Ed and Carol just returned from Utah, the site of this year’s Garden Center Group Fall Event. The Garden Center Group (GCG) is a national group of garden centers that join together to share information and experiences in an effort to make the garden center industry, and each other, better. The Fall event includes a tour of the area’s garden centers to get ideas from others, as well as to provide feedback to those stores on the tour on how to make themselves better.
This year at the Fall event, Ed and Carol were introduced to an organization called
Kidsgardening.org. This is a non-profit organization that promotes garden-based education. It provides children the opportunity to learn about plants, insects, birds, health, food systems
and nutrition and the environment in general.
Kidsgardening.org‘s goal is to teach kids through interactive education. They have been
leading the school gardening movement for 36 years and hold the belief that through
gardening, kids become connected to food & community and are engaged in nurturing a healthy planet. Since 1982, they have contributed close to 4.4 million dollars in funding to
youth gardening initiatives and benefited an estimated 1.5 million children.

Educators and volunteers can apply for grants to construct things such as school or community gardens, a monarch waystation or honey bee observation hives. The other purpose that kidsgardening.org serves is to provide parents and teachers lesson plans and curriculum to teach children about everything from composting, creating habitat for birds, garden pests, constructing rain gardens, plant propagation and many, many more.

Their soil science curriculum has a Wisconsin connection in that two staff members of
Applied Ecological Services in Brodhead, WI were on the project team that wrote the plan.
One of those staff is also the President of the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association.
Additionally, staff from the University of Wisconsin and Green County Land Conservation
Department acted as reviewers on the curriculum.
Through donation, America’s Best Flowers has become a proud supporter of this organization and the Youth Garden Grant. We firmly believe in the importance of teaching our children environmental stewardship and how to improve nutritional attitudes. Kidgardening.org provides the curiosity, inspiration and educational resources to motivate the next generation of gardeners and environmental stewards.
~Betty

 

ALL Perennials, Trees and Shrubs
30% – 40% 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.
Purple Velvet 
 
Purple Velvet Plant, also known as Purple Passion Plant, is a lovely plant grown for its downy purple leaves. In fact, if the plant starts to form flower buds, my recommendation would be to cut them off, because the flowers do not have a pleasant smell. Some would even call it stinky!
However, the beautiful purple leaves with red undersides is reason enough to add this plant to your collection. Grown in a pot or in a hanging basket, you are sure to enjoy this plant
for many years.
Place plants in bright, indirect light. If the plant is not receiving enough light, you will know,
as the color fades a bit from the leaves. Plants prefer temperatures of between 65-85 degrees and high humidity. Provide supplemental humidity with a room humidifier, placement near a kitchen or bath or by placing plants on pebbles in a tray of water.
Fertilize plants during the spring and summer with ½ strength Miracle Gro All Purpose fertilizer. Always read and follow the label instructions. Purple Velvet does not like to be wet, so take care not to overwater them. Always allow the top ¼ of the soil to dry between waterings and reduce your watering in fall and winter.
Purple Velvet can be pruned aggressively to maintain its shape. Cut the stems to 2-4″ above the soil line and take the “cuttings” and start new plants, if desired. You can do this by placing the cutting in water or dipping it in Bonide Rooting Hormone and placing it in soil such as Espoma Seed Starter.
Not many indoor plants will give you the attractive purple color of Purple Velvet and for this
reason alone, it is a good addition to any collection. Combine that with the easy-to-care-for
nature of the plant and you simply can’t pass this one up!

Why was the cat afraid of the tree?

Because of its bark!

 
Taking care of your Houseplants and Tropicals
Even though we may not be psychologically ready, the time has arrived for us to bring in our outdoor tropical plants and houseplants for winter. Before you make that move, you should inspect the pots and plants for insect pests.
You do not want to bring unwanted creatures in with your plants, so if you see any aphids, whitefly, thrips, spider mites or any other pests, you should consider treating your plants. Bonide has products that can take care of these unwanted pests for you.
Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control is a product that is taken up by the roots into the plant. It is used for control of mealybugs, scale, aphids, whitefly, thrips and dozens of other insects. This granular insecticide is applied to the top layer of soil and watered in. Control lasts for up to 2 months. 
 
Insecticidal Soap is another option, especially if you are looking for a more natural management choice. This is made of a proprietary mix of ingredients and can be used for organic gardening. Insecticidal soap can be used for control of aphids, whitefly, thrips, mites and many of the other common houseplant pests. It is a great choice for those who want to avoid using harsher chemicals.
Like it or not, fall and cooler weather is on our doorstep. Prepare your plants for the winter ahead by getting rid of all of summer’s pests and giving them a clean environment in which to thrive this winter. As with all chemicals, always read and follow the label instructions and check out our blog for other information about bringing your plants indoors.

Floral Notes
 
Our Floral Department in our Cottage Grove Loation has some fun workshops coming up! Pre-pay and pre-registration is required for both workshops.
Please call us at (608) 222-2269
 
Cute as a Pumpkin Floral Workshop

Cost: $20.00 

September 22, 2018, 11 am – 12 pm 
 
This workshop will be held during
“Art In The Garden”.
Stroll among the handcrafted creations of local artisans and attend our creative workshop!
Create this adorable fresh floral centerpiece
in a pumpkin to add that perfect fall touch to your home!
Autumn Welcome Wreath Workshop
Cost: $40.00 – Approx. 24″
September 29, 2018, 10 am – 12 pm

 

Create this festive Fall wreath to welcome
your guests!
Bring your bestie and make a day of it!
Our designers will be on hand to guide you through creating your very own everlasting sunflower wreath.

 

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 prefered.

Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.

 

When plants get hurt
do other plants photosympathize with them?
Mark your Calendars!!!
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Winterize Your Garden
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 am – 11 am
Time sure has gone by fast and soon enough it will be time to put your garden to sleep for the winter. Get tips on pruning, cleaning/storing pottery, fountains & bird baths and getting your garden ready for winter.
Art In The Garden and Fall Festival
Saturday. September 22, 2018
9 am – 3 pm
Stroll among the flowers and foliages as you enjoy a variety of items created by local artists. This is always a great event to help you get started on your holiday shopping. We also have activities for young and young at heart!
We will have a kids’ coloring contest, Fall pumpkin arrangement workshop,
build your own scarecrow and more! Join us for some great fall fun!

 

Ask the bee keeper all about bees 11 am – 1 pm
Bill Stickford will be here to answer any questions you might have about raising honey bees. We will have a limited supply of Bill’s honey for sale during Art In The Garden. This is local honey at its best. Get yours before they are all gone!

 

 
Cute as a Pumpkin workshop  11 am -12 pm
Cost: $20.00
Time to get a jump on your fall decorating! 
Get those creative juices flowing and create a fall arrangement to take home with you. Pre-registration and Pre-Pay is required. 
Call us at 608 222-2269
 
 
 
 
 
Build Your Own Scarecrow 10 am – 3 pm 
Come with the family and build your very own scarecrow!
Prices vary depending on accessories chosen.

 

Fall Wreath Make and Take
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10 am – 12 pm
Cost: $40.00
 
Create this autumn welcome wreath during this fun fall workshop!

 

Fall Decorating Tips and Tricks
Saturday, October 6, 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.

 

 

Recipe

 

 

 

Easy homemade chili. Goes great with cornbread, over corn chips for a chili pie
or use spicy pinto beans to give it that extra kick.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

To see how all these ingredients come together for some easy homemade chili

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SEE YOU SOON!!!