It’s Make & Take Weekend!

Newsletter 17 – Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cottage Grove location open hours

Thurs – Fri  (April 27-28) 9am-7pm
Sat & Sun (April 29-30) 9am-6pm
Starting Monday, May 1Mon-Fri 9am-8pm
Sat – Sun 9am-6pm

Edgerton location open hours

Mon-Sat 8:30-6:00
Sun 9-4

Lady’s Story – Chapter 39

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I don't know how or why this happens, it just does.Sometimes my mom will walk into a room and suddenly STOP! Then I'll  hear her say to herself, 'Hmm, now what did I come in here for?'  then she'll turn around go back where she started from and walk back into the room.  She usually remembers that second time around, but then again sometimes she doesn't.Shhh, just between you and me, I'm really, really hoping that my mom has one of these 'Duh!' moments and not remember when it gets close to the time for the weekly growing and posing of 'Lady and the Plant.'She remembered…
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~Lady
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." ~Dalai Lama Click for Larger Image

Container Garden Make and Take!

Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30
10-3:30pm

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Have you ever created your very own container garden?  It is so easy and so much fun!Come on out this weekend and we'll introduce you to our Container Garden Make and Take event.We'll take you by your gardening gloves and guide you through the process, but you get to do the actual planting!  It's our opinion that the best way to learn is to just jump in and get your hands dirty! We'll offer suggestions as to choosing the right plants to create a stunning 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!
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Here’s the procedure for our Container Garden Make and Take: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.We do reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.
I thought I’d tell you a good time travel joke – but you didn’t like it.

Straw Bale Gardening Class

Saturday, April 29
11-Noon

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Join us this Saturday and get the scoop on straw bale gardening!  It's the newest trend for growing vegetables and flowers.  Actually, it's been around for years, but seems to be hitting its peak of popularity at this time.If you have poor soil, limited space, prefer raised beds, or just want to try something new this season come on out on Saturday and watch as Steven demonstrates this efficient and economical way to gardening.  Pre-registration is appreciated.
I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym today.

That’s 7 years in a row now.


Custom Mix Potting Soil

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Plants and potting soil go hand in hand, don't they? At America's Best Flowers we plant, water, and care for our plant family until it is time for them to go to a new home.We'd like them to continue to thrive and mature with as little turmoil as possible in the transition period from our house to yours.  That is why we recommend using our Custom Mix potting soil.  This potting soil is what they have been raised on and what they are accustomed to.  Use it when planting container gardens, hanging baskets, window boxes and even mix it into your garden beds.Your new plants will soon feel at home.  And we all know there is no place like home!
Little Johnny asks his father:

“Where does the wind come from?”

“I don’t know.”

– – –

“Why do dogs bark?”

“I don’t know.”

– – –

“Why is the earth round?”

“I don’t know.”

– – –

“Does it disturb you that I ask so much?”

“No son. Please ask. Otherwise you will never learn anything.”


Pansies, Snapdragons and Dusty Miller

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Our cool season annual plants of pansies, snapdragons and dusty miller are looking mighty good!  The pansies and snapdragons have brightly colored flowers that are especially profuse in cooler weather. Both provide months of color ranging from pale pastels to vibrant oranges and reds.  Add some dusty miller to the group for contrast then stand back and be amazed by your gardening talent.Even though it's not May just yet, it is safe to plant them outdoors.  These are sturdy plants that can handle cooler weather.These sweet spring plants are looking for good homes.  Our pansies, snapdragons, dusty miller and calendula are well adjusted, cheerful and come from good stock.
Dentist: “You need a crown.”

Patient: “Finally someone who understands me”


Cool Season Vegetables

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This is a good time to plant cool weather plants such as radish, lettuce, carrots, spinach, beets, peas, onion and potatoes.  Cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kohlrabi can be planted now, too!In fact, now is also a good time to do indoor seed planting for warm weather crops, like tomatoes.  We have potting soil, seed trays and a large selection of seeds to get you started.  Seeds planted in the next two weeks will be ready to put in the ground by the end of May.Common sense does dictate here.  If the weather is crummy you'll want to hold off on the planting.If you have young children in the house this would make a fun and educational project for the entire family.  See the look of amazement on their little faces when that first sprig of green appears.
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Police officer: “Can you identify yourself, sir?”

Driver pulls out his mirror and says: “Yes, it’s me.”


Birdbath Lane

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Spring is here and it's time to start planning your spring garden. We’d like to suggest adding a bird bath or two in your yard.  Bird baths will enhance any area.  They can turn a neglected corner of your yard into a bird sanctuary that will bring you so much enjoyment throughout the year.Before you know it you'll have robins, cardinals, and sparrows, just to name a few, stopping in for a quick drink or bath.America's Best Flowers has both glazed and unglazed bird baths and many are ‘Made in the USA.’  We also have some new light weight bird baths this season.  Most of our bird baths have locking tops.Reminder:  Never pick up a bird bath by the basin/bowl.  Remove the basin/bowl from the pedestal when moving the bird bath.

Birds need and appreciate clean water!

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You'll want to keep all your bird baths nice and clean for the birds.  We have sturdy bird bath brushes that will clean off the seasonal gunk and keep your bird baths a healthy and inviting place for your neighborhood birds to visit.Along with the brush you’ll want to use either Birdbath & Statuary Scrub or Bird Bath & Fountain Scrub to remove mold, dirt, water lines and organic stains from your bird baths and fountains.We also have Bird Bath Fillers that settle in your bird bath to form a safe landing and launching place for birds.  These fillers are smooth and non-porous, which make them easier to clean than natural stones.  Sediment drops below the fillers keeping perching areas clean and fresh.These fillers can also be used in terrariums, tabletop water gardens, and humidity trays for potted plants to rest on.
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Recent visitors at our greenhouse – Faya and Chula!…or is it Chula and Faya?

Corsages, Boutonnière, Flowers and Plants!

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Spring time and prom season go hand and hand!   Stop at either of our locations to order your prom flowers or simply give us a call.To order flowers or plants for delivery, for any occasion, just contact us at either our Cottage Grove location at 608-222-2269 or www.americasbestflowers.net or our Edgerton location at 608-884-8120 or 1-888-287-1411 or www.edgertonfloralandgarden.com.Please keep in mind that flower and plant selection may vary between our two locations.
Anton, do you think I’m a bad mother?

My name is Paul.


Employment Opportunities

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 for Customer Service duties.  Plant knowledge is preferred for these positions.These job opportunities would be from approximately now thru mid-June.  We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 40 hours. Other job duties could consist of stocking, cleaning plants, sweeping floors and corralling run-away shopping carts.


We have a position available for a Greenhouse Production Associate.  The Greenhouse Production Associate is responsible for all aspects of plant maintenance including, but not limited to: watering, moving, shipping, and stocking all plants while maintaining the quality standards of America’s Best Flowers. Physical stamina is necessary for this position.We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and several days during the week.  This is a 40 hour per week position.


America's Best Flowers has an immediate opening for an experienced Perennial Manager.This person must have a broad knowledge of a variety of perennials, trees and shrubs which includes the basic care and maintenance required for our Wisconsin environment.  Duties include but are not limited to assisting retail customers, taking care of greenhouse inventory, unloading and properly documenting plant shipments. Schedules fluctuate on a weekly basis thus week days and weekends are required. This is a forty hour per-week position. Physical stamina is a must.  This position requires you to be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and to work in all weather conditions. 


If you are interested in any of these employment opportunities please email Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com or call 608-222-2269.
I did a self-defense course.

I wouldn’t recommend anyone attack me in slow motion now.


Upcoming Events

Straw Bale Gardening
Sat, Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to easily create a raised garden using straw bales at a free class. A straw bale garden can be placed on the ground anywhere in the yard with sunlight, without having to till! It’s fairly simple and creates the perfect conditions for growing vegetables, herbs, and more. You’ll learn the benefits of this gardening technique, how it’s done, and tips for success! Pre-registrations welcome at 608-222-2269.
Container Garden Make & Take
Sat, Apr 29 – Sun, Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
FREE soil, slow release fertilizer and limited assistance with a minimum $10 plant purchase per container. You choose the plants and 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. Gardening gloves are helpful for this hands-on workshop. Pre-registration is appreciated, 608-222-2269. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. We reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.
St. Vincent’s de Paul’s “Pick-a-Pack” Event
Fri, May 5 – Sun, May 7
Come out and donate a $1.99 pack of tomatoes or Lady Bell peppers for their Community Food Pantry gardens. For every 4-pack sold, America’s Best Flowers will donate $.50 towards the SVDP gardens.
Container Garden Make & Take
Sat, May 6 – Sun, May 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 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. Gardening gloves are helpful for this hands-on workshop. Pre-registration is appreciated, 608-222-2269. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. We reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.
Mother’s Day Gift Make & Take
Tue, May 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Create a beautiful flowering container or basket for each and every special mother in your life! 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. Gardening gloves are helpful for this hands-on workshop. Pre-registration is appreciated, 608-222-2269. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. We reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.
Mother’s Day Gift Make & Take
Thu, May 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Create a beautiful flowering container or basket for each and every special mother in your life! 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. Gardening gloves are helpful for this hands-on workshop. Pre-registration is appreciated, 608-222-2269. All accessories for Make & Take events must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers. We reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger containers.

Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

It's that time of year again.  The rhubarb is growing and begging you to turn it into something delicious.  Just when you think you've tried every rhubarb recipe there is, someone pipes up with "Have you ever had rhubarb salad??"This recipe has been in Barb's family for going on 35 years.  It was a favorite of her dad's.  We hope you enjoy it too.

Barb’s Rhubarb Salad

• 4 cups rhubarb, sliced• 2 cups sugar• 1/2 cup water• 2 – 3 oz pkgs strawberry Jello• 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries*• 1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Directions

Cook rhubarb, sugar and water together in a medium sauce pan until rhubarb is tender.  Pour into medium bowl.Add dry jello mix, stir in well.  Chill until thick.Fold in strawberries and whipped cream.  Pour into oiled mold, if desired, or leave in bowl.  Chill.* Can substitute frozen sliced strawberries. If served soon after mixing, you may wish to thaw the strawberries before mixing.
SEE YOU SOON!!!