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Maria Zampini
President, UpShoot LLC

On the Road and
On the Radio

January 7-9
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum
Booth #641
Green & Growin’ Show

January 10
Garden Life
Radio Interview with
John Bagnasco
WHAN 1430 AM / 102.9FM
1:15am EST
January 14-16
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Ctr
MANTS Trade Show

January 25
Organic Gardeners
Radio Interview with
Doug Oster
KDKA 1020AM Pittsburgh
February 2, 3:00pm
Radio Interview with
Carmen Devito and Alice Marcus Krieg
We Dig Plants Program
Heritage Radio Network

February 8, 2:30pm
February 14, 1:00pm

Cleveland, OH
I-X Center – Petitti Stage
New Plant Talk and
Garden-pedia book signing
The Great Big Home +
Garden Show

February 16, 1:00pm
Columbus, OH
Columbus Home and
Garden Show

New Plant Talk and
Garden-pedia book signing

Work in Words

Tip Jar: A time of reflection

Nursery Management

December 2014
Tip Jar: A Time of Reflection

HGTV Home Plant Collection Logo
Maria is now a regular contributor to the 
hgtvhomeplants.com blog. Click on “Know How!” 

Happy Holidays!

During this time of the year we pause to give thanks for all the special people that have supported us and made 2014 truly spectacular.

Mom, Maria and Dad

From the Zampini Family and the UpShoot team, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

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‘Tis Better to Give Than to Receive

Garry, Maria and Josh at CAST In a packed room at Cultivate’14, Garry Grueber, a partner at Cultivaris painted a picture of just how radically different horticulture will look in
30 years.  Garry spoke on a project Cultivaris began six years ago.
Garry, Maria & Josh at CAST

Garry and Josh helped address the future needs of global hunger by developing a protocol for invitro propagation of Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis). This initiative has enabled the Global Breadfruit division of Cultivaris to ship trees to tropical farmers and aid organizations globally.

Garry in Ghana unpacking breadfruit liners

Josh Schneider in Nigeria, AfricaWorking with the Breadfruit Institute and organizations likeTrees That Feed Foundation, Cultivaris/GBF partner Josh Schneider has shipped trees to thousands of poor farmers in more than 30 countries.  

Josh Schneider with one year breadfruit tree“Our Breadfruit begin producing after two years and continue for more than fifty years, producing enough to feed a family for six months each year,” said Schneider.
Breadfruit is a nutritious, starchy fruit that cooks and tastes like a potato and can easily be processed into a high quality, gluten-free flour.

“For the first time in history, we have a potentially permanent solution to hunger in tropical regions.”
– Dr. Diane Ragone, Breadfruit Institute Director. 

Garry unloading trees in Ghana, Africa

Details about why we urge you to join us in support of the Breadfruit Institute’s Global Hunger Initiative.  Learn more in the Greenhouse Grower Magazine GROW Perspective: We Need To Think Bigger article.  Read More >>

2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

MARSALA PANTONE 18-1438 A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls

Have you heard Marsala is the new Pantone color for 2015? It makes for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors – especially in the landscape.

“This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” – Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Two plants UpShoot represents recognize Marsala in their spring or fall color palette:

Old Fashioned Smoke Bush PBR
Cotinus coggygria ‘Old Fashioned’ PP 19,035

Old Fashioned Smoke Bush PBR

Old Fashioned is a fast growing shrub with bluish-green leaves, reddish petioles and dark pink new growth. It really shines in autumn when foliage turns a brilliant orange-pink-red combination. Just ask theFine Foliage ladies who’ve included it as an Unsung Fall Hero pick.

Persian Spire™ Upright Ironwood
Parrotia persica ‘JL Columnar’ PP 24,951

Persian Spire™ Upright Ironwood

This upright Parrotia is fast growing and in spring, leaves emerge with a strong purple cast fading into a purple halo margin. Dark green summer foliage produces an elaborate autumn display of ever-changing yellow, orange, burgundy and red hues.


#Gardenpedia Gardening Gift

Avoid the rush and
pre-order my first book, Garden-pediatoday on: 
AmazonBarnes & Noble or Powells Books

St Lynn's Press

If you are a garden center or retailer,
you can order wholesale direct fromSt. Lynn’s Press.

Brew #MooPooTea

Annie Haven 

Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew is graciously sponsoring our Garden-pedia related lectures and book signings.

Harvested and packaged by hand for the home gardener, Annie’s manure tea provides 100 nature nutrients to the soil for optimal plant growth. As Annie says, “It’s Mother Nature at her best.”

Mark Webber, radio host

Garden Talk with
Mark Webber:

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I was recently featured on WHIO Garden Talk. Listen to my interview with Garden Guru, Mark Webber to hear more about this great reference guide for consumers and professionals alike.

HGTV HOME Plants Update


Perennials and Partners
Mighty Velvet™ Stachys Stachys ‘Bello Grigio’PPAF was awarded 2014 Farwest trade show Plant of Merit. 

The Perennial Farm logo

We are pleased to welcome our newest Essential Perennials grower partner,
The Perennial Farm. See article in Greenhouse Magazine – Read More >>

Master Nursery Garden Centers 

HGTV HOME Plant Collection announced a partnership with Master Nursery Garden Centers this summer.

Agricola Management Group

Visit the Agricola Management team at the following winter trades shows to learn more about our plant collections including Expressions Annuals, Essential Perennials, Smart & Stylish Shrubs and Patio Ready Veggies & Herbs:

CENTS 2015


Green & Growin Tradeshow

Or talk to one of our HGTV HOME Plant Collection grower partners across the country.

Contact Maria on how to present new plants for consideration or to become a grower.

Holiday Wishes from Upshoot

Holiday Giving
from UpShoot

  At UpShoot, we wouldn’t be successful without help from friends and colleagues.

We always make it a point to give back to our community throughout the year as we can.

Red Kettle Campaign

Support the Red Kettle Campaign

Jim and I have been involved with our local Salvation Army in Painesville, Ohio for many years.

The Salvation Army Red Kettles and bell ringers are a fixture during the holidays across the country.  

When you see them outside your favorite retail establishment, please consider donating to this or another local charity to help those less fortunate also have a joyous noel. 

And, if you want to give but are short on cash, consider donating your time to ring the bell.

Families, civic organizations, church groups and clubs are welcome to adopt a kettle for a day. 

The Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio, Inc.
A special UpShoot Salute to The Nursery Growers of Lake County, Ohio for manning a local kettle!


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