Newsletter 9 – April 30, 2009
“There are no mistakes in gardening.
Just experiences.” Farnsworth
SALSA SATURDAY 2009
Like life, gardening is full of experiences.
Some more fun than others. This
Saturday, May 2, the fun will be at America’s Best Flowers as we
celebrate Cinco de Mayo. In addition to serving complementary chips and
salsa to our customers from 11 - 2, copies of the winning recipes from
our Salsa Contest will be available.
The weather report sounds great, sunny skies and seasonal temps,
so come on out and enjoy shopping to a Latin beat. While you’re here,
pick up a salsa container so you can grow your own ingredients.
Or, better yet, plant up your own.
This weekend we are doing Container Workshops with expert help
and free soil. See below for details.
I ordered a hot
chocolate and the waiter brought me a Hershey bar and a match. Joke 1
Your all-time favorite event, the Container Workshop, kicks off this Saturday and Sunday, May 2
and 3, from 10-4 each day. If you’ve never attended, you may be
surprised that we provide FREE SOIL AND ASSISTANCE and clean up the
mess! All you do is choose
a variety of plants from our large inventory of annuals and perennials,
pick out a pot (or bring in your own) and create a beautiful, unique
creation for your porch, deck or patio.
Many people use these workshops to plant all the containers they
will need for the season. No
registration is required, but if you will need a lot of assistance, you
might want to consider coming Sunday morning, before it gets too busy. Sharon,
Cathy, Chris and Barb will give you ideas to personalize your
is truly an event you won’t want to miss!
Did you hear the
one about the man with the split personality?
He went to a
psychiatrist and asked for a group rate. Joke 2
Speaking of Containers
Best Flowers is fast becoming known as Dane County’s Container
planters, created by Sharon Stickford and her talented staff, are
gaining popularity with many Madison area homeowners and businesses.
You, too, can add panache to your entryway or outdoor living area
with one of our dramatic, unique containers.
Examples of these stunning living arrangements, featuring
multi-colored tropicals, annuals and perennials in beautiful pots, line
the walkways of our big house. Come
out today and see for yourself what happens when you mix America’s
best flowers with Dane County’s most talented designers.
are encouraged when you are ready to get down to the specifics of how we
can help. Please call
222-2269 to set up a time when you will have the undivided attention of
one of our design staff. Home
visits can be arranged for orders with numerous containers.
difference between an optimist and a pessimist?
invented the airplane.
The pessimist made
the seat belts. Joke 3
The USDA has
Value Added Grants available for agriculture-based companies.
America’s Best is applying for a grant to expand our herb
production and flowering container departments.
Our goal in applying for this grant is to expand our production
capabilities so we can offer you a wider selection of herbs, along with
classes to help you use them; as well as to enlarge our annual and
flowering container departments.
Part of the
application process requires an informal survey of a sampling of our
customers by the grant writer. Please
contact us to give your permission to share your contact information
with our grant writer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We sincerely appreciate your participation.
Did you hear about
the new restaurant that just opened up on the moon?
Good food, but no
atmosphere. Joke 4
SITES NOW OPEN
This year we have two satellite sites open for business.
We are at the Sears automotive parking lot in West Towne Mall and
across from the old Hanley’s hardware in Sun Prairie.
Unfortunately, the contracts for our previous sites at East Towne
and in Monona were not renewed by Menards.
We are very disappointed with their decision, because we have
established wonderful relationships with our customers in those areas. If you normally have shopped at these sites, please come on
out to our main greenhouse, located between Madison and Cottage Grove at
Vilas Hope Road. You will
find the short drive well worth your time. Our hours are 9 to 8 Monday
through Friday, and 9-6 Saturday and Sunday.
Call for directions 222-2269.
What did one
elevator say to the other?
I think I’m
coming down with something! joke 5
Colorful Spring Trees
Spring-flowering trees and shrubs are beginning to show their
colors in the landscape. As
you drive through your neighborhood, are you envious of the bright
lavender flowers of rhododendrons, or the stunning yellows, oranges, or
pinks of hardy azaleas? Perhaps
your taste runs to the larger pink blooms of magnolias, the sunshine
yellows of forsythia, or the delicate pinks of flowering almond.
Or maybe it’s the thousands of fragrant blossoms on the fruit
trees that catch your eye.
Whichever you prefer, this spring is the time to plant so you
can enjoy your favorite in your own yard.
Stop out today and choose from our wide selection, which includes
Royal Star and Ann magnolias, and, new for this year, the weeping double
flowering Higan cherry, and Double Flowering Plum,
“Everybody’s going bankrupt. The
So the next time you’re in
a crowded elevator,
Try to organize a
sing-along.” David Letterman.
.May 2 SALSA
SATURDAY. 11 – 2 Join us as we celebrate Cinco
de Mayo by serving our FREE salsa & chips, while you shop
to a Latin beat!
Container Workshop Your all-time favorite event kicks off Saturday
and Sunday, May 2 and 3, from 10-4 each day. Plan to attend.
5 & 7
Mother’s Day Make and
Take Workshop 6:30 pm. SIGN UP TODAY!! Space is limited.
Design a beautiful planter for your mom or other special
woman from the following options:
#1 Fill a colorful Scheurich pot with cheerful pansies or
begonias. Cost $20.
#2 Plant a Topsy Turvy pouch with a cherry tomato plant to
hang outside your door or for your patio (as seen on TV). Great for
people in apartments or condos. Cost $25
#3 Fill our elegant ceramic planter (3 square pots nesting on
a matching ceramic saucer) with fresh herb plants. A beautiful accent
piece for your kitchen, in choice of sage or cobalt blue. Cost $35
Tuesday, May 5, and Thursday, May 7, at 6:30PM. Register
at 222-2269 and indicate the planter of choice, supplies are limited.
May 16 Rose
Workshop at 10 AM If
you have any questions about roses, you won’t want to miss this one.
Our own Sharon Stickford, past president of the Madison Rose
Society, will simplify rose gardening and show you just how easy growing
and caring for them can be. HONEST!
Easy Vegetable Gardening,
Tomatoes and More! 10AM. Vegetable gardening is back!
People have rededicated themselves to growing their own veggies.
In addition to providing delicious fresh produce, other benefits include
the therapeutic effects of working the soil, which clears your mind; the
physical exercise, which strengthens your body; and the calming effect
of watching your garden grow, which is a tonic for your soul. We invite
you to learn gardening shortcuts and tips from Brian Emerson of the
Madison Agricultural Research Station.
We will have free
classes continuing throughout the season, along with more Make
and Take Workshops. Our goal is
to hold events that are interesting and helpful to our customers.
Remember to give us your input. We’re
I can’t cook.
I use a smoke alarm for a timer. Joke 7
This week we’re featuring a genuine Mexican
recipe from one of our co-workers, Gabriel. It’s easy and delicious,
and would be fun to have on Cinco de Mayo. Serve with warm tortillas
(Gabriel prefers corn tortillas).
Zucchini and Chorizo
lbs. zucchini, chopped to a 1/2'” dice
cup diced onion
cloves minced garlic
Roma tomatoes, chopped to a 1/2 “ dice
Jalapenos, diced (add the seeds if you like it hotter)
package chorizo sausage
cup packed chopped cilantro
Heat large frying pan or Dutch oven.
Remove chorizo from casings and break up with wooden spoon. Cook
with onion and garlic until sausage is browned: drain. Add tomatoes,
cilantro and jalapenos. Cook
until soft. Stir in zucchini, cook a few minutes longer. Salt to taste.
Serve with tortillas, taco style.
postmaster for a small town in Pennsylvania.
One of my regular customers, Jeff,
sheets of newly released commemorative stamps.
Soon after he left,
a woman came in, carrying two crisp sheets of
stamps she’d found in the parking lot.
The next morning, I
gave Jeff the sheets of stamps he’d lost.
Jeff said to me,
“I’m not all
that surprised the Houdini stamps reappeared.” joke 8
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless