7th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser

Newsletter 29 – Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cottage Grove location hours

Mon-Fri 9-6
Sat 9-5
Sun 10-5

Edgerton location open hours

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

Lady’s Story – Chapter 51

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Yeah, it worked!  I couldn't have done it without your in-pout…get it?  (in-pout/input)  Sorry, I can't help it…sometimes, I just crack myself up!Thanks to all of you that helped in my conspiracy!  And just for the record, pose #1 'puppy eyes' was the winning pout pose, but I did mix a little of pose # 2 in here and there 'cause, well, just cause!
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Here's to the (confirmed) power of the POUT!~Lady

Calling All Dirty Dogs!

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All clean and dirty dogs are welcome at America’s Best Flowers' 7th Annual Dog Wash this Saturday, July 22nd, at our Cottage Grove location! A cool refreshing bath, a nail trim and a professional picture are all a part of our fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society. Your four-legged best friend will be in the loving and gentle care of volunteers from the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS), Tabby and Jack's Mobile Grooming and Talbot Photography. For a suggested $10 donation (or more if you choose) Dane County Humane Society volunteers will shampoo and rinse all those intriguing (?) summer smells from your dog.  All proceeds go directly to the Dane County Humane Society. (Here is a helpful tip from Tabby and Jack's for owners of long-haired dogs; long-haired dogs should have a good brushing before a bath to remove any matting or knots.  This will allow for a more thorough rinsing of shampoo.) If Rover or Daisy has a very special bath towel, please feel free to bring it on Saturday and have the volunteers use it to dry your dog.  The DCHS is always in need of towels!  If you have any old and clean towels that you could bring to the dog wash and donate to the humane society it would be greatly appreciated.
Tabby & Jack's Pet Supplies and Grooming
It’s a day of dog pampering at our greenhouse.  Stop by and visit the Tabby & Jack’s Grooming booth.  Michelle can trim those doggie nails either by the traditional method or with a dremel.  The cost for a nail trim by the traditional method is $10 and for the dremel method is $15. Did we mention that Tabby & Jack’s is donating all proceeds to the Dane County Humane Society?  How great is that!
Talbot's Photography
Don’t forget the brush!  Talbot Photography will be here to photograph your best four-legged friend.  How about a picture of the whole family together?For a $20 donation, your dog will have a professional photo session in a cool, calm and private area in our greenhouse and you’ll receive an adorable 5×7 picture that you’ll treasure for years. All proceeds will be donated to the DCHS. Picture perfect, wouldn’t you say?!What’s a dog party without prizes!  There will be door prize drawings during the dog wash.  You must be present to win.  We will provide water and treats for the dogs and, ah, those necessary plastic bags (we’ll even do the picking up!)Bring your darling dirty dog(s) in for a day at the spa and help us reach our attendance goal of 75 dogs!  Remember ALL proceeds go to our local Dane County Humane Society!Please check the website www.giveshelter.org for a list of much needed dog and cat items.  We will have collection bins for your generous donations.In the event of lightning, thunder or hurricanes, it will not be safe to continue with the dog wash. However, we would move Tabby & Jack’s indoors to join Talbot’s Photography and everything else will continue as planned.Please sign up for your dog's bath, nail trim and photo session upon arrival at the registration table in front of the main greenhouse.  For safety reasons all dogs must be on a leash.  And dog parents must stay with their dogs.Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, July 22nd, from 11am – 3pm.   It’s clean dog day at America’s Best Flowers! (Cottage Grove location only.)Due to the extreme heat coming our way on Saturday, we will have water sprinklers on for both man and man’s best friend to cool off in.  We’ll also have plenty of water bowls and a wading pool for the dogs.

Dog and, Yes, Cat Lovers Unite!

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For 1 day only, this coming Saturday, July 22nd, ALL dog and cat pottery, statues, memorial stones etc. will be 20% off the regular price!What a sweet Christmas gift to give to the pet lover in your life! 
If there were 10 cats in a boat, and 1 jumped out, how many would be left?

None. They’re copycats.


Goodbyes aren’t easy!

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Saying goodbye to a co-worker is always difficult.  Saying goodbye to a co-worker that you love and respect, well, that my friends, is twice as difficult.Bev Wilson has been like a sister, an aunt, yes, even a mom, and, of course, a loyal friend to all of us at America's Best Flowers for many, many years.We all know her as Miss Positive, Miss Analytical, Miss Cheerful Voice on the Phone, Miss Encouragement, Miss I Don't Know the Answer But Give Me a Few Minutes and I'll Found Out What the Answer Is, and, of course, Miss Recipe.But now Bev is off on a new adventure in life with her soon-to-be husband Sweet Jim.  They have lands to conquer, foods to enjoy, (And if we know our Bev she'll be tweaking each and every one of those recipes!!) old friends to visit and new friends to make.We wish them a long and healthy life together filled with laughter and love!Goodbye dear friend, we'll Miss you!
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America’s Best Flowers Christmas in July Celebration!

America's Best Flowers
Christmas in July Celebration!
This is the third week of our Celebrate Christmas in July event!  Each week in July you'll find EXTRA special savings at America's Best Flowers.  We will be featuring 2 different (non-plant) items, with an amazing discount.Week # 3 – Featured ItemsIt starts TODAY, Thursday, July 20th through Wednesday, July 26th, ALL Dramm products and All Bird Feeders & Houses are an amazing 40% OFF their regular price. 
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Make the chore of watering those hard to reach plants easier with a Dramm rain wand!  We have both 16" and 30" lengths available in a variety of colors. Choose a Dramm wand with one spray pattern or one with a 7-pattern spray head.  The insulated grip is ergonomically designed for comfort and will connect easily to any standard garden hose. An added bonus, when you use a Dramm watering wand…no more water running down your arm as you reach up to water those hanging baskets!  Yahoo!
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This handy dandy Dramm Water Timer will give you an automated watering operation that will save you time and water. Just attach it to any hose bib or standard outdoor faucet, set the timer for fifteen minutes or up to 2 hours and the water will automatically shut off at the end of that time period.   (It's kind of like an egg timer, no batteries needed.)  Set it and forget it…how easy is that?!We have a great selection of other Dramm products available such as Dramm Compact Shears, Dramm hose nozzles, and sprinklers. Stop in and take advantage of our 40% off sale.
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Bird feeders and bird houses make your yard a safe haven for our feathered friends.  If you have been thinking about offering food and shelter for your neighborhood birds, but just haven't gotten around to doing it, there is no better time then this week to get busy!  With our 40% off special on ALL bird feeders and bird houses, well, like they say, 'If you build it (or buy it) they (the birds) will come!'Believe it or not folks, cooler weather is in our future. Our native Wisconsin birds will truly appreciate your act of kindness.Is there a bird watcher on your Christmas list? Hmmm, are you thinking what I'm thinking? 
What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo?

One is really heavy, and the other is a little lighter.


Portulaca & Scavola Hanging Baskets BUY-1-GET-1 FREE

Portulaca & Scavola
Hanging Baskets
BUY-1-GET-1 FREE 
Woohoo! It's a great time to freshen up your patio, deck and yard with 10" portulaca and scavola hanging baskets with our BUY-1-GET-1 FREE offer!
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Go ahead, mix and match to your hearts content! Again, there is no limit to the number you may purchase.  Stop out soon for the best selection! 
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Japanese Beetles are Terrible Landscapers – By Lauren

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(Originally from Newsletter 26 in 2015 on 2015-08-13, with some small updates)
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With a shiny bronze shield, border of black and white spots and a metallic green head, the Japanese Beetle is a natural piece of art. While it’s no doubt aesthetically dazzling, its beauty looses luster with its massive destruction. In Japan, they’re just part of the ecosystem, but in American gardens, they’re one of the most broadly destructive invasive pests. Often found in large numbers, they eat just about any plant, but prefer plants of the genus Prunus such as roses, crabapples, and raspberries, as well as grapes, canna lilies, linden trees, birch trees, and others. They eat the soft tissue of leaves and avoid the leaf veins, leaving the skeleton of a leaf that once was. Given the chance, they’ll gleefully redesign your yard with this skeleton-leaf look.
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Fortunately, these rogue horticulturists can be thwarted in a number of ways. The simplest way to control them is by picking them off and tossing them in a bucket of soapy water. If this isn’t feasible due to the large number, or you can’t stand touching bugs, we do have a spray from Bonide called Eight Insect Control, which effectively kills over 100 insect pests. This product is available as ready-to-spray, garden dust and also a hose attachment spray.Please note, we do not carry, nor do we recommend, pheromone traps. Studies have found that the pheromone traps attract more beetles to your yard from surrounding areas, and they often settle down on your favorite plants before they even reach the trap.
What do you call a frenchman wearing sandals?

Phillipe Phillope


Art in the Garden Craft Fair Vendor Information

This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, we will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)To register, you can either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.  If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event.  Be sure to include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Send your check to:America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
This is an art and craft fair!  We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, draping, displays, products and booth security. Art in the Garden will take place inside our main greenhouses. In the event of rain, some of our plastic roofs may leak. YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE PLASTIC DRAPING to cover your items/booth if rain is forecast. This is a rain or shine event.Please dress accordingly. On sunny days the greenhouses can become quite warm by mid-day. Shoes and shirts MUST be worn at all times.We have two booth sizes. The single booth is 6 ft. long. The double booth is 12 ft. long. ALL BOOTHS ARE APPROXIMATELY 6 ft. DEEP. A very limited number of 6 ft. long steel mesh top tables are available if you need a display table. Tables are on a first come first serve basis and you are responsible for covering the steel mesh top. Your display and products MUST fit within your designated area. After unloading your vehicle, it must be moved to the designated parking area for vendors.Please call 222-2269 or e-mail me, Betty Bless at abfbettyb@gmail.com with your booth size choice NO LATER than Friday, August 25th, 2017. Your registration fee will be required to reserve your booth no later than Wednesday, August 30th.  If we have not received your fee by then your booth space will not be held.Upon request we will provide vendors with flyers for advertising.  Please stop at our greenhouse and pick up a supply to post in appropriate places. Please be sure you receive permission before posting them.Items deemed inappropriate by our management to sell in a family atmosphere will be and can be excluded at any time. There is NO SMOKING or firearms allowed on our property.Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to working with you as we strive to share your creativity with our community.
What happens to an air conditioner when you pull its plug?

It loses its cool!


Fresh Cut Beautiful Flowers

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Oh, yes, this beautiful fresh-cut floral arrangement can be yours!  Whether it's a formal, casual, small or large bouquet, flowers always make the world a better place!Stop in or give us a call and we'll deliver it right to your door!  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, plant and container selection may vary between our locations.
What do you call a carousel with no brakes?

A merry go round-round-round-round…


Upcoming Events

7th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society
Sat, Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring your wonderfully dirty dogs to our garden spa for a bath, nail trim, and a poochie portrait. All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society!
Native Plant Class
Sat, Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn about native plants and how to care for them. An expert will share tips and answer questions at this informative and fun class.
Butterfly Gardening Class
Sat, Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our Kitchen – By Bev Wilson

It is with very mixed feelings that I am announcing my retirement from America's Best Flowers.  This beautiful corner of the world has been my home away from home for the past 13 years.  While the flowers have provided a wonderful environment to work in, my work family is what has made it a truly great experience.  One of my favorite parts has been the opportunity to meet so many young people as they started their 'working' lives with us.  What a delight it has been to watch them grow into responsible adults.But those who have meant the most to me are the solid core of people who have given their all, year in and year out, to help America's Best Flowers become one of the best-known companies in Dane County.  Many who are working today were here when I started, some for many years before that. The strength, commitment, dedication and loyalty of this group of people is a remarkable thing.Owners, Ed and Carol Knapton, have faithfully led us through all the good years as well as the lean ones; through the never-ending changes in this industry; through hail and wind and heat and cold; and courageously through the loss of the members of our family who were taken before their time.I have been honored to be a part of it all.  But life changes and so must we.  My soon-to-be husband, Jim, will be leading me in the next chapter of my life; to all the places and people our hearts long to see.  Starting with a honeymoon trip to Italy in September.As I begin this new phase of my life, I will be leaving behind relationships that have meant a great deal to me. For the past dozen years I have had, in you, an audience for my writing; the first six spent condensing the work-a-day world of the greenhouse into a language that might encourage you to share our passion; the last six, encouraging fellowship around your dinner tables through the comfort of home-cooked meals.   You have put up with much from me, as I have prattled on in an attempt to share insight, gardening wisdom, family stories and memories with you.  I will forever be grateful for the patience and kindness you have given back.As I was cleaning out my desk, I came across one last recipe for you. If I have shared this before, please forgive me.  But this simple, delicious dish deserves repetition.  Once you make it, I'm sure it will appear on your dinner table again and again.And so, for the last time, and with a fond heart,  I say, "Enjoy!"

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

(makes 4 servings)
• Zest and juice of 2 limes• 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped• 1 T canola oil• 1/2 t salt• 1 cup brown rice• 2 1/2 cups water

Directions

Zest limes, taking care not to get any of the white layer just beneath the dark green rind. There is a tool, called a zester, for this.  I love mine.  But if you don't have one, you can use a fine grater or a vegetable peeler – peel a very thin green layer from the limes and then use a sharp paring knife to cut them into tiny strips.  After zesting, cut limes in half cross-wise and juice.Preheat a medium saucepan over med-high heat for 2-3 minutes.  Place oil in pan, add rice, cook 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously, or until rice is well-coated.  Stir in water and salt, bring to a boil.  Cover tightly and reduce heat to lowest setting.  Cook 45 minutes (do not remove lid during cooking) or until all liquid has been absorbed.Fluff rice with a fork.  Gently stir in lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro.This is delicious served with grilled chicken and a salad, or as a side dish with anything you might order at a Mexican restaurant.
SEE YOU SOON!!!