Marching towards Madness Spring!

Newsletter 3 – Thursday, March 6, 2014

Current Hours

Hours for our Cottage Grove location are 9am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 39

Lucy standing near her dog bed and looking towards the bedroom
"You want to sleep here? I’m not sure there’s room for both of us."
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The only ‘being’ getting a good night’s sleep lately at our house is Lucy.  With these bitter cold nights she snuggles in between her people which, I know, I know, makes you go ‘ahhh’.  But Lucy dreams…a lot!  And when she dreams her Labrador retriever legs are moving at full dog throttle.   

Let me remind you that Lucy weighs 70 pounds and when all four legs of a 70 pound dog are in motion in a relatively confined space, somebody is going to suffer and it’s not Lucy.  Need I say more?

The other night or morning, not sure which it was, it was dark that’s all I know, Lucy was dreaming and ‘running’ around in her sleep.  I woke up, which isn’t unusual ‘cause the entire bed is in motion, I look over at Hubby and, honestly, it looked like he was teetering on the edge of the bed.    How he could sleep in that position is beyond me.  He must be getting accustomed to Lucy’s nighttime wanderings. 

I’ve suddenly noticed how inviting Lucy’s ‘official’ dog bed is looking lately.  It’s on the floor right next to my side of the bed in front of a heat vent.  Hmmm, warm, cozy and motionless…who knows where sleep deprivation can take you?    

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

Back by popular demand!

Primula 'Blue Zebra'
Primula ‘Blue Zebra’
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Our ‘Blue Zebra’ Primula was such a big hit last season that we sold every single one of them!   These gorgeous flowers will add the perfect finishing touch to any garden or planted container.

Q: How many chiropractors does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but it takes six visits.

Polar vortex and wind chill – words we are tired of hearing!

By Marty Robbins

March brings warmer weather and thoughts of planting gardens.  America’s Best Flowers has the supplies to get your garden growing.  Now is the time to start your tomato and pepper plants.  Check out some of our products:

  • Labor Savers – pre-filled flats with organic based soil (Made in Wisconsin)
  • Seed starter greenhouses for tomatoes, peppers, basil or whatever you want to plant
  • Livingston Seeds
  • Natural fiber seed starter pots and pellets
  • Potting soil and activated compost
  • Bio Tone plant starter fertilizer

Again, it’s not too early to start planning your garden!

Have you ever wondered how all our flower pots get planted?

Well, stop in anytime between 10:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday and watch as our production staff gets busy. 

When you look at the thousands and thousands of plants we have at our greenhouse it’s pretty amazing to think that our staff planted them all.

Health Nuts

“I told my doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.”

Henny Youngman

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program

Spring 2014 is right around the corner!  People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.   

What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program.  Non-profit organizations earn 25% of the proceeds from each gift card they sell.  For example, if your organization sells $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10, your organization would earn $125.   

Please contact us if your non-profit organization is in need of funds for things such as (but by no means limited to):

  • Local charities, (i.e. food pantry)
  • Church mission trips
  • New equipment or uniforms for your school sports program, or
  • New equipment or uniforms for your school band or orchestra

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations. 

If you are interested or have questions regarding our easy and profitable program, please contact Shirley at

If mini-marts are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week,
why do the doors have locks on them?


Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13
Spring Flower Show

We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season. We also have a HUGE selection of new pottery.

Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13
Herb, Terrarium & Miniature Garden Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own herb container garden, terrarium or miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am-4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Apr 19
Community Egg Hunt

10am-2pm – Rain or Shine! FREE candy! Children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Accepting items for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

Sat, Apr 26
Earth Day Celebration

10am-2pm – FREE children’s activities 10am-2pm. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant cat grass, and more.

Sat, Apr 26 – Sun, Apr 27
Arbor Day Celebration

Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family.

We remember…

There is nothing better on a cold winter day than a bowl of homemade soup.  And we know that good food and good friends go together, so we thought it would be nice to reminisce and remember together with this recipe.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Bonnie Marshall
Bonnie Marshall

It’s definitely time for comfort food around this place. This recipe is one that Bonnie loved. She made it for family and friends whenever they needed the comfort of a home-cooked meal. We hope you enjoy.

Our Kitchen

Winter Vegetable Chicken Soup

Bring 8 to 10 cups water and 3 bouillion cubes to boil in a large soup pot.  (The recipe calls for vegetarian cubes but Bonnie liked to use chicken)

Dice and add 1 small celeriac (celery root).  Simmer 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, sauté 2 handfuls fresh shitake mushrooms, sliced, set aside.

Dice and add 3 large carrots to broth.  As they boil, slice 2 small (or 1 large) fennel bulbs; add to broth.

Add shitake mushrooms and ¼ c chopped fresh parsley (or 2 tbsp dry). Bonnie always used fresh.

Cube 6 – 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs into broth.

Add 5 – 8 coarsely diced garlic cloves.

Optional:  Add ½ pkg. wide noodles – Bonnie preferred this without.

Soup is done as soon as noodles are cooked. 

Serve immediately!  Yum Yum!

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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