Come Plant Happiness for Memorial Day!

Newsletter 15 – Thursday, May 26, 2016

Current Hours

Cottage Grove

Mon-Fri 9-8
Sat 9-6
 Sun 9-5

Edgerton

Mon-Fri 8:30-7
Sat 8:30-6
Sun 9-4

Memorial Day Hours

Cottage Grove will be open from 9 to 6 on Monday, Memorial Day.

Edgerton will be open from 9 to 4.

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God,
then we will be a nation gone under.

Ronald Reagan

Is it celebration time at your house?

Are you frantic just thinking about everything that needs to get done before your weekend get-together?  Let us offer a simple and easy solution for decorating your yard, patio or deck!

Our Grab-N-Go container gardens and hanging baskets will provide that finishing touch to your entertainment area.  And, if your family and friends are under the impression that you did all the planting and designing, well, we’re okay with that.  Your secret is safe with us! 

Laughter is an instant vacation.

Milton Berle

Snacks for the Holiday Weekend


Black Bean and Corn Salsa and Grizzly Bear Hot Sauce from Bald Eagle Foods
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If you need a few new and tasty snack ideas for serving your Memorial weekend guests, why not try a few of our Bald Eagle Foods products?  We have a variety of flavorful salsas such as Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Salsa Verde, Harvest Apple Salsa and Grizzly Bear Hot Salsa.  If you are a dipper, try one of the following: Spinach and Artichoke Dip, or Bread and Butter Jalapeno Dip for a zesty addition to those boring veggies, pretzels, or crackers.  And that’s not all!  The Holy Cow Snack Sticks matched with the Beer Pub Mustard or Jalapeno Honey Mustard and a cold beverage make for a perfect combination. 

By the way, Bald Eagle Foods products are made locally in Plymouth, WI!

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

George Washington

Perennial Gardening Class

Saturday, June 4, 10-11:00

Do you have questions regarding perennials such as: how do I divide plants, what type of fertilizer do I use or how do I keep my plants looking their best?  Our perennial manager, Margaret Elmore, will answer all of these questions at this Saturday morning class.  She will also discuss sun exposure, soil type, garden plans and much more.  Margaret will also have FREE garden plans for you to take home.

The official dogs’ song?
“Every snack you take, every food you make, every can you shake, every seal you break, I’ll be watching you….”

Container Garden
Make & Take Workshop
For Shady Areas

Wednesday, June 8, 6:00-7:00

Is your screened in or shady porch area lacking living color?  

Let us show you how easy it is to create a beautiful shade loving container garden for these areas. Come on out to this container workshop specifically for shade areas.  We’re happy to assist you if you’d like some help choosing plants or creating a design. You get the enjoyment of planting and playing in the soil, while our helpful container experts are available to answer any questions you may have. They have the knowledge and experience to help you bring your vision to life!

Procedure for All Make & Take Workshops

  1. Sign in at the registration table located near the back of the main greenhouse.   You’ll receive a worksheet at this time which we will complete after your container is finished.
  2. Shop for your plants, flowers, and containers.
  3. Return to the registration area and pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!

It’s a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your gardening gloves.  If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.

We do ask that if you bring in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse.  To participate in our container workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum $10.00 plant purchase is required per container the day of the container workshop.

Can’t Attend a Workshop? No Problem!

Our workshops are really something special, but if you aren’t able to make it to one, don’t worry! You’re welcome to plant in our designated planting area anytime, as long as you’re comfortable planting on your own, without assistance. We have benches set up where you can grab an open spot and just go to town, planning and planting your own containers.

The only difference from the workshops is that we don’t have our container experts available to help you through the process, so it’s all up to you to make something spectacular! This is a great opportunity, as you can bring your own empty containers or purchase some here and we’ll still clean up the mess!

Free soil with a $10 minimum plant purchase per container. If you don’t have $10 worth of plants for each container, we charge a nominal fee for soil used, based on the size of your container. We ask that you begin planting at least 1 hour before we close so you have enough time to finish and check out before closing time.

Why is the math book so sad?
It’s got too many problems!

New Products Corner
Garden Flags

Decorate for the season with garden flags.  What an easy and fast way to add a colorful touch to your landscaping or yard. Our flags are double sided and messages are readable on both sides.  Many themes are available, from cardinals to hummingbirds to ladybugs, cats, butterflies and, yes, even tractors.  Many of them come in 2 different sizes.

Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.

Will Rogers

Seeking Cashier for our Edgerton Location

Do you, or someone you know, enjoy helping people and making their day brighter? Then consider joining our Edgerton team as a part-time cashier! You’ll be able to help people, contribute to light floral duties, and share the joy of plants.

This is an almost year-round position that requires evening and weekend availability. If interested, please call 608-884-8120 and ask to speak to Spike.

Lost and Found

A cell phone was found in our parking lot on Saturday, May 7th.  If you are the owner please call us at 608-222-2269.  We will need a full description of the phone for verification purposes.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jun 4

Perennial Gardening Class

10:00 am – 11:00 am Free garden plan and class.

Wed, Jun 8

Make & Take a Container Garden for a screened or shady porch

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pre-Registration Appreciated. FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant 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. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sat, Jun 11

Make & Take Vertical Succulent Living Wall Class

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Create your very own beautiful living wall of color. Preregistration and Prepayment Required by June 8. 608-222-2269. Limited to 20 participants total, so register early! Price covers all supplies – wall planter, six succulents of your choice and soil.

Wed, Jun 15

Make & Take a Container Garden for a screened or shady porch

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pre-Registration appreciated. FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant 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. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sun, Jun 19

Father’s Day

FREE Schoeps ice cream for Dad and the family!

Sat, Jun 25

Make & Take a Summer Miniature Garden

10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant 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. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.

Dave Barry

Our Kitchen


By Lauren

Rhubarb is such a unique vegetable. The leaves are toxic, and we only eat the leaf stalks, known botanically as petioles. The only other plant that is solely grown for its petiole is celery, making rhubarb the only petiole we use in desserts. Odd… but with a bit of sugar, it sure makes some delicious treats!

This week’s recipe was given to me from the kind lady I rent from, Opal, who surprised me with a plate of these little squares of scrumptiousness the other day. I always enjoy her baked treats, but I found this rhubarb coffee cake to be especially yummy. She got the recipe from a newspaper a long, long time ago, where it was described as “an all-time favorite.” After a few very small tweaks, which actually make it a bit healthier, this recipe is perfect. She often reduces the amount of sugar of any given recipe without compromising the taste, and this one is no exception. The batch I tasted had less sugar than her written version below, but I couldn’t tell the difference! It was nothing less than scrumptious.

Even better, this coffee cake freezes well!

Opal’s Rhubarb Coffee Cake

  • ½ C shortening
  • ½ C white sugar
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 1 large egg or 2 small
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C (8oz) sour cream
  • 2 C diced fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed
Topping
  • ½ C packed brown sugar
  • 1 C chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
Directions

1. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar. Beat in the egg. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Fold in rhubarb. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch glass-baking dish.

2. Combine the topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 40-45 min or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.