Hello Edward, 

Thank you so much for supporting us at the Garden Expo this past weekend! We saw many of you there. Those of you that made the trip to see us, got the opportunity to see some of the new products we have for Spring. We had a lot of positive comments about the Continental Art ceramic art tiles, Eangee lamps and nightlights and the Grasslands Road hanging garden decor.

If you are a veteran of the Garden Expo, you may have noticed something missing from the event this year. For over 20 years, Ed and Carol have been minding the booth along with the rest of America’s Best Flowers’ staff. However, this year, they sat this one out. Ed has been very open with everyone about his health and has been overwhelmed by and appreciative of all of the prayers and support he has received from all of you. Standing for 3 days on the concrete floor though, was not something that would have served to benefit his fight against cancer.

Ed and Carol have become less visible at the greenhouse, too, pulling back to concentrate on Ed’s health. Recently it came to our attention that a rumor has started that we are closed or will be closing. This is not the case however, we are very much open and super excited about 2018!

Prior to Ed’s diagnosis, there was a succession plan in place for Ed and Carol’s much-deserved retirement. That succession plan continues to move forward. We expect America’s Best Flowers to continue on for many, many years to come!

At the end of 2017, we promised you new and exciting things from us in 2018. We’ve continued on our quest to redesign the layout of the main greenhouse. We moved our pottery so it’s closer to the main house, making it easier for you to get your pottery choices to the front for checkout. We also moved our production area, so it’s tucked in the corner of the greenhouse and opposite our container workshop area. This will make it faster and easier for us to fill our soil containers for you when you are at the workshop, saving you time in the greenhouse.

Last year, you may have noticed we changed our logo. Since then we’ve been working with a colleague on new signage and banners in order to make shopping with us easier. We expect to have everything in place for our Spring open house, April 7th and 8th. Until then, we’d love for you to come out and visit us; take a look at what’s new! I can assure you, we have production in full-swing and all sorts of amazing new products in store for you!

Can February March?
No, but April May! 

Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?

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America’s Best Flowers’ fundraising program is in full swing and runs through April 2, 2018.  We have designed it to be quick, easy, and profitable. In as little as 2-3 weeks or less, you can earn substantial money for your group.

For further details or questions contact Shirley at
abfscimino@yahoo.com 

Nature Inspired, Fair Trade Products 

Eangee is a company that produces eco-friendly products from sustainable, recycled and renewable resources like banyan and cocoa leaves. Products are made with low impact finishes and plant-based dyes. They work with artisans in the Philippines to create handmade, one of a kind pieces.

They are also a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council which supports fair trade. Their employees are given a fair wage, housing, access to healthcare and higher education. Making their products is both time consuming and labor intensive, so each artisan is an essential part of their organization.

Eangee’s most popular products are their lamps and nightlights, which we have a selection of at our store. For these products, leaves are made into lampshades, first by fossilization. The leaves are hand-rubbed of their chlorophyll (green parts), so that only the skeleton remains. After that, they are dried for 3-4 months. Once dried, they are dyed with an organic dye. Each will take on its own unique look. Only the best leaves are actually selected to use, so approximately 20% make the cut.

The selected leaves are then put on a heat-resistant backing and cut to fit without overlap. They are sealed for stability and integrity. The last step is to make the frame out of hand-stitched abaca rope, hand-stained bamboo and wrought iron. Once assembled, it’s like no lamp you have ever seen!

We also have wall art and garden stakes from Eangee that are made with metal and adorned with mother of pearl. Each is hand-painted and sealed. If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind, handmade accent for your home consider an Eangee lamp, wall hanging or garden stake. You will see, they are truly stunning works of art!

Gladiolus

 
Gladiolus are an iconic cut flower that most people recognize. You might not know their name, but you could recognize them in your grandma or mom’s garden and they are majestic! Glads have tall spikes, with large blossoms and come in nearly every color imaginable, even bi-colors. We have a wide assortment of colors from which to choose. 
Just visit our store.

Glads are an easy-to-grow flower, but they do require some care, as they are not hardy in Wisconsin. Many people grow them for one season and then dig and store the corms, (a bulb-like structure) over winter. Another option is to plant the corms, get one season out of them, and then just buy new corms the following year; essentially treating them as an annual flower. There is some thought that you get bigger, healthier flowers that way, plus you don’t have the hassle of digging them up in September. 

Want to learn more about growing Gladiolus?

Floral notes
With Valentine’s Day now over, we can look back on all of the roses that left our two floral shops; one in Cottage Grove and one in Edgerton. There are so many choices in cut flowers, but still, the Rose is number one when you want to send a special message. There’s just something about the elegance and beauty of the flowers. Maybe it’s the silkiness of the petals or maybe it’s the fragrance of the blooms. Quite possibly it’s both!

Our designers can take something as common as a Rose and turn it into a creative, memorable work of art. Floral designers really are artists, but instead of using paint, clay or pencil, they use flowers to project their creativity onto each and every piece they create.

Do you have a special request? Just ask! Our team of designers love to try new things and would love to hear what ideas YOU have for creating an unforgettable work of floral art for someone special! Whether you would like to use the quintessential Rose or the unorthodox Protea, we are here to help!
Edgerton 
Cottage Grove

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.
Customer Service Associates: Cottage Grove and Edgerton Locations

We’re looking for Customer Service Associates with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. General plant knowledge of common annuals, vegetables and herbs is needed. Positions include some watering and plant maintenance. These are seasonal, full time or part time positions.

Retail Cashier: Cottage Grove Location

We are in need of a couple of great people to operate our Point-of-Sale system to efficiently and accurately take care of our customers. Minimum requirements are the ability to practice patience at all times and a perpetual smile. These are part time, seasonal positions- April until June.

Office/Administrative Assistant: Cottage Grove Location

Our veteran Administrative Assistant, Bev, ran off and got married last August (we’re all very happy for her, but we miss her!). So, we’re in need of someone with strong office skills: filing, answering phones, mailing and preparing reports. This position will also perform accounting functions, balancing cash drawers, counting receipts and preparing bank deposits. It is a permanent part time position to start, working to permanent full time for the right person. Future duties would include accounts receivable and/or accounts payable. Experience with databases is a plus. Must be proficient in Word and Excel.

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.

Please apply in person Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM 
and allow 30-45 minutes to complete the application.

Why are trees very forgiving?

Because in the Fall they “Let It Go” and
in the Spring they “turn over a new leaf”. 

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!
Growing Berries in your own Backyard
Instructor: Ed 

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11am-12pm

Whether you are thinking of planting Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, or Blackberries, there’s nothing like having sweet berries right from your own garden.
Hey, if you’re feeling up to it, why not grow them all! 
During this free informational class, experts will answer all your questions, from where to plant berries, to how to care for them and the list goes on. 

Can’t you just picture it right now … walking into your garden and picking a plump sweet blueberry right from your own yard. The rewards are definitely sweet!  Pre-registration is appreciated. Call 608 222-2269 and we can add your name to the list!


Summer Bulb Care
Instructors: Lori & Chris

Saturday, February 24, 11am – 12pm    

If you have questions on how to plant bulbs, where to plant them and how to care for them, then this FREE informative class is for you. Our experts will give you tips and tricks for planting a variety of bulbs. 

Starting Seeds Indoors
Instructor: Ed

Saturday, March 3, 11am – 12pm

Get ready for spring and start your seeds indoors. This free class offers great tips for both beginners and seasoned gardeners.
 

 

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

Mushroom Asparagus Quiche
 

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and rubbed sage

Directions

 

1. Separate crescent dough into eight triangles; place in an ungreased 9-in. pie plate with points toward the center. Press onto the bottom and up the sides to form a crust; seal perforations. Spread with mustard; set aside.

 

2. In a large skillet, saute the asparagus, onion and mushrooms in butter until asparagus is crisp-tender. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in asparagus mixture. Pour into crust.

 

3. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

 

4. Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked quiche. To use, remove from freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw). Preheat oven to 375°. Place quiche on a baking sheet; cover edge loosely with foil. Bake as directed, increasing time as necessary for a knife inserted in center to come out clean. 


 

Yield: 8 servings.


SEE YOU SOON!!!