Opening Weekend

Newsletter 4 – Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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

Opening Weekend

Yeah, it’s finally here.  Our doors will be wide open for you starting this weekend.  Our weekend hours are Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM – 6 PM.   Monday through Friday our hours are 9 AM till Dusk.  

If you have a specific vegetable or flower gardening question send our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, an email at  Al will get back to you promptly.  We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.  

Q. Can February March?
A. No, but April May!

Cottage Grove Easter Bunny

Our Pink Easter Bunny will be here! Don't forget your cameras!
Our Pink Easter Bunny will be here!
Don’t forget your cameras!

The Easter Egg Hunt at our America’s Best Flowers Cottage Grove location is Saturday, April 7, from 10:00 – 2:00 PM.  Rain or shine! 

Bring the kids out for a day of fun and meet our Easter Bunny.  We’re going to have chickens and bunnies for the kids to giggle over.  Don’t forget your camera! 

While you are here you can pick up an Easter lily and pots of spring flowers to decorate your Holiday table

Just a reminder

America’s Best Flowers will not be open Easter Sunday.

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.

Bern Williams

Perennials anyone?

We do grow many of our own perennials and will have some for you this weekend.  We also order from other growers.  (Remember, perennials are the plants that come back year after year.)  We are expecting a large order of perennials to arrive very soon.  We have contacted our suppliers and requested an earlier delivery date if possible.  Trees and shrubs will be here by April 15th.

A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.

Bill Cosby

Mark your Calendar

America’s Best Flowers has a full season of events scheduled.  This season we are having 10 container workshops.  You make the mess and we clean it up!  We have herb and vegetable garden workshops on the schedule too.  Our hope is that we have a little something for everyone.  For a quick review of our schedule of Upcoming Events just add to your favorites.

This is a quote someone actually said in court, word for word.

Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July fifteenth.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.

Coming to an Area Near You

It’s all about location, location, location. America’s Best Flowers is returning to our usual satellite location at Sears, West Towne.  Our Sun Prairie site has been relocated to the Westside Copps Grocery store in Sun Prairie, just off of Hwy 19.  You can even find us in Columbus, our newest location.  We plan to have the sites ready for you to stop in and shop at right around April 15 (weather-dependent).  They will be open until June 15. 

We’re Growing!

And we are not just talking flowers!  We are so excited to tell you about our new location in Edgerton.  America’s Best Flowers will be operating at the Edgerton Floral and Garden Center, 1101 N Main Street in Edgerton, WI.  It is such a good fit for us.  Both America’s Best Flowers and Edgerton Floral have been family-owned and run businesses.  Both are community minded and take pride in what they do.  The Edgerton location will be a nice complement to our Cottage Grove location.  The Edgerton location hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.  Their hours will be expanded in mid-April.

Need a fresh cut flower arrangement, corsage or wedding flowers?  Call Edgerton Floral, toll free at 1-888-287-1411. Delivery is available to the eastern Dane County area.

Our Edgerton location offers many of the same services that we offer at our Cottage Grove location.  Yes, you can use your America’s Best Flowers Loyalty Card.  Gift cards may be purchased and used at our Edgerton location. America’s Best Flowers Edgerton location is just a hop, skip and a jump for you folks in the Cambridge and Deerfield area.

Edgerton Easter Bunny

Our Edgerton Floral location is having their first annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, from 10:00 – 2 PM.  Rain or shine! Bring the kids out for a day of fun and meet our Easter Bunny.  Don’t forget your camera!

A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.

Bil Keane

Do we have your email address change?

Please let us know if your email address has changed and we will update our files.  We want you to continue receiving our weekly on-line newsletter.

Also, to give you more advance notice of our weekend events our weekly on-line newsletter will be sent on Tuesday rather than Thursday. 

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.

Yogi Berra


It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting on my deck writing this newsletter with my best four-legged friend, Lucy, our black lab.  I’m so glad last week is over.  Man, it was stressful.  We are getting ready for opening day at the greenhouse and, obviously, we want everything to be perfect for your visit.  Deadlines, whoops, we never use the word ‘dead’, it’s considered a nasty four-letter word at a greenhouse.  Rather time lines need to be met.  Combine that with family life and every other thing that comes along, life in general can be rather overwhelming.  Do I hear an ‘Amen’?  Then throw a sick dog in the picture.  Lucy was sick for 3 days. She has a rather sensitive tummy and we take great care in what she eats, but things still happen.  Our kids are grown and all 8 grandkids are well loved and cared for.  So, it’s understandable that Lucy is our baby, right?  Well, in the middle of the night last Sunday, Lucy gets sick.  Lucy sleeps with us and when Lucy isn’t feeling good she comes and lays crossways on our pillows, which is what happened in the wee hours of that morning.  I get the nose end and (to protect the innocent I will not use my husband’s name) Hubby and his sleep apnea facemask gets the tail end.  Lovely visual, isn’t it?  I got up and took Lucy outside for a while and after coming back in decide it just made sense that she and I sleep on the couch.  Night 2 Hubby slept on the couch.  Lucy is better now and we are back to normal.  Life is good. 

I just went in to check on the chicken and asparagus in the oven.  The asparagus recipe is from our newsletter last week.  Food is looking and smelling wonderful. Lucy had followed me in as usual.  She never lets me out of her sight.  I’m doing my thing when I notice Lucy going out the back door.  Thinking to myself ‘Good girl, she’s going outside without me.’  Then the light bulb goes on, duh, and I run outside.  Yeah, you know what’s coming…poor Lucy is tossing her cookies. 

Get the pillows out…I’m pretty sure there will be a coin toss for the bed tonight.  I’m calling heads!

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Upcoming Events

Sat, Mar 31
Opening Day
Sat, Apr 7
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. Enter the Name the Bunny and Name the Chicken contests.

Sat, Apr 14 – Sun, Apr 15
Herb Container Workshop

10am – 4pm Free soil. Let us show you how to plant and design an herb garden.

Sat, Apr 14 – Sun, Apr 15
Vegetable Seed Starting Workshop

10am – 4pm Free soil. Buy your seed packets and seeding trays and we provide the soil. Get a jump on spring!

Sat, Apr 14 – Sun, Apr 15
How to Plant a Veggie Garden Ongoing Class

10am – 4pm Drop in and ask your questions!

Sat, Apr 21 – Sun, Apr 22
Open House

Free hot dogs and popcorn from 11am to 3pm. Come see all of our new beautiful plants.

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.

Henry Van Dyke

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Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Happy April Fool’s Day

Add a little fun to dinner for April Fool’s Day by serving cake for the main dish and spaghetti for dessert. Not as hard as it sounds. Mix the meatloaf mixture up to a day ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. To complete your meal, serve apple slices with dip as an appetizer, add your favorite steam-in-the-bag vegetable and you’re done. Hope it gives everyone a chuckle!

The Meatloaf Cake

The Meatloaf Cake

Line two round cake pans with heavy duty foil and spray well with non-stick vegetable cooking spray.  Prepare your favorite meatloaf recipe or the one below but, before baking, divide the mixture into the pans and pat the meatloaves flat.

1. Bake as usual, but shorten the cooking time (these thinner meatloaves won’t take nearly as long to cook). 

2. While the meatloaf is in the oven, make a big batch of instant mashed potatoes; add a little extra milk and whip with an electric beater until they are fluffy and spreadable. These are always best made with 2% or whole milk & real butter.

3. When the meatloaves are done, drain any accumulated fat and invert one of them onto a round plate.

4. Cover the meat with a thick, even layer of mashed potatoes.

5. Place the other meatloaf on top of the potato layer, and finish frosting the "cake" with the remaining potatoes. For piped decorations, snip one bottom corner from a gallon Ziploc bag and spoon leftover potatoes into it.  Burp bag, zip up and pipe away.

6. Reheat in microwave just before serving.  Garnish with cherry tomatoes to look like cherries.


Bev’s Best Meatloaf – Use to make your cake

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ½ lb pork sausage
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 slices bread, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small onion, minced (1/2cup)
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or ½ t garlic powder
  • ½ t dried sage
  • ½ t ground mustard
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t pepper

Preheat oven. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs and milk together.  Add bread cubes.  Stir in remaining ingredients except meat. Mix well.  Add beef and sausage and mix thoroughly.  This is one of those times when nothing works as well as your hands. (I wear disposable gloves). 

Use for above cake or place in foil covered and sprayed 9×5 loaf pan.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on shape of your loaf, until juices run clear.  Remove meatloaf to serving tray and slice.

Spaghetti Cake for Dessert

  • Sliced pound cake
  • Vanilla or cream cheese frosting
  • Sweet cherry pie filling
  • Powdered sugar

1. Lay a slice of pound cake on each plate. Snip tiny corner from bottom corner of a quart Ziploc bag.  Fill with frosting. Pipe the frosting onto each piece of cake, using big looping motions to create the appearance of spaghetti piled on the plate.

2. Top with cherry topping for "spaghetti sauce."

3. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for the parmesan cheese.

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