Indoor Flea Market this Saturday!

Newsletter 35 – Thursday, October 13, 2016


Cottage Grove location open

Mon-Fri 9-6
Sat & Sun 9-5

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:30-5:00
Sun 9-4

Lady’s Story – Chapter 13

"Wait … what does injured reserve even mean…? What are we on reserve for? Parties?"

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Hmmm, this IR (injured reserve) business is pretty hard on me!  Does it show?


Would YOU Like to Win a Mum?

"They’re mums, right? …and mums give hugs, right?"

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"Give me a hug, Mum!"

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FIVE, yes, FIVE lucky people will ONCE AGAIN win one of our beautiful mums!  All you need to do to enter our mum drawing is to send an email, along with your name, to Shirley at  Please put in the subject line ‘I would love to win a MUM.’  That’s all there is to it! 

Last week’s winner were: 

Sarah Holcomb, Sue Provenzano, Jane Orosco, The McCoy Family and Anne Brandt.

The deadline to enter the drawing is noon on Monday, Oct 17.  We will notify the winners via email on that day.  One entry per household, please.  Previous winners are ineligible. 

We will hold the mums for the five lucky winners until 5 pm, Sunday, Oct 23.  The winners may pick up their gorgeous mum at either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton locations. 

While you’re here, if you are not already an America’s Best Flowers Loyalty Card Customer please consider signing up to be one.  You’ll receive our informative weekly newsletter online and will also receive valuable coupons in the mail.

Why don’t skeletons like parties?
They have no body to dance with.

Indoor Flea Market this Saturday!

This Saturday, Oct. 15th 9-4, is our last flea market of the season. And since Wisconsin weather is a little unpredictable at this time of year this flea market is going to be indoors! You’ll be protected from the elements as you browse through our greenhouse.

It’s sure to be a good time and, as always, you just never know what kind of treasures you’ll find. You can also check out our seasonal decorations, including some of our winter porch pot items. What a great way to enjoy a brisk fall day!

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Dave Barry

Our MUMS R Heads Above the Others!

The last sighting of Marty and Barb before they were lost in the mum fields

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A picture says a thousand words!

Our huge late season mums so many of you have been waiting for are finally coming into bloom. From the Cheryl series, we have the brilliant colors of jolly red, golden, frosty white, sparkling yellow and spicy orange; all in bushel basket size.

Add a pop of color to your yard, your deck, and your front stoop with a bounty of colorful mums from America’s Best Flowers!

Why do pumpkins never quarrel?
Because they have no stomach for fighting.

Punkins Galore

Smooth pumpkins, bumpy pumpkins, warty pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, green pumpkins, orange pumpkins and white pumpkins; we’ve got them all!  Large, medium and small pumpkins are all here waiting to join your fall decorations or to be creatively carved into a masterpiece for Halloween.

We even have pumpkins for those Thanksgiving Day pumpkin pies! All that’s missing is the whipped cream!  Yum!

“Wouldn’t exercise be more fun if calories screamed while you burned them?“

Bill Murray

Easy Fall Decorating

Take advantage of all the decorating tools that our Wisconsin fall offers.  Our brilliant colored mums and asters along with our corn shocks, gourds, and pumpkins will add the perfect seasonal look to any porch or yard. 

To make things even easier, America’s Best Flowers has an Autumn Bundle that includes one of our single-color gorgeous mums, a straw bale, and a bundle of corn shocks, all at special savings.  Add two more single-color mums and save even more.

Our corn shocks are netted (like a Christmas tree) so they can be safely tied to the roof of your vehicle, keeping your car clean and the shocks free from wind damage.  We’ll even provide the twine.

Our supply is limited, so don’t lose out on the chance to have the coolest looking yard on the block!

What is a vampire’s favorite type of ship?
A blood vessel.

It Bears Repeating

If you don’t plant fall bulbs soon you WILL NOT have spring flowers in April!  So many people come to our greenhouse to buy bulbs of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and whatever else they may have seen sprouting in their neighbors’ yard.  Sadly, we have to tell them that that is not the way of nature and they will have to wait for fall.  Unfortunately, when fall comes it slips their minds until the next spring, and so on and on and on.

Let America’s Best Flowers break that vicious cycle!!  We have an excellent selection of spring-blooming bulbs including tulips of all sizes and colors, bright stately daffodilsfragrant hyacinthsextravagant alliums, and early crocus in a rainbow of colors.

It takes a little planning and preparation to have a truly amazing spring flower show in your yard, so make your future-self happy by planting bulbs this fall. Moreover, don’t forget the fertilizer!  You will never have another chance to get the fertilizer down below the bulbs, directly in the area where the roots grow.  An application of fertilizer at planting time pays for itself many times over with extra bloom in years to come.

Plant now and enjoy an abundance of glorious colors next spring!

What musical instrument does a skeleton play?
A trombone.

60% Off Perennials, Trees, and Shrubs

Thanks for your patience!

It’s finally here…ALL perennials, ALL trees and ALL shrubs are now 60% off the regular price!

What a great time to make those landscape changes that you’ve been thinking about! This is a continuation of our progressive sale, where the percentage off increases by 10% each week. Take advantage of this sale now to allow your plants more time to become established before winter.  Stop out soon to get the best selection available!

This offer excludes mums and asters and is not valid on previous purchases or custom orders.  There is no warranty on plants purchased at special savings of 40% off or more.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to SAVE!

Why wasn’t the vampire working?
He was on his coffin break.

Scarecrow Days

There is still time to make your very own one-of-a-kind scarecrow!  This coming Sunday, October 16, is the last day to build your own scarecrow, Stop on out between 10-4 Saturday & Sunday, or 10-4:30 Thursday & Friday, and we’ll have a staff member available to assist you in making your very own, one-of-a-kind scarecrow.  You get to do most of the building, and we provide everything you need. And we’ll clean up the mess!  Each scarecrow kit contains a wooden frame, a square of burlap for the head, strings for tying, and a variety of felt faces to choose from, as well as plenty of straw for stuffing the body. We have clothes and hats for purchase at garage sale prices, or you’re welcome to bring in your own.

This is a fun time for children and adults alike, as you use your creativity to create a character that is cute, scary, silly, or whatever you choose! You can make a traditional scarecrow with overalls and a straw hat, dress them in your favorite sports team attire, or glitz them up for a fancy party. You can even dress them in a Halloween costume which opens the door for all kinds of possibilities. Let your imagination run wild and just have fun!

This is a great time for the whole family or any group! Please call ahead (608)222-2269 for a group of 6 or more people to ensure we have enough staff to help.

What did the mother ghost say to the baby ghost?
Fasten your sheet belt.

GRAB-N-GO Scarecrows

We have GRAB-N-GO scarecrows for those of you that don’t have time to build! Following are just a few of our fine upstanding (or sitting scarecrows) are all looking for homes to celebrate autumn and Halloween at.

Set of Three Strawducks

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Betty Boop tie included

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Cabbage Man and Bug Lady

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Purchase individually or piece together as your own display.

I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance–waiting for the bathroom.

Bob Hope

Beyond Borders Artwork

We are honored to feature handmade products from Beyond Borders, Inc., especially now with the viciousness of Hurricane Mathew threatening the Haitian people’s lives, liveliness, and homes. 

With the assistance of Beyond Borders the talent of the Haitian people is shared with the world.  Each piece of this unique metal art originates from a 55-gallon steel oil drum.  Through the talent of Haitian artists these once abandoned barrels are transformed into works of art.

Beyond Borders has been a member of the Fair Trade Federation since 2007.  The Federation is part of the fair global trade movement that is committed to creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.

The Beyond Borders products are available at our Cottage Grove location only.

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?  America’s Best Flowers’ fundraising program begins this fall on October 1 and runs through April 1, 2017.  We have designed it to be quick, easy, and profitable.  In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group. 

What else makes our fundraiser so special?

1.    Your group gets 25% of the total value of the America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell!

2.    Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and our Edgerton locations!

3.    America’s Best Flowers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!

Offer your customer that perfect gift to give for the holidays or any occasion.  To help promote your fundraising efforts be sure to advertise that an America’s Best Flowers gift card may be used to purchase items for the coming holiday season.  We will have beautiful poinsettias, Christmas trees, decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths, holiday hanging baskets, Grab and Go Porch Pots, and much more for your holiday decorating needs.  Many non-profit groups have told us that “America’s Best Flowers’ gift cards almost sell themselves!”

How do you get started?  One way is to take orders for our gift cards.  Your customers make payment directly to your group.  Submit your completed order to us and we will process it.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total order will be due when you pick up your gift cards.  Another way is to purchase, in bulk, several different denominations of gift cards to sell at your organization’s activities.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total is due when you pick up your bulk order.  Some groups do it both ways! 

All holiday orders must be placed with us on or before Monday, December 12.  The cards will be available for you to pick up in a few days time.  Your orders may be submitted weekly, or all at one time.  If you need a gift card after December 19 just give us a call and we will make arrangements with you.

Learn more about our fundraising program by visiting our or emailing Shirley at

Why did the mummy call the doctor?
Because her baby was coffin.

We’re getting there!

We are so excited about our soon-to-be floral shop at our Cottage Grove location!  Before long we’ll have fresh cut flowers, floral bouquets, fresh centerpieces and unique gift ideas available!  This new floral shop location will make ordering flowers easier for you and delivering flowers easier for us. 

We ask that you please overlook our extra dust and mess as we do our remodeling.  We are hoping to have our floral shop up and running by the holidays!

“My legs are so sore from the gym that I almost couldn’t walk to the donut shop.”

Bill Murray

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 17 – Sun, Oct 16

Scarecrow Days

Bring family and friends out to build one-of-a-kind scarecrow(s). Sept 17th-Oct 16th, M-F 10-4:30/ Sat-Sun 10-4

Sat, Oct 15

Indoor Flea Market

9am – 4pm Rain or Shine

Sat, Nov 19 – Sun, Nov 20

Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Nov 27

Christmas Miniature Garden Make & Take

10am to Noon or 1pm to 3pm Create an indoor miniature winter wonderland. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sat, Dec 3 – Sun, Dec 4

Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a festive porch pot for the holiday season. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Sun, Dec 4

Holiday Wreath Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create a holiday wreath that will cheerfully welcome all holiday guests. Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

I’m always trying to “clean” up my diet by eating more vegetables and whole foods. Even though I enjoy eating clean foods, steamed vegetables can get a little boring after a while, so I look for recipes that are clean or cleaner, which mimic some of our favorite foods.

This week’s recipe is a cleaner spin on mashed potatoes. The original recipe only used cauliflower, some thyme, and chives, but I had some potatoes I wanted to use up and thought this was a nice way to ease into it. Not totally clean, but it’s cleaner and every bit helps, and it was very yummy! Next time I’ll ditch the potatoes completely.

Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 medium red potatoes, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder, or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • butter, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Fill a medium saucepan with water and add potatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer on medium high heat until potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Place steamer basket in a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover the bottom. Fill basket with cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes in a colander and return to saucepan. Add cauliflower and use masher, immersion blender, or food processor to create the desired consistency.
  4. Add garlic powder and sour cream. Add butter, salt, pepper, and any desired herbs to taste.