Spring Planting

Newsletter 4 – Thursday, April 8, 2010

"Every beginning, after all, is nothing but a sequel,
and the book of events is always open in the middle."

Wislawa Szymborska

Beginning in April

The fresh green buds on the trees tell us there?s a good possibility spring is here. A time to breathe in fresh air, dig in the dirt, listen to the birds, and fly kites. A time for new life on the farm, lengthening days and hard work. A time of showers and flowers. The time when color finally returns to the landscape. Every morning our greenhouses are brighter than the day before. Buds are becoming blossoms right before our eyes. We invite you to share this miracle with us. Come out anytime between 9 and dark (6 on the weekends). You?ll be so glad you did.

When she got married, she got a new name and a dress.

If you have a new name or address,
please call us at 222-2269 to update your records.

Spring Open House

April 17 & 18

Mark your calendar so you don?t miss our annual SPRING OPEN HOUSE, Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18. It?s the perfect time to walk through the greenhouses and dream about your 2010 garden. From the fresh faces of our early pansies to our first shipments of perennials, trees and shrubs, you?ll find spring ideas throughout the greenhouses. While you?re here, please join us in our meeting room for FREE HOT DOGS AND POPCORN from 11-3 both days.

Al Lunde, our Operations Manager, is bringing in his Bantam (miniature) chickens for Open House Weekend. The children loved his rabbits last week at our Egg Hunt, and will enjoy these cuties (you should see the tiny eggs they lay!) And 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!

Water Plants are Here!!

We just received our first shipment of water plants, and are they gorgeous. Callas, Cannas, Iris, Waterlilys, grasses and more ( See photos on our facebook page). Many varieties are hardy to zone 3 so they can go into your pond right now. The good plants always go fast, so stop out today for the best selection.

When the actress saw her first strands of gray hair
She thought she?d dye.

Tulips and Bunnies: Friends or Foes?

Your tulips aren?t the only ones happy that spring is finally here. While this is their time to shine, it is also the time for hungry rabbits to feast on their tender leaves and blossoms. You can stop the nibbling with a weekly spray of rabbit repellent so you can enjoy the spring color you?ve been waiting for all winter. We have two formulations of Liquid Fence as well as Bonide?s Repels All. Stop out today and let our staff help you choose the one that?s right for you.

When you?ve seen one shopping center
You?ve seen a mall.

OXO Does It Again

Many of us have OXO tools in our kitchens, but did you know they have great tools for the garden as well? And do we have the perfect new tool for you. When our shipment came in, Bonnie fell in love with the OXO Good Grips Adjustable 21? Hand Rake. To quote her, ?Is it ever nifty!? This rake features a non-slip, soft grip, and the tines easily adjust and lock at any position from 3? for tight spaces, to 12? for larger areas. The tines even retract for compact storage. Look for the entire OXO line in our main retail area.

You will feel stuck with your debt If you can?t budge it.

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Become a fan of America?s Best Flowers on Facebook. You can get up to the minute photos and information about what?s new and wonderful just by clicking on our page.

Local Area Network in Australia: The LAN down under.

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.

Acupuncture is a jab well done.

Join our Staff

America?s Best is looking for someone to work from 10 ? 6 on Saturdays at our Sears location on the west side. This seasonal job would include helping customers, watering plants and cashiering. Gardening experience and a broad knowledge of plants is preferred. Other hours may be needed occasionally. Please call us at 222-2269 if you are interested.

Bakers trade bread recipes
On a knead to know basis.

A friend sent me this Dangerously Addicting Ball Game for me to share with you. Definitely a challenge.

What?s the definition of a will? It?s a dead giveaway.

Fundraising Story

Lakeview Lutheran Church

America?s Best Flowers offers a wonderful fundraising program for churches, schools, and non-profit organizations. Our program runs October 1 through April 1. Organizations sell our gift cards and keep 25% of the total value for their fundraising project. What could be easier? The program needs only one coordinator, eliminating ?Volunteer Burn-Out? that so many of you talk about. ABF gift cards never expire or lose value and can be used at our main location in Cottage Grove, or at our satellite locations. Call Bonnie at 608-222-2269 if you would like information for next year?s sale.

We have many wonderful stories that tell what the money raised has been used for. This week Lakeview Church in Madison is sharing their story with us.

"The Youth at Lakeview Lutheran Church have been using the fund raiser that America?s Best offers for years. Each year several of our youth go on mission trips to other parts of the country. While on mission trips, the youth work in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, etc and assist less fortunate individuals with home repairs. We are very thankful that America?s Best Flowers offers us the opportunity to continue to do this every year."

– Pam Brown

She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but she broke it off.

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Here?s a nice light salad, perfect at this time of year, from Lakeview Lutheran Church?s 150 Years and Still Cookin?.

Apple, Dried Cherry and Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing

    Maple Dressing
    • ? c mayonnaise
    • ? c pure maple syrup
    • 3 T champagne vinegar or other white vinegar
    • 2 t sugar
    • ? c canola or other light vegetable oil
    • 1 (8oz.) bag mixed baby salad greens
    • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
    • ? c dried tart cherries
    • ? c chopped walnuts

    DRESSING: Whisk mayonnaise, maple syrup, vinegar and sugar in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually, whisk in oil until mixture thickens slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead.) Cover and refrigerate. Re-whisk before using.

    SALAD: Toss greens, apples, cherries and ? c walnuts in a large bowl to combine. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Divide salad equally among plates. Sprinkle with remaining ? c walnuts and serve. Yield: 6 servings.

    "While working as a Navy nurse in a military hospital?s emergency room,
    I was required to introduce myself by my rank and full name.
    I usually refer to myself as Ensign Mike Payne,
    But one busy day I rushed into a patient?s room and blurted,
    "Hi, I?m Ensign Payne."
    "Hi," the patient responded. "I?m in some pain too."

    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