Memorial Day Weekend

Newsletter 11 – Wednesday, May 25, 2011

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

Continue the Holiday Tradition

Gardening and Memorial Day weekend are a winning combination.  The weather has finally settled, making it safe to plant your flowers and vegetables. Give yourself a mini-vacation, and create an oasis of beauty in your back yard with the colors and fragrance of flowers. If you’re not sure what to plant or where your favorite plants will grow best, just ask. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to help. Or consider our new Snap Shot Design Service.

NEW! Snapshot Landscape Design Service

Whether you’re in a new home or, an established home, in need of a landscape makeover, our Snapshot Landscape Designer will work with you to create a landscape that will enhance the beauty of your home, and reflect your personal design style.

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Deb Meyer at 608.222.2269 or email

Free Rose Workshop

Sat. May 28 @ 10 am

a beautiful red rose

Do you know the difference between a Floribunda & Grandiflora Rose? 

Do you know how and when to prune roses?  Join Sharon and Al for an informative Rose Gardening Workshop at 10 am this Saturday, May 28. 

Be sure to bring all your questions. This is a great opportunity to learn from our expert rose growers.  Bring a friend, too!

Plant Your Junk Contest!

The Week of June 6-12

We’re inviting artists, gardeners & anyone else who wants to join the fun, to bring new life to old junk, by planting & transforming it with flowers, herbs or veggie plants.  There are two ways to participate:  Bring your junk into our greenhouse and pick out your winning plants. We’ll provide the soil when you plant it here.  After you’ve finished, we will take photos of your contest creation.  OR: Buy your plants here, take them home, to plant your junk and send us photos, along with your loyalty number, name, address and phone. 

First Place Junk Planter wins a $50.00 America’s Best Gift Card. Second Place wins a $25.00 America’s Best Gift Card.  Enter as often as you like, but only one prize will be awarded per entrant.

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 28
Class – Rose Workshop

10AM FREE class on how to select, plant, prune, and care for your roses.

Wed, Jun 1 – Thu, Jun 30
Perennials of the Week

Starting in June, we feature a different perennial each week.

Thu, Jun 2
Class – Perennial Gardening

6:30PM FREE garden plan and class.

Sat, Jun 4
Class – Perennial Gardening

10AM FREE garden plan and class.

Mon, Jun 6 – Sun, Jun 12
Plant your Junk Week

Contest for best junk planter.

Sat, Jun 18 – Sun, Jun 19
Father’s Day

FREE ice cream for Dad and the family!

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Our Kitchen

This is one of the tasty treats offered during our Cooking with Herbs Class. We made it with pineapple sage plants from our Herb greenhouse. This would be a great make-ahead, picnic dessert! The recipe came from:

Pineapple Sage Pound Cake

Pineapple Sage Pound Cake

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey (light wildflower or sage preferred)
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 T chopped pineapple sage leaves (small, new leaves have the most flavor)
  • 3 T chopped pineapple sage flowers (optional)
  • 1 t grated lemon peel
  • 4 T well-squeezed, chopped pineapple
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in honey. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to beat one minute after each addition. Beat in sage leaves, flowers and lemon peel. Stir dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture. Fold these together gently until just blended. Pour into loaf pan.

Bake at 350F for 45 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Food For Thought: When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

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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