Maria Zampini photo
Maria Zampini
President, UpShoot LLC
On the 
Road Again
Look for me at these upcoming green industry events:

Jan 6-7, 2013
National Green Centre

Jan 9-11, 2013

Jan 14-16, 2013

Jan 17-18, 2013
Green & Growin’

Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2013
Next Level ANLA/OFA

State by State Ohio Gardener Magazine

Work in Words


State-by-State Gardening Magazines


Maria 3 years old at Christmas
Christmas 1965
Fond holiday memories!
Here I am at age 3 on Christmas morn.  Santa was very good to me!

Happy Anniversary!

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

It’s hard to believe but it’s been a year since we re-branded and re-launched our company as UpShoot.   We would like to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has supported us.

On behalf of me and my parents, may the true gift of this holiday season be yours – peace, hope and love. We pray the new year is filled with good health, happiness and prosperity for all!

Decorating the Holidays Naturally

Holiday Wreath on UpShoot Office Door

This holiday season we decorated our purple UpShoot entrance with a home-made evergreen wreath. Greens from three LCN Selections plants were used to create this natural beauty.

Garden center personnel can cross promote these plants as true ‘multi-taskers’; great plants in the landscape that also serve a decorative function!

Mr. Bowling Ball® Globe Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobazam’

No maintenance evergreen forms a small, perfect ball. Tolerates East Coast heavy snow loads.

Mr Bowling Ball ® Globe Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobazam’

Santa’s Delight® Variegated Holly
Ilex x ‘Sadezam’

New growth is raspberry red. Foliage turns hues of pink and red in fall. Bright red berries are a great source of food for birds during winter. 

 Santa's Delight® Variegated Holly Ilex x ‘Sadezam’

Bobbee™ Compact Bayberry
Myrica pensylvanica ‘Bobzam’

Familiar holiday scent as colonists made candles from fruit. Selected native sports wavier, glossier and larger foliage than species.

Bobbee™ Compact Bayberry Myrica pensylvanica ‘Bobzam’

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From Maria's Family Kitchen to Yours
Holiday Goodies

I’ve always loved the Christmas holidays!

Since 2007, I’ve been baking, shipping and sharing home-made goodies to green industry associates and licensed grower customers. This year will be no exception.

I’m happy to share my Mom’s famous Buckeye Balls recipe (or as my sons call them “Buck Eyeballs”). Enjoy!

Buckeye Balls Recipe
  • 1 12 ounce jar of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 lb. plus 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 sticks softened butter
Mix ingredients together with your hands.

Form into little balls.
Insert a toothpick in the top.

Slightly freeze (helps toothpick stay).

Dip balls into meltedMerckens milk chocolate wafers.
Leave a small circle around toothpick uncoated to see the peanut butter center.

Roll the toothpick between your fingers to get off excess chocolate.

Put on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Remove toothpick.

Place in a cool area to firm up.

Store in a tin or covered container in a cool area.

HGTV Home Plant Collection
Grower Guest

As the Director of Plant Development for theHGTV HOME Plant Collection, I’ll be making guest appearances at our‘Smart & Stylish Shrub’grower booths during the winter trade shows this January. 

I invite you to learn for yourself about the program. I’m happy to give you a brand and benefit overview. 

Stop by and visit with me at one of our grower booths including:

Imperial Nurseries
Thursday, Jan 10 | 1pm

CENTS Tradeshow
Tuesday, Jan 15 | 11am

Lake County Nursery
Wednesday, Jan 9 | 11am
Thursday, Jan 10 | 10am
Friday, Jan 11 | 10am

Thursday, Jan 10 | 11am
Friday, Jan 11 | 11am

CENTS Tradeshow
Monday, Jan 14 | 11am
Tuesday, Jan 15 | Noon

December Plants of the Month
Picture This

We’ve added a ‘Plant of the Month’ feature to our home page, showcasing three plants every month.  Click on one to view a photo album of that selection. 

This month you can see albums of the three plants featured above:Thuja Mr. Bowling Ball®,Ilex Santa’s® Delight orBobbee™ Compact Bayberry.

Say it All

Another noteworthy feature of our website is ‘Testimonials’.

If you’re not already familiar with UpShoot, you can see what our peers are saying about us and the plants we represent.
Rice's nursery & landscaping
Bobbee is one tough plant!  If you have a tough (wet or dry, salt spray) site in the residential or commercial landscape, this is the plant for you. 

I like the compact nature of this shrub. Yes, it gets 6′ tall, but it’s not leggy looking. 

I like trees and shrubs that work in a retail environment along with commercial and residential landscape projects, and this shrub does just that. 

We sell Bobbee in our garden center and use it on our landscapes that we design. I recommend Bobbee for tough landscape sites!”

– Bryan Rice, Owner
Rice’s nursery & landscaping


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