Newsletter 1 – February 11, 2009 Garden Expo Edition
“We come to love not by finding a perfect person,
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”
How do we love our customers? Let us count the ways….
Our customers mean so much to us. If you receive this newsletter, you most likely are very familiar with our business. You KNOW it’s true. We feel we have a personal relationship with you and we are always trying to make our bond with you even stronger. Our events and varied gardening classes, our “Make and Take” workshops….all those are special to us because we know YOU enjoy them. We’re anxious for you to see the 2009 Calendar of Events, and would love to have your input on ideas for this next season. Simply email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will pass them along to our Special Events coordinator.
All of us are getting so excited about our April 1st opening day, because we can’t wait to see YOU! And, if you’re planning on going to Garden Expo, please stop by our booth. We’re right in the front of the exhibition hall next to the Garden Expo WHA TV booth. You can’t miss us! Want some details? Keep on reading!
If your aunt ran off to get married, what would you call her?
Alliant Energy Center February 13, 14, and 15
Friday 4-9 Saturday 8-6 Sunday 10-4
YES, WE ARE BRINGING PLANTS THIS YEAR! Last year, many of you told us you were disappointed we hadn’t brought our houseplants, as we usually did, to the show. We listened to you, and are not only bringing the lush hanging baskets we are known for, and the smaller tropicals, but this year we will be bringing herbs, seeds, and bare root items. Our lovely Cyclamen plants, in a rainbow of colors, make the perfect valentine gift.
Known for our container gardens, we will have a “how to” display, and printed handout instructions available for you to plan your one-pot, four-season, eye-catching container garden, plus a schedule of our container workshops. These are some of our best attended events, and we offer free soil and assistance when you participate this spring. You won’t want to miss it, and every year, many of you attend more than one, and design every kind of container imaginable, from mixed annual/perennial beauty, to a fragrant herb pot, a salsa, or even a pizza container, brimming with tomato, pepper, oregano and basil plants, and more!
What did the boy bird say to the girl bird on Valentine’s Day?
“Let me call you ‘Tweet’ heart.”
Start Planning for Gardening 2009
SOME UPCOMING EVENTS
Even though we are closed for the winter, everyone at America’s Best Flowers is busy planning for spring. 2009 will be filled with many special events, planned with YOU in mind.
April 11th is our Community Egg Hunt. April 18-19, our Spring Open House which will feature FREE hot dogs and popcorn. Other spring events will include our annual Herb Fest, a special Earth and Arbor Day Celebration, featuring FREE children’s activities, followed by Container Workshops.
The first Saturday in May is our annual “SALSA SATURDAY,” when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Latin music, free samples of chips and salsa, and you can even plant a salsa container that weekend at our workshop. We will give away a $50 gift certificate for the best salsa recipe in our Salsa Recipe Contest.
Special Mother’s Day activities and free classes on vegetable and perennial gardening will continue throughout the season, along with our Make and Take Workshops and plenty of children’s activities. We also promise you many exciting surprises. Our goal is to hold events that are interesting and helpful to our customers. Remember to give us your input. We’re listening!
“To keep your marriage brimming with love, whenever you’re wrong admit it.
Whenever you’re right, shut up.” Ogden Nash
Giant Valentine Cookie
1 cup plus 2 T all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
½ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1¾ cups (11.5 oz. pkg.) chocolate chips, divided
Decorator icing (optional) or foil wrapped chocolate kisses
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 8½ or 9 inch heart-shaped pan, and line with wax paper.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips, spread in prepared pan.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Microwave remaining chocolate chips in a small, microwave-safe bowl on medium high (70%) power for 1 minute. Stir. If necessary, microwave in additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring until melted, spread over cookie. Decorate with icing or put a chocolate kiss on top, off-center while chocolate is still moist.
“My husband and I had several stressful months of financial difficulties.
So one evening I was touched to see him gazing at the
diamond ring that symbolized our marriage.
“With this ring” I began romantically.
“We could pay off Visa,” he responded.” I joke 2
We miss you, and hope to see you at Expo. If not, let’s get together after the 1st of April when we’ll once again be opening our doors to acres of blooming color!
SEE YOU IN THE SPRING. We open April 1st!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless