Happy New Year!

Newsletter 1 – Thursday, January 14, 2016

Current Hours

Hours for our Cottage Grove location for the month of January are:

9am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday. 
Closed on Sundays

Edgerton location is open:

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

We have spring fever…how about you?

Start planning your spring garden!  America’s Best Flowers is open for business.  We have vegetable and flower seeds, potting soil, seed trays, and lots more to get you started.  It is one stop shopping at our greenhouse.

In addition, whether you are a first time gardener or a veteran gardener, our experienced staff is here to assist you.

Visit us at the 2016 Midwest Garden Expo

February 12, 13 & 14

Friday 2pm – 8pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Come out and see us at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  We’ll have a wide selection of vegetable and flower seeds, succulent plants, flavorful herbs, houseplants, garden supplies and much, much more.

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program

Spring 2016 is right around the corner!  People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.   

What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program.  Non-profit organizations earn 25% of the proceeds from each America’s Best Flowers gift card they sell.  For example, if your organization sells $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10, your organization would earn $125.   

Please contact us if your non-profit organization is in need of funds for things such as (but by no means limited to):

  • local charities, (i.e. food pantry)
  • church mission trips,
  • new equipment or uniforms for your school sports program, or
  • new equipment or uniforms for your school band or orchestra.

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations. 

If you are interested or have questions regarding our easy and profitable program, please contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

In 2016, may your neighbors respect you, troubles neglect you,
angels protect you, and heaven accept you.

Employment Opportunities

Clipart of a Cash Register

Are you looking for a short-term seasonal job?  Do you enjoy people, flowers and dirt?  If so, we may have the perfect job for you.  We are looking for a few good people to perform cashier and customer service duties.  Don’t be afraid!  We have a great team that would train you on the register.

This job opportunity would be from approximately mid-April thru mid-June.  We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and a few hours during the week.  The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 30 hours. Other job duties could consist of assisting customers with plant selections, stocking and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, corralling run away shopping carts.  If interested please give us a call at 608-222-2269 in January, 2016.

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

Our 2016 Newsletter

Our next 2016 newsletter will be Thursday, February 4.  The weekly edition will begin on Thursday, March 3 with all kinds of new stuff for the 2016 gardening season.

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year resolutions.

Upcoming Events for 2016

It’s going to be a busy season for us at America’s Best Flowers.  Our Community Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, March 26 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 2016 events in future newsletters.

Every year I make a resolution to change myself…
this year I’m making a resolution to be myself!

Upcoming Events

Fri, Feb 12 – Sun, Feb 14

Garden Expo

Come find us at the 2016 Wisconsin Garden Expo!

Sat, Mar 26

Community Egg Hunt

10am-2pm – Indoor – Rain or shine! FREE candy! For 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 16 – Sun, Apr 17

Spring Flower Show

We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season and a HUGE selection of new pottery.

Sat, Apr 16 – Sun, Apr 17

Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9am-3pm – Get your tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Apr 23

Earth Day Celebration

10am-2pm – Free children’s activities. Bring a white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls, plant flower seeds and more.

Sat, Apr 23 – Sun, Apr 24

Arbor Day Celebration

Receive a Free Black Hills Spruce with purchase, while supplies last. Limit 1 per family.

Sat, Apr 23 – Sun, Apr 24

Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and assistance with a minimum $10 purchase per container. You create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours.

Our Kitchen

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us and we all probably could use a cooking break.  Here is an easy throw together crock pot recipe that our Lisa has made several times and she says it’s delicious.   Enjoy!

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

  • 3-4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can black beans
  • 10 oz of frozen corn
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • Taco seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
Directions

Place chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker, season with salt / pepper and taco seasoning.  Partially drain black beans and pour over chicken, followed by frozen corn.  Next cover with the salsa (I also saw a recipe that used enchilada sauce instead).  Cook on low for 6-7 hours, stirring occasionally.  When done shred the chicken and taste for seasoning.  I served it in bowls with tortilla chips, sour cream, green onions, cheese and black olives.  You can also serve with flour tortillas etc.

This is such a versatile recipe and it’s great for leftovers.  Ole’!