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Newsletter 1 – Thursday, January 17, 2013
Hang in there!
All of us at America’s Best Flowers are excited about a number of things:
- First, America’s Best Flowers is open, no need to wait for spring to start planning your garden. Come in with your questions and leave with answers, seeds and plants etc.
- Second, SPRING is right around the corner. (Granted, its a big corner, but still…)
- Third, our new line of Hort Couture plants are spectacular and we cant wait for you to see them.
- Fourth, well have a unique, funky and decorative selection of pottery and garden accents for you to choose from.
- Last, but never least, we get to see YOU!
Visit us at the 2013 Midwest Garden Expo February 8, 9 & 10
Friday 3 pm 9 pm
Saturday 9 am 6 pm
Sunday 10 am 4 pm
Come out and see us at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Our large and colorful booth is located just inside the entrance right across from the Wisconsin Public Television booth.
Blooming plants in February? You bet! Again this year, well be bringing African violets, and cyclamen. Also, this year we are bringing the Blue Zebra Primula. Our lovely cyclamen plants, in a rainbow of colors, make a perfect valentine gift. Well also have a variety of succulents, including aloe vera, and a variety of herbs and houseplants.
Be among the first to see our new Hort Couture plants. You wont believe how absolutely gorgeous they are!
This is the Blue Zebra Primula. Breathtaking, isnt it?
Also, from the Hort Couture line is the Under the Sea line of sun coleus, with names like Hermit Crab, Lion Fish and Gold Anemone, to name just a few. Here on the left is the dazzling Electric Coral coleus.
We will be growing a wide variety of these unusual coleus. They will be sure to draw attention to your containers and gardens.
Planning a vegetable, herb or flower garden this year? Well have a large selection of seeds at the Garden Expo for you to choose from.
Our 2013 Newsletter
In 2013, you will receive our weekly on-line newsletter on Thursday rather than Tuesday. Our next 2013 newsletter will be February 7th and the weekly newsletter will begin on March 7.
Do any of your school sports programs need new equipment or uniforms? What about your school or church music programs? Have you heard about America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program? We offer non-profit organizations the opportunity to keep 25% of the proceeds from the sale of our gift cards. For example, if your organization sold $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination, your organization would have raised $125. Its easy, its fun, its profitable, and we would be happy to come speak to your group and/or send you information. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shirley Cimino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events for 2013
Its going to be a busy season for us at America’s Best Flowers. Our Community Egg Hunt will be on March 30 this spring. Were 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. Well have more details about our 2013 events in future newsletters.
|Fri, Feb 8 – Sun, Feb 10||
|Sat, Mar 2||
Vegetable Gardening Class
10-11am Learn how to grow your own vegetables
|Sat, Mar 30||
Community Egg Hunt
10am – 2pm – Rain or Shine! FREE candy! 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 6 – Sun, Apr 7||
Herb Container Workshop
10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create an herb container garden. Bring in your own containers or buy some of ours.
|Sat, Apr 13||
Make & Take Terrarium Workshop
10am – 4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create your own terrarium. Bring in your own terrarium container or buy one of ours.
|Sat, Apr 13 – Sun, Apr 14||
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening
10am -4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.
`til next time,
When the cold wind blows, nothing comforts like a bowl of homemade soup. This one is quick to throw together in the morning, and will greet you with heavenly aromas of home-cooked food when you arrive home at night.
Marty, our retail manager, and his wife love this, we hope you do, too.
- 2 lbs frozen hash browns
- 4 c water
- ¾ c chopped celery
- 4 chicken boullion cubes
- ¼ t pepper
- 4 cans cream of chicken soup
- 4 cups milk
- 2 cups chopped or cubed cooked ham
- 1 T parsley flakes
- 1 ½ t garlic salt
- 2 T shopped/minced onion, or dried chives
- 1 C shredded cheddar cheese
Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot.
Cook on low 6-8 hours.
For a smaller batch, ½ this recipe.