January Trifecta of Tradeshows

MANTS Attendee BrochureI would like to personally invite you to attend the 2015 MANTS Trade Show in Baltimore, MD this January. You’ll find me working the trade show floor for both UpShoot and the HGTV HOME Plant Collection. I’ll also be appearing in Van Essen Nursery Booths 912 – 914, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00am – 11:00am.

You Tube MANTS promo videoLearn more on the official show YouTube video. Come prepared with detailed questions so you can compose an informative article, blog, or social media post to promote the GWA, the MANTS show itself and/or products and exhibitors you’ll meet.

GWA FREE Registration
For free press credentials, trade show floor access, entry to the news room and the MANTS Breakfast Press Conference, send your registration information to Kelly@MANTS.com.

GWA Trade Show Booth #265
January 14 – 16, 2015
NEW! Like Cultivate’14, we are having a GWA booth and a presence on the trades how floor. Sign up to help your organization put its best face forward and block your time (a 1/2 hour or 1/2 a day – whatever you can do is appreciated). Be in front of 11,000+ people who register for MANTS including the green industry’s movers and shakers! Email your availability to Diana Blazek at the National Garden Bureau.

Media Lunch and Learn
11:30am – 1:00pm Wednesday, January 14
‘Hydrangeas Demystified’ will be the topic of discussion. Presented by Tim Woods, from Spring Meadows Nursery. Sponsored by Proven Winners.

MANTS Breakfast Press Conference
8:30am Thursday, January 15
Save the date and time to attend the MANTS trade show press conference. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast.

Proposed GWA Connect Meeting
Stay tuned for updates on the GWA website. The planning committee is still working out all the details!

Details for the press conference and all the MANTS events will be available in the upcoming December Q&T and will be posted soon on gardenwriters.org.  For additionalquestions, please email Kirk Brown or call 610-391-0291.

Visit UpShoot at These Industry Shows:

 WNLA Tradeshow   Green & Growing Tradeshow

Jan 3 – 5, 2015
5th Annual Plant Fashion Show
Kansas City, MO
Western Nursery and Landscape Association

Jan 5 – 9, 2015
Booth 641
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC
Green & Growin’ Show

GWA Region III Upcoming Meeting

The Region III is once again proposing a meeting at the Chicago Home & Flower Show in March.

Once confirmed, details will be sent to Region III members and available on the GWA website.


Thanks Canada!


Ken Brown

I’d like to recognize Ken Brown, Region VII Canada and International Director for his GWA AOTF marketing efforts at Landscape Ontario’s Garden & Floral EXPO 2014 held October 22 – 23 in Toronto, Canada. It was GWA’s first international green industry trade show booth display!

Steven Biggs
A big thank you to Ken, Steven Biggs and booth volunteers for your support and donated time!

Microsoft Powerpoint Telephone Graphic

Call for Plant Testimonials

Did you receive trial plants at our GWA booth in Pittsburgh, PA or at the Farwest Trade show in Portland, OR this summer?

By providing a testimonial of a plant we represent you can join our distinguished list of garden writers that are featured in our marketing efforts such as our New Plant Introductions catalog, enews and on upshoothort.com

2013 LCN Selections New Plant CatalogRain or Shine UpShoot Plants are Divine!

Check out the list of new introductions we would love to have you consider writing about. Help us cross promote our plants and your business or blog in 2015 and beyond.

GWA Outreach Taskforce Updates

Save the Dates!

July 11 – 15, 2015

Once again the GWA Association Outreach Task Force is planning on multiple events to be held during AmericanHort’s Cultivate’15 event, July 11-15, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.

We will have a GWA booth on the trade show floor to educate growers, retailers, breeders and horticulture companies on the value a garden communicator can bring to their business.

There are plans for a Region III Connect meeting and an educational session hosted and moderated by GWA members.

Because of our partnership with AmericanHort, GWA members will receive complimentary full registration to Cultivate’15, a $295 value!

We encourage you to attend to see first-hand the national and international commercial side of horticulture in:

  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Shrubs
  • Vegetables
  • Garden Products & more!

To learn more about Cultivate’15, please visit www.AmericanHort.org/Cultivate.



Just in time for the winter trade show season, the GWA AOTF recently updated the GWA tri-fold brochure.

Also a mini-version of the trade show banner was duplicated as a new one page tradeshow flyer that can be framed and easily used in your own trade show booth!

Both are available for download off the Member Area>Committee>Outreachpage on GWA website.
GWA Tri-Fold Brochure
When interfacing with potential clients or other GWA members, feel free to forward them this information to help grow the GWA membership and job opportunities for all!

Don’t Forget!

Every person you refer that becomes a member, there is a $10 discount on your GWA membership dues the following year.
Nordic® Inkberry

The Perfect Holiday Shrub to Write About!

Nordic® Inkberry
Ilex glabra ‘Chamzin’

Sparkling evergreen foliage on a small, rounded shrub. It takes shearing well and makes a perfect, low-growing hedge.

Note: This is an improved selection from the indigenous Ilex glabra.

Zone: 3 
Mature Size: 
3 – 4″ h x 
3 – 4″ w

Nordic® Inkberry

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It!


“Ilex glabra, a small-leaved evergreen member of the holly family, is another great foundation and hedging plant, almost indistinguishable in appearance from the non-indigenous, but more commonly planted Japanese holly and common boxwood.”

“Inkberry takes pruning very well and afterward continues to maintain its shape for long periods. Readily available in most nurseries, Inkberry is becoming a popular sell-out.”

Carolyn Summers
Carolyn Summers

Excerpt from ‘Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East‘, Rutgers University Press

If writers are looking for ‘nativars’ that are tough and proven in East Coast landscapes, Carol’s book Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East is a great reference tool for marketing content, social media posts and talks where the public is hungry for information on east coast natives.

Desinging Gardens with Flora of the American East

Carolyn Summers deftly explains the effects that gardeners have when choosing plants and how they impact indigenous birds, bugs, moth and butterfly populations.

How Can We
Serve You?

Do you have a plant, new product or garden service that needs a promotional boost?

Contact us today so we can discuss how UpShoot can help you reach your sales and marketing goals.

Jim and Maria Zampini

Maria and Jim Zampini

cell 440-812-3249

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Feel free to use content and photos from our website, blog and social media to write about our latest plant introductions.

Happy Holidays!


Merry Christmas from the UpShoot Team

The Zampini family and the UpShoot team wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!


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