There’s Still Time

Newsletter 16 – Thursday, May 30, 2013

Current Hours

Monday – Friday

Saturday – Sunday

Get the Outside Scoop on Perennial Gardening!

Join Margaret, our perennial manager, for a free class on perennial gardening at America’s Best Flowers Saturday, June 1, at 10 AM and Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 PM.

Learn what it takes to create and plant a perennial bed that will look fantastic all season long.  Topics will include site selection and preparation, what types of plants grow best in shady areas, as well as the types that thrive in sun-soaked or rocky areas.  Garden design, colors and textures will be discussed too.  We’ll even have garden plans for you to take home.

There is still time!

Yikes! Your get-together is in a week and you haven’t had time to even think about decorating the yard, deck or patio. 

Relax!  America’s Best Flowers can help with your outside decorating.  Our talented staff will create beautiful flower containers that will amaze and impress your guests.  Just give us a call at 608-222-2269 to arrange a time to meet with our designer. 

We also have a wide variety of pre-made flower containers and hanging baskets for you to choose from.

Adam & Eve had the perfect marriage.
He didn’t have to hear about all the men she could have married and she didn’t have to hear about how well his mother cooked!

Any day of the week!

Did you know that you can create a container garden at our greenhouse any day of the week?  Purchase a few of our containers or bring in empty containers from home. 

Don’t forget your gardening gloves because YOU do the planting! Our staff, when available, will assist with plant/flower and design questions, but they do not do the actual planting of your containers. 

Please keep in mind that if you would like us to do custom container planting for you there will be a separate charge for that service. 

Did you know we have houseplants?

Take a look at our lovely family of houseplants:

One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice,
"Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?"
The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug.
"I can’t dear," she said.
"I have to sleep in Daddy’s room."
A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice:
"The big sissy."

Don and his magic grinding wheel are back for the weekend!

Come in and sharpen your garden tools
Come in and sharpen your garden tools

Come in and sharpen your garden tools

Don, from Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening, will be here both Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, from 10am-4pm and will, for a nominal fee (collected by Don) sharpen those dull garden tools, lawn mower blades, tin snips, and more.  Look for our signs in the parking lot directing you to the drop off area.

Don will be able to sharpen most items while you are enjoying your time at the greenhouse.  For more difficult sharpening Don may need to take your items back to his shop.  They may then be picked up at America’s Best Flowers the following week.

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.

Come Play and Sing in our Garden!

There is still time to sign up!

We know it is 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 event are Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, July 27.

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

There are still time slots available, so 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

Ladies Night has been Postponed

Our 2013 Schedule of Events has been revised.

Our Ladies Night at the Garden event, which was originally scheduled for June 8th ,  will be rescheduled .  We will update our website, as well as notify you in our weekly newsletter when a new date for the event has been determined.   

Doggone Smart

Two neighbors are talking to each other.

First neighbor:
Do you know that my dog is so smart; he waits for the newspaper to drop at the doorstep and then delivers it to me?

Second neighbor:
Of course, I know that very well.

First neighbor:
Really, how did you know that?

Second neighbor:
My dog came and told me.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 8

Eight years ago, while driving down a very busy street on the east side of Madison, I noticed a large yellow Labrador retriever standing all alone on the sidewalk.  A loose dog close to a busy street is not a good combination.  I did exactly what you would have done.  I pulled the car over and walked up to this smiling (dogs do too smile!) tail-wagging machine and was immediately smitten with this goofy sweet boy dog.  His dog tag read ‘Casey’.  We happily walked together down the street to the address on his tag and rang the doorbell.  A woman came to the door and when she saw Casey smiling up at her she did a double take.  Apparently, Casey had found his way out of his fenced in backyard and decided it was a good day to take a walk, all by himself.  Needless to say, Casey’s mom was very grateful that he was brought home safe and sound. 

Two weeks later, Lucy and I went for a walk and lo-and-behold there was Casey at our neighborhood park.  This time, thankfully, he was with his mom.  The four of us greeted each other warmly.  Casey’s mom, Diane, and I shook hands and talked for quite some time and the dogs, well, you know, they introduced themselves in the usual dog sniff manner.  I’m so glad human beings shake hands, aren’t you?

Nope, I didn’t forget about Casey’s and Lucy’s mama skunk story.  Just thought it would be nice for you to get to know Casey a little. 

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

A quick shout out to Jo Anna!  Thank you so much!  You made my day on Tuesday!

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

A blonde went to buy pizza and after ordering, the assistant asked the blonde if she would like her pizza cut into six pieces or twelve.
“Six please” she said, “I could never eat twelve!”

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jun 1
Perennial Gardening Class

10am – FREE garden plan and class.

Sat, Jun 1 – Sun, Jun 2
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

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

Tue, Jun 4
Perennial Gardening Class

6:30 PM – FREE garden plans and class.

Sat, Jun 8
Make & Take Miniature Garden Workshop

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

Sat, Jun 15
Father’s Day – Make & Take Workshop

10am – 4pm – Bring in Dad’s shoe to plant!

Sun, Jun 16
Father’s Day

FREE Schoepps ice cream for Dad and the family!

Our Kitchen

My all-time favorite nurse posted the following recipe on Facebook earlier this week.  She eats a gluten-free diet, and occasionally shares a recipe she thinks others might enjoy.  This one sounds divine.  She invited everyone to share it, so here it is.  It’s a good option for other diets, too.  Please check out her notes below, keeping in mind she knows her stuff, after all she is a nurse extraordinaire.

No Dough Pizza

NO DOUGH PIZZA!!!!!!! This one is a WINNER!!!! Gluten Free, Low Carb, Diabetic Friendly!!!!!! For when you absolutely want pizza but not all the carbs!!!!!!!
    • 1 (8 oz) package of full fat cream cheese, room temperature
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
    • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
    • toppings – pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, peppers
    • Garlic powder

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Lightly spay a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

    Spread pizza sauce on crust. Top with cheese and toppings. Sprinkle pizza with garlic powder. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

    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