The Day is Upon Us

Newsletter 13 – Thursday, May 9, 2013

Monday – Friday

Special Hours for Mother’s Day Weekend!




Happy Mother's Day!

"All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel, Mother." -Abraham Lincoln

Not sure what flower or plant Mom would like for Mother’s Day?

We can help!  Stop out and pick up an America’s Best Flowers gift card for your mom, grandma, aunt or special lady.  If you’re in a hurry, just call us at 608-222-2269 and we’ll take your order and payment over the phone.  Your gift card will then be ready for you to pick up at our front Customer Service Desk.

I believe in love at first sight because...I've been loving my mother since I opened my eyes...

Our Mother’s Day Make & Take Workshop is tonight!

Stop out today, Thursday, May 9, from 5-7 pm, and create a breathtaking gift for Mom, Grandma, a favorite aunt or a special friend.  Our container workshop area will be devoted to Mother’s Day creations.  Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting and will help with any and all plant or design questions.  America’s Best Flowers has a wonderful selection of beautiful plants, flowers and herbs for you to choose from.  We also have a nice variety of pottery starting at $9.99.  You are welcome to register by calling 222-2269 or just stop on out.

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.

Ambrose Bierce

Beautiful Hanging Flower Baskets

A small selection of our Hanging Baskets
A small selection of our Hanging Baskets
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We have a wide and gorgeous selection of hanging baskets at the greenhouse.   Stop in and grab some for all those special ladies in your life.  To make it even better, we offer a price break when you purchase five or more.  Don’t forget to grab a Dramm watering wand (24” or 30” lengths available) to help get to those hard-to-reach places.

Mothers and Daughters are closest when Daughters become Mothers.

Author unknown

Joe will have the coffee on!

Joe Krmpotich in the Glory Beans Coffee Wagon
Joe Krmpotich in the Glory Beans Coffee Wagon
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Joe Krmpotich and his Glory Beans Coffee Wagon will be at the greenhouse this coming Saturday.  Stop and get either a cup of joe from Joe or a wonderfully refreshing smoothie and let the Mother’s Day gift shopping begin!  By the way, Joe is the owner of the coffee wagon and his proceeds help pay his way through college.  That is a hard working young man, wouldn’t you say?

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

Mark Twain

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 Al Lunde, at Al will get back to you promptly.

Our daughter’s family recently got an English setter puppy and named her Ruby. My 2 year old granddaughter was asked if she knew what kind of a puppy Ruby was. After some thought she answered she was pretty sure she was an English muffin.


Come Play and Sing in the Garden!

It’s not the ‘Voice’ or ‘American Idol’, but it is a chance for talented young people to perform in public!  This summer we would like to offer a venue for the young and talented.  The dates for this open air event are Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, July 27.  Play a little or play a lot!  Sing a little or sing a lot!

We do not provide instruments or a microphone.  The ‘performers’ would need to bring their own equipment.  Electricity will be available.

If you know of any groups or solo artists in the area that sing and/or play musical instruments and would like to perform at our greenhouse please contact Shirley at

A Mother's Famous Words: No Running in the House. Wait Til' Your Father Gets Home. You're Grounded! Because I Said SO That's Why. You'll Do As I Say. Stop Poking at it or it Won't Heal. Don't runin the House! You'll Poke Your Eye Out.

Important – America’s Best Flowers Lost and Found

We don’t usually put lost and found items in the newsletter, but recently, an article of clothing was left at our greenhouse and due to a medical item that was in a pocket we felt this was necessary.  Please call us at 608-222-2269 to identify the item and make arrangements to claim it.  

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive,

but I have photographs of her.

Ellen DeGeneres

Lucy’s Tuesday morning pictures

Lucy’s chapter 6 coming next week, I promise…that is if I don’t take more adorable pictures of her!

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

If any of you other dog people want to share a dog story send it to

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 9
Mother’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

5pm – 7pm Plant a beautiful ceramic planter with an herb or pansy to give Mom, Grandma, or a favorite aunt. Reservations are accepted 608-222-2269.

Sat, May 11 – Sun, May 12
Celebrate Mother’s Day
Sat, May 18
Herb Cooking Class

11am – 12pm – Cooking with fresh herbs.

Sat, May 18 – Sun, May 19
Container Workshop

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

Sat, May 25
Rose Clinic

10am – FREE class on how to select, plant, prune, and care for your roses.

Sat, Jun 1
Perennial Gardening Class

10am – FREE garden plan and class.

Our Kitchen

The absolute best food always shows up when we have a gathering of friends.  The latest gathering was this past weekend.  The occasion, I have to confess, was my 60th birthday.  People from all walks of my life descended on our home to help me celebrate.  There was so much good food, I’ll be sharing recipes for the next few weeks.  Marty, our retail manager at America’s Best Flowers and his wife brought this unbelievably delicious Greek Salad.  Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.

Greek Salad

  • 1 small head broccoli, break in pieces
  • 1 small head cauliflower, break in pieces
  • 1 pint sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 jar salad olives, drained (chopped green olives)
  • 1 can sliced ripe olives
  • 4 oz. cubed feta cheese
  • 2 pkgs Good Seasons Italian Dressing, dry

Mix together all vegetables and olives in a large bowl.  Prepare dressing packages according to package directions & pour over vegetables and mix well.  Finally, add Feta cheese and toss lightly.  Chill before serving.

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