Second Annual Dog Wash

Newsletter 24 – Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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

America’s Best Flowers has gone to the dogs!

It’s Dirty Dog Day at America’s Best Flowers

Saturday, August 18, 11am – 3pm

Dog Wash

All clean and dirty dogs are welcome at America’s Best Flowers 2nd Annual Dog Wash Saturday!  A cool refreshing bath, a nail trim and a professional picture are all a part of our Saturday fund raiser for the Dane County Humane Society. 

Your four-legged best friend will be in the loving and gentle care of volunteers from the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS), Tabby and Jack’s Mobile Grooming and Talbot Photography. 

For a suggested $10 donation (or more if you choose) Dane County Humane Society volunteers will shampoo and rinse all those intriguing (?) summer smells from your dog.  All proceeds go directly to the Dane County Humane Society. 

If Rover or Daisy has a very special bath towel, please feel free to bring it on Saturday and have the volunteers use it to dry your dog.  

The DCHS is always in need of towels, so if you have any old clean towels that you could bring to the dog wash and donate to the humane society they would greatly appreciate it. 

Tabby & Jack’s Mobile Grooming Service

Stop by and visit Kelsey, a professional groomer, at the Tabby & Jack’s Grooming and Pet Nutrition Booth.  Kelsey can trim those doggie nails either by the traditional method or with a drummel.  The cost for a nail trim by the traditional method is $10 and for the drummel method is $15.  Did we mention that Tabby & Jack’s is donating all proceeds to the Dane County Humane Society?  How great is that!   

If Rufus is having a problem with his diet, or you just want more information on how to feed your pet a healthy diet, Mandy will also be at the Tabby & Jack’s booth ready to discuss all forms of pet health!   In addition, they will be selling healthy treats and snacks for your pooch, with 10% of proceeds going to DCHS!

Here is a helpful tip from Tabby and Jack’s, for a successful bath on Saturday; long haired dogs should have a good brushing to remove any matting or knots before the bath which allows for a more thorough rinse which will help to reduce the problem.

Talbot Photography

Don’t forget the brush!  Poochie Portraits, from Talbot Photography will be here to photograph your best four-legged friend (and you)!  Would this be a perfect Christmas card or what?!   Look at these two sweeties that posed for Terry at his studio on Atwood Avenue.

Poochie Portraits will be set up in an air conditioned area, so both you and your dog will be cool, calm and comfortable for your photo experience.  Fifteen percent of photo proceeds will go directly to the Dane County Humane Society. How picture perfect is that!

Please sign up for your dogs’ bath upon arrival at the registration table in front of the main greenhouse.  Be sure to pick up an informational handout that will guide you through our event.  For safety reasons all dogs must be on a leash.

We will provide water and treats for the dogs and, ah, those necessary plastic bags (we’ll even do the picking up!)

What’s a dog party without prizes!  There will be a doggie prize drawing every ½ hour during the dog wash.  You must be present to win.

Let us paws a moment here and ask Mother Nature for a beautiful day!  In the event of lightning, thunder or hurricanes, it will not be safe for the volunteers (or dogs!) to continue with the dog wash. However, we would move Tabby & Jack’s indoors to join Talbot’s Photography and everything else will continue as planned.

Bring your darling dirty dog(s) in for a day at the spa.  Wouldn’t it be great 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?

Please check the website for the DCHS website for a list of much needed dog and cat items.

Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, August 18th, from 11am – 3pm.   It’s clean dog day at America’s Best Flowers!

Dear God: When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch?
Or is it still the same old story?

Vegetable Plants

We have broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage plants ready to go.  Also available for fall planting are lettuce, spinach and radish seeds.  We’ll have more information on fall planting for you in next weeks’ newsletter.  

What vegetable do you need a plumber for?
A Leek.

Freshen up your yard, deck or patio with hanging baskets

Our beautiful hanging baskets are on sale!  Need a shepherds hook to hang them from?  We have both single and double hanging wrought iron shepherds hooks.  And both styles are available in 7’ 4” and 5’ 4” heights.  Your gorgeous Geranium, Sunpatiens, sweet potato vine and/or Scaevola hanging baskets will look lovely suspended from them. For an added touch, hang a Corinthian Bells Wind Chime from your shepherds hook.  We have three sizes available.  They all have a lovely gentle sound to them.  An added bonus is that the Corinthian Bells Wind Chimes are made in the U.S.A.

Other Stuff is on Sale Too!

Our herbs, perennials, 5 & 6” container size annuals, trees and shrubs are 25% off.  There is still time to make your dream yard a reality.

After the drought

Does your lawn need some help?  After this drought many lawns will need some repair and reseeding.  Per our friends at Heritage Seed Company, fall is a good time to plant grass seed. 

America’s Best Flowers has Capital City Parks Grass Seed which is a top performer.  It is a premium mix of Bluegrass, creeping Red Fescue and turf-type perennial Ryegrass.  It thrives in full sun to light shade.  It is available at America’s Best Flowers in 5 lb. and 20 lb. bags.

Also available is Woodland Shade which is formulated for light to dense shady lawns.  This grass seed mix has Fescue and perennial Ryegrass and is available in 20 lb. bags.

How do you lead a horse to water?
With lots of carrots.


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

Does a Bok bring you Choy?
Then Lettuce all smile.

It’s not as easy as it looks!

We are all excited about our dog wash this Saturday and did our best to promote it via newspaper, our newsletter, posters and such.  We even did a YOUTUBE video for it, thus the ‘It’s not as easy as it looks!’ heading for this article.  Lucy was wonderful.  Her mama, that being me, didn’t fair too well.  Thanks to our talented Deb Meyer for a fine job of editing, cause I’m telling you Deb didn’t have much to work with.  Check out our Youtube videos, yes, videos, plural.  

Deb put together a ‘Doggie Bloopers’ video.  It’s always fun to laugh at and with someone else.  You know what I’m saying?  But to laugh at one self is something entirely different.  Life is short, so laugh (at yourself) when you can. You just can’t take life too seriously!

`til next week,
    ~ Shirley

Dear God: We dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent IDs, electromagnetic energy fields and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?

Upcoming Events

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
Sat, Sep 22 – Sat, Oct 13
Scarecrow Days

10am – 5pm Seven days a week. Come in and make your own one-of-a-kind scarecrow!

Our Kitchen

Tomato Stack Salad with Corn and Avocado

Tomato Stack Salad with Corn and Avocado

  • 2 bacon slices, halved
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 ears shucked corn
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 large beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices total
  • 2 globe tomatoes, cut into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices total
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 ripe peeled avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1. Preheat the grill to high heat.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon to pan; cook 8 minutes or until crisp, tossing occasionally to curl. Drain bacon on paper towels.

3. Combine buttermilk and next 5 ingredients (through garlic), stirring with a whisk. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

4. Coat corn with cooking spray. Place corn on grill rack; grill 8 minutes or until well marked, turning occasionally. Remove from grill; cool slightly. Cut corn kernels from cobs.

5. Sprinkle tomato slices evenly with salt. Alternate layers of tomato and avocado on each of 4 plates. Scatter corn evenly onto plates. Drizzle each tomato stack with about 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing and 1 teaspoon oil. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper over salads; top each salad with 1 bacon piece.

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