Art in the Garden is this Saturday

Newsletter 30 – Thursday, September 10, 2015

New Hours

Starting Monday, Sept. 14

Cottage Grove

Mon-Fri 9-6:00
Sat and Sun 9-5


Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Art your Heart Out


The earth without “art” is just “eh”

Art has the power to change your perspective, stimulate your mind, and uplift your spirit. With so many different kinds of art, it’s just a matter of finding something that personally speaks to you. If only there was an opportunity to see a large assortment of interesting and unique local art…

Oh, that’s right, there is! At our 6th annual Art in the Garden event in the greenhouse this Saturday from 9-3! Over 25 artisans and crafters will be displaying and selling their hand-made crafts; including textiles, woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting and more!

School Grounds Café will also be on site serving their wonderful coffee, tea, and pastries, so you can enjoy a delicious treat as you browse. It really doesn’t get any better than that!

This is a wonderful opportunity to decorate your home, find a gift for a friend, or get a jump on Christmas shopping. You’ll also meet talented artists, and get the satisfaction of supporting local art and knowing that your piece is one-of-a-kind. Don’t forget to bring a friend or the whole family!

Why did the yogurt go to the art exhibit?
Because it was cultured

Perennial, Tree, and Shrub Closeout Sale!

There’s still time to plant perennials so they become established before the cold of winter hits. This week we’re kicking off a progressive sale on perennials, trees, and shrubs beginning September 10 at 20%. This does not include fall plants, such as mums and asters.

Each week the percentage off will increase by 10% until it peaks at 90% on October 29.  A discount of 90% will then remain valid through the end of the season.

Perennials, trees, and shrubs need all the time they can get to become established, so the sooner you get these plants in the ground, the better. It’s also good to take advantage of this sale early for the best selection. It’s only good while supplies last and we are not restocking, so selection will become more limited with each passing week.

The new percentage will be mentioned in the newsletter each week, and will always begin on Thursday. This offer is not good on previous or custom orders. Once the sale reaches 40% off, there will be no warranty on perennials, trees, and shrubs purchased.

Why shouldn’t you write with a broken pencil?
Because it’s pointless

Tricolor Mums

Many Combinations to Choose From!

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Want mums, but not sure which colors would go well together? Then tricolor mums are just for you! They consist of three different colored mums in one pot, making them a great option whether you’re feeling indecisive or just looking for something different. The color combinations are complimentary, vibrant, and really pop. Their uniqueness and beauty will surely make them stand out in your neighborhood.

Get a quantity discount when you buy 3 or more of tricolor or single color mums!

Elegant Pottery at a Discount Price

We still have a nice selection of clearance pottery available at 40% off!! Fine pottery can transform a few plants in a pot into a decorative show-piece, accenting the beauty of nature with a touch of class. It really can make all the difference, so come and check out these works of art at a pleasantly discounted price.

What do modern artists eat for breakfast?

Asian Lady Beetles

By Lauren
the Bug Lady

Multicolored Asian lady beetle: large, white “cheeks” with black “W” or “M” between

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Native Ladybug: fewer spots and small white “cheeks”

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What house guest is orange or red, has a hard shell, and is still cute, despite being unwelcome and stinky? The answer should be the Asian lady beetle, or else you might want to reconsider who you let in your home…

Multicolored Asian lady beetles look quite similar to ladybugs, but they’re actually a different species. They’re non-native, originally from Japan and were introduced by the USDA to control tree aphids. While they are very effective for controlling aphids and have helped reduce pesticide use, they can be a nuisance when they invade your home for the winter.

Like Boxelder bugs, they gather on the sunny side of houses in the fall and attempt to invade homes to reside between the walls until spring. They’re harmless, but if squished or bothered, they release a yellow substance that stinks and stains. The best defense to keep them out is to seal cracks around windows, doors, and siding with caulk and replace or repair damaged screens. This is best done now, before it gets cold and they begin to congregate.

How did the artist paint a picture?

Ask Irene: Calla Lilies

Q: Hi again, Irene! I too have a lily question: two of our several calla lilies (all installed in wooden whiskey barrels) have just petered out. Altogether – no foliage, no flowers. Nothing but dirt in the pot. Dead? Should I keep watering? Remove the rhizome? If so, when? Thoughts appreciated! Thanks, Irene!

Barbara and John (the BlackThumbs…)

A: Calla lilies grow from undergound roots called rhizomes that can be saved year to year to enjoy again next growing season. It is normal to cut back on watering as summer comes to an end, allowing leaves to dry out. It sounds like some of yours have gone completely dormant. I would stop watering entirely.

In a few weeks — typically around the first frost in early October, perhaps sooner for you — you can lift the rhizomes out of the pots, let them cure by drying out in the garage for a few warm fall days, then cover them in peat moss in a cardboard box with some vent holes. Store the dormant plants in a cool, dark place, like the basement, for 3-4 months, until time to replant inside in late winter/early spring.

Or, you can be lazy like me and just let the pot dry out for several weeks, then put the whole pot in the basement and hope for the best. I don’t grow callas, but this is my strategy for other tropical bulbs that I do grow. Not best practice, but hey, it works most years. After this resting period, pots can come back out to a sunny window inside, gradually increasing water until they are ready to go outside again after danger of frost. Or you can treat callas like annuals and feed your compost pile.

Black thumbs? Sounds like you guys have some rich dirt! 😉

Happy gardening,

We want you to be successful in your gardening efforts. Please send any questions you have to Irene, at She’ll give you solid advice from years of gardening experience.

Flea Market Vendor Info

Our next flea market, on September 19th, is coming up before you know it, but luckily, you can still sign up to be a vendor. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to turn your garage and basement clutter into cold hard cash! Flea markets are not only fun, but they are so easy to participate in! Just bring your treasures out to the greenhouse, display them like you would for a garage sale, sit back and sell.  That’s all it takes! If interested in this or future flea markets, please click here for more information.

2015 Flea Market Schedule

Sept 19 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 17 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

New Website, Tell Us What You Think

We are currently in the process of redoing our website in order to make it more helpful and user-friendly. We’d like to get your feedback as we continue to tweak it. Please check it out at, and let us know the good and the bad, by emailing Ed at You can also check it out on your smartphone!

Please specify in your email if you are viewing it on a computer or smartphone. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 12
Art in the Garden Craft Fair

9am-3pm Talented artists display and sell their unique items.

Sat, Sep 19
Flea Market

9am-3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 19 – Sun, Oct 18
Scarecrow Days

Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Bring family and friends out to build one-of-a-kind scarecrow(s).

Sat, Oct 17
Flea Market

9am-3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Oct 17 – Sun, Nov 15
Miniature Garden Container Workshop

10am-3pm Every Weekend – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful miniature garden in our greenhouse. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sat, Nov 21 – Sun, Nov 22
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am-3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

One day, this king decided to go hunting. So he gathered up his entourage of servants and went trekking into the woods, in search of deer. After searching for a while, he heard some rustling in the bushes nearby. He drew his rifle and aimed at the bush, when, all of a sudden, a man came running out, yelling, “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot! I’m not a deer!”
The king shot him dead.

After a little while, one of the king’s servants finally gathered up enough courage to ask the king, “Sire, why did you shoot that man? He said he wasn’t a deer!”

The king replied, “Oh! I thought he said he was a deer!”

Our Kitchen

I love bacon!  But then, who doesn’t.  This recipe starts with a nice cut of pork loin and then combines the yummy smokiness of bacon with the rich sweetness of maple syrup.  What could be better?  Throw a few baking potatoes and an acorn, butternut or buttercup squash into the oven while you prepare the meat and you will have a great meal just right for the cooler days of fall.  The tempting aroma that will fill you kitchen will delight everyone almost as much as the flavor does when they eat it.

  • ½ C real maple syrup
  • 3 T white wine or chicken broth
  • 3 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 T butter
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t pepper
  • 1 ½ lbs pork tenderloin, cut into 6 – 2” thick pieces
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon

Preheat oven to 425.  Coat a jellyroll pan with cooking spray.  Combine maple syrup, wine or broth, mustard and butter in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, 10 minutes.

Sprinkle salt and pepper over both sides of each piece of pork.  Wrap 1 slice of bacon around each piece of pork (see picture), and secure with toothpicks.

Place pork on pan, brush top and sides with half of syrup mixture.  Roast without turning until no longer pink in the center or 160 on a thermometer, about 25 minutes.  Brush with remaining syrup halfway through cooking time.  Remove toothpicks 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
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