Maria Zampini
Maria Zampini

President, UpShoot LLC

On the Road Again

Jan 6-8
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center
Jan 14–15
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum
Booth 641
Green and Growin Marketplace
Jan 20-22
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Broward County Convention Center
Jan 21-22
Kansas City, MO
Crown Center Exhibit Hall
The Western

Happy Holiday Train Show at NYBG

NYBG Holiday Train ShowOn a recent trip (my first!) to New York City, I was able to check many boxes off my gardening bucket checklist including visiting The Highline, Wave Hill and The New York Botanical Garden.
Lucky for me, myself and GWA colleagues Kirk Brown and Denise Schreiber were given a behind the scenes tour on opening weekend of the beloved NYC seasonal tradition: the NYBG Holiday Train Show.
The exhibit is open to the public from November 21 – January 18, 2016. It boasts G-scale locomotives on almost a half-mile track through replicas of more than 150 New York landmarks that are handcrafted out of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones. More than 25 large-scale trains and trolleys cross rustic bridges, overhead trestles, tunnels and creeks.
NYBG Conservatory

A Snowfall of Pink

Marley's Pink Japanese SnowbellWe’ve had an unbelievably beautiful fall with above average temps in NE Ohio. I’m definitely not looking forward to the snow but it’s bound to hit sooner or later. But I’ll be daydreaming of pink and the snowfall of color that Marleys Pink Japanese Snowbell will provide.
This small tree, featured in The American Gardener magazine by the American Horticultural Society, works well as a container tree or in the landscape. Its mass of blooms will add a cotton candy like scent to herald summer. Look for this new introduction in your local independent garden center this spring.
Marleys Pink™ Japanese Snowbell
Styrax japonica ‘JLWeeping’ US PP 23,755 P3

Marley's Pink Japanese Snowbell

National Garden Bureau

2016 Year of…

The National Garden Bureau has announced their 2016 “Year of” annual, herb, edible and perennial choices. Each year NGB selects one plant from each category because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile. For the new year they are:

Pennie the Christmas Pickle

Christmas Pickle

I was honored to be one of 40 authors invited to the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library Author Expo in October.
I was seated next to Tony Marini who wrote Pennie the Christmas Pickle. This children’s book is a take on a German tradition where the first person to find the pickle in the Christmas tree receives a treat or good luck.
The book also speaks to growing pickles and includes a refrigerator pickle recipe as well as one for bar cookies. Why not use this as a teaching moment for #kidgardening? Grow pickles, and then have them for Santa!
Gift Set
Follow Tony and Pennie on Facebook and Twitter. Consider selling the book and/or doing an author signing at your local IGC or holiday event!


Holiday Garden Gifts

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 of Garden-pedia: An A-Z Guide to Gardening Terms 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.
Maria with Garden-pedia
We’re also offering a simple version of the signed and personalized book with a grosgrain ribbon that can be used as a bookmark.
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