Christmas is in the Air!

Newsletter 44 – Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Hours

Our Cottage Grove hours for the month of December are

Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm, Sat & Sun 9:00am-5pm, except for the following dates:

  • Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve  – 9am-4pm
  • Friday-Sunday, December 25-27 – Closed
  • Monday-Wednesday, December 28-30 – Open – 9am-5pm
  • Thursday-Sunday, December 31 – January 3 – Closed

Our Edgerton hours for the month of December are

Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm, except for the following dates:

  • Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve  –  8:30am-1pm
  • Friday, December 25  –  Closed
  • Thursday, December 31  –  8:30am-1pm
  • Friday, January 1 – Closed

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.

Knock, Knock!
Who’s there?
Rabbit.
Rabbit who?
Rabbit up carefully, it’s a present!

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas


Cinnamon Bark scent
  • Dog and puppy statues from Nature’s Gallery Collection
  • 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

What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa?
A rebel without a Claus.

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 abfrobbins@yahoo.com or call us at 608-222-2269.

What does Santa bring naughty boys and girls on Christmas Eve?
A pack of batteries with a note saying "toy not included."

30% Off of Holiday Freshness

Stop in and save 30% on the following fresh greenery:

  • 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.)
  • Red twig dogwood.

Holiday Decorating Items


Grab n’ Go Porch Pots
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  • Bulk amaryllis,
  • Gift boxed amaryllis,
  • Amaryllis planted in 6” pots
  • Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus, and (both decorated and undecorated) Norfolk Island Pine trees.
  • Many sizes of Grab-n-Go Holiday Porch Pots
  • Holiday Hanging baskets
  • Miscanthus Plumes

What is red and smells like blue paint?
Red paint

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 between 9:30-3:30 on any day. On Christmas Eve porch pot hours are between 9:30-2:00.  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.

What goes "oh, oh, oh"?
Santa walking backwards

Send flowers for the holidays!

Our America’s Best Flowers Edgerton location can send special holiday bouquets all over the country.  Call our talented staff toll-free at 1-888-287-1411 and they’ll be happy to assist you.

Floral Designer Needed

We are looking for a trained floral designer to join us at our Edgerton location.  A minimum of two years design experience is preferred, including weddings, proms, funerals, and other special events. This part-time position is for approximately 20 hours, which would include some weekdays as well as weekends. We have an environment of shared flexibility with all of our staff members on scheduling.    Longer hours will be required during busy floral holidays, wedding weekends, prom week as well as other busy times.

Additional tasks may include, but are not limited to, taking phone orders, greeting walk-in customers, accessing web orders, cashiering, processing flowers & plants and general clean-up. Our designers often deliver, so we do require an excellent driving record.

Pay will depend on experience and ability.

Please apply in person. No phone inquiries.

Edgerton Floral & Garden Center
1101 N. Main St.
Edgerton, WI  53534

How many reindeer does it take to change a light bulb?
Eight!
One to screw in the light bulb and seven to hold Rudolph down!

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.

OR

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.

OR

Go to our website americasbestflowers.com, 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!

Q: What did the detective in the Arctic say to the suspect?
A: "Where were you on the night of September to March?"

Words of Appreciation from Marty!

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped to shape our business in a most significant way. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come.

We are busy planning for next year with new plant varieties, colorful pottery and everything needed to make your garden a success. We wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace, good health and prosperity. Thank you to each and every one of you that have helped make our year a success.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

~Marty

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 ed@americasbestflowers.com.

Our Kitchen

Our staff Christmas party was this past Sunday and it was so very nice to relax and visit with fellow co-workers.  Several of us laughed and made comments about not recognizing each other right away because we weren’t wearing our America’s Best Flowers blue shirts.

It was a lovely evening.  The greenhouse lights were turned down low and all of our decorations shimmered and glowed.  After visiting with each other for a while we got to the main event.  Food!

There were so many tasty dishes.  Here is a recipe we’d like share with you.  Jean brought this Smoked Salmon Spinach appetizer and it was absolutely fabulous.  Enjoy!

Spinach Smoked Salmon and Herbed Cream Roulade

    For Roulade
    • 12 cups spinach
    • 3 eggs, separated
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    For Filling
    • 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
    • 2 T finely chopped fresh dill
    • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
    • Salt, pepper
    • 3/4 lb smoked salmon slices
    Directions

    Preheat oven to 400 F

    Line a 14×10 jelly roll pan with buttered baking parchment paper.

    Bring a pan of water to a boil and add spinach.

    When the water returns to a boil, drain and refresh the spinach in cold water. Squeeze spinach dry with hands.

    Place spinach, egg yolks, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a food processor. Pulse to a smooth puree.

    Beat egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Fold egg whites lightly into the spinach until evenly combined. Spread spinach mixture into the prepared tray.

    Bake until set; about 10-12 minutes. Turn baked roulade out on to a sheet of baking parchment. Let cool.

    For filing: combine cream cheese, dill, lemon peel and juice.

    Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Peel roulade off parchment paper. Cut roulade in half crosswise. Place each half on a piece of plastic wrap. Spread filling evenly over both halves to within 1/2” of the edges.

    Cover each with a layer of salmon slices. Sprinkle with black pepper. Roll up each roulade half from the LONG edge. Use the plastic wrap to roll it up. Wrap in plastic wrap, twisting the ends to secure.

    Best if made the day before using. Cut each roulade into 10 slices. Served chilled or at room temperature.