The 52nd Annual World Dairy Expo is in full swing at the Dane County Coliseum and Alliant Energy Center. The World Dairy Expo is a week for those in the industry to see the latest technology, network with others in their industry, observe some of the best cattle in the country and possibly even purchase one of these bovines.

 

This show impacts not only the dairy community worldwide, but has a tremendous economic impact for the Madison area. Estimates are the World Dairy Expo brings in $50 million to the Madison area during the week the Expo runs.

 

 

The Expo draws approximately 70,000 attendees from 97 countries. For the Expo, the Cattle Show draws 1700 exhibitors and 2400 cattle and the trade show features 900 exhibitors from 30 different countries.

 

Here at America’s Best Flowers, we have had the privilege of providing the mums for the World Dairy Expo show ring for many years. Each year, the Expo chooses a theme and the colors to compliment that theme and we then grow the mums to exhibit for their show.

 

We also provide mums, green plants and other fall decorations to many of the exhibitors. Additionally, we have provided fresh floral arrangements for some of the exhibitor’s booths and their events. Last year, one of the exhibitor’s we provided fresh floral arrangements to, won first place for their booth!

 

The Expo isn’t just for the dairy industry, though. People come to see the cows, shop the gift shop and enjoy the food. If you are looking for something different to do, why not visit? While you’re there, check out our mums in the show ring!

 

 

CONTEST TIME!

Do you have a guess as to how many mums are in the show ring this year?

Why not enter our Facebook Contest and you could WIN a Mum!

Click on the picture and enter your guess.
Winner will be announced Sunday on our Facebook page. Good Luck!

ALL Perennials, Trees, Shrubs
Fruits and Asparagus
 60% OFF

Limited quantities on hand. Call store for details.

Quantities limited, while supplies last. This is available at both locations.
Not valid on previous purchases.
Bulb Tone
As the weather cools down, it’s time to get those fall bulbs in the ground! We still have a good selection of tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, crocus and others. To give your bulbs an extra boost, consider using Espoma Bulb Tone at the time of planting.

Bulb Tone is a slow release, organic fertilizer that contains bone meal and other natural organics, designed to meet the special nutritional needs of bulbs. Just apply 1.5 heaping teaspoons to the planting hole with individual bulbs or 4.5 cups into the soil for each 25 foot planting row. If planting in mass in a bed, mix 4 lbs. per 60 sq. feet.

Once the bulbs are established, use Bulb Tone annually to strengthen bulbs for the following year’s growth. Apply at the appropriate rate after the plants have bloomed. Wash off any Bulb Tone that has gotten on the foliage.

Bulb Tone is also good for summer bulbs and tubers such as Gladiolus, Dahlia, Iris, Caladiums and more. Make sure that your fall and summer bulbs get the nutrition they need to stay healthy and strong. For a small investment, with the use of Bulb Tone, you can ensure that your bulbs will last for many years.

 

 

 

Why did the hamburgers fly south for the winter?

So they don’t freeze their buns!

FALL for these Bundles

Did you know that we offer Autumn Bundles for decorating the exterior of your home or business? For those who want to go “all in” for Fall, we have specially priced Autumn Bundles that include a straw bale, corn shock and single colored mums, all at a “bundle” price.

 

 

 

As an added incentive to get your home decorated for Fall, for one week only, we are offering a FREE PUMPKIN (up to $9.99) for each Autumn Bundle you purchase. Offer is good Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Need other Fall decorations? We also have Ornamental Corn, Gourds, Ornamental Cabbage, Pansies, Snapdragons and Ornamental Peppers along with Seasonal and Holiday Garden Flags, Rugs, Fairy Garden Accessories, Wallflowers, Swiss Chard, Fall Fresh Floral Arrangements and an assortment of Fall Containers planted in seasonal pots. Come out and see our selection!

 

Floral Notes
 
Wedding Season!

It has been a busy couple of months full of weddings here in our Edgerton floral shop. We have been fortunate to work with some great couples and help them create the wedding day of their dreams!  

 

It can be a lot of work, but it is very rewarding to see the joy that our floral designs bring to them. If you have a wedding or event coming up in the future, call us to set up a free consultation with our floral designers.
 

Employment Opportunities
Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers?
If so, we may have the perfect job for you!
Part-time Floral Designer (Edgerton) 
and 
Full-time Floral Designer (Cottage Grove) 
 
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We’re looking for Part-time and Full-time floral designers 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.

One year previous floral design experience is required; 4 years preferred.

Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.
What can run, but never walks? Has a mouth, but never talks? Has a head, but never weeps? Has a bed, but never sleeps?

 

A River.
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Fall Decorating Tips and Tricks

Saturday, October 6, 2018

10 am – 11 am 
 
Scarecrow Workshops
 
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018
10 am – 4 pm
 
 
Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, 2018 
10 am – 4 pm

Build a Birdhouse or Bird Feeder
Saturday, October 27, 2018

1 pm – 3 pm
Holiday Porch Pot Make and Take
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9 am – 3 pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018
10 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

Spicy Wisconsin Cheese and Bacon Soup
CenterCutCook 
Spicy Wisconsin Cheese and Bacon Soup

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 6-8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled (you could also use ham or smoked sausage)
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flake
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3 cups shredded cheese – I used 1 cup habanero jack, 1 cup spicy gouda, and 1 cup classic sharp cheddar

Let’s head on over to Center Cut Cook and find out how all these ingredients come together to make a fabulous soup!

 

 

SEE YOU SOON!!!