Maria Zampini

President, UpShoot LLC

On the Road Again

Jan 11-13
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center
HIP Labels Booth 1302-04

Jan 16–20
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Greensboro Coliseum
UpShoot Booth 641
Jim Zampini
Green and Growin’ Marketplace
Jan 18-20
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Broward County
Convention Center

Maria’s Work
in Words

Grower Talks December 2016
Grower Talks
December 2016
Growing Chick Charms
Hens & Chicks

GPN - August 2016
Product News

August 2016
Inspiring a
Water-Wise Garden

Nursery Management Magazine - August 2016
Nursery Management
August 2016
Homeward Bound
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Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry
I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Well, not really. Living in the NE Ohio snowbelt can make for one long and snowy winter. So what I’m truly dreaming about is spring and a different type of snow; a cascade of white blooms thanks to Snow Fountains weeping cherry.
Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry Tree ChairWhy am I so anxious? It just happens to be a tree my father Jim Zampini is known for selecting and bringing to market so it has a soft spot in my heart. Secondly, its early blooms are a sure sign spring has arrived. This fall UpShoot received and planted a Snow Fountains Living Tree Chair from Bower and Branch so I can hardly wait to see this innovative piece of functional tree art come to life!
If you’re not familiar with Snow Fountains and all the ways it can be used in the landscape, check out the article I wrote for State by State Gardening. It’s one of the most versatile trees you’ll ever meet.
And if you’ve not heard of Bower and Branch, learn more about this innovative eCommerce company, including all five of the genera they offer as living tree chairs. You can purchase mature trees online and have them delivered right to your local IGC!

Kermit and Gardeners Know Best

Pantone Color of the Year: GreeneryThe Pantone Color Institute has selected their 2017 color palette. Many shades reference the plant world including Primrose Yellow, Pale Dogwood, Hazelnut, Pink Yarrow, Kale and the 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery.
Pantone calls it “a refreshing and revitalizing shade,  symbolic of new beginnings.”  It is also referred to as nature’s neutral.  I’ve always called green “the little black dress of the garden” and the consistent backdrop that makes all the other colors pop.

UpShoot represents a new “greenery” arborvitae:

Virginian™ Arborvitae
Thuja plicata x standishii ‘Virginian’ PP#26684 P3

The Virginian Arborvitae
The Virginian is a narrower, shorter, and faster growing sport of Thuja ‘Green Giant’ that requires no pruning and creates a dense screen, hedge, or property border; a superior barrier to wind and sound. It holds up well in southern heat and humidity.
View UpShoot’s press kit to see which new plants introductions can brighten up your landscape in 2017.


PPAPollinator Support

The Perennial Plant Association has announced their 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year winner: Asclepias tuberosa.

The Butterfly Weed is a pollinator magnet supporting bees, butterflies, birds, insects and is a main source of food for the caterpillar of the Native American butterfly!

Hardy to Zone 4, this native perennial grows best in full sun and is drought tolerant.

The Monarch

FYI, this April a new must-have book by my friend, fellow Buckeye and St. Lynn’s Press author, Kylee Buamle of Our Little Acre, will be released. It is titled The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly. Sure to be a best-seller, you can pre-order it now on Amazon.

Floral Elixirs

Gift Ideas

All-natural, non-alcoholic botanical elixirs from Floral Elixir Co were a Top 10 Find by Garden Center Magazine and landed on the Holiday Gift Guide from Chris VanCleave the Redneck Rosarian. Create cocktails and mocktails, use them in baking and more!

Garden-pedia Gift Set

Garden-pedia gardening gift sets are available on the UpShootHort etsy store. They feature a personalized copy of Garden-pedia 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 Renee’s Garden Seeds.


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2017 Year of…

The National Garden Bureau has announced their 2017 “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:










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