Maria Zampini
Maria Zampini

President, UpShoot LLC

Upcoming Events

February 21, 2:30 pm
Great Lakes Mall
Mentor, OH
Home & Lifestyle Expo
Garden-pedia talk/book signing
March 5, 9:00 am
Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center
Springfield, OH
“Small Shrubs for Enhancing the Perennial Garden”
16th Annual Central Ohio Perennial Flower School
March 14, 3:30 pm
Navy Pier,
Chicago, IL
“Runway Stars: New Plants in Your Local Garden Center” and
Garden-pedia book signing
Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Go Red in the Garden

Go Red for womenFebruary might be white in most of the country, but it is also an important month for the color red.

Of course Valentine’s Day happens on the 14th where a bouquet of red roses and/or a red box of chocolates are the traditional gift of choice.
But, this month also promotes the Go Red For Women campaign by the American Heart Association. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke American Heart Association: life is whybut it can be prevented. As someone whose family, both women and men, have experienced its fair share of heart disease and related illnesses, we thought it appropriate to talk about how gardening can help you live a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

Make a Change

Last January our enews focused on “Gardening for a New You” and how it can help you lose weight, get fit, eat healthier and manage stress. Gardening is actually listed as one of the suggested ways to exercise and get fit by the Go Red for Women editors!

And of course, we all know that fresh fruits and vegetables are a key ingredient for a healthy diet. The site informs you about planning meals based around in-season produce, whether you buy it from a local farmer or better yet, you grow it yourself and get double the benefit!

Keeping it Red

As we head in to spring, think about red in your garden or landscape. Its color evokes passion, love, joy, and excitement and it can be dramatic when planted in mass. It can also draw visitors eyes away from not so nice areas, having them focus on features you want to stand out.

Autumn Stars Kalettes

New for Veggie Lovers

New for 2015 from Johnny’s Selected Seeds are Kalettes™, a cross between brussel sprouts and kale. The open, flower-like florets are ready when approximately 2″ in diameter.

2015 Herb of the Year Winter Savory
2015 Winter Savory

One of my favorite herbs, savory has been chosen as the 2015 International Herb Association Herb of the Year™.

2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper
Year of the …

In case you missed it, the National Garden Bureau announced 2015 is the Year of the Coleus, Gaillardia and Sweet Peppers. Each year NGB selects one annual, perennial and edible because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile.

Have a Heart with a Good Read

Love Me a
Good Read

Valentine’s Day is only two days away but there is still time to get your gardening love the perfect gift!

If you’re looking for a wicked and fun read, I suggest Helen Yoest’s “Plants with Benefits.”Who knew plants and veggies could be sexy good? After just a few pages you’ll need to wipe the sweat from your brows! This is a perfect “50 Shades of Green” book; the growing tips and recipes are the icing on top.

  plants with benefits book cover

Garden Hearts by Felder Rushing celebrates the universal symbol of love, the heart shape, as it appears in the landscape via plants, designs or garden art.
Garden Hearts book by Felder
Visit the St. Lynn’s Press website for other great gardening gift choices!


On Shelves and In Mailboxes

Garden-pedia has hit the mailboxes and bookstore shelves and my co-author Pam Bennett and I couldn’t be more proud!

Rave reviews about Garden-pedia

Thanks to Shanna Tomlinson Jones for our first social
media shout out!

This garden jargon dictionary is different due to its conversational style and its photo and graphics-rich format.

We’re so excited to be receiving positive press, reviews and radio interviews! And you won’t believe what our colleagues are saying about Garden-pedia!
Pam or I are also on the road doing lectures and book signings. Keep your eyes peeled for a coming event near you!
Wholesale orders are available via St. Lynn’s Press while Garden-pedia is available now in stores and online. If you love or like it please be sure to post a review on Amazon!


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