Give Something Green for the Holidays

Newsletter 43 – Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Hours

Cottage Grove open
Open 7 days a week

M-F 9am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

On Sunday, December 13 we will be closing early at 4:00 for our staff holiday party.
On Thursday, December 24 we will be closing early at 4:00 and we will be closed on Friday, Christmas Day.

Edgerton open
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm

Gorgeous Poinsettias

Our Edgerton location has been busy growing beautiful ‘florist quality’ poinsettias for the holiday season.  Our spectacular poinsettias average 5-7 blooms and we include a festive holiday foil wrap, hand tied ribbon and, for the finishing touch, attach a lovely handmade bow with each poinsettia.

Stop by our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location this weekend and pick some up for your family, friends and, of course for yourself!

Also check out Taking Care of Your Poinsettia.

You know you’re getting old when Santa starts looking younger.

Christmas Centerpieces

Christmas centerpieces can be ordered and picked up at our Cottage Grove location.  For a small fee we will deliver in the Cottage Grove area and eastside of Madison.

All orders require a 1 day turnaround.  The cut off date for ordering a holiday centerpiece is December 20th.

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.

While I was working as a store Santa, a boy asked me for an electric train set.
“If you get your train,” I told him,
“your dad is going to want to play with it too. Is that all right?”
The boy became very quiet.
So, moving the conversation along, I asked,
“What else would you like Santa to bring you?”
He promptly replied, “Another train.”

Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items

Grab n’ Go Porch Pots

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  • Decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths made locally.
  • Roping, 25’ and 50′ lengths (Perfect for your holiday decorating.)
  • Bundled greens, assorted greens in 3 pound bundles. (More freshness for your holiday decorating.)
  • Bulk amaryllis,
  • Gift boxed amaryllis,
  • Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus, and (both decorated and undecorated) Norfolk Island Pine trees in medium and large sizes.
  • Many sizes of Grab-n-Go Holiday Porch Pots
  • Holiday Hanging baskets
  • Red twig dogwood and Miscanthus Plumes

A Dachshund walks into a telegraph office, picks up a blank form, and writes:
“Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.”
The clerk looks over the paper for a minute before telling the dog,
“You know, there are only nine words here. You could add another ‘Woof’ for the same price.”
The Dachshund shakes his head at the clerk in disbelief.
“But that would make no sense at all.”

Dogs Love Treats and Toys!

Well, what do you know?  America’s Best Flowers just happens to have both!

Hey, we all know what treats our dogs like and what toys are their favorites, right?  Well, the feedback here from several of our staff members is that the High Hopes All Natural dog treats are a big hit with their dogs.

Not only are they tasty, healthy and made in the USA, but the High Hopes company donates 3.5% from every sale (up to 15% of the company’s profits) to help homeless pets everywhere.

Accomplish two things when you purchase dogs treats from High Hopes:

1.    Your pooch gets a healthy treat, and

2.    You are giving homeless pets all over the country a chance for a much better life.

A wide variety of tasty flavors are available.

Mity Meaty Bites

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Peanut Butter & Pumpkin

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This is a squirrel your dog will catch every time!  This JAKKS Pets, American CLASSIC stuffed squirrel will entertain your dog for hours.  It is designed for safe and durable play for your pet.

JAKKS Pets has a philanthropic division that has donated millions in toys, school supplies and monetary endowments to millions of underprivileged children and even pets around the world.

Here is your American CLASSIC mallard.  Your dog will stay nice and dry with this water bird!

Other critters are also available.

By the way, our Dane County Humane Society dog bank is accepting donations to help our local animals.

Now for the Real Birds!

You can make it a happy, hardy, and healthy season for our feathered friends.  We have gift boxed hanging Holiday Birdie Wreaths, from Pine Tree Farms.  This featured wreath will serve up a feast of black oil sunflower, peanuts, colored safflower, and red millet. Stop in and stock up your bird pantry for the winter.

These would make great gifts for the bird watcher in your life!

Knock Knock
Who is there?
Broken pencil
Broken pencil who?
Ah never mind. It’s a pointless joke.

Christmas Guardian Angel and Holy Family Nativity Scene

This lovely nativity scene with guardian angel will enhance the spirit of the season indoors during the holidays.  In the spring it will add serenity to that special quiet place in your yard.

Bifocals are God’s way of saying, “Keep your chin up.”

Festive Porch Pot Accessories

Porch pot season is here! 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.

Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!

There is still time to create your very own Holiday Porch Pot.  Simply stop out to the greenhouse any day of the week, between 9:30-3:30.  We have an area all set up for you to design and assemble your porch pot.

Our designers have varied hours so if you feel you need design assistance or if there is a group of you coming, please call us at 608-222-2269 to set up a time with one of them.

How can you ever be late for anything in London?
They have a huge clock right in the middle of the town.

Jimmy Kimmel

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

  • Bird feeders
  • Large ceramic animal planters
  • Large and small ceramic fish planters
  • Fairy garden accessories
  • Beautiful Birdbaths (both ceramic and stone)
  • Waxed pottery – scented bowls

Some of our Birdbaths

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The Gift

“Thanks for the electric guitar you gave me for Christmas,” little Chris Cody said to his uncle the first time he saw him after the holidays. “It’s the best present I ever got.”

“That’s great,” said his uncle. “Do you know how to play it?”

“Oh, I don’t play it,” the little fellow said. “My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night.

It’s so easy to Purchase an America’s Best Flowers Gift Card!

Holidays are both wonderful and hectic.  In an effort to relieve a bit of your shopping angst we have three ways for you to purchase an America’s Best Flowers gift card.

Just stop in at either of our locations and we will process your America’s Best Flowers gift card(s) in as little as five minutes.


Call us and we’ll take your gift card order(s) over the phone.  We will then either mail the gift card(s) or we will have it/them all ready for you to swing by the greenhouse and pick up.


Go to our website, click the Gift Cards link in the green menu bar and follow the instructions.  Payment can be made securely through PayPal (you don’t need an account, just a credit card).  We then will mail the gift card to the address of your choice.  It’s as easy as that!

The Three Wise Women

You do know what would have happened if it had been
three wise WOMEN instead of men, don’t you?
They would have asked for directions, arrived on time,
helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole,
and brought disposable diapers as gifts!

Please Tell Your Friends and Neighbors!

America’s Best Flowers is open year round!

Upcoming Events for 2016

We are currently working on our 2016 Schedule of Events.  If you have any suggestions for the 2016 season please send us an email at

What’s the difference between cabbage and snot?
Kids don’t eat cabbage!

Our Kitchen

You’ll want to try this fabulous and versatile recipe for chicken salad.  Scott gave a couple of us a little taste of his lunch the other day and it’s so yummy that we just had to pass this along to all of you.

Avocado Chicken Salad

  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • 1 Chicken breast – finely diced or shredded
  • 1 T. Lime juice
  • 1 T. Green onion – diced
  • 4 Cucumber slices – finely chopped
  • 2 T. Cilantro – finely chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Scoop out avocado – mash with fork.

Add lime juice and mix well.

Put chicken, onion, cucumber & cilantro in a bowl.

Add avocado & mix well.

Add salt & pepper to taste.

Chill overnight in a tightly sealed container.  Serve as a dip for crackers, celery, pita chips etc. or enjoy as a sandwich on hearty bread.