Open House at the Greenhouse

Newsletter 10 – Thursday, April 18, 2013

Just for you! Extended hours!
Beginning Monday, April 22

Monday – Friday


Open House this weekend

Tax time is in the past!  So, let’s celebrate this weekend.  Come on out to America’s Best Flowers Open House and have a hot dog and popcorn on us from 11 – 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. 

Stroll through our greenhouses and seek out your all-time favorites.  If you are looking for something different to plant this season check out our spectacular new line of Hort Couture flowers.

Q: When do monkeys fall from the sky?
A: during Ape-ril showers!

What’s going on? Something’s not right!

Shepherd's Hook

You just brought home your beautiful and colorful hanging baskets.  After hanging them from your shepherd’s hook, you go into the house and get your iced tea.  It’s time to sit back and admire them.  Wait a minute, why is that shepherd’s hook bending like that?  That should not be happening.

Hmmm, could it be that the so called ‘bargain’ you got on that shepherd’s hook may not have been such a great ‘bargain’ after all?

Shepherd’s hooks should be strong enough to stand straight and tall while supporting a hanging basket or baskets, even in a 4 inch rain. 

America’s Best Flowers shepherd’s hooks are MADE IN AMERICA from powdered coated steel (wrought iron.)  We have them in ½ inch and 5/8 inch diameter.  Are you looking for a single or a double shepherd’s hook in different heights?  Look no further!  We have a great selection to choose from. Your hanging baskets will look fabulous hanging from our strong and sturdy shepherd’s hooks.  Now, just sit back and enjoy that iced tea.

Cool and warm weather crops

By Bev Wilson


Generally, mid-April is a good time to plant cool weather plants such as radish, lettuce, carrots, spinach, beets, peas, onion and potatoes.  Cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kohlrabi can be planted now, too, provided you don’t have a lake where your garden is supposed to be.

It is also a good time to do indoor seed planting for warm weather crops, like tomatoes.  Yum! We have potting soil, seed trays and a large selection of seeds to get you started.  Seeds planted in the next two weeks will be ready to put in the ground by the end of May, provided that lake has dried up. 

Are there young children in the house? Make this a fun and educational project for the entire family.  See the look of amazement on their little faces when that first sprig of green appears. 

I just wanted you to know I have entered the snapdragon part of my life.
Part of me has snapped…and the rest of me is draggin’!

Send Al 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 our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

We’re still looking for young and talented kids!

This summer we would like to offer a venue for the young and musically talented! Our Music in the Garden event will be a great opportunity for kids to perform in a casual outdoor setting. The dates for this event are Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, July 27. 

If you know of a group or a solo artist that would like to perform at our greenhouse please contact Shirley at

Lucy’s acupuncture update

Once again we interrupt this story for an acupuncture update…

Lucy had her second acupuncture treatment last week.  Dr. Sara was encouraged to see how well Lucy was doing. 

Okay, let’s be honest here, we can turn back the clock just so far, (I know, I’ve tried in many ways, different miracle face creams, the so-called perfect hair color and style, suck-your-gut-in magic jeans and the list goes on…gosh, don’t panic, I’m talking about me here, not Lucy!) 

We are going to take what we can from the acupuncture sessions and run and swim with it!

A big ‘Thank You’ to customers, Roberta and Marcia, for telling me about Dunkin Dawgs K-9 Swim Center in Janesville.  We are going to be taking Lucy there whenever it stops snowing! 

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 20 – Sun, Apr 21
Open House & New Plants

We have your all-time favorite plants plus our new line of Hort Couture plants!

Sat, Apr 27
Earth Day Celebration

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

Sat, Apr 27 – Sun, Apr 28
Arbor Day Celebration

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

Sat, Apr 27 – Sun, Apr 28
Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.

Fri, May 3 – Sun, May 5
St. Vincent de Paul’s ‘Pick-A-Pack’ Event

Come out and donate a $1.99 pack of tomatoes or Lady Bell peppers for their gardens. The veggies will be used for their Community Food Pantry. For every 4 pack sold, America’s Best Flowers will donate $.50 towards the SVDP gardens.

Sat, May 4 – Sun, May 5
Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

I’m always on the lookout for something a bit different to share with you. Before Easter I was visiting with the ‘other’ Bev here at America’s Best.  She was telling me that by a unanimous vote her family had asked her to make homemade chicken nuggets for Easter dinner.  Bev has been making these for over 35 years. The original recipe came from a newspaper clipping a friend shared with her, although it called for the chicken to be cut into strips rather than nuggets.  This recipe, served with Bev’s own ‘kanaedle’ noodles and fresh cooked green beans, is the comfort meal her grown kids remember best.  All the grandkids love them, too.

Bev T’s Homemade Chicken Nuggets

By Bev Techmeier

  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, allow 1 – 2 per person
  • milk to cover, whatever kind is in the fridge
  • 2 C flour
  • 2 t salt
  • ¼ – ½ t ground black pepper
  • ½ t paprika
  • ¼ t garlic powder or ½ t onion powder, or to taste
  • butter for frying

Cut chicken into 1” cubes. Place in a 9×13 casserole or cake pan.  Cover with milk.  Cover with lid or saran wrap and refrigerate overnight, or do before you leave for work and they’ll be ready by dinnertime.

Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Drain milk from chicken.

Dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture and set aside on a rack or cookie sheet.

Melt 1 stick butter in large frying pan over medium high heat.  When butter starts to bubble, add dredged chicken pieces to cover bottom of skillet.  Cook 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.  Using a fork, flip pieces over.  Cook 3-4 minutes more until browned.  Bev says it’s really important to taste one at this point just to make sure it’s done.  Remove to paper towel lined serving platter. 

If you have more batches of chicken to cook, add additional butter to skillet, taking care not to allow it to burn.  Repeat above process until all chicken is done, keeping previously cooked ones warm in the oven.

Bev T’s Kanaedle Noodles

By Bev Techmeier

If you know the correct spelling or history of these noodles, please email me at Bev T has always been told they are an old Hungarian recipe.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 c water
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • cracked pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 

Stir flour and salt together in a medium mixing bowl. Form a well in the center. Add eggs and water.  Mix with fingers or a fork. You may need to add a bit additional water.  Mixture should be very soft and wet.

Using a fork, pick up small amounts of dough and scrape off with a knife into boiling water, until dough is gone, stir occasionally. Reduce heat to a low boil. Cook until noodles are done, about 12 – 15 minutes or until they get puffy and float.  Drain well.  Serve with a little melted butter over the top and sprinkle with plenty of chopped fresh parsley and freshly cracked pepper.

While unsuccessfully searching the web for Bev T’s kanaedle (pronounced ka-naa-du-lee) recipe, I came across the following – seems there are many, many ways to cook a noodle or dumpling.

For an Austrian  kanoodle (knoedel) recipe:

Or maybe you would like to try some German dumplings:

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