Hello Edward,
2018 is going to be a fantastic year for us; we can feel it in the air already! We can’t wait to show you all the exciting new products we purchased at the buying shows this year! We have added a number of new manufacturers and will have never-offered- before items such as handmade glass bird baths and fountains, vintage pottery, and lighting and garden decor items made from cocoa and banyan leaves, just to name a few.

 

Additionally in 2018, we have re-vamped our container program. We have over 50 new recipes from which to choose. For you creative folks that like to do your own containers, no worries, we will still have a huge selection of varieties from which you can make your own masterpiece! As always, we will have our seasoned staff on hand to assist you if you need.

 

Besides Container Workshops, we have a full lineup of classes, workshops and events planned for you in the new year. We’ll continue doing our most popular classes, and by
request, we have once again scheduled Straw Bale Gardening. We have also added new classes such as Berry Gardening, 10 Houseplants that Clean the Air, Paint A Pallet and Shrubs for Birds and Wildlife. We would love to hear from you about other ideas you have for classes, as we are here to help you be successful in your indoor and outdoor gardens!

 

So enjoy the remainder of 2017. Be grateful for what you have; hopefully it’s the love of family and friends, your health and theirs. Look forward to the future. As Victor Hugo once said “The future has many names. For the weak it is unattainable. For the fearful it is the unknown. For the bold it is opportunity” Please come visit us. We look forward to the opportunity to provide you JOY in 2018.

Wisconsin Garden Expo
FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018
fri: 12-8pm | sat: 9am-6pm | sun: 10am-4pm
Exhibition Hall, Alliant Energy Center | Madison, Wisconsin

With the temperatures dipping below zero this week, warm thoughts of spring are probably filling your head. The first sign of spring here at America’s Best Flowers is the Wisconsin Garden Expo! February may still be considered winter here, but you can experience an early spring whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not. We are so excited to see everyone there and show you all the new products and the latest trends in home gardening.

 

There is so much to see and do at the garden expo, including new seminars and demos for 2018. If you haven’t been to this fun event here’s a little excerpt from their site:

 

ABOUT

Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 25th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening, landscaping and edibles, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and create something new. All proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television.

Things to do at the Garden Expo:

  • Learn something new at one of the more than 150 free educational seminars and stage demonstrations.
  • Visit with hundreds of businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and artists to share ideas and learn about the newest in gardening, landscaping and local foods.
  • Discuss innovative gardening techniques with UW-Extension horticulture experts.
  • Relax with a casual walk through the central garden-courtesy of Wisconsin Nursery & Landscape Association
  • Purchase seeds, tools and everything else you need to be ready when the trees bud and the ground thaws.
  • Attend the Sunday farmers’ market, featuring farmers, food artisans and local food retailers.
Garden Expo is presented by Wisconsin Public Television and UW-Extension-Horticulture as a fundraiser for Wisconsin Public Television.

 

You can purchase your tickets here

 

Why does Waldo wear stripes?

Because he doesn’t want to be spotted.

Flower Arranging Workshop

 

 

We open our workshop series for 2018 with a flower arrangement class. This will give you the chance to bring in some spring to your home as you create a flower arrangement with colors of spring.

 

You will be creating your arrangement with a mason jar base and add your own style to your arrangement. If you haven’t noticed it yet, mason jars are a big trend in home decor right now and this look will help you in achieving that simple, chic and farmhouse style decor.

 

Our floral designers will be here if you need guidance during the workshop.

 

Sign up today!

 

 Cost: $30.00 includes all materials needed.
workshop available only at our Cottage Grove location

 

 

America’s Best Flowers
(608) 222-2269
4311 Vilas Hope Rd.
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

 

 

 

Did you hear about the two guys who stole a calendar?

They each got six months.

Enchanted, Whimsical and full of Wonder…
The twinkle in their eyes and the excitement in their voices will be a memory to treasure.

 

In 2018, we are introducing a magical party package for your little ones’ birthday party or social-get-together.
 
We supply all the materials they will need to create a miniature fairy garden plus we clean up the mess!

 

For more details or questions e-mail
Upcoming Events 2018- Mark your Calendars!!!
 
2018 will be full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!
Make your own floral arrangement 
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 1pm-3pm
Cost $30.00
Create a springtime arrangement of daisies, carnations and alstroemeria in a mason jar vase to brighten up your winter days.
Paint-A-Pallet Party!
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1pm-3pm
Cost $35.00 (one side)
          $50.00 (both sides)
 
It’s time to unleash your creativity as you paint your way through this workshop.
You don’t have to be an artist to attend this fun and creative event; you just have to hold a paint brush and have some fun!

 

You will be creating a decorative pallet you can add to your Valentine decor. If you choose to paint both sides, the other side will be something you can use for Spring! 

 

Make a Terrarium Garden
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1pm-3pm

 

Choose from a selection of terrariums as you design your miniature world.

A variety of miniature plants and accessories will be available. Price will depend on materials chosen for your terrarium.
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

Cheddar Potato Patties
 

 

 

This recipe will help you with all the leftover mashed potatoes that are taking up room in your refrigerator. Made with creamy mashed potatoes and savory cheddar cheese, nobody will know it’s leftovers.
 
What a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes! Just warm them before mixing with the other ingredients; and if they’re already seasoned, be sure to cut down the amount or eliminate any additional salt and pepper.

What You’ll Need:

  • Leftover mashed potatoes or if you don’t have any leftovers use 5 large Idaho Russet potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks, boiled until tender, drained, and kept warm
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups dry bread crumbs

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to broil. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine hot cooked potatoes, 1/3 cup milk, and the butter. With an electric mixer, whip until smooth. Add parsley, salt, pepper, onion powder, and cheese; mix well.
  3. In a shallow dish, beat eggs and remaining milk. Place bread crumbs in another shallow dish.
  4. Shape potato mixture into 1-1/2-inch balls. Dip potato balls in egg then in bread crumbs, coating completely with each. Place potato balls on prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly with your palm.
  5. Broil each side 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden.
Serve and Enjoy!
Source: Mr.Food.com

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!