Ride the Wave of ChangeThis March I’m heading to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia as the featured keynote speaker at the Australian Nursery & Garden Industry National Conference. The conference theme and title of my speech is ‘Ride the Wave of Change’.  Containing excerpts from my Nursery Insight column in American Nurseryman (who knew Aussie’s were fans of my writing?!) it will be an exciting talk.

After the conference I’ll fly to Melbourne to visit our Australian agent, Fleming’s Nursery. Finally I’ll attend my first ever California Spring Trials for the Agricola Management Group and the HGTV HOME Plant Collection at Edna Valley Vineyards.

Join me on my travels!  Follow my personal and business Facebook pages.  Don’t miss out! I promise lots of plants, scenic views, people and probably even more plants!

Color So Bright Ya Gotta Wear Shades!




 Show Time crabapple, with its fluorescent, fuchsia-red flowers, is a striking newcomer taking center stage in the ornamental tree market.

All it took was one look at Show Time by west coast liner growers and this stunner was quickly incorporated into production plans.

Jim Chatfield, The Ohio State University Extension Team and past-president of the International Ornamental Crabapple Society says, “Show Time is the perfect replacement for Prairiefire.”

Show Time & Sugar Tyme Espalier Crabapple Tree










 At Willoway Nurseries CENTS exhibit, I found a triple-double espalier. Two different crabapples on three tiers create one unique tree! Hans Nelson & Sons in Boring, Oregon grafted an alternating combination of Show Time™  and Sugar Tyme®  varieties.

Espaliers are a different way to showcase flowering trees. When planted against a building, they act as natural air conditioners.

Charlie's Angle


Talking numbers and the economy can put me to sleep, unless I’m listening to Charlie Hall.

He is a Professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the Texas A&M University. He holds the prestigious Ellison Chair in International Floriculture.

Charlie appears each month via video on ANLA’s Knowledge Center.

His series, ‘Charlie’s Angle’, helps me easily understand economic indicators, green trends and the future of the nursery, greenhouse and landscape industry. I’m sure Charlie can help you too ‘see the forest through the tree$’!

You can also read Charlie’s down to earth commentary on his blog, Making Cents.

LCN Selections

Who is
LCN Selections?

LCN Selections is the new plant patent and trademark division of
Lake County Nursery.

Jim Zampini started this collection of plants in 1977 with his first patent on Weeping Candied Apple™ crabapple.

He grew the portfolio to its present state of over 200 plant introductions.

A network of licensed growers nationwide and internationally offer LCN Selections as liners and finished product. The LCN Selections licensed grower page offers wholesalers two ways to locate its new plant introductions. You can filter search by grower or by plant.

UpShoot is proud to be the sales, marketing and licensing provider for LCN Selections!

NCAA March Madness

More than
March Madness

March offers more than the first day of spring:

St. Patrick’s day is green in more ways than one; it is the unofficial deadline for planting peas in your garden. It’s also reason to make my grilled ciabatta bread corned beef sandwiches with provolone cheese, horseradish sauce and apple sauerkraut!

March Madness starts when the NCAA Championship Tournament kicks off! I do love me some college hoops!

Last but not least, March 15 is the ‘Ides of March’ and marks the return of the buzzards to Hinkley, OH where they summer roost.  Visitors have been greeting these ugly birds since 1957.  And you thought NE Ohio was just known for its’ burning river and thenursery industry!


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