The Bigger November Newsletter!

Newsletter 40 – Thursday, November 14, 2013

Open Monday – Sunday

Miniature Garden Workshops

Join us on Saturday and Sunday, from 9-3 for our last Miniature Garden and Terrarium Workshop for the year.

Captivating, Christmas miniatures, tiny bird baths, mischievous gnomes, petite fairies, small stepping stones, diminutive garden arbors, and miniature fences are just some of the treasures we have waiting here to help you realize your vision. Choose from our wide selection of tiny, live plants to bring your miniature wonderland to life. Bring your own pot or purchase one here. Soil is free, and design assistance is always available during weekend workshops!

We know life is busy so if you are unable to make it to a weekend workshop you are welcome to come in and create your special miniature garden on your own anytime during the week.

Holiday decorating can be easy AND fun!

A collage of our Winter Workshop
A collage of our Winter Workshop
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Bring your creativity and holiday spirit on out to our Winter Workshops!   

This is how it all works!

You may pre-register for any or ALL of our workshop events by sending Marty an email at or call us at 608-222-2269.  All of our workshops are ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3, so there is no need to sign up for a particular time slot, just the date. 

We want to have plenty of supplies for you to create your masterpieces, so pre-registration is appreciated, though not required. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, November 23rd and 24th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am and 3pm

Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
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You can do it!  Amaze everyone this holiday season with your beautiful festive porch pots!  Our holiday porch pot workshop is just one of our many ‘hands-on’ workshops we offer our customers.  It’s a creative, fun and easy way to decorate for the holidays. 

You are welcome to bring in your empty container from home or purchase one of ours.  Containers range from inexpensive plastic to high-end ceramic.  We will provide FREE sand for your container or liner.  (We recommend always using a liner in ceramic containers.)

We offer bundles of assorted fresh greens as a base to start your container. Once you have arranged the greens, you can add to your container from our wide assortment of artificial picks and stems to accentuate your design.

Finished prices ranged from $25 to $150.  It all depends on how large, how full, and how dramatic you want your container to be.  

As with all our workshops, you do the actual planting.  Our experienced design staff will be on hand to assist with your design and arrangement.

We will be serving coffee, tea and hot cider along with an assortment of sweet treats!

The Secret to Errands

Any kid’ll run an errand for you if you ask at bedtime.

Red Skeleton

Custom made Holiday Porch Pots!

America’s Best Flowers would be happy to custom make your Holiday Porch Pots.  To order please stop in and talk to Marty, or email him at, or call us at 608-222-2269.

Combined Wreath
Poinsettia Painting Workshops

Sunday, December 1
Ongoing throughout the day between 9am and 3pm

Come Paint Some Poinsettias!
Come Paint Some Poinsettias!
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Custom decorate a fresh wreath or paint a poinsettia at this workshop.  Better yet…do both!  Wreaths are available in several sizes and are freshly made. You can select from an assortment of decorations to create your own individually decorated wreath. Pricing is the cost of the wreath plus the cost of the individual picks, swags and bows that you select.

Poinsettia painting is an opportunity to color (paint) a creamy white poinsettia with a custom color. We will have several custom colors available that you will spray onto the poinsettia to create your own decorator color. It is best to bring along an old LONG SLEEVED shirt or smock to wear while painting.

Combined Holiday Centerpiece
Poinsettia Painting Workshops

Sunday, December 8th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3

Create a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table!  Start by adding fresh greens to florist’s foam to create your base.  Choose from an assortment of picks for a seasonal accent.  For that classic look simply add a candle.

Pumpkin Pie Anyone?

If you make your pumpkin pie from scratch, then you’ll want to come out to the greenhouse.  We have locally grown pumpkins for you to use for your fabulous homemade pumpkin pie.

Trouble Remembering

I always have trouble remembering three things:
faces, names, and … I can’t remember what the third thing is.

Flavorful bits and pieces…

Are you looking for something delicious and unique for your holiday candy dishes and stocking stuffers?  Check out the following sweet ideas from Wiley Wallaby for the holiday season:    

  • Australian style gourmet red licorice,
  • Soft & Chewy assorted licorice, and
  • Outback beans with chewy red centers.

Fresh and Green

Fresh cut bundled boughs and fresh wreaths have arrived at the greenhouse.  Choose from our selection of ready-made bows, in a variety of colors, and you will have your very own customized wreath.

Gorgeous Poinsettias


Our Edgerton location has been busy growing beautiful poinsettias for the coming holiday season.  They will be ready for you to pick up at our Cottage Grove location next week.  

Fresh Cut Christmas trees!

Our fresh cut Christmas trees and roping will arrive at our greenhouse next week.

What’s Your Beef?

My grandfather is a meat and potatoes guy.
Once, while getting dinner ready, I asked how he liked his vegetables prepared.
He said, “Fed to a cow, so they’ll turn into steak.”

Perennials, Trees & Shrubs
Final Markdown
Now 90% Off

Come out and take advantage of our Clear the Bench sale! Our remaining perennials, trees, and shrubs are now 90% off.  This sale applies to existing stock only and no warranty is included with this sale.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 31

Lucy seems to be slightly concerned about her "mom"
"I just don’t see the appeal."
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Yeah, my mom was able to take a bath!  She was so excited!  She can finally put her foot completely under the water.  My mom just LOVES the bathtub! 

What is the big deal?  I mean it is not like she is swimming after a ball or a stick or anything fun like that!  She just soaks in the water with a book and a bunch of bubbles.  My mom stays in the bathtub so long I go in to check on her being prepared every time to jump in and save her if necessary. 

On occasion, I have put my nose in the water and then one of those silly bubbles will go up my nose.  Then I sneeze and then my mom laughs at me.  Shhh, please don’t tell her, but I do this just to hear her laugh.

So, if sitting in a big water bowl makes my mom happy…it makes me happy!

`til next time,
    ~ Lucy

Upcoming Events

Sat, Oct 19 – Sun, Nov 17
Miniature Garden Workshops

10am – 3pm Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) – Make a mini garden in a terrarium or planter of your choice.

Sat, Nov 23 – Sun, Nov 24
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required)

Sun, Dec 1
Wreath Workshop / Paint A Poinsettia Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required). You can make porch pots too, if you want!

Sun, Dec 8
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop / Paint A Poinsettia Workshop

9am – 3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated (Not Required)

Our Kitchen

Remembering our dear friend Bonnie during the coming holiday season!

Printed earlier in our November 20, 2008 newsletter.
Just in time for that holiday grocery list…

You can cut down some of the preparation time for Thanksgiving by using this super easy stuffing recipe.

Cape Cod Cornbread Stuffing

  • 2 cups cornbread stuffing cubes
  • ½ pound sausage meat, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • ½ cup chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients, except chicken broth, in a medium casserole dish.  Add chicken broth; mix well.  Add more broth for a moister stuffing.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.  Makes 3 cups.

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