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Newsletter 24 – Thursday, July 31, 2014

Current Hours

Cottage Grove – open Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat and Sun 9-6.

Edgerton – open Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 60

"It used to be that all our family photos just looked like this. Everybody agreed that I was the only one worth looking at."
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I was so excited the other day when my mom said she’d like a family photo taken in the backyard.  Ahhh, that’s my sweet mom for ya!  She loves family pictures, just my mom, my dad and me, right? 

Well, not anymore!  Now that the dummies have moved in (and in my eyes, pretty much taken over), a family photo now includes my mom, my dad, me AND all the dummies! 

Come on, Mom, ya gotta be kidding me!  Who wants to see a picture of us with a bunch of dummies?


Hmm, well, my sweet Lucy, let’s just ask our readers and let them decide, shall we?

It’s up to all of you out there.  What’s your vote?  Would you like to see a picture of the;

A.   Dummies only, or
B.   Dummies with Lucy’s family?

The first to reach 25 votes on facebook wins!

~Till next time,

Reporter interviewing a 104-year-old woman:
“What is the best thing about being 104?”
She replies,
“No peer pressure.”

Perennial of the Week – Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'
Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’

Bright yellow petals and dark brown cone-shaped centers make Rudbeckia (rood-BECK-ee-ah) a perennial that’s hard to miss. These tough and versatile sun-loving plants are native to meadows in much of the country and flourish in like conditions – well-drained, mostly dry and not too good soil. These "Black-Eyed Susans" will even tolerate partial shade and brighten the back of a bed or border.

Of special interest is "Goldsturm" a variety noted for its stunning three inch flowers of deep gold and three month-long bloom time. This variety has so impressed gardeners that it was named Plant of the Year in 1999 by the Perennial Plant Association.

You need this plant in your landscape! Make a mass planting to attract birds and butterflies. Combine it with Russian sage and asters, sedums and grasses for a swath of color into autumn. And the best part is that Goldsturm is 20% off its regular price at America’s Best Flowers. Run, don’t walk, to add this abundant bloomer to your life.

We Have The Perfect Hydrangea For You!

Hydrangea ‘Vanilla Strawberry’
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If you’ve been looking for that perfect hydrangea, well, look no further!  We have a wonderful variety of these beauties.  Choose from our Pinky Winky, Vanilla Strawberry, Tickled Pink, Little Lime and others.

Combine the charm and the low maintenance of the hydrangea and it will soon become one of your favorite perennials.

The 16th tee featured a fairway that ran along a road fenced off on the left.
The first golfer in a foursome teed off and hooked the ball.
It soared over the fence and bounced onto the street, where it hit the tire of a moving bus and ricocheted back onto the fairway.
As they all stood in amazement, one of his partners asked,
“How did you do that?”
The golfer shrugged,
“You have to know the bus schedule.”

Art in the Garden Vendor Information

This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.

To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)

To register, please either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.  If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event.  Please include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Please send your check to:

America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

This is an art and craft fair!  We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.

Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, draping, displays, products and booth security. Art in the Garden will take place inside our main greenhouses. In the event of rain, some of our plastic roofs may leak. YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PLASTIC DRAPING to cover your items/booth if rain is forecast. This is a rain or shine event.

Please dress accordingly. On sunny days the greenhouses can become quite warm by mid-day. Shoes and shirts MUST be worn at all times, NO BAREFOOT attire will be allowed.

We have two booth sizes. The single booth is 6 ft. long. The double booth is 12 ft. long. ALL BOOTHS ARE APPROXIMATELY 6 ft. DEEP. A very limited number of 6 ft. long steel mesh top tables are available if you need a display table. Tables are on a first come first serve basis and you are responsible for covering the steel mesh top. Your display and products MUST fit with-in your designated area. After unloading your vehicle it must be moved to the designated parking area for vendors.

Please call 222-2269 or e-mail me at, with your booth size choice NO LATER than August 20th, 2014. Your registration fee will be required to reserve your booth no later than August 24th. If we have not received your fee by then your booth space will not be held.

Upon request we will provide vendors with flyers for advertising.  Please stop at our greenhouse and pick up a supply to post in appropriate places. Please be sure you receive permission before posting them.

Items deemed inappropriate by our management to sell in a family atmosphere will be and can be excluded at any time. There is NO SMOKING or firearms allowed on our property.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.

Dog Wash Fundraiser Results!

Spencer has trouble walking, so he is laying on one of our perennial carts on a bed of towels. In the picture, his 'mom' is smiling next to him.
Spencer enjoys the complementary valet service
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Spike not only got a bath, but won some free doggie cookies!
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Seventy dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds were at our greenhouse last Saturday for America’s Best Flowers 4th Annual Dog Wash fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society.  Between Tabby and Jack’s Mobile Grooming, Talbot Photography and America’s Best Flowers we raised just over $1300 for the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS)! 

Thanks to Nick Pelzer and all the volunteers from the DCHS, for all their hard work bathing man’s best friend.  The volunteers came to the greenhouse dry and left soaking wet…and they didn’t seem to mind a bit.

A very, very special thank s to Tabby & Jack’s Grooming and Talbot Photography for joining with us for the fourth consecutive year.

Part-time Floral Designer, experience required

A part-time floral designer position is open at our Edgerton location.  Must have a minimum 2 years Flower Shop experience and be proficiently trained for weddings, proms, funerals, events and everyday orders.  This position is for anywhere from 20+ hours, includes 1-2 Saturdays and/or Sundays per month and shared flexibility with other staff members on scheduling.    Longer hours required for busy floral holidays.

Additional tasks may include but are not limited to, taking phone orders, greeting walk-in customers, accessing web orders, POS entry, processing flowers & plants and general clean-up. All designers must be willing to take deliveries and have an excellent driving record.

Pay will depend on experience and ability.

Please apply in person.

Edgerton Floral & Garden Center
1101 N. Main St.
Edgerton, WI  53534

Please, no phone inquiries.

A lady had laryngitis and finally decided to go to the doctor.
After the nurse had called her name, she asked the patient for her age.
The lady whispered, “Forty-nine.”
“Don’t worry,” whispered the nurse. “I won’t tell anyone.”

Send Al your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 9
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!
Sat, Aug 23
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 6
Autumn Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.

Sat, Sep 13
Art in the Garden Craft Fair

9am-3pm – Talented artists display and sell their unique items.

Sun, Sep 14
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 20 – Sun, Oct 12
Scarecrow Days

M-F 10-5pm / Sat – Sun 10am-4pm –

Our Kitchen

I want to send a big thank you to Scott for providing last week’s recipe.  I was on vacation with my sister, aboard the American Queen Riverboat on the Ohio River.  What a delightful time we had!  Riverboats (complete with paddlewheels) have always been known for their grand entertainment with lavish nightly shows and informative afternoon talks about river life. During our trip, Mark Twain even stopped by for a couple of days to tell stories and answer questions. 

Another trademark of life on a riverboat is the food.  Oh my goodness did we eat!  So many wonderful dishes.  One of my favorites was the horseradish mashed potatoes which were served with braised short ribs. When I got home I went straight to Google to see how it’s done.  So simple, but so incredibly delicious.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Start by boiling and mashing up about 3 pounds of your favorite potatoes (Yukon Gold was mentioned in several of the recipes) using ½ to ¾ cup cream, sour cream, or buttermilk to moisten them.  Add a generous amount of butter, and season well with salt.  Then stir in 2 tablespoons of prepared horseradish (available in the dairy case at the supermarket).  Feel free to adjust the amount to taste, some recipes use up to a ¼ cup.   Serve hot with or without gravy.

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