Spring Open House

Newsletter 5 – Thursday, April 15, 2010

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."

Andrew Carnegie

Spring Open House

April 17 & 18


Every year we celebrate spring with an Open House. What a perfect spring we are celebrating this year! The sunny days and warm temps have provided great growing conditions for our plants. Our greenhouses are bursting with beautiful flowers in a rainbow of colors. Every plant is filled with an intense desire to grow and add beauty to your world. This weekend is a great opportunity to come on out and see for yourself. We invite our Loyalty Customers to join us for FREE HOT DOGS AND POPCORN from 11-3 both Saturday and Sunday.

The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog:
it feeds the hand that bites it.

Laurence Peter

Perennials are Here!!

Our central courtyard is open and filling fast with great perennials. Digging in the soil and planting a few new perennials is a great cure for Spring Fever! We have many new varieties this year, including Coneflowers and Coral Bells, as well as hundreds of standbys, like creeping phlox. We’re also receiving shipments of trees and shrubs almost daily. Remember the good plants always go fast, so stop out today for the best selection.

This year we are introducing a new warranty program for all of our hardy (25 below) perennials, trees and shrubs. With the purchase of enough Myke (mycorrhiza, a soil-borne fungus) for your plant selection, hardy perennials will carry a three-year money back guarantee and hardy trees and shrubs a money back guarantee. This naturally occurring fungi enhances nutrient and water uptake from the soil and is the new Green Revolution in modern horticulture. We are pleased to offer this additional protection to help insure your gardening success. If you have questions about this program, please stop out in our perennial area and ask for details.

What do you get when you cross popcorn with ice cream?
A Popsicle

Bantam Chickens Here This Weekend

Al Lunde, our Operations Manager, is bringing in his Bantam chickens for Open House Weekend. The children loved his rabbits at our Egg Hunt, and will enjoy these miniatures (you should see the tiny eggs they lay!) If they’ tickle your fancy, you’ll want to come to his FREE CLASS Saturday, May 29 at 10, “Backyard Chickens and Veggie Gardening Too”. Raising backyard chickens is one of the newest urban crazes.  There’s always something going on at ABF, so please plan to take advantage of our many FREE classes, workshops and events!

When Gracie was asked for identification by the tax man,
she opened her compact, looked in the mirror
and said, “Yep, that’s me all right.”

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Did you hear about the popcorn that joined the army?
They made him a kernel.

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 20
Class 6:30PM – Herbs

Starts at 6:30PM with Mari Lyn Haugh. "Treat Yourself with Herbs"

Sun, May 23
Class 1PM – Vegetable Gardening Class

"Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More" by UW-Extension Horticulturist Brian Emerson.

Sat, May 29
Class 10AM – Chickens and Veggie Gardening

By Al Lunde. Learn how to raise chickens and how to have a successful vegetable garden.

Sat, May 29
Class 11AM – Emerald Ash borer and Japanese Beetle prevention

Now is the time to prepare to minimize these pests from your garden

Sat, Jun 5
Class 10AM – Sun Perennial Gardening

Free garden plan and class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Jun 12
Class 10AM – Shade Perennial Gardening

There are more choices than hostas for shady places. Class by Ilene Isenberg.

When the tax man questioned Gracie about a $120 deduction for a wave,
She said, "You see, my friend waved, and when I waved back
I drove into a tree."


Here’s another challenging game for you. When it was sent to me it came with a note saying this is the most frustrating game ever. Let me know what you think.

What do you call a pathway in a popcorn field?

Salsa Recipe Contest

A Party-ready Sombrero

Submit your favorite Salsa recipe by Monday, April 26th and you could win a $50 gift card to America’s Best Flowers. There will be 2 Runners-up, with a prize of a $10 gift card for them as well. Email your entry to: ed@americasbestflowers.com with a subject line of: Salsa Recipe for Bonnie

Our staff will judge the finalist recipes and we will notify the winners on Friday, April 30. Winning recipes will be available to our customers FREE OF CHARGE at our annual Salsa Saturday, on May 1st (in honor of Cinco de Mayo). In addition, we will serve complimentary salsa and chips to our customers from 11-2PM that day, while you shop to a Latin beat. You can even make up a salsa container at our Container Workshop, or at least treat yourself to a pot of cilantro, a few Jalapeno or Lady Bell pepper plants, and choose your favorite varieties of tomatoes.

Be creative! We’ve had some truly exciting recipes over the years with recipes featuring tropical fruits, assorted beans and unusual spicing. This is a lot of fun, so even if you don’t have a recipe to submit, join us for the fun.

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.
Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

Groucho Marx

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Several years ago, this recipe was submitted and it is one of my very favorites. I was surprised, in fact, when it didn’t win. I make it frequently and have been asked specifically to bring it to my friends’ houses. Thanks for your recipe, Nancy!

Nancy’s Salsa

  • 6-8 plum tomatoes, diced in small pieces, or 1 large can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, finely diced (I use more)
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large can black olives, sliced
  • 1-2 cloves garllc, finely chopped
  • ¼ c sugar
  • juice of ½ lime
  • handful of cilantro, chopped (I use a TON)
  • salt to taste

Mix all together and enjoy! The taste is even better the next day.

“Don goes into business for himself.
He buys a hotdog cart and sets it up in a prime spot
on a busy downtown corner, right near a large bank.
One day, his friend Jim approaches him
and asks Don if he can lend him some money.
Don refuses.
“But why?” asks Jim “Everyone knows you’re doing well,
and I’m not asking for much.”
“Well, Jim, in order to get this spot
I had to sign a Non-Compete Agreement with the bank over there.
According to the agreement, they don’t sell hot dogs., and I don’t lend money.”

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
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Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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