Putting the Holly in Holidays

Newsletter 35 – Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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

‘Bring your friends and your imagination’

A collage of our Winter Workshop
A collage of our Winter Workshop
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To America’s Best Flowers Winter Workshops!  Our holiday workshops are not only creative, but as you can see, from this collage of pictures from last year, we have lots of fun too!

This is how it all works!

You can pre-register for any or ALL of our workshop events by sending Marty an email at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or call us at 608-222-2269.   Our workshops are ongoing throughout the day between 9am to 3pm, so there is no need to sign up for a particular time slot, just the date.  We want to have plenty of supplies for you to create your masterpieces, so pre-registration is important, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

Winter Workshop Information Straight From Marty!

Holiday Porch Pot and Wreath Workshop

Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
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Saturday and Sunday, November 17th and 18th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am and 3pm

We are known for our container workshops throughout the year. The holiday workshops are just one of our "hands-on" workshops we offer to our customers. America’s Best Flowers porch pot and wreath workshop affords you the opportunity to create a unique and personal statement of decoration for your entry, porch, deck or patio. We offer bundles of assorted fresh greens as a base to start your container.  You can bring in your empty container or purchase one of ours. Containers range from inexpensive plastic to high end ceramic. We will fill each container with FREE sand. Once you have arranged the greens, you can add to your container from our wide assortment of pre-bundled artificial picks and stems or purchase individual stems of artificial items to accentuate your design. Our experienced design staff will be on hand to assist with your design and arrangement. Last year’s workshop was attended by over 65 people who created some spectacular outdoor pieces. Finished prices ranged from $30 to $140. It all depends on how large or how full and dramatic you want your container to be. In any case, your container makes a personal statement your family and friends will admire, and you created it yourself! If you are familiar with our spring container workshops, this is just a variation of that using winter and holiday materials. 

At the same workshop you can also decorate a fresh wreath.  Wreaths are available in several sizes and are freshly made by our staff at our florist shop in Edgerton. You can select from an assortment of decorations to create your own individually decorated wreath. Pricing is the cost of the wreath plus the cost of the individual picks, swags and bows that you select. If you’re making a porch pot, why not decorate a matching wreath too?

Poinsettia Painting Workshop

Paint some Poinsettias!
Paint some Poinsettias!
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Saturday, November 24th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am to 3pm

Poinsettia painting is an opportunity to color (paint) a creamy white poinsettia with a custom color. We will have several custom colors available that you will spray onto the poinsettia to create your own decorator color. It is best to bring along an old LONG SLEEVED shirt or smock to wear while painting.

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

A tasteful arrangement of candles and a christmas wreath
Making the Turkey jealous
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Sunday, December 9th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am to 3pm

Have you ever admired those beautiful holiday table centerpieces and wished you knew how to arrange one for your own holiday table? Well now you have the opportunity to create your own. You will start with an assortment of fresh greens and build your own base using florist’s foam. Then you will add assorted picks and ornaments that are available or maybe even add a candle or glass hurricane. We have two pricing options available for this workshop. One is priced at $29.99 and the other is priced at $39.99.

Come join us for our festive and fun workshops!   


Chicken Little

Mrs. Winters goes to the butcher shop to buy a chicken for the Sunday meal. The butcher has only one scrawny chicken left. He puts it on the scale.
"Three pounds," he says.
"That’s too scrawny; don’t you have something bigger?" Mrs. Winters asks.
He pretends to rummage around, and then puts the same chicken back on the scale, while pressing with his thumb.
"Three and a half pounds," he says.
"That looks better," says Mrs. Winters. "I’ll take them both."


Yes, there will soon be Christmas trees, wreaths and boughs at America’s Best Flowers! 

Have you started your holiday gift list, yet?

Don’t stress out…we can help.  Why not stock up on America’s Best Flowers gift cards for the coming holidays?   Our gift cards are perfect for a holiday gift for your child’s teacher, for co-workers or as a wonderful host and hostess gift.  We can take your gift card orders over the phone and mail the cards for you with a personal message for the recipient.   And remember, spring is right around the corner!

How do you stop squirrels playing football in the garden?
Hide the ball, it drives them nuts!

Need fall gardening supplies?

We have it all!  America’s Best Flowers has topsoil, potting soil, fertilizer, straw and eight different types of mulch for your fall needs.  And don’t forget about your hands!  All of our garden gloves are 30% off.  Buy for yourself or give as a gift for that special gardener in your life. 

Easy Money for Your Non-profit Organization!

Did you know that we have an easy, fun AND profitable fundraising program for non-profit organizations? Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms? What about your school or church music programs?

We offer non-profit organizations the opportunity to keep 25% of the proceeds from the sale of our gift cards. For example, if your organization sold $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10.00, your organization would have raised $125. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com

Did we mention…

America’s Best Flowers is going to be open year round.  Please call us at 608-222-2269 for our winter hours. 


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.

Sorry, Badgers fans!

(To protect the not-so-innocent, the guilty party’s name is being withheld for obvious reasons.)

Are you superstitious?  Do you have ‘quirky’ little habits that, in your mind, will bring good luck?  You’re not alone.  There are a few of us out there.   

But, really, in the big scheme of things those little habits guarantee nothing!  Right?  I mean, does it really make a difference in your day if you put your left shoe on first in the morning as opposed to your right shoe?  Nope!  Will the roof fall in if you don’t straighten the bath towels every morning before you leave the house?  Nope!  Did someone steal your car when you didn’t hit the lock mechanism exactly three times before you got out of your car?  Nope!

Did the Badger football team lose their game on Saturday because someone forgot to put the brand new, bright red Badger collar on Lucy for the game on Saturday?  

`til next week,
    ~ Anonymous

Fishing in Florida

While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft.
Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, "Are there any gators around here?!"
"Naw," the man hollered back, "they ain’t been around for years!"
"Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.
About halfway there he asked the guy, "How’d you get rid of the gators?"
"We didn’t do nothin’," the beachcomber said. "The sharks got ’em."

Upcoming Events

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sat, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 18
Mini Art in the Garden

9am – 3pm We invite you to stop in and pick up your fresh winter decorating items and, to shop at our mini-Art in the Garden. We are planning on six local vendors joining us for the weekend.

Sat, Nov 24
Painting Poinsettias

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Sun, Dec 9
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am – 3pm Pre-registration required

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

Sometimes the best food ideas come from really easy sources.  Like a picture in an ad.  The following is a take on just that.  A friend saw a picture of a meat roll-up in a Pillsbury ad.  Added her own ideas and came up with this sweet and spicy main dish.  If there are more than two people eating, we suggest you double the batch.  The leftovers are soooo good, especially for breakfast.

Italian Sausage Roll-ups

Serves 4
  • 1 pkg regular crescent rolls (8 ct)
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, mild or hot depending on your taste
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced, depending on your taste
  • ¾ C sweet barbecue sauce
  • 1 C shredded cheese, plus additional for topping

Brown sausage with onions and garlic in a skillet until cooked through.  Drain well.  Add barbecue sauce and 1 cup of cheese to meat and stir thoroughly.

Open crescent rolls and unroll.  Separate into 4 square portions.  Pinch diagonal perforation shut.  Place ¼ of meat mixture in the center of each crescent square.  Form into a log shape, extending across the center third of the square from one edge to the other.  Roll up.  Place a couple of inches apart on a greased cookie sheet with edges.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes, sprinkle additional cheese on top.  Return to oven until cheese melts, another minute or two.  Watch closely to prevent burning.

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