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Maria Zampini photo
Maria Zampini

President, UpShoot LLC

See US in ’14 at These Shows!

Jan 5 – 6
Overland Park, KS
The Western Tradeshow

Jan 6 – 8
Grand Rapids, MI
Great Lakes Trade Expo

Jan 8–10
Baltimore, MD
MANTS

Jan 13–15
Columbus, OH
CENTS

Jan 16–17
Greensboro, NC
Green & Growin’ Show

Upcoming Talks

Sunday, Jan 5
Overland Park, KS
2014 Western
Trade Show & Education

Tuesday, Jan 7
Grand Rapids, MI
Great Lakes Trade
Exposition (GLTE)

2013 November/December Ohio Gardener Magazine
Maria’s Work
in Words
garden center magazine

Greenhouse Management Magazine

Horticulture Magazine

State-by-State Gardening Magazine

Festive Fairies

I must to admit that at the Garden Writers Annual Symposium in Tucson, Arizona, in addition to seeing great gardens, I did take a little time for some retail therapy.

I found the most amazing pop-up book – How to Find Flower Fairies, by Cicely Mary Barker in an Anthropologie store.

How to Find Flower Fairies   How to Find Flower Fairies

This 3-D cut out book features shapes of tree, forest, flower and marsh fairies which spring to life off the page! Most importantly it has a great price point. What a unique gift idea for the gardening geek in your life! 

If you are a retailer, why not create a promotion around fairy-inspired trees, shrubs and flowers throughout the year? Fairies cover each season and an array of plants and flowers. Besides books there are a multitude of fairy tie-in items like statuary, figurines, ornaments and more!

Learn more about flower fairies here:http://www.flowerfairies.com/

Holly Fairy for the Holidays!

Per English folklore, the way to win over a holly fairies favor is to adorn your home at yuletide with the branches of holly and berries to bring all who enter tidings of good fortune.

With its bold blue-green and cream two toned foliage with raspberry colored new growth, may we suggest Santa’s Delight variegated holly!

Santa’s Delight® Variegated Holly

The Holly Fairy Song

Holly Fairy, artwork courtesy of Flower Fairies Official WebsiteO, I am green in Winter-time,
When other trees are brown;
Of all the trees
(So saith the rhyme)
The holly bears the crown.
December days are drawing near
When I shall come to town,
And carol-boys go singing clear
Of all the trees
(O hush and hear!)
The holly bears the crown!
For who so well-beloved and merry
Christmas Crack Recipe

Holiday Goodies

Every year I bake, box up and ship out goodie packages to many colleagues and customers.
Josh’s Cracker Mix has been a standout hit.  

Josh Rex is my first cousin and fellow Penn State Nittany Lionalumni.
At his wedding he gave out goodie bags filled with this mix for munching. 

John Lewis of JLPN in Oregon has nick-named it ‘Christmas Crack’ because you can’t stop eating it. Enjoy but watch you don’t get addicted!

‘Christmas Crack’ Recipe

Combine dry ingredients in a large roasting pan:
1 box triangular Triscuits
1 box white cheddar Cheez-its
1 box Wheat Thins
1 box mini Ritz Sandwich Crackers
(regular cheese flavor or for those who like spicy use Kickin-it Cheddar)
1 box cracker of your choice. I actually use a bag of Pepperidge Farm fish crackers AND 1 box Keeblers Mini Club Crackers (all or part of the Mini Club Crackers works)
In a mixing bowl combine:
1 cup veg or canola oil
2 packages dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
1/8 to 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Dill Weed
Cooking Instructions
Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
Pour wet mixture over crackers.
Mix well to coat.
Bake in oven for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
Turn off oven and leave in pan in oven overnight to cool. 

When completely cool, package in airtight baggie or containers.

Makes about 8 servings.
Can be frozen in zip lock baggies if needed.
Non Stop Garden Book
Great Holiday Gift Book

2013 November/December State by State Gardening Magazine
The NonStop Garden Book was featured in the 2013 Nov/Dec State-by-State Ohio Gardener magazine as a great book gift for a friend, loved one or just for yourself! 

Three LCN Selections trees featured in the book include:

Gingerbread™ 
Paperbark Maple
Acer griseum x nikoense ‘Ginzam’

Gingerbread™ Paperbark Maple

Guinevere® 
Dwarf Crabapple

Malus ‘Guinzam’

Guinevere® Dwarf Crabapple

Snow Fountains®
Weeping Cherry
Prunus x ‘Snofozam’

Snow Fountains® Weeping Cherry

Kylee Baumle, Our Little Acre Blog and Book Review Editor for Horticulture magazine says of The Nonstop Garden,
“This book is jam-packed with good stuff. The photos alone provide valuable tips and insight into what plants to use and more. Design ideas abound…”

   Jennifer Benner
It has been our continued pleasure to work with Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer to promote their book!

Horti the Elf
Horti the Elf
This year UpShoot adopted an Elf on the Shelf® who we named ‘Horti’ (short for Horticulture).

You can follow Horti’s gardening adventures from now through the new year (and maybe beyond) on the UpShoot Facebook page (so ‘Like’ us!) as well as all of our social media sites:

 FaceBook   Instagram  LinkedIn Pinterest Twitter

 Just wait and see all the things my son Robert and I have cooked up for Horti!  He’s a little bit of UpShoot plants mixed with fun and is our way of spreading holiday cheer.


The Salvation Army of Painesville & Lake County, Ohio
Remember Those in Need

Jim and I have been supporters of our local Salvation Army of Painesville & Lake County, Ohio for many years. Their Red Kettles and bell ringers are a fixture during the holiday season.  When you see them outside your favorite retail establishment, please consider donating to this or another local charity that will help those less fortunate also have a joyous noel. 


Marge, Maria and Jim Zampini
Holiday Wishes

On behalf of my parents, Jim and Marge Zampini, may I wish you and your the true gift of this holiday season – peace, hope, and love.

May 2014 be a new year filled with good health, happiness and prosperity for all.

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