Happy Mother’s Day!

Newsletter 19 – Thursday, May 11, 2017

"God could not be everywhere, so he created Mothers."

Cottage Grove location open hours

Mon-Fri 9-8
Sat – Sun 9-6
Special Saturday Hours for Mother's Day Weekend!
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Cottage Grove location only)
Saturday, May 13, 2016 – 8am-8pm

Edgerton location open hours

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 41

“Yep, I’m still posing next to the ever-growing stupid humungo plant!” Click for Larger Image
My dad and I were playing ball the other day and he told me that Mother's Day is right around the corner and that he wanted to plan something special for my mom.  So, my dad is thinking about bringing her breakfast in bed or taking her out to her favorite place to eat or massaging her feet for an extra long time.  I bet he's gonna come up with a really cool idea!Gosh, I gotta think of something to do for my mom too!  Hmmm,  this is hard. I'm gonna feel rotten if I can't come up with some kind of  plan.Waaaiiittt a minute, I got it!  It's perfect! I'll play ball with my mom on Mother's Day!  That's it!She's gonna love it, I just know it!~Lady

We love family traditions!

For many of you it has become a tradition to bring the entire family out to the greenhouse and have Mom, Grandma or anyone else who is ‘Mothers-Day-Special’ to you, pick out their own hanging baskets and planters.  We, too, especially enjoy this weekend because we get to see so many of you.We will be open from 8 in the morning to 8 at night this Saturday.It’s going to be a very busy weekend at our greenhouse so we’d like to mention that the easiest hours to shop on Saturday, will be either early in the morning from 8-10 or later in the afternoon/evening from 4-8.   For Sunday, the easiest hours to shop will be either 9-11 or 3-5. We look forward to seeing you and your families this weekend.
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

Mark Twain

For a Hands-on Mother’s Day Gift Tonight Only

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There is still time to come out and create something special for the wonderful women in your life at our very special Mother’s Day Container Garden Make & Take!   Today, Thursday, May 11, from 5-7 pm, our Make & Take area will be devoted to Mother’s Day creations.Be creative! Plant an herb garden for that person who loves to cook or how about a fairy garden for someone who doesn't have space for a container garden?We have a wonderful selection of beautiful plants, flowers and herbs for you to choose from along with a wide variety of potteries.  You are welcome to register by calling 222-2269 or just stop on out.
What’s red and moves up and down?

A tomato in an elevator


Hands-Off Mother’s Day Gifts

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Don’t have time for the Mother’s Day workshop?  We have a wide and gorgeous selection of hanging baskets that will brighten any day. Swing by and pick out that perfect hanging basket for Mom.Why not add a Dramm watering wand (24” or 30” lengths available) to help Mom get to those hard-to-reach places? 
There are only two things a child will share willingly;

communicable diseases and its mother’s age.
Benjamin Spock

Other Fabulous Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

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If you're looking for a unique gift idea for mom we invite you to stop out and stroll through our retail area bursting with garden art, unique pottery, garden globes, terrariums and so much more! 
Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.

Tina Fey

Mother’s Day Bouquets are the ‘in’ thing!

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Pre-made Mother's Day bouquets are ready for you to Grab-N-Go!  Now is the time to place your order to surprise mom with a beautiful arrangement of fresh flowers from America's Best Flowers!  Stop at either of our locations to order your 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.
How does NASA organize a party?

They planet.


Moms Love Gift Cards

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Not sure what flower or plant Mom would like for Mother’s Day?We can help!  Stop out and pick up an America’s Best Flowers gift card for that special lady in your world.   If you’re in a hurry, just call us at 608-222-2269 and we’ll take your order and payment over the phone.  Your gift card will then be ready for you to pick up at our front Customer Service Desk.
What did the green grape say to the purple grape?

OMG!!!!!!! BREATHE!! BREATHEEEEE!!!!!


Hanging Basket Make & Take for Sun or Shade Areas

Wednesday, May 17, 4:00-7:00

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A Basket loaded for Sun! Click for Larger Image
Let us show you how easy it is to create beautiful hanging baskets for both shady and sunny 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!Pre-registration is appreciated.

Procedures for our Hanging Basket 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 hanging basket is finished.2.    Shop for your plants, flowers, and hanging baskets.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 hanging baskets 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 hanging basket the day of the container workshop.We do reserve the option to charge extra for potting soil for larger hanging baskets.
What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common?

Same middle name.


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 and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, 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 was eagerly drinking in the attention in my grandson’s second grade class telling them what it was like to be a Navy Seal. My bubble was soon burst when I asked if there are any questions. ‘So’ questioned one girl, ‘can you balance a ball on your nose?’

Upcoming Events

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.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with gorgeous plants and flowers
Sun, May 14
Bring mom to the greenhouse to browse colorful flowers and enjoy the view!
Make & Take Hanging Basket for sun or shade
Wed, May 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Drop in to create a beautiful hanging basket! 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

Here is another recipe from Angie's kitchen.  Asparagus is one of the first vegetables you can pick from your garden. In many of our minds, there is no better way to fix it than roasting.  Hope you enjoy!

Angie’s Roasted Asparagus

There is nothing better than fresh spring asparagus, and this recipe is simple and delicious.
• 2 pounds fresh asparagus• Extra virgin olive oil• Salt (I prefer sea salt)• Fresh ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Break off the tough ends of asparagus, and if they're thick, peel them.Place asparagus on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat.Roast asparagus for 25 minutes until tender but still crisp.Add slivered almonds or pine nuts for the last 10 minutes of cooking for an extra touch of flavor and crunch.
SEE YOU SOON!!!