Last Spring Container Workshop this Weekend

Newsletter 13 – Thursday, May 14, 2015

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open
9 – 8 Monday through Friday
9 – 6 Saturday and Sunday

Edgerton location open (Updated!)

Mon-Fri 8:30-7:00
Sat 8:30-6:00
 Sun 9-4

Last Spring Container Workshop this Weekend

Join us for our last spring Container Garden Workshop this Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. The workshop starts at 10 and is ongoing throughout the day till 4.  Come in anytime between those hours.  After you have shopped for your plants, flowers, and containers pick your spot in our designated workshop area and let the fun begin!

It’s a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your garden gloves. If you forget them, don’t worry, we have a wide variety of reasonably priced gardening gloves to choose from.  Our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you while you do the planting and will help with any and all plant or design questions.

We do ask that if you are bringing in containers from home, please EMPTY all soil from them before bringing them to our greenhouse.  To participate in our container workshops and receive FREE POTTING SOIL AND ASSISTANCE, a minimum purchase of $10.00 is required and you must use plants purchased at America’s Best Flowers.

If you are bringing in large containers please bring in packing peanuts, chunks of Styrofoam or Styrofoam egg cartons to help fill the bottom of your container.  It makes the container a whole lot lighter for you to transport back home and also, easier to rearrange in your garden if you want to change your outside decor.

Are you too busy for a workshop?

For those of you who would like to have a beautiful container garden, but due to your busy schedule can’t participate in a workshop, we can help.  Our designers have created a wonderful variety of pre-made containers so you can just pick the one you like and grab and go!

What a perfect segue to tell you about…

…our talented design team, led by Sharon, who creates the beautiful container gardens at our greenhouse. 

For a reasonable fee our design team will custom design and plant your containers at our greenhouse and will deliver them.  If you have permanent container structures at your home or business, our designers will come out and plant on site.  In fact, we can do this for each of Wisconsin’s four seasons.

Containers come in all sizes and shapes and we can design and plant them all.  Why not give us a call 608-222-2269, and get started on creating your own spot of beauty to enjoy each season.

Remember, life is better when surrounded by beautiful flowers and container gardening makes it all so easy.

I left a packet of seeds in my pocket and my coat turned into a Chia jacket.

Get your garden tools sharpened this weekend!

Come in and sharpen your garden tools
Come in and sharpen your garden tools

Don, from Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening, will be here both Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, from 9-3 and will, for a nominal fee (collected by Don) sharpen those dull garden tools, lawn mower blades, tin snips, and more.  Look for our signs in the parking lot directing you to the drop off area in Greenhouse #7.

Don will be able to sharpen most items while you are enjoying your time at the greenhouse.  For more difficult sharpening Don may need to take your items back to his shop.  They may then be pickedup at America’s Best Flowers the following week.

New gardeners learn by trowel and error.

New Products Corner

Help reduce the stress on your newly planted trees with the new DeWitt Dew Right drip irrigation bag.  This 20 gallon tree watering bag is designed to provide a drip irrigation system directly to tree roots over an extended period of time.  This system concentrates water on the root zone and slowly releases its contents for a deep, penetrating watering and eliminates the severe water stress new trees experience after transplanting while preventing water run-off and evaporation.  Do your new trees a favor and bag them!

We’re Gearing Up for Flea Market Time at America’s Best Flowers

America’s Best Flowers
2015 Flea Market Schedule and Information

June 27 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
August 22 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Sept 19 Sunday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 17 Saturday Flea Market 9am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

For vendor participation we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00.  After you have your space set up on the morning of the flea market, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card. 

Each vendor will be allowed two parking spaces, which equals one booth, to display their wares.  More vendor space is available for an additional $10.00 for each parking space.  Additional space must be requested at the time of the initial registration.  Each vendor is limited to only one $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card regardless of the number of parking spaces (booths).  The flea market will be located in our huge blacktop parking lot.  Rain or shine!

Set up time begins at 8am.  The starting bell for the flea market is 9am and it ends at 3pm.  Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, awnings, chairs, etc.  For safety purposes all vendor vehicles must be parked in a separate area and will not be allowed in the market area until after 3pm.  Space is limited.  Don’t wait to register! 

We will have a specific area set up to test electrical items.

To register please send us a check for the number of booths you would like to reserve.  In the memo section of your check please put ‘Flea Market’.  Also, include a short note stating the specific flea market date(s), the number of booths you are registering for, a telephone number and/or email address for contact purposes.  Our mailing address is: 

America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

There are a few restrictions on what may be brought to our flea markets. They are as follows:

  • No firearms or ammunition,
  • No live animals,
  • No flowers and/or plants,
  • No alcohol or tobacco is allowed on America’s Best Flowers’ property.

If you are interested in joining us contact Shirley at or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

"A man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of."

You Can’t Get Here from There

An alternate route from google maps
See text for a live link to this map
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The road construction on Cottage Grove Rd and Stoughton Rd (Hwy 51) may change the route some of you will take to get to the greenhouse this year.   See this article for information.

Since Southbound entrance and exit ramps onto 51 will be closed, those coming from the north will need to get off Hwy 51 at the Milwaukee Street exit.  Go left (east) at the bottom of the exit ramp and stay on Milwaukee St. until you get to Sprecher Rd.  Turn right (south) go to the first stop light, which is Cottage Grove Rd.  Turn left (east) go 1 mile and then take a right (south) on Vilas Hope Rd.  We are down one half mile on the right.  Hope to see you soon!!

Click here for a live version of the pictured alternate route.

From a church bulletin:
"Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands."

Send Irene your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to Irene, at  Irene will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Friendly Dogs Are Welcome at Our Greenhouse

Important Warm Weather Pet Information

Dog holding its leash in its mouth

Friendly dogs (on leashes) are always welcome at America’s Best Flowers.

If you forget to bring a leash, just stop at our Customer Service Desk or our perennial area and borrow one of ours.  We’ll even have a bowl of fresh water for thirsty dogs inside the greenhouse.

Please keep your pet safe this summer!  During warm weather it’s dangerous to leave your pet in the car for any amount of time.  Running into a store for just a gallon of milk can even be too long!

Please read the following article from the ASPCA website

From ASPCA – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®

102 degrees!

On an 85 degree day, it only takes ten minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees even when the windows have been left open an inch or two.  Within 30 minutes, a car’s interior can reach 120 degrees.  When the temperature outside is a pleasant 70 degrees the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter.  Shade offers little protection on a hot day and moves with the sun.

Pets most at risk for hyperthermia (overheating): young animals, elderly animals, overweight animals, those with short muzzles and those with thick or dark-colored coats.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 91

Lucy standing on the deck looking at something nearby
" ‘Close but not too close’ is one of those things you learn by trial and error."
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Snippet from Lucy’s journal…

We were all relaxing together on the deck the other night when my dad said, ‘Hey, let’s get a fire going tonight.’  Me and my mom looked at each other, jumped up and got busy.  Ya see we have a fire routine. 

My dad gets the fire thingy moved closer to the deck.  Us girls get the cushion positioned just right on the step, close but not too close to the fire and we get the snacks ready.  

When my dad has the fire built, we all sit and cuddle close together on the cushion.  We talk a bit, laugh a bit and then we silently watch the flames and glow of our perfect fire.  My favorite part of our fire routine is that I always, always get to snuggle between my mom and dad and that, my friends, is the best place to be in the whole wide world. 

Till next time!

Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.

Milan Kundera

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 16 – Sun, May 17
Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own EMPTY pots or buy some of ours.

Sat, May 16 – Sun, May 17
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9am-3pm Get your tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, May 23
Herb Cooking Class

11am-1pm Cooking with fresh herbs.

Sat, May 30
Perennial Gardening Class

10am-11am Free garden plan and class.

Mon, Jun 1 – Tue, Jun 30
Perennial of the Week

Focus is on a different perennial each week.

Sat, Jun 6
Container & Succulent Garden Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE assistance and FREE soil with $10 plant purchase per container. Create a wonderful container and/or succulent garden in our greenhouse. Bring in your own EMPTY container or buy one of ours.

Junk Vegetables

The elementary school cook prided herself on the healthy meals she provided with lots of vegetables and fruits. When the power failed one day, the cook couldn’t serve a hot meal in the cafeteria, so at the last minute she whipped up great stacks of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches.
As one little boy filled his plate, he said, "It’s about time. At last — a home-cooked meal!"

Our Kitchen

Here is a favorite salad from Sharon’s family cookbook.  What a perfect time to enjoy it.  If you don’t have lettuce and onions growing in your garden yet, come on out.  We have nice big lettuce plants that will be providing greens for your table before you know it, and nothing is easier to grow than green onions. Sharon suggests you make the crunchy noodle topping ahead of time so it is room temperature when you add it to your salad.

Ramen Lettuce Salad

    Crunchy Topping
    • 2 T butter
    • ½ c sliced almonds
    • 1 pkg Ramen noodle soup mix (chicken or beef)
    • Fresh Garden Lettuce, Spring Salad Mix, or chopped Romaine lettuce
    • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
    • 1 or 2 avocados, peeled and cut into chunks
    • Fresh green onions from your garden, thinly sliced, optional
    • ½ c oil
    • ¼ c vinegar
    • ¼ c sugar
    • 1 T soy sauce
    • lemon juice

    Melt butter in frying pan. Break noodles from ramen package into small pieces.  Add noodles and almonds to butter in pan.  Stir well and cook until nice and brown.  Sprinkle seasoning package from ramen noodles evenly over the top and stir.  Cool.

    Put all ingredients for dressing in a jar.  Shake well.

    Layer lettuce, avocados and tomatoes in large salad bowl.  Top with noodle mixture and dressing to taste.  Toss and serve immediately.

    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
    608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627