Hello Edward
As the end of summer is fast approaching and fall is right around the corner, we are starting
to gear up for our fall events here at America’s Best Flowers. Art In The Garden is one of our fall events and it’s truly one of our favorites. We have held this event for a number of years and we feel like some of the artists are part of our family. Because of that, we would like to highlight some of them that have been with us for several years. For the next few weeks, you will read about their stories and find out more about their art.
The first one we would like to highlight is a special couple who is near and dear to our hearts, Tom and Ginny Olson of Fevolden Farm! If you have not had the pleasure of meeting these wonderful people, you should! Besides having high quality products, they are such a joy to chat with and both offer a great wealth of knowledge and information about alpacas and life in general. We asked them to share a little bit about Fevolden Farms and its history, so keep on reading and get to know their family and their alpacas.
Tom & Ginny Olson of Fevolden Farms
In 2002, six family members began with three Huacaya alpacas. The herd has grown to 37 alpacas living on the farm in Black River Falls. Fevolden Farm got it’s name from Tom and Becky’s great grandfather, Ole Olson Fevolden, who came from Norway and settled on the farm in 1869. To continue the Norwegian theme, all the alpacas born on the farm are given Norwegian names, such as Thor, Bjerken and Aften. Their names are used as lot identifiers for yarn as well as some finished products.
We shear our alpacas once a year in May making
it easier for them to stay cool during the summer months. Some of the fiber is sold as is, some is hand processed to carded batts, roving yarn and finished products. We send some of the fibers to fiber pools to be combined with fiber from other farms and is used for larger scale production.
Our products are available at various craft fairs such as Art in The Garden; they are also sold at a farm store in Black river Falls, and at the Olsons’ home at 2454 Gaston Road in Cottage Grove, generally by appointment.
Make sure to Follow and Like Fevolden Farms on Facebook to find out what they are up to!
Our granddaughter Annalise
Meet Sonja

 

Our grandson Freddie

 

Stop in during Art In The Garden, meet this wonderful couple and see all of their creations!
Join us in supporting local businesses and artists in our community.
Stay tuned and check out next week’s newsletter. Which artist will we feature next?

 

30% OFF
All Fruit Trees, Forsythias, Peonies,
Magnolias, Redvein Enkianthus,
Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick

 HURRY! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SALE!

Limited quantities on hand. Call store for details.

Offer expires 08/30/2018. This is available at both locations.
Not valid on previous purchases.

Philodendron Congo  
 

Philodendron Congo is not your typical Philodendron! While most Philodendron are climbers, this wonderful plant grows upright and sturdy with large, glossy leaves. Called a self-header, they grow outwards and upwards, but are slow-growers and only reach 2 feet in height and 2.5 feet in width. There’s also a red version called Congo Rojo. It is named so because the new leaves unfurl in a striking red color. As those leaves mature, they become a burgundy/green color. The flowers on both plants are very fragrant.

 

Keeping this plant in a warm environment is the key to keeping it happy. Temperatures of
between 70-85 degrees are ideal. Definitely keep them out of cold drafts, as they do not
tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees. Average house humidity is sufficient, but they
certainly benefit from higher humidity. Fertilize this plant monthly when it’s actively growing, using Miracle Gro All Purpose fertilizer.
These Philodendron tolerate lower light conditions, but prefer medium to bright light areas.The plant will stretch towards the light if it’s not getting enough light, so you’ll know if you need to move it to a better location. Water plants thoroughly when one-half of the soil becomes dry.

 

If you are looking for an easy-to-care-for houseplant, Philodendron Congo and Congo Rojo
could be it. The large, thick dark green or dark green/burgundy leaves provide beautiful
structure to this plant and because it stays relatively small, you don’t have to worry about it
taking over your home!
Why is it so hot in a stadium after a football game?

Because all the fans have left.

Dramm Watering Products
 
This is about the time of year when you have been doing so much watering at home, your
equipment starts wearing out. Unless you have Dramm. We carry Dramm products, watering wands, breakers and cutting tools that are built to last. These are the same 
durable watering tools we use here in the greenhouses, only with stylish colors!
Dramm Corporation is a family-owned, Wisconsin company. Much of their manufacturing
comes out of a state-of-the-art factory in Algoma. They manufacture watering wands,
breakers, pruners, shears, spray guns and water pistols for your hose. All come in 6 different colors- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and berry. You can choose a color to fit your personality and you don’t have to worry about your tools getting lost in your lawn!
Dramm’s Watering Wands deliver a large quantity of water quickly to the plant base, where it soaks deep into the soil. You can choose either one-touch or squeeze lever shut off valves.
The Making of Dramm's Rain Wands
Watch how the Dramm Rain Wands are made, right here in Wisconsin!

 

Wands come with the “400” water breaker that delivers a gentle shower to plants or
with the Kaleidoscope Breaker, which has 7 patterns. The Seven patterns include: 
Sweeper, Jet, Shower, Mist, Flood, Cone and Flat. Watering wands have a lifetime guarantee. Dramm’s Compact Shears are ideal for cutting flowers. They are made with corrosion resistant stainless steel blades and are great for Bonsai. These shears have an ergonomic handle and non-slip grips that fit your hand comfortably.
Their Compact Pruner is the perfect tool for trimming woody stems and perennials. This
lightweight bypass pruner is made with corrosion resistant stainless steel blades and has a
1/4-Inch cutting capacity. As with the shears, the pruners also have an ergonomic handle and non-slip grips.
 
If you are need of new watering and cutting tools, consider investing in Dramm. Their high-
quality, durable products are worth the investment and with the watering wands and the
lifetime guarantee, it’s the last one you’ll have to buy!
ONLY A HANDFUL LEFT IN STOCK!  
BUY 1 Hanging Annual Basket Get 1 FREE
Free basket must be of lesser or equal value.

Not valid on previous purchases.

Available at Cottage Grove location only. 
Excludes houseplants and tomato baskets. No coupon necessary.

 
Floral Notes
It’s that time of year…. BACK 2 SCHOOL!!!!
THEY Would LOVE THIS!

First Day of school requires chocolates!

Start the school year off with a pretty floral arrangement or yummy gift basket for children, college students, bus drivers, teachers, spouses and more. It only takes a phone call and we can create a pretty bouquet or gift basket for delivery or pick-up. As always, if you’re ordering flowers for someone and not quite sure what type to order for a person or occasion, our floral experts will be happy to assist you.
“Bring On The Happy” Bouquet
Call us for prices and availability

 

To order flowers, gift baskets or plants for delivery, for any occasion, just contact us at either of our locations.
Please keep in mind that flower, plant and container selection may vary between our locations.
Edgerton 
Cottage Grove
Why did the sun go to school?
It wanted to be brighter!

Employment Opportunities

 

Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers and in the dirt?
If so, we may have the perfect job for you.
We are looking for a few good people to join our team.
Lead Maintenance Technician: Cottage Grove Location
 
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Are you gifted with the ability to fix almost anything?
Do you love the challenge of problem-solving? Like working outdoors?
We are looking for a Lead Maintenance Technician to handle the maintenance and repairs of our greenhouse systems, buildings, vehicles and equipment. This person is also in charge of all grounds maintenance, as well as assisting with greenhouse production. If you like diversity in your day-to-day and are mechanically gifted, this job is for you!
Part-time Floral Designer 
Edgerton Location
 
We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. Use your artistic abilities and knowledge of design to create floral arrangements for various occasions.
A minimum of four years previous floral design experience is required.
Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.
2018 – Mark your Calendars!!!
2018 is full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!
 

 

Cooking With Herbs
Saturday, August 18, 2018
10 am – 11 am
Join Josh from Allen Centennial Garden in our Greenhouse
as he wows us with his culinary expertise!
Gain knowledge, plus get to sample some delicious bites! It’s a win-win!
Pick Your Own Mum From Our Mum Fields
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am – 12 pm

 

Fall Container Porch Pot Workshop
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am – 2 pm
Winterize Your Garden 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 am – 11 am
Art In The Garden
Saturday. September 22, 2018
9 am – 3 pm 

 

All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

Recipe

If you planted zucchini in your garden you probably have an abundance and are happily sharing with family and friends. Here’s a fun recipe to try with your zucchini harvest!

 

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

 

3 eggs, lightly beaten                                                        1 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract                                                2 1/4 cups white sugar
2 cups shredded zucchini                                                  3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt                                                                  1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda                                                 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pint fresh blueberries

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 4 mini-loaf pans.

2. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Gently fold in the blueberries. Transfer to the prepared mini-loaf pans.

3. Bake 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

 

 
 

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!