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

Owner Sec-Treasurer

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

Owner President

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.


Betty Bless

General Manager

Marty Robbins

Head Buyer

Barbara Raether 

Retail and Propagation Manager



Cheryl Grassman

Production Manager


Rowena Koschkee  

Marketing Director 



Christine Budack  

Commercial Accounts and Customer Service Manager 



Bonnie Hall  

Administrative Assistant



Shirley Cimino

Fundraising Coordinator



Alex Gilliland-Lloyd – Information Technology Specialist (IT)


Sharon Stickford – Container Garden Designer


Deborah Stevens – Educational Coordinator

What Do We Do?

We operate a huge Greenhouse facility equal to the area of about 40 houses (83,276 ft² plus outside sales and display areas) ready to service all your plant needs.


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.