Visit us at the Garden Expo!

Newsletter 2 – Thursday, February 5, 2015

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open

9am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
We are closed on Sundays for the month of February.

Edgerton location open

Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.

Maya Angelou

What’s the first sign of spring?

It’s the 2015 Midwest Garden Expo, of course!  February 13th to February 15th.  Come on out to the Exhibition Hall, inside the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, and see what’s new for the 2015 gardening season.

Our large and colorful booth is located just inside the entrance across from the Wisconsin Public Television booth.  Our experienced staff will be there to answer all your gardening questions.

2015 Garden Expo

Friday     3 pm – 9 pm
Saturday     9 am – 6 pm
Sunday     10 am – 4 pm

Miniature Gardens are BIG at America’s Best Flowers!

A beautiful terraced miniature garden straight out from a fairy tale!
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
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Stop by our booth at the Garden Expo and check out our HUGE miniature garden display.  Choose from our vast selection of succulents, miniature garden plants and tiny garden accessories.  Then let your imagination take over and create your very own miniature wonderland.

You’re Drinking Too Much Coffee When:

You ski uphill.
You speed walk in your sleep.
You answer the door before people knock.
You sleep with your eyes open.
You just completed your third sweater today, and you don’t know how to knit.
You have to watch videos in fast-forward.
Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
People get dizzy just watching you.

Blooming plants in February? You bet!

A gathering of colorful cyclamen, in all the traditional colors of valentines - pinks, reds and violets
Our cyclamen have "Be Mine" written all over them
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We’ll have blooming primroses and blooming cyclamen at the Garden Expo, too!  What a perfect solution to chase away those winter blues! These lovely plants, in a rainbow of colors, would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.  We’ll also have a nice variety of succulents, including aloe vera, and houseplants for you to choose from.

What did the big flower say to the small flower?
What’s up, bud?

We have seeds…lots and lots of seeds!

It’s never too early to start planning for this season’s garden.  If you are planning a vegetable, herb or flower garden get that seed list ready and bring it out to the Garden Expo next weekend.  We’ll have a huge selection of Livingston seeds for you to choose from.

If you can’t make it to the Garden Expo just stop in at our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location, either before or after the Garden Expo, for seeds and other gardening needs.

A young woman was taking an afternoon nap. After she woke up, she told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s day. What do you think it means?"

"You’ll know tonight." he said.

That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it–only to find a book entitled "The meaning of dreams".

Classic Brand Bird Feeders

Classic Brand bird feeders are made by people who are passionate about birds.  Their goal is to develop quality bird products that will bring more birds and more joy into your yard.  

People like these bird feeders because they are easy to fill and easy to clean.  Birds like them because it’s easy for them to get the food and the larger perches make it much more comfortable for them. How do we know that?  Let’s just say a little birdie told us!

More for the birds!

You can make it a happy, hardy, and healthy season for our feathered friends.  We have gift boxed hanging 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. 

What a great gift for the bird watcher in your life!

Are you Edgerton area folks ready for Valentine’s Day?

Our Edgerton location, at 1101 N. Main St., not only has a beautiful floral shop, but a very talented and creative staff.  Give them a call at 608-884-8120 or 1-888-287-1411 and they’ll create a perfect Valentine’s Day bouquet for your very special person.  Delivery service, with a nominal charge, is available in the Edgerton area.

Q: What did one snake say to the other snake?
A: Give me a little hug and a hiss, honey.

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program

America's Best Flowers Gift Card
Their garden will thank you!
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Spring 2015 is right around the corner!  People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.   

What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program.  Non-profit organizations earn 25% of the proceeds from each gift card they sell.  For example, if your organization sells $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10, your organization would earn $125.   

Please contact us if your non-profit organization is in need of funds for things such as (but by no means limited to):

  • local charities, (i.e. food pantry)
  • church mission trips,
  • new equipment or uniforms for your school sports program, or
  • new equipment or uniforms for your school band or orchestra.

America’s Best Flowers gift cards are valid at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations. 

If you are interested or have questions regarding our easy and profitable program, please contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com.

Grandpa John was celebrating his 100th birthday and everybody complimented him on how athletic and well-preserved he appeared. "Gentlemen, I will tell you the secret of my success," he cackled. "I have been in the open air day after day for some 75 years now."

The celebrants were impressed and asked how he managed to keep up his rigorous fitness regime.

"Well, you see my wife and I were married 75 years ago. On our wedding night, we made a solemn pledge. Whenever we had a fight, the one who was proved wrong would go outside and take a walk."

Our 2015 Newsletter

The weekly newsletter will begin on March 5.  If you are a Loyalty Customer and have submitted your email address to us you will receive our newsletter by noon, every Thursday.

If your email address has changed please remember to let us know by either calling us at 608-222-2269, sending us an email at abfbev@yahoo.com or just let us know the next time you are at the greenhouse. 

Our newsletter can also be found on our website www.americasbestflowers.com.

Upcoming Events for 2015

It’s going to be another busy season for us at America’s Best Flowers. 

Our indoor Community Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 4 this spring. 

We’re going to have 10 container workshops this year along with several different types of gardening classes.  Our hope is that we have a little something for everyone.  We’ll have more details about our 2015 events in future newsletters.

Upcoming Events

Fri, Feb 13 – Sun, Feb 15
Garden Expo
Sat, Apr 4
Community Egg Hunt

10am-2pm – Indoor – Rain or shine! FREE candy! For children 6 and under. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Accepting items for the Cottage Grove Food Pantry.

Sat, Apr 11 – Sun, Apr 12
Terrarium & Miniature Garden Container Workshop

10am-3pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own terrarium or miniature garden. Customers may bring in their own EMPTY containers, but all accessories must be purchased from America’s Best Flowers.

Sat, Apr 18 – Sun, Apr 19
Spring Flower Show

9am-6pm We have your all-time favorite plants plus a few new ones for the season and a HUGE selection of new pottery.

Sat, Apr 18
Herb Container Workshop

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

Sat, Apr 18 – Sun, Apr 19
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

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

Our Kitchen

How romantic…easy listening music, candlelight, and a quiet dinner for two, starting with fondue, of course!  What a wonderful way to bring back the days of slowly feeding each other tasty tidbits while enjoying the scintillating conversation of young love.   OR, share the fun with the whole family.  Whatever works for you, I declare it time to dig out the fondue pot and dip into the creamy goodness only fondue brings.

I found the following recipe online, where there are hundreds to choose from, both cheese and chocolate.  I invite you to browse for a while and pick the one that sounds the best to you.

No fondue pot? Slowly heat ingredients in a heavy pan on low.  Pour into a small crockpot to serve.

If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, just substitute apple cider for the beer.

Melting Pot Swiss Cheddar Fondue

  • 12 oz beer
  • 8 oz swiss cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ c flour
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • ¼ t mustard powder and black pepper, or to taste
Directions

Sprinkle cheese over flour in a mixing bowl.  Toss to coat.

Heat the beer in a fondue pot until steaming.

Add Worcestershire, garlic, mustard and pepper, mix well.

Add cheese and flour mixture and stir until melted.

To serve, spear chunks of bread, vegetables and fruit on the cute little forks that come with your pot, or use forks from your silverware drawer, and dip in sauce.

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