continue unimpeded.

Sat, Aug 8
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!

11am-2pm Enjoy a FREE brat/hot dog & corn-on-the-cob served by the Cottage Grove Historical Society. Cottage Grove location only.

Sat, Aug 22
Flea Market

9am-3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 12
Art in the Garden Craft Fair

9am-3pm Talented artists display and sell their unique items.

Sat, Sep 19
Flea Market

9am-3pm – Rain or Shine

Q: What’s the best thing to put into a pie?
A: Your teeth!

Our Kitchen

From Bonnie’s Kitchen – 6/28/2007. 

Chocolate and fruit held together with cream cheese.  Yummm!!

Red, White and Brownie Fruit Pizza

  • 2 – 16 oz rolls refrigerated traditional brownie batter
  • OR: 1- 18 oz pkg brownie mix, made per directions
  • 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.  Spray a 12” pizza pan with cooking spray.  Spread brownie batter on pan to form crust.  Bake 16 – 20 min for tube brownies, 25 – 28 min for mix.  Cool completely.

In a 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.

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