GWA Loves LA

California, here I come!

67th GWA Annual Symposium 2015 PasadenaI may have been born a Buckeye but my love of the sun, sand and surf makes me a “wanna-be” Cali girl headed to #GWAPasadena15!
I’m looking forward to seeing co-horts and meeting new friends at the 67th Annual GWA Symposium in Pasadena September 18-21, 2015!

Mark These Talks on Your GWA Symposium Calendar 

I’m tickled green to be involved in the following events:

Saturday, Sept 19 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Table Top Picks! – Trade Connections to Strengthen your Green Knowledge
I’ll be available to help you navigate the alphabetical soup of associations to better your gardening knowledge, get expert horticultural advice and make potential employment opportunities.

Additional Table Top Pick specialists will present short overviews of the titled presentation and then leave time for an open-ended question-and-answer opportunity.
Maria and Kelly NorrisSunday, Sept 20 8 – 9 am
Sow the Seeds of New Plants Into Your Seasonal Content Calendar
Join co-presenter Kelly Norris, Director of Great Des Moines Botanical Garden and myself as we share the newest plants to hit the green runway. As of today we have submissions from almost 3 dozen companies! This means you’re sure to walk away with a bounty of content to fill your green calendar!

Stephanie Cohen and Maria

Get Well Soon

The Illustrious “Perennial Diva” and coauthor of The Nonstop Garden Stephanie Cohen recently took a nasty fall and has been laid up with a bum leg. UpShoot wishes her a speedy recovery!

Visit Maria at These Summer Shows

IGC West
August 18-20, 2015
Festival Hall Navy Pier
Chicago, IL

Booth 2329

Farwest Trade Show
August 27-29, 2015
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

Booth 2049, 3050

Ohio: The Heart
of it All!

Thanks to AmericanHort for their hospitality at Cultivate’15!  Keep your eyes peeled for more potential upcoming member opportunities being worked on by the Association Outreach Task Force including but not limited to Landscape Ontario ’15, MANTS16 in Baltimore, Cultivate’16, Farwest’16 and more.

Once confirmed you’ll see details in UpShoot enewsletters, the Quill & Trowel, the GWA Facebook page and the GWA website!

Your Vote Counts!

It has been a privilege to serve multiple terms as a Region III regional director. I’ve now been asked to run for Secretary and have accepted that nomination.

I feel my green industry leadership, including serving as the 1st woman president of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (in its 100+ year history) and the International Ornamental Crabapple Society, as well as my other trade and community board experience, provides me with a diverse and solid foundation to contribute in setting a strong course for GWA.

I believe I’ve proven my ability to contribute with my work as regional director, co-chair of the Association Outreach Task Force and the Ad-Hoc Management Consultant Committee.

I think my diverse business history gives me the ability to make big picture decisions which marry with my marketing background to bring both proven and creative, new ideas to the table.

I would humbly ask for your vote in the upcoming election. I’m willing and able to make forward thinking as well as tough business decisions necessary to ensure a solid future for all our members.

Thank you for your consideration!

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million pollinator garden challenge
Million Pollinator Challenge

Flying Trillium gardens & preserve

The new Flying Trillium website from Carolyn Summers, author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East, is now live!


New Varieties Showcase at the Farwest show featuring Old Fashioned Cotinus.

The Ring Weeder

The Ring Weeder debuts their “American Dream”video and makes Bob Villa’s top list of weeding tools.


The Shift is an AmericanHort initiative which debuted at Cultivate’15. This research will help industry change how we meet and exceed consumer expectations.

Dr. Allan Armitage has penned his memoirs!  

44 Five Star reviews! Post your Amazon review today! Review copies still available from St. Lynn’s Press. Email Maria to share your press about the book so we cancross-promote!
GP authors available for radio, TV or podcast interviews!


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