Our Summer Sale Continues

Newsletter 23 – Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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

Just about everything that grows is on sale!

Is it time to freshen up your yard?  Do you need to replace a few, or a lot, of plants, trees or flowers?  Now is the perfect time to do it!  Perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, herbs and planted containers are all on sale.  Even some of our beautiful pottery has been reduced 30%.  Stop on out.  We love it when you take advantage of us!

Juicy ripe tomatoes

Juicy Tomato

On Saturday, August 11, from 11 -2 PM, we’re going to slice and dice a variety of tomatoes for you to sample.  It’s an opportunity to taste both the obvious and the subtle differences between the varieties.  Put your taste buds to the test!  

Don’t know which tomato variety is best for salsa, sauce or stews?  We’ll have some handouts for you to take home.

Q: How do you fix a broken tomato?
A: Tomato paste!

Do I smell wet dog?

Dog Wash

Yep, the smell of wet dog is in the air!  On Saturday, August 18, from 11-3 PM America’s Best Flowers will be hosting their 2nd Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS).

Volunteers from the DCHS will bathe dogs between 11:00 and 3:00. We are suggesting a $10 or larger donation which will go directly to the DCHS.

Partnering with us again this year is Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming Service and Poochie Portraits by Talbot Photography. 

Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming Service

Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming Service will be giving manicures/pedicures (you know, front paws, back paws) for $10 and will donate all proceeds to the DCHS. 

And Terry Talbot will snap a forever memory of you and your best friend.  Fifteen percent of Talbot’s proceeds will be donated to the DCHS.

Canine Photography!

Bring your dirty dog(s) in for a day at the spa.  We want to bathe, trim nails and photograph enough dirty dogs to exceed our last years’ combined total of over $1,700 for the Dane County Humane Society.

Remember to mark your calendar for August 18th.   It’s clean dog day at America’s Best Flowers!

Is your tail wagging now?  Stay tuned…there’s more information coming.

Why are dogs such bad dancers?

They have two left feet.

Can you help the Dane County Humane Society with a few items?

We are currently collecting much needed items for the Dane County Humane Society.  Following is a list of their greatest needs at this time:

Bolded items are in high need.

  • Bully sticks
  • Hot dogs (non-beef)
  • Peanut Butter (creamy)
  • Real Meat Jerky
  • Soft/moist, small training treats (no hard biscuits)
  • Squeeze cheese in a can     
  • Natural Balance dog food rolls
  • Plush squeaky toys
  • Bath towels (no hand towels, please)
  • Blankets
  • Canine Genius toys
  • Canned dog and puppy food of any brand/variety
  • Dry dog food of the following brands/varieties:
  • Mounds Maintenance, Mounds Growth Extra, Iams, Dog Chow, Science Diet, Puppy Chow, and small breed varieties (e.g. Science Diet Small Bites)
  • Kibble Nibble
  • Kong Wobbler
  • Nylabone® chews (large)

Please note: The DCHS does not need plastic carriers/crates or Kongs.

If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket
and then giving Fido only two of them.


America’s Best Flowers wants you to succeed, so if you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at abflunde@yahoo.com. Al will get back to you promptly. We want to be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.

"Some plants," said the teacher, "have the prefix" dog.
For instance, there is the dogrose, the dogwood, the dogviolet.
Now name another plant prefixed by ‘dog’."

"I can," shouted a little redhead from the back row,

Final Submissions for ‘Ed wants to know…Just how clever are you?’

In our newsletter two weeks ago, we asked for ideas from you for a new tag line for America’s Best Flowers. Our current tag line is ‘You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!’  

These are the final submissions for week two:

“Every thumb a green thumb!  We promise”
Outstanding plants for every season and reason.
We grew our best with your needs in mind.
 If it’s a plant you need, we have the best.
Our plants stand the test of time-we guarantee it.
We have what you long for in your garden, with staff who will gladly make your dreams a reality.
We love our customers even more than we love plants.
 ~ God’s glory, grown with pride ~
"Locally grown and cared for"
America’s Best Flowers – says it all!

Week one submissions:

We promise a garden with an explosion of color to delight the eye and of flavor to tempt the taste buds!
Your garden… an explosion of color…a temptation of flavor!
"growing with you"
From our garden to yours
America’s Best Flowers stands the test of time!
Plants grown with love to grace your landscape.
Flowers, trees and herbs for the beginner and the seasoned gardener!
America’s Best Flowers are simply irresistible!
The place to bee for flowers and trees!
Growing with you and for you!

Well, what do you think?  Is there one that you feel represents America’s Best Flowers better than all the others?  Send your choice to abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Please keep in mind that it’s up to Ed whether we change our tagline or not.

Bath time for Lucy!

Lucy really needs a bath!  Hubby and I are real excited about the Dog Wash Fundraiser on August 18.  Lucy isn’t!  Need I say more?

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

"Parking Lot Stay"

I pulled into the crowded parking lot at a Super Wal-Mart Shopping Center and rolled down the car windows to make sure my Labrador Retriever Pup had fresh air.
She was stretched, full-out, on the back seat and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there. I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, "Now you stay. Do you hear me? Stay! Stay!"
The driver of a nearby car, a very pretty young lady, gave me a strange look and said,
"Why don’t you just put it in park"?

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 11
Tomato Tasting

Taste the difference between fresh varieties. Canning & pickling anyone?

Sat, Aug 18
2nd Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser

11am – 3pm For the Dane County Humane Society

Sat, Aug 25
Autumn Container Workshop

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

Sat, Sep 8 – Sun, Sep 16
The Last Dollar Days

Come in and use your orange dollars. This is the last chance to use them before they expire for good.

Sat, Sep 15
Art and Craft Fair

9am – 3pm

Sat, Sep 22 – Sun, Sep 30
Autumn Sale

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

A Winning Tomato Recipe

A few years ago we had a tomato recipe contest.  This delicious tart recipe, submitted by Geralyn H, won.  We made it for a company taste test and it received rave reviews from everyone.  Since then, I’ve had requests for the recipe, and thought this week would be a great one to share it again.  Serve it with your favorite off-the-grill meat, a crunchy green salad and fresh fruit for dessert for a wonderful summer meal.  Enjoy!

Fresh Tomato Tart

Prep 20 minutes
Bake 25 minutes
  • 1/2 of a 15-ounce folded refrigerated unbaked piecrust (1 crust)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)
  • 4 Roma or small regular tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (she uses fresh)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)

1. Unfold the piecrust according to package directions.  Line a 9-inch tart pan with pastry (it’s easier to remove the baked tart if pan has a removable bottom.)  Press the pastry into the fluted sides of the tart pan and trim the edges*.  Don’t prick.  Partially bake in a 450 degree F oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until pastry is slightly dry.

2. Remove from oven.  Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese.  Cool in pan on a wire rack.  Reduce oven temperature to 375 degree F.

3. Meanwhile, cut the tomatoes into wedges, drain on paper towels.  Arrange the tomato wedges over the melted cheese on the baked crust.

4. In a food processor bowl, combine basil and garlic, cover and process with on-off turns until coarsely chopped, or snip the basil and mince the garlic.

5. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the basil-garlic mixture, the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese, the mayo, the grated parmesan cheese, and pepper.  (Mixture will be thick.) Spread evenly over tomato wedges.

6. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until cheese is golden.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into wedges.  Serve warm.  If you like, garnish with additional basil leaves.

Makes 8 appetizer or 4 main-dish servings.

* If you don’t have a tart pan, or are in a hurry, place piecrust on a cookie sheet and turn up edges of crust to form a lip.

Hey, look at this cute idea:

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