Perennial Month and Flea Markets!

Newsletter 15 – Thursday, May 29, 2014

Current Hours

Cottage Grove – open Mon-Fri 9-8, Sat and Sun 9-6.

Edgerton – open Mon-Fri 8:30-7, Sat 8:30-6, Sun 9-5.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 51

I overheard my mom talking to my dad about getting a summer haircut.   Should she go to the same person that has been cutting it or should she try a new stylist (fancy word for groomer if you ask me?)   On and on and on she went.  Really?

What is all the fuss about?  It’s fur, just do it!  Go to the groomer, have a bath, a deep brushing, a nail trim (or should I say a la-de-da manicure).

I tell ya, life would be a lot less confusing if everyone would just cut to the chase and use basic words such as kibble, treats and groomer. 

Now, see how easy that makes things?    

Hmmm, that reminds me, my nails are getting a little long.  Maybe it’s time for my next mani…oops, I mean nail trim. 


Fill that Gap with Groundcover

Alpine Cinquefoil
Alpine Cinquefoil
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Don’t know what to do about that bare spot in your garden or walkway?  We’ve got the answer for you! Join us this Saturday, May 31, at 10:00 am and learn from the groundcover expert, Mary Beth, from Midwest Groundcovers.  Did you know there is a groundcover for every type of area; sun, shade, dry areas, even walking paths? 

Between Mary Beth and our very own perennial manager, Margaret, we’ll have answers to all your gardening questions.  And we’ll have garden plans for you to take home too!  

After class lets out, stroll on out to our perennial area and check out our wide variety of available groundcovers. 

A friend of mine was enjoying his new cars powerful
sound system by driving along with the volume way up.
At a traffic light, he heard someone shout,
“Hey, do you mind?”
Stopped next to him was a young man in an open convertible.
He pointed to an object in his hand and said,
“Can’t you see I’m on the phone?”

June is Perennial Month at America’s Best Flowers

Alcea rosea 'Halo Cerise'
Hollyhock ‘Halo Cerise’
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The two-tone single blooms of the Halo Cerise are extra large and extra gorgeous.  They’ll make a glorious addition to any sunny garden.

This is a very hardy perennial that will survive Wisconsin’s cold winters and hot, humid summers.

Stop on out and choose from a selection of our specially priced hollyhocks and receive 20% off.

Summertime is a Fun Time to Entertain!

Let us offer a simple and easy solution to decorate your yard, patio or deck for your summertime fun.  Our Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets will give your outside entertainment area that perfect touch. 

If you’re planning a get together in a week or so let America’s Best Flowers create custom-made container gardens for you.  Our talented staff will create beautiful flower containers that will amaze and impress your guests.  Just give us a call at 608-222-2269 to arrange a time to meet with our designer.

I was visiting a friend who could not find her cordless phone.
After several minutes of searching, her young daughter said,
“You know what they should invent? A phone that stays connected
to its base so it never gets lost.”

We’re Gearing Up for Flea Market Time at America’s Best Flowers

America’s Best Flowers
2014 Flea Market Schedule and Information

July 12 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
August 23 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Sept 14 Sunday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 18 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

For vendor participation we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00.  After you have your space set up on the morning of the flea market, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card. 

Each vendor will be allowed two parking spaces, which equals one booth, to display their wares.  More vendor space is available for an additional $10.00 for each parking space.  Additional space must be requested at the time of the initial registration.  Each vendor is limited to only one $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card regardless of the number of parking spaces (booths).  The flea market will be located in our huge blacktop parking lot.  Rain or shine!

[Read the Full Details Here [Updated]]

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.

After shopping at a busy store, anther woman and I happened to leave at the same time, only to be faced with the daunting tasks of finding our cars in the crowded parking lot. Just then my car horn beeped, and I was able to locate my vehicle easily.
“Wow,” the woman said. “I sure could use a gadget like that to help me find my car.”
“Actually,” I replied, “that’s my husband.”

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 31
Perennial Gardening Class

10:00am – FREE garden plan and class.

Sun, Jun 1 – Mon, Jun 30
Perennial of the Week

Focus is on a new perennial each week.

Sat, Jun 7
Succulent Garden Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Bring in your own container or buy one of ours.

Sun, Jun 15
Father’s Day

FREE Schoepps ice cream for Dad and the family!

Sat, Jun 21 – Sun, Jun 22
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, Jul 12
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Our Kitchen

The cool wet weather we’ve had this year has been perfect growing conditions for rhubarb.  Judy, a friend here at work, brought me a big bundle.  I can’t wait to turn some of it into a pie.

Mom’s Rhubarb Pie

This is the recipe for the rhubarb pie I grew up on. Our farm in rural Iowa had a long row of rhubarb across one end of the garden. Every spring it was my job to watch it and let mom know when there was enough up to make a pie. Throughout the season we would enjoy many of her rhubarb pies but none compared to that first one of the year.
Mom’s Rhubarb Pie

  • 4 c rhubarb slices, ½ in thick
  • 1 – 1 ½ c sugar
  • 1/3 c flour
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon, or more to taste
  • 1 pkg Frozen deep dish pie crusts (2) or make your own below
Bev’s Pie Crust (Makes two 9" crusts)
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 t salt
  • ¾ c vegetable shortening
  • 5-6 T ice water

Wash and dry your rhubarb before slicing.  Mix sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon in large mixing bowl.  Stir in rhubarb. The amount of sugar required depends on how tart the rhubarb is and how sweet you like it.  Usually the redder the rhubarb the sweeter it is.  The rhubarb I grew up with was the older green variety which was tart indeed.

Preheat oven to 400.  Mix flour and salt.  Cut in half of the shortening to the consistency of coarse corn meal.  Cut in remaining half to the size of small peas (cutting the shortening in two ways makes an extra flaky crust). Add 1 T water at a time, using a fork to mix it in, until the dough holds together when pressed gently with your fingers.  Divide in half.  Roll out on flour-covered board until your circle of dough is two inches larger than an inverted pie pan.  Fold crust gently in half.  Lift carefully and line 9” pie pan.  Fill with rhubarb mixture.  Roll other crust.  Cut some slits or a design in the folded crust.  Moisten the edge of bottom crust.  Cover with top.  Trim any excess crust, leaving about ½ inch beyond the lip.  Tuck edge under and crimp.  Sprinkle top with sugar.  Fold aluminum foil strip over edge to keep from getting too brown. Bake 45 – 50 minutes, or until your filling bubbles up through the slits.  Remove foil last 10 minutes.  Cool at least 20 minutes before cutting.

Around our house, there was always a debate about whether Mom’s recipe or Aunt Betty’s recipe made the better pie.  I was always on my mom’s side, I think because it is so loaded with rhubarb.  Other’s preferred the creamy goodness of Aunt Betty’s custard style.  My suggestion, make one of each and see who votes for each.  Please send me an email at with your results.

Aunt Betty Jean’s Rhubarb Custard Pie

  • 2 c rhubarb, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 T flour
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 c half & half
  • 1 t vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 Frozen regular pie crust or make your own above using ½ recipe

Preheat the oven to 350. Fit the pie crust into pie pan (not deep dish), crimping the edges. Prick the bottom and sides well with a fork. Bake until the edges of the crust are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool.

Mix rhubarb with 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Transfer to the crust and spread to form an even layer. Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet. Whisk the egg with the half & half, flour, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. Pour over the rhubarb. Fold aluminum foil strip over edge to keep crust from getting too brown. Bake 45 minutes to an hour or until the pie is lightly browned and puffed in the center.  Serve slightly warm, dusted with powdered sugar.

This pie is also very good made the day before and chilled overnight.

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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