Our Staff

Our Staff

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About Our Staff:

We have lots of dedicated seasonal associates that work full and part-time and the following individuals are truly thankful for all their help. Total employment peaks at about 80 associates.

Edward Knapton


Involved with financial matters purchasing and marketing. Background BS degree in Horticulture from UW - Madison. Many years of experience with customers and growing plants.

Carol Knapton


Involved with the payables and overall business decisions. Background BS degree in Education from Edgewood College. Many years of experience with customers and plants.

Ed and I visit trial gardens of flowers all over the United States. We pick the best varieties. We visit these gardens many times during the season and the plants need to look good throughout the season and year in and out also. As you know there are many tomato varieties and some are better than others. As examples, there are many varieties of white impatiens, white geraniums, and white petunias. We try to grow only the best varieties and these trials let us know which ones to grow. Please be aware the best varieties are usually harder for us to grow in the greenhouse but easier for you to grow.

Garden Center Staff:

Barbara Raether

Retail Manager

Deb Rynes

Perennials, Trees, Shrubs Manager

Katie Cubberley

Floral Designer

Beth Dolan

Customer Service Manager

Sharon Stickford

Container Garden Designer

Darby Hoffman

Receiving Coordinator


Greenhouse Production Staff:

Cheryl Grassman

Production Line Manager

Steven Jones

Greenhouse Production Associate

Kate Scheffer

Greenhouse Grower


Operations Staff:

Bruce Dimmig

General Manager

Michele Westphall

Marketing Director

Bonnie Hall

Administrative Assistant

Alex Gilliland-Lloyd

Information Technology Specialist (IT)

Shirley Cimino

Fundraising Coordinator

Deborah Stevens

Educational Coordinator




What Our Customers Say About Us

  • Another pleasant and profitable day at America’s Best Flowers flea market yesterday. The staff, the vendors and the customers are all just as the name implies the best.

    - Bobbie J.
  • Bring your own pots to this place and set up in a potting work station. You can use their soil and expert advice to make your purchase selections… Fun to do with kids.

    - Melle.
  • Awesome place, always friendly and helpful. Beautiful choices for plants!

    - Catherine C.
  • Everything was beautiful today, enjoyed my time there shopping!

    - Deb V.M.
  • Kudos to the crew at ABF for green houses filled with beautiful flowers & creative gardening elements.

    - Deb M.
  • Love this place and the great flowers and wonderful staff… They helped me pick the plants and they built the basket for me right on the spot. The rest of my plants look great too.

    - Julie A.