So Long – Farewell (for now, that is!)

Newsletter 32 – Thursday, October 27, 2011

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

Bye-bye for now

America’s Best Flowers will be closing for the winter season at 5:00pm on Monday, October 31.  However, if you need anything from us after that date, please call us at 222-2269 to arrange a time to meet us here.  We will be more than happy to help you.

And, have no fear; our doors will reopen on March 31st, 2012!   We’ll be here to welcome back spring, in all its glory!  Just a little teaser here, we’ve made some exciting choices for plants next season and we can hardly wait for you to see them.

Please keep us in mind for all your Christmas gift card needs.  Let us take the hassle out of Christmas shopping.  We can take orders over the phone and mail the cards wherever you wish. A gift card from America’s Best Flowers not only shows you care, but it reminds the recipient that spring is really, right around the corner.  Our gift cards are perfect for a holiday gift for your child’s teacher, for several of your favorite co-workers or as a wonderful host and hostess gift (really, how much wine can a host or hostess drink?)  Keep a supply of our gift cards on hand for those ‘oops, I forgot about your birthday, anniversary, etc.,’ times.  Call us, we’ll be there for you!

The cops came across these two kids. One was eating batteries, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let off the other.

Winter Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

One of last year's winter containers
One of last year’s winter containers
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The holiday season is right around the corner!  Are you ready for it? Do you have company coming?  We can help you dress up that ho-hum front porch or yard.  On Saturday, November 19, from 10 am to 4 pm we are having a holiday porch pot and wreath workshop.  This event will be held inside the main greenhouse, rain or shine. This workshop is particularly fun to do with friends!  There is still time to register, just call America’s Best Flowers at 608-222-2269 or e-mail  If no one answers, please leave us a message. 

Porch pots start with a bundle of assorted greens, add your favorites from a variety of decorations, and voila, you will have your very own unique creation.  Feel free to bring your own container or you can purchase one of ours. 

Wreaths are available on a preorder basis in two sizes, 15” and 24”.   America’s Best Flowers has chosen high quality, locally made wreaths with fresh assorted greens.  A variety of picks, sprays and bows will be available for purchase.  Give us a call today to preorder your wreath, the deadline is November 1.

Fundraising Program

Have you heard about America’s Best Flowers’ Fundraising Program?  Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms?  What about your school or churches 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, 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.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley Cimino at

What did the big chimney say to the little chimney?
You’re too young to smoke.

Yes it Rained, Water Anyway

And don’t forget to keep watering.  Rainfall has been several inches short this year, so be sure to thoroughly water all your bulbs and plants before rolling up those hoses for the winter.  The inch-a-week rule applies until the ground freezes, especially on any plantings done this year.  Another good way to keep moisture available to your plants is by applying a fresh two-inch layer of mulch.  The perfect time to do this is while you are clearing debris from your flower beds this fall.  We just got our shipment in for next spring with eight different types of mulch. Whichever one you want, we’ve got it.

Why are pirates so popular?
They just arrrr.

Would you like to help the Humane Society?

Please go to their website and take a look at their Pet Pin-Up 2012 calendar which is available for purchase.  All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society.

Ever heard of the wooden car with wooden wheels and a wooden engine?
It wooden run.

Find us on Facebook

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

Upcoming Events

Sat, Nov 19
Winter Porch Pot & Wreath Workshop

10am – 4pm Please call ahead to register 222-2269.

A man bought a bathtub and took it home, but it didn’t seem to work. So he took it back to the shop and said, "This bathtub isn’t working! The water doesn’t stay in it!"

The salesman said, "Didn’t the tub come with a plug?"

The man replied, "No one told me it was electric!"

Our Kitchen

Cheryl’s birthday was last week, providing the perfect opportunity to have a party. Since parties always seem to need food, we had a potluck. The following recipe was the hit of the day. Although it tells you that you can substitute bread crumbs for the cornflake crumbs, I wouldn’t. The crust just made the dish. This would be fabulous for Thanksgiving. Make it the day before and all you have to do is sprinkle on the topping and bake. Enjoy!

Potatoes Deluxe

  • 2 lbs frozen hash brown potatoes (Southern Style) defrosted
  • 1 C chopped onion
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 pt sour cream
  • ¾ stick butter, melted
  • 1 ½ C sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 C cornflake crumbs (or bread crumbs)
  • ¼ C melted butter

Mix soup, sour cream, salt, cheese, and margarine in large bowl.  Add onions and potatoes.  Mix well.  Spread in 9×13 pan.

Combine corn flakes and melted butter and sprinkle over top.  Bake at 350 for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

May be made day before and add topping just before baking.  Serves 8-10.

When Noah built his ark, he had two snakes aboard. When the animals were leaving, he said, "Go forth and multiply."

The snakes didn’t move.

"Go forth and multiply!"

They still didn’t move.

Noah was yelling by now. "Go forth and multiply!"

"We can’t," they answered.

Noah was confused. "Why not?"

"We’re adders."

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