Plant Your Junk Contest

Newsletter 12 – Thursday, June 2, 2011

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

Discover the Key to Successful Perennial Gardening Free Class, Free Plan

Thurs. June 2, 6:30 pm
Sat. June 4, 10 am

Margaret, our own perennial gardening expert, will be teaching a free class on perennial gardening at America’s Best Flowers tonight, June 2, at 6:30 and Saturday, June 4, at 10.  Refreshments will be served.

She will delve into what it takes to create and plant a perennial bed that provides successive color all season long. Topics will include what types of plants grow best in shady areas, as well as the types that thrive in sun-soaked or rocky areas.

In addition she’ll cover how and when to divide perennials, as well as answer your gardening questions and offer free plans you can take home and try out.  This is a great opportunity to expand your gardening knowledge, so bring a friend and come on out.

If you’re not quite the do-it-yourselfer you’d like to be, or if the number of choices leaves you dizzy, we’re here to help with our…

Snap Shot Landscape Design Service

Whether you’re in a new home or, an established home in need of a landscape makeover, our Snap Shot 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

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Attract Butterflies to your Yard & Garden

With our Perennial of the Week

Don’t you just love to watch butterflies flitter and flutter around your yard & garden?  One of their favorites is coreopsis.  This week we are featuring three different varieties, Presto, Galaxy and Jethro Tull as our Perennial of the Week.  Stop out today and pick up a few of these hardy, gallon pots.  Butterflies are also drawn to Dogwoods, Lilacs and Viburnums as well as Yarrow, Arabis (Rock Cress), Dianthus, Lupines, and Phlox, just to name a few.   For more info on attracting butterflies stop in and pick up a free copy of our Butterfly Garden plan.

“How does one become a butterfly?" she asked.
"You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

Trina Paulus

Plant Your Junk Contest!

Week of June 6-12

We’re calling all artists, gardeners & anyone else who’s feeling a bit creative to join the fun. This is your opportunity to bring new life to old junk, by planting & transforming it with flowers, herbs or veggie plants.  We’re talking Green Recycling!

There are two ways to participate:  Option One is to bring your Junk into our greenhouse and pick out your winning plants and plant it here. We’ll provide the soil.  After you’ve finished, we will take photos of your creation.  Option Two is to buy your plants here, and take them home to plant up your masterpiece. Then simply mail or email us photos of your creation, along with your loyalty number, name, address and phone. If you’re not a loyalty member yet, simply fill out the membership form when you stop in to purchase your plants. It’s quick, easy and loaded with benefits!

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

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!

Mon, Jun 20 – Sun, Jun 26
Herbs are for Grilling

Special mini-garden promotion.

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends.

“A butterfly just fluttered by.”

Our Kitchen

Years of Bonnie’s inspiration has turned our Jesse into quite a cook. Below is a recipe he created. Like all good recipes, it started because he needed to use up something from the refrigerator, in this case fresh pineapple. His idea of adding a little of the beef to the glaze to meld the flavors is absolutely brilliant. We hope you enjoy.

Summertime Beef Roast

Pineapple Head

  • Beef Rump Roast, 2-3 pounds
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ Large White Onion, Sliced
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper, Sliced
  • 3 T fresh basil or 1 T dried
  • 3 T fresh oregano or 1 T dried
  • 3 T fresh parsley or 1 T dried
  • 3 T fresh chives or 1 T dried
  • ¼ Cup Pineapple, Fresh- Chopped
  • 1 T Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Flavored Rum (Malibu)
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • ½ Cup Pineapple, Fresh- Chopped
  • Squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Flavored Rum (Malibu)
  • 2 T Prepared Beef, Shredded,
  • Sugar to Taste
  • 1-2 T Corn Starch

Spray slow-cooker with non-stick cooking spray for easy cleanup.  Lightly cover bottom of slow-cooker with Olive Oil.  Sprinkle half of all herbs into olive oil.  Place roast in slow-cooker.  Put onion and pepper on and around the roast.  Pour pineapple over roast.  Drip lemon juice over top.  Gently pour rum over and around the roast.  Sprinkle the other half of the herbs over the top.  Cover and cook on low 8 hours. 

Prepare glaze when 2 hours remain.  Combine pineapple, lemon juice, rum and shredded beef in medium saucepan.  Add enough water to double volume of liquid.  Add sugar to taste, about ½ tablespoon.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer rapidly until half the liquid has evaporated, about 15-20 minutes.  Mix cornstarch with just enough water to dissolve.  Bring pineapple mixture back to full boil and add cornstarch, stirring constantly.  Once thickened as desired, (add more cornstarch if needed), remove from heat.  Serve chilled on the side to top roast.

Hints from Bev:

You can get slow cooker liners at the store in the aisle by the aluminum foil.  These work wonderfully, eliminating clean up.

If you prefer not to use the rum, either pineapple juice or water with some coconut and rum extracts could be substituted.

"To a Butterfly"
I’ve watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! – not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!

William Wordsworth

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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