Perennial Plans and Shady Containers

Newsletter 16 – Thursday, June 2, 2016

Current Hours

Cottage Grove

Mon-Fri 9-8
Sat 9-6
 Sun 9-5

Edgerton

Mon-Fri 8:30-6
Sat 8:30-6
Sun 9-4

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…
We need silence to be able to touch souls.

Mother Teresa

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.

Customer: ‘Why do solar lights need batteries if they are solar?’
Sales clerk: ‘The sun charges the batteries.’
Customer: ‘But they are solar why do they need batteries?’
Sales clerk: ‘JUST IN CASE THE SUN DOES NOT COME OUT AT NIGHT!’

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.

"The Old Days"

Grandpa was telling his young grandson what life was like when he was a boy.

"In the winter we’d ice skate on our pond. In the summer we could swim in the pond, and pick berries in the woods. We’d swing on an old tire my dad hung from a tree on a rope. And we had a pony we rode all over the farm."

The little boy was amazed, and sat silently for a minute. Finally he said, "Granddad, I wish I’d gotten to know you a lot sooner!"

Make & Take
Vertical Succulent Living Wall Class

2 sessions available
Saturday, June 11, 10-noon or 1-3

Have you ever grown succulents on a wall?  Yes, a wall!  Why not join us for a fun Make & Take class on creating a beautiful living wall of unique and interesting succulents.

Our vertical copper metal wall planter has six individual planting pockets that are perfect for a variety of succulents.  It features a metal planting base and a sliding front grate lined with a coco liner.  Convenient holes located at the top of the planter provide easy access for watering, so there is no need to remove the planter from the wall to water.  Also, there are holes throughout the planter that will ensure proper drainage.  Steel hooks are included for easy mounting.  This planter is for outdoor use only.

The class includes the copper metal planter, 6 succulents of your choice, free potting soil and, of course, the talent of our very own perennial manager, Margaret Elmore.

Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment Required by June 8.  Call us at 608-222-2269.  This class is limited to 20 total participants, so register early!

Is it graduation time at your house?

Are you frantic just thinking about everything that needs to get done before your graduation 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!

Mike: Why don’t mummies go on summer vacation?
Hank: I don’t know.
Mike: They’re afraid to relax and unwind!

New Products Corner
Crabgrass & Weed Preventer

Bonide’s Crabgrass & Weed Preventer works well for established lawns and ornamental beds to control crabgrass, chickweed, foxtail and other varieties of weeds.  Depending on rate used, one application can last 2 to 4 months and even have some early post emergence effectiveness.  This 4 lb. shaker jug makes for easy application.

This is a replacement for the product Preen.

Maize Weed Preventer

Did you know thatcorn gluten is an all natural way to prevent weeds from growing?  Bonide’s MAIZE Weed Preventer works on both annual and perennial weeds.  Use in and around trees, shrubs, lawns, ornamentals, flowers and even vegetable gardens.  It’s great for spring and fall applications. This convenient liquid formulation comes in a one quart container and will treat 1000 sq. ft.

First woman: My son came to visit for summer vacation.
Second woman: How nice! Did you meet him at the airport?
First woman: Oh, no. I’ve known him for years!

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.

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 or 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 or 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.

Our Kitchen


By Lauren

Last week, Ed shared with some of us associates the amazing health benefits of eating beans. Did you know? According to nutritionfacts.org, eating a cup of beans, chickpeas, or lentils a day for three months may slow one’s resting heart rate as much as 250 hours on a treadmill. That’s equivalent to spending almost 3 hours on the treadmill every day for three months! Wow!

Beans and legumes are great sources of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals, and they’re low in fat. We can all benefit from incorporating more beans and legumes into our diet and they can make some pretty delicious dishes. This week’s recipe is a super easy lentil salad that’s perfect for a summer picnic or party. It’s fresh, clean, and makes for a nutritious side dish.

When you serve this dish, you can tell people they can skip their workout for the day! That’s how it works, right? 😉

Lentil Salad

  • 1 cup dry brown lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
Directions

In a medium saucepan combine lentils, bay leaf, and thyme. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered until lentils are tender but not mushy, about 16 to 20 minutes.

Drain lentils and discard bay leaf. Place in a large work bowl with carrots, celery, red pepper, red onion, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to combine and serve chilled or room temperature.

Makes 4 1/2 cups.