Your Home for the Holidays

Newsletter 39 – Thursday, November 12, 2015


Cottage Grove

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


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

Last weekend for our Miniature Garden Container Workshop!

So many possibilities!
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Think small and inside the pot this Saturday and Sunday, at our Miniature Garden Workshop.  Join us, from 10 am to 3 pm, for a journey to our miniature world. Create your very own miniature fairy garden just as you’ve seen in the glossy home and garden magazines!

Captivating, Christmas miniatures, little gazing balls, tiny bird baths, 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!  Choose from our large selection of succulents and miniature garden plants and garden accessories to create your very own one-of-a-kind miniature garden.

All miniature garden accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers and we ask that you do not bring in anything from home or from other suppliers.  A minimum $10 purchase, per container, is required.

We know life is busy so if you are unable to make it to this last miniature garden weekend workshop you are welcome to come in and create your special miniature garden during the week.  Groups are welcome at any time but please call ahead for groups of 5 or more to make sure we have adequate staff.

Always keep your words soft and sweet,
just in case you have to eat them.

Exciting Event at our Edgerton Location

Isn’t this a beautiful painting of a poinsettia?  Wouldn’t this look great in your home?  Well, in just a matter of a couple of hours you, yes, you can paint this masterpiece!

Please join us at 6:30 pm, on Friday, November 20th, at our Edgerton location only for a Vannie Gogh “Paint Togethers” party. This family-owned and operated business brings the joy and love of art to you.

Enjoy the evening with a friend and a paint brush!  All materials and instructions are included in the $35 cost.

Only 20 spots are available, so please call our Edgerton location at 608-884-1120 or 1-888-287-1411 to pre-register.

Fresh Flower Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Tuscan Autumn Bouquet 59.99
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Maple Leaf Bouquet 39.99
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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table? We are now offering finished, fresh flower centerpieces to make your table really shine!

This is a great way to take your presentation up a notch. If you’re going to be a guest, it can also make a wonderful gift for the host! It’s an easy way to show your appreciation for all of the cook’s hard work.

We have two lovely designs to choose from, either the Maple Leaf Bouquet or Tuscan Autumn bouquet. These fresh flower arrangements are designed by our very talented florist staff at our Edgerton store, but can be ordered by calling our Grove location at 608-222-2269, now through November 23rd.

You can pick up your centerpiece from our Cottage Grove location, or for an additional fee, it can be delivered in Cottage Grove or the eastside of Madison. Orders must be received 48 hours in advance.

Please note: Photos are examples. Actual flowers and containers may vary according to availability.

Why did the pilgrim’s pants keep falling off?
The buckle was on his hat!

Holiday decorating can be easy AND fun!

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.

What did the little turkey say to the big turkey?
"Peck" on someone your own size!

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
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Awe your family and friends this holiday season with beautiful festive porch pots!  Our holiday porch pot workshop is just one of our many ‘hands-on’ workshops we offer our customers.  What a creative, fun and easy way to decorate for the holidays.

You are welcome to bring in your empty container(s) from home or purchase a few from us.  Our 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.)  All porch pot accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers and we ask that you do not bring in anything from home or from other suppliers.  A minimum $10 purchase, per container, is required.

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 range from $35 to $150. It all depends on how large, how full, and how dramatic you would like 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.

If you can’t make it to one of our weekend workshops just stop out to the greenhouse from Monday through Friday, between 9:30-3:30 and do your own porch pot creation.  Please keep in mind that assistance will be limited outside of the workshop weekend hours.

A retirement village decided to hold a Singles Dance, at which this
very sweet 90-year-old gentleman met a very sweet 90-year-old lady,
and they danced and talked and laughed, and just hit it off great.

They continued to see each other for a while and enjoyed each other
so much, and danced so well together, etc. that they decided to get married.

On their wedding night, they went to bed and he reached over and took her
hand and squeezed it, and she squeezed his hand back, and they went to sleep.

On the second night, when they went to bed, he reached over and
squeezed her hand, and she squeezed his hand back, and they went to sleep.

On the third night, he reached over and took her hand, and she said,
"Not tonight, honey, I have a headache."

Festive Porch Pot Accessories

Some of our Porch Pot Supplies
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Porch Pot
An example Porch Pot
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Porch pot season is upon us and we’re ready for it! We have an entire wall full of sparkly, glitzy, and colorful porch pot accessories to dress up your porch for winter. When combined in an arrangement, these individual accents become a delightfully dazzling decoration for all to enjoy.

Custom made Holiday Porch Pots!

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

May the Decorating Begin!

Our fresh and fragrant holiday decorating supplies have arrived!  Wreaths, spruce tops, bundled assorted greens, Christmas cactus and Norfolk Pines are ready and waiting for you. 

Next week our beautiful Poinsettias will be ready for you to take home.  Fresh roping will also be available next week.

Again this year we will have locally grown Fraser/Balsam mix Christmas trees.  We will keep you informed as to their arrival date.

Amaryllis Bulbs for Indoor Winter Blooms

We have both bulk amaryllis bulbs and pre-packaged amaryllis gift boxes available in a variety of colors. 

Amaryllis bulbs produce large, beautiful blooms indoors, in the winter, after a few weeks of dormancy. Easy to care for, they need only a sunny window, regular feeding, and careful watering. You can either toss them after they’ve bloomed, or with extra care, they can bloom year after year. Check out these Amaryllis Care Instructions for details.

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four…
unless there are three other people.

Orson Welles

Holiday Welcome Mats

Nothing says ‘We’re happy you’re here!’ like a holiday welcome mat!

Our Jellybean fashion, 21”x 33”, rugs will brighten up both your indoor or outdoor entryway. These bright and bold colorful rugs are machine washable.  These durable rugs are 100% polyester with 35% of the material being recycled post-consumer PET plastic. These rugs hold up to multiple washings and are available in a wide assortment of designs and colors. We have tested these rugs ourselves and washed them several times with excellent results.

We have a wide selection of styles to choose from.  Gosh, what an original and festive gift idea for the holidays! 

Peppermint Snow Deer Holiday Mat
Peppermint Snow Deer
Santa Wishing he had a Spaceship Holiday Mat
Santa Wishing he had a Spaceship
Holly & Snowflakes Holiday Mat
Holly & Snowflakes
Buck & Dove Decorating a Tree Holiday Mat
Buck & Dove Decorating a Tree

A Time of Remembrance

Let’s face it…holidays can be very, very emotional.  Many of us reminisce about friends and family members who are no longer with us. Whether it is a moment of silence, a prayer, a retelling of a laughter filled story or possibly a presentation of a holiday remembrance wreath at a final resting place, all are loving and beautiful ways to pay tribute.

If you would like a wreath, America’s Best Flowers has decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths, available at both our locations, along with two sizes of heavy duty easels (36” and 42”) to support the wreath.  

Purchase your America’s Best Flowers Gift Cards on-line!

Go to our website, hit the Gift Card icon and just follow the instructions.  Payment can be made securely through PayPal.  We then will mail the gift card to the address of your choice.  It’s as easy as that!

Weather forecast for tonight: dark.

George Carlin

Upcoming Events

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.

Fri, Nov 20

“Paint Together” with Vannie Gogh

6:30PM – Edgerton location ONLY – Paint a gorgeous poinsettia painting for the holidays with professional instruction from Vannie Gogh. $35 per-person fee covers materials and instruction. Please pre-register at 1-888-287-1411. Only 20 spots available.

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.

Sat, Dec 5

Wreath Workshop

9am-3pm Design and create a holiday wreath that will cheerfully welcome all holiday guests. All accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Dec 6

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am-3pm Add that finishing touch to your holiday table with a festive holiday centerpiece! All accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Vegetables are a must on a diet.
I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.

Jim Davis

Our Kitchen

A few months ago Diane brought in this pecan pie for the birthday treat of another co-worker.  It took one bite for me to ask for the recipe.  What a delicious dessert this would make for Thanksgiving dinner.

Diane’s Pecan Pie

  • Pastry for 9” pie (See next recipe)
  • 1 C dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 C pure maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 2 t pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 c pecan halves

Preheat oven to 375.  Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12” circle.  Ease into 9” pie pan.  Trim edge ½ inch larger than pan.  Fold edge of pie crust under and crimp, making a fluted edge. Set aside.

Mix sugar, maple syrup, eggs, melted butter, vanilla and salt in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Stir in pecan halves.

Set pie pan on baking sheet.  Pour in filling.  Cover edge of crust with 2” aluminum foil strip folded into a tent to prevent crust from getting too brown.

Bake 40-50 minutes until the filling is golden brown, puffed and set around the edge. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.  

Pastry for Single 9” Pie

  • 1 C flour
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1/3 C shortening
  • 3 T ice cold water

Mix flour and salt together.  Cut in shortening with pastry cutter until corn meal consistency.  Add water, 1 T at a time, until dough sticks together, taking care not to over mix.  Knead carefully a few times and then roll out.