HGTV HOME Plant Collection, February and March I’ll be lecturing at multiple consumer and green industry educational seminars.  Catch me at these upcoming events:

Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course, VA
NeMid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Coursew Plant Divas for the Landscape
February 4, 2013 | 9:30 – 10:30am

 Understanding Plant Patents & Trademarks
February 4, 2013 | 1:00 – 2:00pm
Rochester Flower Show, NY
GardenScape Professional AssociationNew Twists on Old Favorites
February 6, 2013 | GPA Ed Day
Great Big Home & Garden Show, OH
The Great Big Home & Garden ShowThe Hottest New Plants in 2013
February 10, 2013 | 1:00 – 2:00pm
Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown, OH
Men's Garden Club of Youngstown, OhioRising Stars: New Plants Shine in 2013 
February 16, 2013 | Winter Seminar
MGIA 26th Annual Trade Show, MI
Michigan Green Industry AssociationFresh Ideas for New Plant Introductions
New Twists on Old Favorites

March 5 – 6, 2013
Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association, NY
Long Island Nursery & Landscape AssociationChicks in Horticulture Brunch
March 13, 2013 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Dayton Home and Garden Show, OH
Dayton Home and Garden ShowHottest New Plants in 2013
March 22, 2013 | Noon – 1:00pm

Smart & Stylish Gardening with HGTV HOME Plant Collection
March 22, 2013 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Celebrate the New Year Right
December 21st marked the Winter Solstice and the first day of winter.
Celebration® Maple can ring up sales in the new year with landscape designers, architects and consumers who are searching for the perfect shade tree to plant this spring. This maple is just at home in backyards as it is along city streets!


Acer x freemanii ‘Celzam’
This virtually seedless freemanii cultivar has a branching structure which is angled to withstand heavy snow loads and not break.
Celebration® Maple Acer x freemanii ‘Celzam’
It is tolerant of urban and suburban conditions including heat, drought and salt spray. Fall color varies from gold, to orange to red depending on soil type and moisture.

Gardening Can Be Good For Your Health

is Heart
Is your New Year resolution the same as mine? Lose a few pounds, eat healthier, exercise more regularly and reduce stress.
Keep in mind that gardening benefits both mental and physical well-being by providing exercise and lowers blood pressure, boosts immune function and reduces stress. Plus, gardening provides a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables which are superior to their frozen or canned counterparts.
While February is synonymous with Valentine’s Day.
It is also known for two additional
‘Red Heart’ events:
American Heart Association | Go Red for Women
American Heart Month and
Go Red For Women
Here’s to your health and a great 2013 gardening season!

Great Garden Speakers

All She Does is
Talk, Talk, Talk
About Plants

If you are planning a workshop, symposium, conference, or panel discussion involving plants and the natural world, Maria‘s upcoming speaking engagements are now featured on the Great Garden Speakers website.
You can also find a list of Maria’s upcoming and previous speaking events on the UpShoot website.
GGS provides a convenient way for garden clubs, botanical gardens, and other venues to easily find and book expert speakers.
This as a great resource for both the gardening community and horticulture industry, as well as a self-promotional tool for anyone that speaks as well.
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