Make Miniature Madness!

Newsletter 36 – Thursday, October 17, 2013

Open Hours

Starting Monday, October 21st
Open Monday – Sunday

Miniature Garden Workshop!

October 19 – November 17
10am – 3pm

Choose from our large selection of succulents and miniature garden plants and garden accessories to create your very own one-of-a-kind terrarium or miniature garden.

What a perfect hostess/host gift to give for those holiday parties and celebrations.

To make it easy for you we will be having combination miniature garden and terrarium workshops every weekend starting October 19 through November 17, from 10 am to 3 pm. If you can’t make it to a weekend workshop just come in anytime during the week and create one.

This beautiful miniature garden straight out of a fairy tale was made here just last week! And it’s totally for sale, if you want it!

You’ll know when it’s time to plant bulbs when;
Squirrels are digging in acorns as fast as they can.

Clear the Bench Sale – Now 50% Off!

Come and get ‘me!  All of our perennials, trees, and shrubs are 50% off.  Take advantage of our remaining selection while it lasts.  Now is a great time to pick up the perennials, trees, and shrubs that you’ve had your eyes on all season. 

This sale applies to existing stock only (no special orders) and no warranty is included with this sale.

You’ll know when it’s time to plant bulbs when;
Crickets no longer chirp.

America’s Best Flowers Flea Market!

You know that in a ‘real flea marketer’s heart it does not matter if you need it or if you want it!  Either way, if you see it, you got to have it!   Come on out to our flea market this Saturday, October 19, and find exactly what you need OR want.

There is still time for vendors to register for our last 2013 Flea Market,  This time we offer vendors the option of having their booth either inside the greenhouse or outside in the parking lot.

For further details please see last week’s article.

If you are interested in joining us or if you have any questions contact Shirley at or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

You’ll know when it’s time to plant bulbs when;
The kids start putting on jackets without being nagged by you.

Send Al your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have fall gardening questions send an email to Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly.

You’ll know when it’s time to plant bulbs when;
The dog moves from a cool to a sunny spot in the yard.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 27

Lucing laying in the grass in front of the badgers logo in Shirley's garden
"If I had to be born again, I’d totally be a badger!"
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Go Badgers!

Saturday we watched the Badger game and we were all dressed in our Badger red.  My dad was wearing his Badger shirt, I was wearing my Badger collar, and my mom was wearing her Badger red cast.   

We were so excited about winning!  My dad and I agreed that my mom’s Badger red cast brought us good luck and that she shouldn’t have it taken off until after the football season. 

My dad was laughing really hard, that is, until he looked at my mom.  Then all of sudden he said to me, “Lucy, let’s get outside quick before your mom throws a football at US!”   

Sometimes I just don’t get my mom. 

`til next time,
    ~ Lucy

Hey, if you want to send my mom a ‘Hi!’ send it to me at  She gave me complete control of her emails, so I’ve been having a tail wagging, paw stomping (whoops, sorry, mom) good time!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Oct 19
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Oct 19 – Sun, Nov 17
Miniature Garden Workshops

10am – 3pm Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) – Make a mini garden in a terrarium or planter of your choice.

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)

You’ll know when it’s time to plant bulbs when;
Grapes are ripening on the vine.

Our Kitchen

We have a new baker here at work.  When Johannsen’s closed this summer, we were lucky enough to hire Scott, one of their long time associates.  I don’t know if his 15 years’ experience in the greenhouse was more important than the fact that he loves to bake.  Whichever, we’re glad to have him and you will be too after you try his recipes.  Scott brought these cookies in a couple of weeks ago.  Dark chocolate and sea salt – I truly thought I had died and gone to heaven.

He found this recipe on the web.

The step-by-step instructions are definitely worth reading.

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

From the New York Times
  • 2 cups minus 2 Tbsp (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp (8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 15 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or disks (at least 60% cacao content)
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling

Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Mix in the vanilla.  Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds.  Drop chocolate pieces in and gently incorporate them.

Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 – 36 hours.  Dough can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Scoop 3 1/2 ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet (about 6 will fit on a standard baking sheet). You might have to roll the dough into balls in your hands. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 15 – 20 minutes.

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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