Come Meet Santa at the Greenhouse this Saturday!

Newsletter 42 – Thursday, December 1, 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 19

"Okay Tommy, you’re gonna go long, and then jump really high…"

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All I can say is, ‘My mom and dad are being silly!’  They’ve been talking some nonsense about putting a tree INSIDE the house and how much fun it’s going to be.  Duh! What the heck?!

‘Why bring a tree inside the house when they look just fine and dandy outside?’ I asked. 

They suddenly stopped and I mean they stopped talking, moving, maybe even breathing.  I was getting kinda worried!  My dad awoke from his coma first and said, ‘What, Lady? It’s almost Christmas.’  (And this is when it really got weird.  My dad started talking real, real slow and stretched out each and every word.)  ‘Thiiis iiis whenn weee deecooratte thee treee!’ 

Ahh, what? I was speechlesssss!  It took me a while to figure out what my dad said, so let me interpret this for all of you.  ‘This is when we decorate the tree.’  

They want to bring a tree inside and then decorate it?!  Wow! I tell ya, folks, sometimes I feel like I live in a looooony binnn! 

Hey, I gotta take a break.  I need to go outside…get some fresh air, maybe play some football. 

You know, OUTSIDE, where trees belong!


Christmas Open House

Saturday Dec 3rd, 9-3

You’re invited to our special Christmas celebration. Come for the free kids activities and stay for free treats and refreshments!

11-1            Picture with Santa
10-1            Face Painting
10-1           Felt Ornament Make & Take (ages 3-5)
10-1           Bead Ornament Make & Take (ages 6+)
9-3             Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take

While you’re here, check out our poinsettias, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, Amaryllis and Paperwhites, fresh wreaths, bundled boughs, roping and more!

We do require that parents remain with their children at all times!

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, Dec 3-4, 9-3pm

Please join us for a very merry creative weekend!  Our Holiday Porch Pot Workshop returns for two festive days to our Cottage Grove location. 

Don’t you just love Before and After pictures?!  Look at what someone’s imagination created!  This stunning container of fresh, fragrant evergreens and sparkly accents will add the holiday cheer to any space!  Porch pots don’t need water or fertilizer to remain beautiful in the cold, and they’re fun to assemble.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Your Holiday Porch Pot Before…

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Your Holiday Porch Pot After!

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Choose from branches of birch and curly willow, and simple or glittery lotus pods, berries, pine cones, ornaments, ribbons, and bows!! With so many colors, shapes, and textures, there are endless combinations to be made.

Bring empty container(s) from home or purchase your favorite from us. All accessories must be purchased at America’s Best. With a minimum $10 purchase per container, you get free sand, and our talented porch pot experts will guide you through the design process as you arrange.

Bringing gloves and pruning shears is encouraged, and pre-registrations are appreciated. 608-222-2269


Stop in anytime between 10 and 3, Monday through Friday, to make your own porch pot creation. Assistance will be limited outside of the workshop weekend hours, but you’re welcome to assemble and arrange in our workspace.

Have a group of girlfriends with a free afternoon? Book a private group session to create holiday porch pots with one of our design professionals! It’s a great way to spend time with friends, get crafty, and share the fun. Call us at 608-222-2269 to book a time!

We also have some pre-made containers, or for an extra fee, we can create custom porch pots made to order.

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.

Victor Borge

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Sunday, Dec 4, 9-3pm

Side-by-side before and after wreaths

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A cheery and festive wreath on your front door is a welcoming and warm way to greet your holiday guests into your home.  And, when you think about it, what a nice ’Welcome Home’ for yourself during this busy, hectic and fun holiday season.

Join us for our Holiday Wreath Workshop this Sunday.  If you need assistance, we’ll be happy to give you a few pointers.  This is a fun project for the entire family and there are no limits to how many you can make.  Give a ‘Wreath Made With Love!’ to those special people in your life.

Pre-registration is appreciated 608- 222-2269.

I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin.

Fresh Cut Flowers

Fresh cut flowers, floral arrangements, centerpieces, and gift items are all now available at our Cottage Grove Floral Shop.

Also available, a relaxing and restful atmosphere for you to visit and enjoy!

And if you’re in a hurry we have Grab-N-Go services available!

Oh, Christmas Trees, Oh Christmas Trees…Oh, We Have Lots of These!

Ho, Ho, Ho, our fresh cut Christmas trees are here!  Again this year we have Wisconsin grown Canaan Fir which is a Fraser/Balsam mix.

As always, we will ‘fresh cut’ your beautiful tree and load it onto your vehicle and tie it down. 


While you’re here picking out your Christmas tree take a look at our new variety of Christmas ornaments.  Give your Christmas tree a fresh look with one, two or ten new ornaments from America’s Best Flowers.  In fact, to get the full affect we have decorated our greenhouse trees with them.  All, you need to do is shop from any of our three Christmas trees.

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.
In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.

Holiday Open House
Weekend Sale

Stop on out this weekend for more wild and crazy savings at America’s Best Flowers.

Birdbaths and Bird Feeders – 25% to 60% Off!
Succulent Creation Planters – 50% Off!
Glazed Ceramic Pottery – 40% Off!
Fall Bulbs – 60% Off

You’ll save money, enjoy a relaxed environment, and feel good knowing that you’re supporting a locally-owned business.  Please don’t forget to visit other small businesses to support our local economy.

Succulent Shoes

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Succulents not in Shoes

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Bird Feeders…and more!

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Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.

Gorgeous Poinsettias

Our Edgerton location has been busy growing beautiful poinsettias for the coming holiday season and we have several sizes available. The warm temperatures we had this fall were perfect for growing big lush plants.  Stop by our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location this weekend and pick some up for your family, friends and, of course for yourself!

Fresh and Natural Holiday Decorating Items

Grab n’ Go Porch Pots

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  • 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.)
  • Bulk amaryllis
  • Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus, and (both decorated and undecorated) Norfolk Island Pine trees in small, medium and large sizes. 
  • Grab-n-Go Holiday Porch Pots
  • Holiday Hanging baskets
  • Red twig dogwood and Miscanthus Plumes

The office Christmas party is a great opportunity to catch up
with people you haven’t seen for twenty minutes.

It’s so easy to Purchase an America’s Best Flowers Gift Card!

Holidays are both wonderful and hectic.  What to get is always the question.  All gardeners love to receive gift cards from America’s Best Flowers.  In an effort to relieve a bit of your shopping angst we have three ways for you to purchase gift cards. 

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. 


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. 


Go to our website, hit the Gift Card icon and just follow the instructions.  Payment can be made securely through PayPal.  We then will mail the gift card to the address of your choice.  It’s as easy as that!

Holiday Community Events

During this holiday season please remember to shop local and support the local businesses that make our community great! This year we are excited to be a part of some great holiday events.

We have been a proud member of Dane Buy Local, a non-profit organization that helps promote small businesses in the Dane County area. They are running their Shift Your Shopping campaign. It’s a call to local residents to shift your holiday spending money to local business first. Make sure to stop in here and enter your name in the raffle drawing now through Dec 31st. There are some fabulous prizes to be won!

Did you know that we have been a longtime member of The Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce? And this year we are participating in Christmas in the Grove.

Be sure to come out and see us in the parade Friday night Dec. 2nd at 7:00 (starting from 1855 Saloon), and then stop in at our greenhouse Dec. 3rd for our Christmas Open House.

For more information and details on these events please visit our social media pages. We support other local businesses in the area and we urge you to do the same this holiday season.

Upcoming Events

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.

Sat, Dec 3

Christmas Open House

9am-3pm Holiday celebration! Free kids activities! Free treats and refreshments!

  • Picture with Santa 11am-1pm
  • Face Painting 10am-1pm
  • Felt Ornament Make & Take (ages 3-5) 10am-1pm
  • Bead Ornament Make & Take (ages 6+) 10am-1pm
Sun, Dec 4

Holiday Wreath Make & Take

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

Sun, Dec 11

Holiday Centerpiece Make & Take

9am to 3pm Create that finishing touch for your holiday table with a festive holiday centerpiece! Pre-Registration Appreciated.

Our Kitchen

By Lauren

The holiday season is in full swing, and with it, we kick off the cold and flu season. This is a great tea for a sore throat, to detox, or just slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. It’s light, refreshing, and about as simple as it gets. You can omit the ginger if you want, and adjust ingredients to taste.

Honey Lemon Tea

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 thin slices of fresh ginger
  • ½ lemon (about 1 Tbsp of juice)
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  1. In a mug, add the hot water, lemon (squeeze the juice into the water first, then add the lemon), ginger slices, and honey. Stir the ingredients to dissolve the honey. Let the tea steep for about 5 minutes to infuse the ginger. After five minutes, press the ginger down to the bottom of the mug to help bring out the "juice." There’s no need to strain the tea after it’s done steeping.
  2. Alternatively, you can make a stronger tea by boiling the water and ginger slices on the stove-top for 10 minutes. Then, add the remaining ingredients and steep.