Last Week of Christmas in July Specials

Newsletter 30 – Thursday, July 27, 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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Hey, do you all remember last year when my mom came home smelling like a pack of dogs and I was absolutely totally heartbroken?  Then she explained that, well, here, just in case you've forgotten or maybe didn't know what happened, why don't you read it and come back to me here.Are ya back? Ok, so this time my mom forewarned me that this dog wash thingy was going to happen again and that I was and always will be top dog in my mom's heart!!Gosh, I'm so happy for all the animals at the humane society that this will help!  And I'm hoping that they will all get a happy loving family to take them home real, real soon.Hang on a minute, my mom wants to tell you how the dog wash turned out.~Lady 
Hi Everyone!What a fun-and-fur-filled-day we had this past Saturday at the greenhouse.  Fifty-eight dogs stopped by for either a bath, a nail trim, or a photo session or all 3!The total amount that was raised for the Dane County Humane Society from the bath, nail trim and photos was $1209.America’s Best Flowers would like to thank Tabby and Jack's Mobile Grooming, Talbot Photography and all the wonderful volunteers from the DCHS that participated in our fundraiser this year!  Looking forward to seeing more dirty dogs again next year!~Lady's Mom
If you want to find out who loves you more,

stick your wife and dog in the trunk of your car.

When you open the trunk who is happy to see you?


Native Plant Class

Saturday, July 29, 11-12 pm

Join us this coming Saturday for our first ever Native Plant Class!  Get the dirt from Diane and Joe, who are former Presidents of the Madison Wild Ones, on starting, promoting and growing plants that are native to Wisconsin.  This is a great opportunity to expand your gardening knowledge, so bring a friend and come on out.

Celebrate Christmas in July!

Celebrate Christmas in July!This is our last week for our Celebrate Christmas in July event! See what's in-store for you to SAVE $ on this week.

Week # 4 – Featured Items

Week # 4 – Featured ItemsIt starts TODAY, Thursday, July 27th through Wednesday, August 2nd, ALL Fiskars products and All Beyond Borders products are an amazing 40% OFF their regular price. 
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Make your pruning chores easier with quality garden tools from Fiskars.  We use them at our greenhouse on a daily basis which says a-heck-of-a-lot about their reliability and durability.  To support the faith they have in their products Fiskars backs them up with a lifetime warranty.  How great is that?We have more Fiskars products available such as; Fiskars Micro-Tip Blades Pruning Snips, Fiskars 10" POWER TOOTH Folding Saw, and a variety of other Fiskars Pruners.What a fabulous money-saving time to replace those old worn out gardening tools! Stop in and take advantage of our 40% off sale.

Beyond Borders Artwork

All handmade products from Beyond Borders, Inc., are 40% off!  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 ingenuity of Haitian artists these once abandoned barrels are transformed into works of art.
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The Beyond Borders products are available at our Cottage Grove location only.Why not lighten the stress of holiday shopping by adding a few Fiskar garden tools and a couple of the Beyond Borders products to your Christmas list!
Eating in the Fifties

Oil was used for lubricating; fat was for cooking.

Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.


Geranium & Mandevilla Hanging Baskets BUY-1-GET-1 FREE

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What a fun and money saving opportunity to brighten up your patio, deck and yard with 10" geranium and mandevilla hanging baskets with our BUY-1-GET-1 FREE offer!We have stunning red, orange, lavender, salmon, and red & white geranium hanging baskets and red and pink mandevilla hanging baskets for you to choose from!Talk about your sweet deal!  There are no limits!  If you buy 5, you get 5 FREE!  If you buy 8, you get 8 FREE and so on!And you can mix and match to your hearts content!Stop out soon for the best selection!

There’s More!

All water plants are 50% off.  We have Variegated Sweet Flag, Marsh Marigold, Blue Eyed Grass, Red Rice, Dwarf Bluebell, Dwarf Pinkbell, Royal Pickerel Rush, Giant Cattail, Japanese Iris, Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus and Horsetail Rush and Calla Lily.Hurry on out to take advantage of our limited supply!
Eating in the FiftiesPasta had not been invented.

It was macaroni or spaghetti.


Rudbeckia (rood-Beck-ee-ah)

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Strange name, beautiful perennial and bonus, 20% off this week!  Bright yellow petals and dark brown cone-shaped centers make Rudbeckia a perennial that's hard to miss. These "Black-Eyed Susans" will even tolerate partial shade and brighten the back of a bed or border. Plant this perennial in your landscape and watch as the birds and butterflies fly and flutter in for a lovely visit.  
Eating in the FiftiesChickens didn’t have fingers in those days.

All chips were plain.


Oh, Oh, There are ONLY 5 left!

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If you've been looking for that WOW factor in your yard this  gorgeous Cleveland Pear tree just may be your answer!This is an excellent ornamental pear tree.  This is not a fruit bearing tree.  It's pyramidal shape is perfect for a specimen tree.  It's covered in white flowers in the spring and dark green glossy foliage that turns brilliant red and purple in the fall.So, if WOW is what you're looking for set your GPS for America's Best Flowers, 4311 Vilas Hope Rd, Cottage Grove, WI 53527.

Disease Control

It's getting close to the transition from summer to fall which is a great time to start thinking about disease control. If you noticed any plants that had disease over the summer, clean up helps plants have a better chance of overcoming the disease and preventing issues next year.Think back to your observations from the summer growing season and identify any plants that were diseased. Clean up the surrounding area of these plants by getting rid of any leaf-litter, dead plant material, and weeds, which can all potentially harbor disease. This also goes for mulch in the affected area, which should be replaced with fresh mulch. Dispose of the infected material by placing on the curb for collection or bringing to a municipal yard waste drop-off site. Refrain from putting it on your compost pile to avoid risking contamination, since most home compost piles don’t reach a temperature high enough to kill pathogens.If caught early, many diseases can be treated with a spray fungicide to prevent it from spreading. We recommend Bonide Fung-onil or Bonide Copper Fungicide, which are both effective preventative sprays for a wide range of plant diseases including mildew, black spot, rust, and early blight. This time of year, Bonide Fung-onil is best since, unlike the copper fungicide, it doesn’t require that treatment starts two weeks prior to disease onset. However, Bonide Copper fungicide is the better choice for organic gardening.
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Art in the Garden Craft Fair Vendor Information

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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.

Fresh Cut Beautiful Flowers

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Surprise someone in your life with a 'just because' bouquet!  We love surprising people with a flower delivery! It not only brings a smile to the recipient's face it brings a smile to our face too!As always, if by chance you're not sure what type of flowers to order for a person or occasion, our floral experts will be happy to assist you.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.
Eating in the FiftiesWater came out of a tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.

Pineapples came in chunks or were round with a hole in the middle, in a tin: we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.


Upcoming Events

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 Kayla

Well, folks, we're off to a new recipe land now that Miss Recipe, (aka Bev Wilson) has run off to get married!Our wonderful staff is stepping up to the plate (yes, pun intended) to contribute weekly recipes.  This week our wee young Kayla has submitted this lemon delight!  Last week Kayla had made it and brought it to our surprise-goodbye-potluck for Bev and it was ooohed and aaahhhed over.  Someone suggested that it would be a great and refreshing recipe for the newsletter and, so, here it is!Please keep in mind that all of Bev's recipes are still in existence on our website americasbestflowers.com.  Go to the Newsletters icon and peruse to your heart and tummy's' content for past recipes.

No Bake Mini Lemon Cream Cheese Pies – By Kayla

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• 1 package of 6 mini Graham cracker pie crusts• 1/4 cup Heavy cream• 4 ounces of Cream cheese, room temperature• 1+1/2 teaspoons Lemon juice• 2 tablespoons Sugar• 3/4 cup Lemon curd

Directions

1.  In small mixing bowl, whip heavy cream until it thickens.2.  In medium mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar.3.  Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.4.  Fill each pie crust 2/3 full with the cream cheese mixture5.  Top each pie with two tablespoons of lemon curd.6.  Chill in the fridge for at least one hour before serving.Notes:If you want to use a full-size 9-inch pre-made graham cracker pie crust, double the recipe and chill well before serving.
SEE YOU SOON!!!