Sometimes in life, things happen that put everything back into perspective. The events of
Tuesday, July 10th in Sun Prairie had a profound impact on the lives of countless people. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Captain Cory Barr. Their loss is one that will take weeks, months and possibly years with which to come to terms.
Dozens of people remain homeless and many businesses are closed in which they depend on for their livelihood. Here at America’s Best Flowers, we have staff who have been directly
impacted by these events in the loss of their friend and the loss of their home. Several of our staff live in or near Sun Prairie and had been in the vicinity of the explosion just before it
happened. How fortunate we feel that those staff members came away with their lives.
Had it not been for the actions of Captain Barr and other Sun Prairie emergency personnel,
the casualties could have been far worse. Reports stated that over 100 people were evacuated just prior to the explosion. However, the heroic actions of these personnel saved the lives of all of many people. And they would say, “We were just doing our job.”
We’re pretty fortunate at America’s Best Flowers. Yes, things can be stressful at times. It can get very hot or it can get very cold. Most of the time our jobs are pretty physical in nature. But every day we deal with flowers and gardening stuff. Pretty low key, not very eventful. We are submerged in our own little cocoon, going about business as usual. It takes an event like this to make us STOP and appreciate the men and women whose job it is to run into the path of danger, to keep us safe.
In the blink of an eye, life can change forever. The spouse, parent, child, sibling,
grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend that you counted on to be there for you is suddenly
not there. Make sure that every day, you not only tell your loved ones how you feel, but
better yet, show them, because you never know when that might be your last chance.
Life will return to a new kind of normal for everyone. How long that will take, no one knows.
Each person will do that in their own time. With that new normal, though, let’s not forget to
appreciate the first responders and emergency personnel who put our lives ahead of their
own. Take an extra moment each day to show the people you care most about how much you care about them.
A community’s heartbeat is made up of all of us .
We rise by lifting others …

 

Please consider making a donation to the families and businesses in Sun Prairie
affected by this tragedy:
Benefit for the Family of Cory Barr Go fund me page 

Firefighter Ryan Welch Go Fund me page 
Powelka Family Go Fund me page

General Fund Sun  Prairie Disaster Relief Fund 

 

Held in the Marketplace Parking Lot by Cottage Grove Piggly Wiggly
 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.
30% OFF
All Fruit Trees, Forsythias and Peonies 

HURRY! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SALE!

Limited quantities on hand. Call store for details.

Offer expires 07/25/2018. This is available at both locations.
Not valid on previous purchases.

Why couldn’t the gardener plant any flowers?

He hadn’t Botany.

Echinacea

Echinacea, commonly known as Coneflowers, are traditional flowers found in prairies,
meadows, wildflower gardens, perennial borders, cutting gardens, bird and butterfly gardens
and cottage gardens. They are easily recognized by their large, prickly domed cone in the
center of the flower, which becomes the seed head later in the season. These seed heads
contain highly-nutritious seeds that birds, especially Goldfinches, love.

 

Coneflowers prefer partial to full sun. Four to six hours of sun is needed for them to flower.
They will tolerate poor, rocky soils and must have well-drained soils to thrive. Coneflowers
are tolerant of heat, drought and humidity, so are very durable. They have the added benefit
of being deer resistant. Plants are long-blooming throughout the summer and produce copious quantities of nectar, attracting pollinators to the garden.
Flowers are valued fresh or dried. Leaving the spent flowers provides winter interest and
supplies birds with seed in winter. Plants are available in many colors- purple, yellow, gold,
orange, red and shades of every one of these.
Come out and see the impressive Sombrero® series. We have Adobe Orange, Lemon Yellow, Hot Coral and Salsa Red. Echinacea is our Perennial of the Week.
 
All Echinacea is 20% OFF this week. Excluding previous purchases. 
Valid at Cottage Grove Location Only. While Supplies Last.

 
Floral Notes
We’ll miss you Margaret! Visit us soon!

Chances are you’ve seen this beautiful lady here at America’s Best Flowers, creating some arrangements in our flower shop or maybe you’ve seen her out in our perennial department. Margaret has been our Floral Manager in our Cottage Grove location since we opened the floral shop and before that, she was our Perennial Manager for several years.

She started here at America’s Best Flowers in 1999 and has been such a blessing to everyone that has worked with her. Her official last day with us will be this Saturday, so if you happen to be in the area, stop in to say hello and wish her congratulations on her new venture. We want to say that she will be dearly missed, as she leaves us and embarks on a new adventure in her life. We are so happy for her, but also sad, that we are no longer going to see her smiling face here everyday. To Margaret we say: “Know that you have made an impact in our lives and we wish you the best in your new job. Don’t be a stranger and we hope you visit us soon!”
Edgerton 
Cottage Grove

 

We have to make room for all the new pottery we ordered in Atlanta, this is your chance to save BIG!
 
Pottery Sale 40% OFF
Hurry in and check out our pottery sale on selected colors and styles!

 

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
 
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!

 

Full-time / Part-time Floral Designers 
Cottage Grove and Edgerton Location
 

 

We’re looking for a Full-time and a Part-time floral designer with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. General knowledge of floral design is needed. Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.
 
Grower/Biological Control Technician: Cottage Grove Location
 
Do you have a horticulture background? We are searching for the right candidate to take over the responsibility of Grower for our operation. We are approximately 2 acres under cover and grow almost all of our own product. Pest control is done primarily through monitoring and release of biological controls. Minimum requirements are a two year Horticulture degree and ability to pass the State Pesticide Certification exam. This is a full time, permanent position.
Where do young trees go to school?

Elemen-tree school

Upcoming Events 
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!
 

 

 

8th Annual Dog Wash 
Benefiting Dane County Humane Society
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED
 
Create a Tropical Plant Paradise 
Saturday, July 28, 2018 
10 am – 11 am
 
Shrubs for Birds and Wildlife 
Saturday, August 4, 2018
10 am – 11 am
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.

 

Chunky Portabella Veggie Burger
 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups portabella mushrooms, cubed (smaller pieces); gills removed
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and divided
  • 1 cup minced broccoli, fresh only
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 3 XL eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbl Panko or Gluten Free Panko
  • 1 Tbl Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 Tbl Worcestershire *for full vegetarian style use one that does not contain anchovies
  • 2 Tbl minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan *Look for vegetarian or vegan Parmesan cheese if you do not eat animal products
  • Olive oil

Just the ingredients alone sounds like a winner! Let’s head on over to ‘The Kitchen Whisperer‘ for the entire recipe.

The Kitchen Whisperer

SEE YOU SOON!!!