2018 – Newsletter 23 Let’s Celebrate! Fourth of July

2018 – Newsletter 23 Let’s Celebrate! Fourth of July

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Cottage Grove Location
4311 Vilas Hope Rd. Cottage Grove WI 53527
(608) 222-2269
Monday – Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Fourth of July Open – 9 am – 5 pm
Edgerton Location
1101 N Main St Edgerton, WI 53534
(608) 884-8120
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
Fourth of July – CLOSED
Enjoy the Fireworks and Celebrate Safely!
After high school, to raise money for college, I worked for Sears, Roebuck and Company. My Dad got me a job there. He had worked there and was able to put in a good word for me. I truly valued that position and knew I was lucky to have a job at such a prestigious company.
I worked myself into a supervisor role and before I left there, was on track to join the Sears corporate management training program. I often wonder how different my life would be had I stayed at Sears and not ventured off into the world of horticulture. I know right now, I would be concerned about how this once iconic and highly esteemed corporation is struggling in today’s retail climate. I have 8 shares of Sears stock that I hang on to and know that today they are only sentimental in value.
With the exception of that 6 year stint at Sears, I have always worked for small, local businesses. I never really fit the “corporate world” mold (or any mold for that matter!). To me, I like the idea of the “community” created in a small business atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong, I know that these kinds of environments can be built within large corporations, too, but couple that with the fact that generally decisions are made at a local level, involving people you actually know, I would take the day-to-day of small business over corporate business, hands down.
A small business is defined as one with less than 500 employees. In Wisconsin, according to the Small Business Administration, we have more than 440,000 small businesses. Those businesses represent nearly 98 percent of all employers in Wisconsin. Dane Buy Local, formed in 2004, is a non-profit organization working to educate the public about buying local first. They are affiliated with the American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA) which is working to build vibrant, durable local economies.
Each year, AIBA celebrates Independents Week the first week of July. This is a week to promote and celebrate those local and independent businesses in your community. According to AIBA, each dollar spent at independent businesses returns 2 to 3.5 times more money to the local economy than one spent at a chain store and 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer. That’s because local businesses support and employ other local businesses. We buy goods and services from other local businesses that are owned by our friends and neighbors. We support the local economy and charities. We act as the training ground for future generations.
Big corporations, chain stores, “big boxes” and online mega-retailers all have their place in this world. But if you are looking for the backbone of your community, your local, independent businesses are those that are supporting your local economy. Help us celebrate Independents Week, June 22nd through July 4th
~ Betty B.
ENJOY

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Perennial of the Week
MONARDA
Learn About Our Perennial Of The Week
MONARDA
Monarda or Bee Balm is a popular perennial with uniquely shaped, crown-like flowers. Its flowers come in scarlet red, pink, white and purple shades. There are many cultivars available, ranging from one foot to four feet tall. This member of the Mint Family has aromatic foliage that, when crushed, will release a spicy scent. The leaves can be used to make a delightful herbal tea.
Because of its aromatic foliage, it is naturally deer and rabbit resistant. It is also tolerant of Black Walnut, so can be planted near these trees. Bee Balm is irresistible to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, so you will have droves of these pollinators in your garden! The name Bee Balm comes from one of its many medicinal uses, soothing bee stings. It has a long history of medicinal purposes, as well as serving as a black tea replacement after high British taxation on tea and the Boston Tea Party.
Plants should be placed in a sunny location with plenty of good air circulation. They will tolerate some shade, but keep the foliage dry when possible. Bee Balm gets a bad rap for being susceptible to Powdery Mildew, but there are many resistant cultivars available. Gardenview Scarlet, Jacob Cline and Raspberry Wine are three that are particularly resistant, but there are many other very beautiful cultivars available.
Plant Monarda in groups in a perennial border, herb garden, cottage garden, pollinator garden or cutting garden. You can use them as a companion with tomatoes in the vegetable garden or with Miscanthus, Achillea, Salvia or Eupatorium in the perennial garden. However they are used, you will be rewarded with fragrant, striking blossoms and quite likely a butterfly or hummingbird or two.
How come there’s no Knock Knock joke about America?
Because freedom rings. 
Night Blooming Jasmine
Night Blooming Jasmine, Cestrum nocturnum, is a tropical evergreen shrub with a sweet, intoxicating fragrance. Also known as Night Blooming Jessamine, it is not a true Jasmine and is actually a member of the Nightshade family along with tomatoes and peppers. Plants are covered with glossy green foliage and clusters of white flowers and eventually white berries. These berries attract birds, but are toxic to humans and many animals, so take great care to make sure they are not ingested. 
Grow these plants as a hedge, privacy screen or specimen or prune them to grow on a trellis, but be sure to locate them by a window or on a patio where their fragrance can be enjoyed on summer evenings. Native to the Caribbean and West Indies, the nighttime blooms are pollinated by night-feeding birds, moths and bats.
Night Blooming Jasmine should be grown in partial to full sun, in well-drained soil or in a container. Because it is a tropical plant, it will need to be brought indoors in the fall, before frost. Prune plants annually, after blooming or more often to maintain shape and size. Container grown plants will need to be repotted every 2-3 years to prevent them from becoming root-bound. Plants should be fertilized once per year, in spring.
Lantana, Phormium, Hibiscus, Salvia and Mandevilla all make great companions for Night Blooming Jasmine. If you want to create a tropical paradise, this plant is a must-have for your garden. The exhilarating fragrance of these flowers provides a memory you will never forget!
Floral Notes
Do you have an anniversary or graduation party coming up?
We can help with your flower and balloon needs. Whether it’s your school colors or your wedding day colors, we can design vases or centerpieces to complement your special day.
We also carry a wide variety of balloons in both mylar and latex for all your decorating needs. We can accommodate special requests with a little extra notice.
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Edgerton, WI 53534  
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Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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What was the most popular dance in 1776?
Indepen-dance. 
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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!
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. 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.
Art In The Garden and Fall Festival
September 22, 2018 / 9 am – 3 pm
Stroll through the greenhouse and enjoy a shopping experience like no other,
this is a great time to get a jump on your holiday shopping! Local artists and crafters will line the greenhouse with their beautiful creations.
Do you know an Artist or a Crafter who would like to join us for this event?
We are now accepting applications for
Art In The Garden and Fall Fest.
Join Us For Other Upcoming Events
Ferns and Shade
Loving Perennials
June 30, 2018, Saturday 
10AM-11AM
For all of you who have shade in your garden, this class is for you! Our perennial experts will help you to become acquainted with those true shade dwellers such as ferns, hosta, heucheras, astilbe and much more.
Drought Tolerant Plants
July 14, 2018, Saturday      
10AM-11AM
Do you have a “black” thumb? Do you often forget to water your plants? Maybe you simply have dry, rocky, poor soil. Our perennial experts will share with you some ideas about what plants work perfectly in these types of conditions. Just because you have less than ideal conditions, doesn’t mean you can’t grow beautiful plants!
8th Annual Dog Wash
Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society
Saturday, July 21, 2018 11AM-3PM 
Bring your wonderfully dirty dogs to our garden spa for a bath and nail trim. With the unconditional love that they have for you don’t your dogs deserve to be pampered?
All proceeds go to the Dane County Humane Society! 
No Bake Berry Trifle
This cake is best served the same day it’s made. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
Ingredients for the Blueberry Trifle:
17 oz angel food cake, cut into 1″ cubes (I used 1 1/2 blocks)
1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 lb fresh blueberries
Lemon Syrup:
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice (from 1/2 medium lemon)
Trifle Cream Ingredients:
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened at room temp
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
What you will need:
4 or 5 qt trifle dish or make it in a 9×13 glass pyrex dish.
How to Make Lemon Syrup:
In a measuring cup, combine 1/4 cup water, 2 Tbsp sugar and 2 Tbsp lemon juice and stir until sugar is dissolved. Set aside until needed.
How to Make the Trifle Cream:
Beat together 1 lb cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar (with the whisk attachment) on medium speed until creamy and smooth, scraping the bowl a couple times. With mixer on, pour in 2 cups heavy cream. Turn mixer to medium/high and continue beating until until whipped and fluffy. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and beat until incorporated.
Assembling the Berry Trifle:
Place 1/3 of your sliced angel food cake into the bottom of your trifle dish and brush with 1/3 of your syrup. Add 1/3 of your cream and loosely spread it over cake pieces. Add 1/2 of the sliced strawberries. Repeat with remaining ingredients (adding 1/2 of the blueberries for the second fruit layer). Frost the top with last 1/3 of cream and decorate with remaining fruit.
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