Get your Holidays started here!

Newsletter 39 – Thursday, November 13, 2014

Current Hours

Cottage Grove open
Open 7 days a week 9-5:30

Edgerton open
Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 75


"Not something you see every day!"
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While my dad was outside up on a ladder, he had a ‘bird’s eye view’ of something really exciting going on and couldn’t wait to tell us about it.

I was relaxing (aka napping) on my window seat when that annoying thing rang and I heard my mom say, “Hello?”

Then I heard my mom say, “Really?  Cool, I’ll be right out to see them.”   

So, I’m like fully awake now!  Something fun is going on outside!  And me and my mom are going to check it out together…at least that was MY impression! 

Now get this, I’m standing next to the door with my Labrador ears perked in that “LET’S GO!” position and my mom says to me, “Sorry, Lucy.  You can’t go outside right now.  You’ll have to watch through the front window.” 

Then out she goes!  What?! 

I jumped back up into the window seat and looked out to see 8 huge turkeys pecking around in our front yard. A few of them were showing off and standing only on one leg.  Others were flapping their wings and then just like that they slowly walked down the sidewalk and onto the next block.    

Once the turkeys were out of sight my mom and dad invited me to join them outside.  Big deal, you say, well, yep, that’s what first came to my mind, but then I thought to myself, “Duh, Lucy girl, who would you rather be with…a gang of wild turkeys or your mom and dad?”   

And with a big smile on my face I went and stood as close to them as I possibly could.  I just happened to look up at them as they were looking at each other and then in unison my mom and dad kneeled down together and wrapped their arms around me. 

Ain’t love grand!

~Lucy

Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

Anatole France

America’s Best Flowers makes Holiday decorating easy AND fun!

A collage of our Winter Workshop
A collage of our Winter Workshop
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Bring your creativity and holiday spirit on out to our Winter Workshops!   

This is how it all works!

You may pre-register for any or ALL of our workshop events by sending Marty an email at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or call us at 608-222-2269. 

We want to have plenty of supplies for you to create your masterpieces, so pre-registration is appreciated, though not required.

All of our workshops are ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3, so there is no need to sign up for a particular time slot, just the date.  Walk-ins are always welcome.

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd
Ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3

A holiday porch pot with an evergreen pine surrounded by evergreen boughs, decorated with glittered pinecones, berries and a red ribbon
Make Something Beautiful this Holiday Season!
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Awe your family and friends this holiday season with beautiful festive porch pots!  Our holiday porch pot workshop is just one of our many ‘hands-on’ workshops we offer our customers.  It’s a creative, fun and easy way to decorate for the holidays. 

You are welcome to bring in your empty container from home or purchase one of ours.  Containers range from inexpensive plastic to high-end ceramic.  We will provide FREE sand for your container or liner.  (We recommend always using a liner in ceramic containers.)

We offer bundles of assorted fresh greens as a base to start your container. Once you have arranged the greens, you can add to your container from our wide assortment of artificial picks and stems to accentuate your design.

Finished prices range from $35 to $150.  It all depends on how large, how full, and how dramatic you want your container to be.

We do ask that you purchase your porch pot supplies from us and not bring in ones from home or other suppliers. 

As with all our workshops, you do the actual planting.  Our experienced design staff will be on hand to assist with your design and arrangement.

If you can’t make it to one of our weekend workshops just stop out to the greenhouse from Monday through Friday, between 9:30-3:30 and do your own porch pot creation.  Please keep in mind that assistance will be limited outside of the workshop weekend hours.

Custom made Holiday Porch Pots!

A holiday porch pot filled with fresh greens both bright and dark, a green/red ribbon, golden globes and silver pinecones
Made to Order!
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America’s Best Flowers would be happy to custom make your Holiday Porch Pots.  To order please email Marty Robbins at abfrobbins@yahoo.com or call us at 608-222-2269.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

Wreath Workshop

Sunday, November 30th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3

A cheery and festive wreath on your front door is a welcoming and warm way to greet your holiday guests into your home. 

Join us for our holiday wreath workshop.  If you need assistance we’ll be happy to give you pointers.  What a fun project for the family and, in fact, there are no limits to how many you can make.  What a nice surprise for Grandma and Grandpa or what about that special neighbor of yours?

It’s a thoughtful way to show people that you are thinking of them and wishing them Happy Holidays!

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

Saturday, December 6th
Ongoing throughout the day between 9 and 3

Create a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table!  Start by adding fresh greens to florist’s foam to create your base.  Choose from an assortment of picks for a seasonal accent.  For that classic look simply add a candle.

Ready To Go

One cold winter evening a family was preparing to go out for an
activity. The wife, who was normally bustling about getting the children
ready to leave, was this evening instead standing right inside the front
door, her arms full of coats.

And instead of being prepared to leave, her four small children were
busy running circles around her playing one of their non-stop games of
tag.

Her husband, coming down the stairs, was shocked at the spectacle.

"Honey," he said, "What are you doing just standing there? We’ll be
late!"

"Here," his wife replied, handing him the coats with a smug smile, "I
thought that this time you would like to have the privilege of putting
the children into their coats, while I go and honk the horn."

Fresh and Green

Fresh cut bundled mixed greens and fresh wreaths have arrived at the greenhouse.  Choose from our selection of ready-made bows, in a variety of colors, and you will have your very own customized wreath.

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees!

Our display of christmas trees in the parking lot
Fresh Christmas Trees
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Ho, Ho, Ho…our fresh cut Christmas trees will be here very, very soon!  

Again this year we will have locally grown Fraser/Balsam mix Christmas trees.  

So get those holiday boxes out of the attic and basement and let the decorating begin! 

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if everything is.

Albert Einstein

For the birds!

You can make it a happy, hardy, and healthy season for our feathered friends.  We have gift boxed hanging Holiday Birdie Wreaths, from Pine Tree Farms.  This featured wreath will serve up a feast of black oil sunflower, peanuts, colored safflower, and red millet.  Other varieties of wreaths as well as bird seed bells are also available. Stop in and stock up your bird pantry for the winter. 

These would make great gifts for the bird watcher in your life!

Gorgeous Poinsettias

Red and White Poinsettias!
Red and White Poinsettias!
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Our Edgerton location has been busy growing beautiful poinsettias for the coming holiday season.  Stop by our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location this weekend and pick some up for your family, friends and, of course for yourself! 

Fresh Green Plants

Come on out today and check out our tropical foliage.  Choose from Christmas cactus, Norfolk pines, Chinese evergreen, dieffenbachia, crotons, peace lilies and more.  There is nothing like a fresh houseplant to add that special look and feel to any room in your home.  What a perfect take-along gift for all your upcoming holiday festivities.

What a coincidence, we just received an assortment of ceramic pottery for houseplants!

Last weekend for our Miniature Garden & Terrarium Workshops!

November 15 & 16, 10am – 3pm


So many possibilities!
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Bring your own pot or use one of ours!
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Our last Miniature Garden and Terrarium Workshop is this coming Saturday and Sunday.  Join us, from 10 am to 3 pm, for a journey to our miniature world. Create your very own terrarium or miniature fairy garden just as you’ve seen in the glossy home and garden magazines!

Captivating, Christmas miniatures, little gazing balls, tiny bird baths, petite fairies, small stepping stones, diminutive garden arbors, and miniature fences are just some of the treasures we have waiting here to help you realize your vision. Choose from our wide selection of tiny, live plants to bring your miniature wonderland to life.  Bring your own pot or purchase one here. Soil is free, and design assistance is always available!

Choose from our large selection of succulents and miniature garden plants and garden accessories to create your very own one-of-a-kind terrarium or miniature garden.

We know life is busy so if you are unable to make it to a weekend workshop you are welcome to come in and create your special miniature garden anytime during the week.  Groups are welcome at any time but please call ahead for groups of 5 or more to make sure we have adequate staff.

There is still time to plant Spring Bulbs!

Plant a promise now and save 50%

Planting bulbs is like planting a promise that Spring will be here again and things will grow and bloom and be beautiful. Fall is the only time you can make it happen.  Plant now, before the ground freezes, and be the absolute envy of your neighbors next spring! Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, allium, and more are waiting for you and at 50% off you can afford to plant your whole yard.  Excludes amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs.

This sale does not apply to previous purchases.

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

America's Best Flowers Gift Card
Their garden will thank you!
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America’s Best Flowers gift cards are not only the perfect holiday gift for that favorite gardener in your life, but they make a great gift for your child’s teacher or a fellow co-worker.  Holidays and entertaining go together!  Rather than giving the customary bottle of wine to your host and hostess why not give an America’s Best Flowers gift card? 

We would be happy to take your gift card orders over the phone and mail the cards for you with a personal message for the recipient.

Easy Money for Your Non-Profit Organization!

Is your non-profit organization in need of funds?  America’s Best Flowers fundraising program begins this fall on October 1 and runs through April 1, 2015.  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. 

What else makes our fundraiser so special?

1.    Your group gets 25% of the total value of the America’s Best Flowers gift cards they sell!
2.    Our gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and our Edgerton locations!
3.    America’s Best Flowers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!

Offer your customer that perfect gift to give for the holidays or any occasion.  To help promote your fundraising efforts be sure to advertise that an America’s Best Flowers gift card may be used to purchase items for the coming holiday season.  We will have beautiful poinsettias, Christmas trees, decorated and undecorated fresh wreaths, holiday hanging baskets, Grab and Go Porch Pots, and much more for your holiday decorating needs.  Many non-profit groups have told us that ‘America’s Best Flowers gift cards almost sell themselves!’ 

How do you get started?  One way is to take orders for our gift cards.  Your customers make payment directly to your group.  Submit your completed order to us and we will process it.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total order will be due when you pick up your gift cards.  Another way is to purchase, in bulk, several different denominations of gift cards to sell at your organization’s activities.  One check, from your organization, for payment of 75% of the total is due when you pick up your bulk order.  Some groups do it both ways! 

All holiday orders must be placed with us on or before Monday, December 15.  The cards will be available for you to pick up in a few days time.  Your orders may be submitted weekly, or all at one time.  If you need a gift card after December 15 just give us a call and we will make arrangements with you.

Learn more about our fundraising program by visiting our websitewww.americasbestflowers.com or email me at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Let’s work together to make this your best fundraiser ever!

Upcoming Events

Sat, Oct 18 – Sun, Nov 16
Miniature Garden Container Workshops

10am-3pm Every Weekend – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own miniature garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.

Sat, Nov 22 – Sun, Nov 23
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Sun, Nov 30
Wreath Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Sat, Dec 6
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

9am–3pm – Pre-Registration Appreciated

Reginald’s New Diet

Reginald was terribly overweight, so his doctor placed him on a strict diet.
‘I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you’ll have lost at least five pounds, ‘his doctor assured him.
When Reginald returned he shocked his doctor by having lost almost twenty pounds.
‘Why, that’s amazing, ‘the doctor said, greatly impressed, ‘You certainly must have followed my instructions.’
Reginald nodded, ‘I’ll tell you what though, I thought I was going to drop dead on the third day.’
‘Why, from hunger?’ asked his doctor.
‘No, from all that skipping.’

Our Kitchen

People come and go in our lives, for lots of reasons.  The holidays are a time when memories of some of those folks surface.  Sometimes making us happy, sometimes not.  In my previous life, I had a wonderful mother-in-law.  I didn’t know it then, but I sure do now.  She passed away last month at the age of 97.  Listening to my kids talk about her over the past few weeks triggered memories of the many Thanksgiving dinners we enjoyed at her home.  Of the turkey, which is still the best I have ever had, of her wonderful candied sweet potatoes and giblet dressing, of the best pumpkin pie ever (her tricks included no cloves and lots of cinnamon) and of her very own cranberry relish jello. 

I have spent the last two days digging through mountains of recipes looking for her jello recipe.  No luck so far.  I have googled and googled and there seems to be a lot of variations out there.  My son is coming for Thanksgiving, and I want to make it for him.  Does anybody have a recipe that starts with raspberry jello and includes apples, nuts and celery along with the following cranberry relish?  Please email me at abfbev@yahoo.com

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

Ocean Spray’s Classic recipe
  • 1 unpeeled orange, cut into eighths and seeded
  • 1 12-ounce package Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4-1 cup sugar *
Directions

Place half the cranberries and half the orange slices in food processor container. Process until mixture is evenly chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with remaining cranberries and orange slices. Stir in sugar. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Makes about 3 cups.

NOTE: May also be prepared in a food grinder.

Stir some into mayonnaise for use as a spread on turkey sandwiches.

*Use Splenda for a low sugar version.

SEE YOU SOON!!!
Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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