Saint Patrick’s Day

Newsletter 2 – Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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

Welcome Back Spring!

We’ve missed you!!

Saturday, March 31st is opening day at America’s Best Flowers and the potting soil is flying! Our associates have been very busy getting ready for YOUR best gardening season ever! We can’t wait for you to see our new plants, dazzling displays and our new and exciting gardening products.

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.

John Millington Synge

Wanted: Good Homes

Pansies in need of a good home
Pansies in need of a good home
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Our spring plants are looking for good homes.  Our pansies, snapdragons, alyssum, dusty miller and calendula are well adjusted, cheerful and come from good stock.  They are quiet, but yet they always make a statement.

Need help?

Do you have vegetable or flower gardening questions?  We have greenhouses full of knowledgeable plant people who would love to help you with your 2012 garden adventure.  Let us be your go-to-greenhouse for answers.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest
appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

Seeds are in and ready to grow!

Our collection of hundreds of different kinds of seeds ready to sell
Ready and raring to grow!
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Anxious to get planting and just can’t wait for us to open on March 31st?  Give us a call, at 608-222-2269, we would be happy to make arrangements for you to come in early and pick up your seeds.  We like excited gardeners! 

Mark your calendar

America’s Best Flowers has a full season of events scheduled.  We’re kicking it off with our Community Egg Hunt on April 7, from 10-2 (rain or shine).  And since we love to clean up after you we’re having 10 container workshops this season.  How great is that.  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. 

May your blessings out number
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

Our Newsletter

To give you more advance notice of our weekend events you will receive our weekly on-line newsletter on Tuesday rather than Thursday.

Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to
find another Irishman to make a speech to.

Shane Leslie

Fundraising Program

Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms?  What about your school or church music programs?  Have you heard about America’s Best Flowers’ Fundraising Program?  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, your organization would have raised $125.  It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s profitable, and we would be happy to come speak to your group and/or send you information.  There is still time.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley Cimino at

`til next week, Shirley

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.

Aldo Leopold

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.

Our Kitchen

While corned beef and cabbage might be a bit more traditional for St. Patrick’s Day fare, this quick-to-fix crock pot dinner provides a delicious alternative. If time allows serve with steamed new potatoes or old-fashioned mashed ones, if not, whip up a quick batch of instant potatoes from a box. Made with whole or 2% milk and real butter, and a bit of fresh minced parsley or chives, they are really quite tasty. Topped with the delicious gravy from this recipe, it might be hard to tell them from the real thing.

Start with an appetizer of raw mini carrots and dip. End with a tray of fresh from the oven shamrock cookies, courtesy of Pillsbury, and you have a meal fit for all the leprechauns in your life. These slice and bake cookies can be found in the refrigerated section of your favorite grocery store.

Jim’s Pork Roast with Cabbage and Onions

By Bev Wilson

  • 3# boneless pork roast – top loin or sirloin
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ small or ¼ large head cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ½ t freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 t seasoning salt (Jim uses Famous Dave’s steak & burger seasoning)
  • Generous sprinkles of red pepper flakes and garlic powder

Spray crock pot well with non-stick vegetable spray.  Layer one-half of cabbage and onions on the bottom of pot.  Sprinkle with a bit of the seasonings. Place roast on top. Sprinkle on more seasonings. Top with remaining cabbage and onions, tucking around and over meat.  Add remaining seasonings.  Cover and cook 8 hours on low heat.  


To make a delicious gravy, carefully drain liquid into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Make a slurry of 1/3 c water and 3 T cornstarch.  Slowly stir into boiling broth until desired consistency.  It may not take all of the slurry, or you might have to make more depending on how much liquid cooked out of the meat and veggies.  Season to taste with salt and black pepper.  Simmer a few minutes.

My Jim came up with this recipe.  We have used it many times for pork, beef and venison. Enjoy! 

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