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Newsletter 1 – Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hang in there!

All of us at America’s Best Flowers are excited about a number of things:

  • First, America’s Best Flowers is open, no need to wait for spring to start planning your garden.  Come in with your questions and leave with answers, seeds and plants etc.   
  • Second, SPRING is right around the corner.  (Granted, it’s a big corner, but still…)
  • Third, our new line of Hort Couture plants are spectacular and we can’t wait for you to see them.
  • Fourth, we’ll have a unique, funky and decorative selection of pottery and garden accents for you to choose from.
  • Last, but never least, we get to see YOU!

Visit us at the 2013 Midwest Garden Expo – February 8, 9 & 10

Friday     3 pm – 9 pm
Saturday     9 am – 6 pm
Sunday     10 am – 4 pm

Come out and see us at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  Our large and colorful booth is located just inside the entrance right across from the Wisconsin Public Television booth.

Our cyclamen have "Be Mine" written all over them
Our cyclamen have "Be Mine" written all over them
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Blooming plants in February?  You bet!  Again this year, we’ll be bringing African violets, and cyclamen.  Also, this year we are bringing the Blue Zebra Primula.  Our lovely cyclamen plants, in a rainbow of colors, make a perfect valentine gift.  We’ll also have a variety of succulents, including aloe vera, and a variety of herbs and houseplants.

Primula 'Blue Zebra'
Primula ‘Blue Zebra’
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Be among the first to see our new Hort Couture plants.  You won’t believe how absolutely gorgeous they are!  

This is the Blue Zebra Primula.  Breathtaking, isn’t it?

Under the Sea® 'Electric Coral' Coleus
Under the Sea® ‘Electric Coral’ Coleus
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Also, from the Hort Couture line is the Under the Sea line of sun coleus, with names like Hermit Crab, Lion Fish and Gold Anemone, to name just a few.  Here on the left is the dazzling Electric Coral coleus.

We will be growing a wide variety of these unusual coleus.  They will be sure to draw attention to your containers and gardens. 

Planning a vegetable, herb or flower garden this year?  We’ll have a large selection of seeds at the Garden Expo for you to choose from.

Our 2013 Newsletter

In 2013, you will receive our weekly on-line newsletter on Thursday rather than Tuesday.   Our next 2013 newsletter will be February 7th and the weekly newsletter will begin on March 7.

Fundraising Program

Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms?  What about your school or church music programs?  Have you heard about America’s Best Flowers’ Fundraising Program?  We offer non-profit organizations the opportunity to keep 25% of the proceeds from the sale of our gift cards.  For example, if your organization sold $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination, your organization would have raised $125.  It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s profitable, and we would be happy to come speak to your group and/or send you information.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley Cimino at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Events for 2013

It’s going to be a busy season for us at America’s Best Flowers.  Our Community Egg Hunt will be on March 30 this spring.  We’re going to have 10 container workshops this year along with several different types of gardening classes.   Our hope is that we have a little something for everyone.   We’ll have more details about our 2013 events in future newsletters.

Upcoming Events

Fri, Feb 8 – Sun, Feb 10
Garden Expo
Sat, Mar 2
Vegetable Gardening Class

10-11am Learn how to grow your own vegetables

Sat, Mar 30
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 6 – Sun, Apr 7
Herb Container Workshop

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

Sat, Apr 13
Make & Take Terrarium Workshop

10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own terrarium. Bring in your own terrarium container or buy one of ours.

Sat, Apr 13 – Sun, Apr 14
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

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

`til next time,
    ~ Shirley

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

When the cold wind blows, nothing comforts like a bowl of homemade soup.  This one is quick to throw together in the morning, and will greet you with heavenly aromas of home-cooked food when you arrive home at night.

Marty, our retail manager, and his wife love this, we hope you do, too.

Hashbrown Soup

  • 2 lbs frozen hash browns
  • 4 c water
  • ¾ c chopped celery
  • 4 chicken boullion cubes
  • ¼ t pepper
  • 4 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups chopped or cubed cooked ham
  • 1 T parsley flakes
  • 1 ½ t garlic salt
  • 2 T shopped/minced onion, or dried chives
  • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot.

Cook on low 6-8 hours.

For a smaller batch, ½ this recipe.

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