Maria Zampini
Maria Zampini

President, UpShoot LLC

On the Road Again

August 18-20
Chicago, IL
Festival Hall Navy Pier
HGTV HOME Plant Collection
Booth 2329
IGC Show West
August 27-29
Portland, OR
Oregon Convention Center
HGTV HOME Plant Collection
Booth 2049, 3050
Farwest Trade Show
September 18-21
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena Convention Center
GWA Annual Symposium

Gardening: The Wonderdrug

This is your brain.  This is your brain on gardening.  As this graphic shows, it’s a great thing to be addicted to gardening!
The Psychological Benefits of Gardening
The full article and infographic of “Gardening: The Wonderdrug” on fix.com provides wonderful stats on the physical and mental benefits of gardening as well as additional side benefits.
Want more? If that is not enough on how plants and gardening can be good for you, then look to these recent articles!

So what are you waiting for? #PlantSomething

Life Under a Tree is a Shade Better™

It’s the dog days of summer and if you’re wishing you or your home were being cooled off but also save on fuel costs, here are some super shade selections for your consideration.

Celebration Maple Corinthian Littleleaf Linden
Gingerbread Paperbark Maple

Cool Tree Facts:

The USDA states that the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12% says the Center for Urban Forest Research.


Our Shop is Open!

Garden-pedia is now on Etsy under UpShootHort!
We’re excited to have partnered with two special gardening friends to create a unique gift set!
Garden-pedia on Etsy
UpShoot is offering a personalized and autographed copy ofGarden-pedia an A-Z Guide to Gardeningterms from St. Lynn’s Press, tucked inside a one-gallon burlap girdle pot from the Seed Keeper Company.
It’s secured with a pretty grosgrain ribbon around a packet of seeds from Renee’s Garden Seeds.
Garden-pedia on Etsy
We’re also offering a simple version of the signed and personalized book with a grosgrain ribbon that can be used as a bookmark.

Herbal Heaven

Herbal Heaven

Funny how hidden gems can be right in your own back yard. While I knew the Herb Society of America was located just minutes from me in Kirtland, Ohio I had never been there before!
Herb Society
In June, as part of the Garden Writers Association, I was invited to speak on social media at the Coalition of American Plant Societies meeting at their headquarters.
If you want to become more knowledgeable about herbs, this is for you! Dues are reasonable and the ROI plentiful!
My goodie bag included a copy of their 4 color publication The Herbarist; it alone makes it worthwhile!
Goodie bag
Herb Find – Check out this Lavender Cheddar Cheese from Rogue Creamy, a Fancy Food Show award winner which was recently seen on the Today Show.


Water Savvy

In Garden-pedia we define succulent as a type of plant that has thick, fleshy leave, stems or tubers.
Succulents are:
#1 Easy to grow making them a super choice for the ‘brown thumb’/novice or busy gardener; a successful gardening confidence builder plant!
#2 Water-wise and low maintenance; I’ve left my little orange sneakers outside even in the winter unprotected for years!
#3 According to Eban, succulent bowls, like the one from the HGTV HOME Plant Collection, make a dinosaur jungle! #kidgardening
Child gardener


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