Take Home a bit of Spring!

Newsletter 5 – Thursday, March 20, 2014

Current Hours

Hours for our Cottage Grove location are 9am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 41

Lucy looking tired and relaxed. Her eyes are just barely open.
"Sometimes, I get so relaxed that I fall asleep before I can even close my … zzz"
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I got the greatest gift EVER from my ‘Doggy Godmother’, Sue.  You will never, ever guess what it is.  Nope, it’s not a stuff toy or a squeaky ball, or yummy treats.  Don’t get me wrong…I love them all, but this is something even better than all 3 of those things combined.  My Sue gave me a Pet Massager.  Yep!  I couldn’t believe it either.  I’d never even heard of such a thing.  It feels sooo good.  It gently tingles as my dad and mom stroke it over my muscles and joints.  It feels sooo good, whoops, I guess I already said that, didn’t I?  Anyway, it feels so wonderful, (Hey, did you notice I changed the words?) that I have been known to doze off during my nightly massage session.

Now, after some time has passed, I have a growing issue with this.  When I first got it my dad and mom gave me NIGHTLY massages.  Now, after a couple of weeks my massages are down to one about every other day.  What’s up with that? Can’t they see how much I enjoy it?

What’s a dog to do?  I’ve got to come up with a solution to this only-every-other-night massage dilemma.  If anyone has any suggestions for me please, oh, please send them to me at abfscimino@yahoo.com.


Robins and Daffodils are sure signs of Spring!

Daffodil stems
Daffodil Stems

We have received a bird’s eye witness report of a robin sighting. Not only of a robin, but also of 6 inch tall daffodil buds.  In our greenhouse mind that makes it officially Spring!  Can we get a great big alleluia?

By the way, here are just a few of our spring blooming plants that are waiting for good homes:

Some of our Spring Blooming Plants
Ready to be taken home, Today!
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My father and a friend were talking about the doors they had installed so their animals could let themselves in and out of the house.
My dad asked his friend, who had two massive Great Danes,
“Aren’t you afraid that somebody might crawl through the dogs’ door and steal something?”
“if you saw an opening that big,” said his friend, “would you crawl through it?”

Do you like the color red?

'Lipstick Red' Pottery
Note: Not actually covered in lipstick
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Good!  We do too!  Our glazed oxblood red and deep red pottery has arrived.  Take a look at our ‘Lipstick Red’ pottery.  Makes you want to pucker up, doesn’t it?

If athletes get athlete’s foot, do astronauts get mistletoe?

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program Extended to April 15

Due to several schools mentioning the fact that ‘Spring Break’ reduces the time for them to sell America’s Best Flowers gift cards we are extending the deadline to April 15 for all non-profit organizations.

Since Spring 2014 is here people are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.   

What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program.  Non-profit organizations earn 25% of the proceeds from each gift card they sell.  For example, if your organization sells $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10, your organization would earn $125.   

Please contact us if your non-profit organization is in need of funds for things such as (but by no means limited to):

  • Local charities, (i.e. food pantry)
  • Church mission trips
  • New equipment or uniforms for your school sports program, or
  • New equipment or uniforms for your school band or orchestra

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations. 

If you are interested or have questions regarding our easy and profitable program, please contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Employment Opportunities

Cash Register

Are you looking for a short-term seasonal job?   Do you enjoy people, flowers and dirt?  If so, we may have the perfect job for you.  We are looking for a few good people to perform cashier duties.  Don’t be afraid!  We have a great team that would train you on the register.

This job opportunity would be from approximately mid-April thru mid-June.  We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and a few hours during the week.  The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 30 hours. Other job duties could consist of stocking and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, corralling run away shopping carts.  If interested please give us a call at 608-222-2269.

Seen on the door of a repair shop:
(Please knock on the door-bell doesn’t work.)

Have you ever wondered how all our flower pots get planted?

Well, stop in anytime between 10:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday and watch as our production staff gets busy. 

When you look at the thousands and thousands of plants we have at our greenhouse it’s pretty amazing to think that our staff planted them all.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13
Spring Flower Show

We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season. We also have a HUGE selection of new pottery.

Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13
Herb, Terrarium & Miniature Garden Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own herb container garden, terrarium or miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 13
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

10am-4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Apr 19
Community Egg Hunt

10am-2pm – Rain or Shine! FREE candy! Children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Accepting items for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

Sat, Apr 26
Earth Day Celebration

10am-2pm – FREE children’s activities 10am-2pm. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant cat grass, and more.

Sat, Apr 26 – Sun, Apr 27
Arbor Day Celebration

Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family.

Our Kitchen

Oven dinners are a great way to feed a hungry family as well as chase the chill in the kitchen away.  Add the wonderful aroma they create and you have a win, win, win for everyone.  Start with an appetizer of chips and salsa. Serve with a tossed salad and follow with a quick bake-in-the-oven-beside-the-casserole brownie and you’ll see smiles all around.  Enjoy!!

Jalapeno Chicken & Rice Casserole

Jalapeno Chicken & Rice Casserole

  • 2 T butter
  • ½ c onion, chopped fine
  • 1 T finely diced fresh jalapenos, more if desired
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk, reduced fat
  • 2 c cooked rice, white or brown
  • 2 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 8 oz pkg
  • 1½ c cooked, chopped chicken breast meat
  • ¼ c finely chopped cilantro
  • ½ to 1 t salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease 2-quart casserole. Saute onion & jalapenos in butter over med heat 5 to 10 min, until tender. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and evaporated milk together. Add rice, cheese, chicken, onion mixture, cilantro and salt. Pour into prepared casserole; stir well. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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