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Maria Zampini
President, UpShoot LLC

On The Road Again

Leading: Women in Horticulture
Friday 2:30 – 3:30pm
FarWest Tradeshow
Oregon Convention Center
UpShoot Booth: #2047
July 2013 American Nurseryman Magazine
Come Alive Outside

Come Alive OutsideWhat did you do as a child for fun?  Did you play outside and enjoy a game of tag, ride your bike, a pick-up baseball game, jumping in mud puddles, fishing, catching lightening bugs?  That was my childhood and likely that of my generation.  But with the advancement of technology, too often it includes more sedentary activities like watching TV and playing video games – both for children and adults.  The result? Obesity, an increase in diabetes and more.

Join Come Alive Outside! and help create a shift in the way we live our lives. The movement is designed to help individuals and businesses alike to find ways to encourage one another back into the great outdoors. 

Visit the Come Alive Outside website and become inspired to turn off your computer, stand up, find the nearest exit and Come Alive Outside! because everyone wins when somebody goes outside.

Come Alive Outside Sign Up FlyerSign up today to join Jim Paluch, President of JP Horizons for a special Come Alive Outside workshop being held in conjunction with the NGLCO 46th Annual Field Day at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio.


Patriotic Celebrations with Trees

American Salute™ Crabapple

July is when we celebrate our nation’s birth so of course the All American Series™ of crabapples comes to mind this month.
American Spirit®American Salute™ and American Triumph™ were bred and selected by Jim Zampini over the past 50 years from field trials of 1,000+ crabapples.
These All-Star winners from LCN Selections were chosen for their disease tolerance, All-American red flowers and care-free maintenance forms.
They make a wonderful living memorial in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom in this great United States of America.
American Spirit® Crabapple
Malus ‘Amerspirzam’

American Spirit® is an excellent replacement for Malus‘Radiant’ and is recommended for street tree plantings under utility lines.

American Spirit® Crabapple

Single red flowers remain a deep color from bud to petal fall. Dark hunter green foliage turns gold in the fall when joined by bright red fruit that persists into winter.

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Lollipop® Dwarf Crabapple
Welcome to the Lollipop Guild
We recently launched a virtual catalog of LCN Selections new plant introductions.   

LCN Selections New Plant Catalog

A ‘Fan Favorite’ featured on the back cover is Lollipop® Dwarf Crabapple. It forms a perfect ball all on its own! While a natural container sized tree, it is also extremely salt tolerant making it a valuable choice for street or parking lot plantings.

National Lollipop Day

In honor of National Lollipop Day on July 20th, with thought it only appropriate to feature this sweet tree! 

View Lollipop ‘live’ on Instagram

Join the conversation today utilizing #UpShootChat and learn about Lollipop and other new plants that will become your fan favorites.

July is National Ice Cream Month
Mmmm, Mmmm Good!
July is National Ice Cream Month and July 21st is National Ice Cream Day.

I dare you to try this simple edible flower ice cream and not love it! 

Rose Petal Ice Cream Recipe
1 gallon French Vanilla ice cream
(softened slightly)

2 tablespoons rose syrup

1 teaspoon rose water

1 cup fragrant rose petals, chopped fine
or 1 cup dried fragrant rose petals, crushed

1 cup chopped pistachios, if desired

Add rose syrup and rose water to softened ice cream and blend thoroughly. 

Add rose petals and pistachios.  Refreeze until hard.

You may serve the ice cream with a few fresh rose petals on top.

Eat Your Roses

Recipe reprinted with permission of author Denise Schreiber from
Eat Your Roses…Pansies, Lavender and 49 Other Delicious Edible Flowers.

Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio, Inc.
Home Town Happenings
The Nursery Growers of Lake County, Ohio hosts the 46th Annual Field Day on Tuesday, August 13th at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio featuring Holden’s new Rhododendron Discovery Garden and Tree Allee. 

There is also a special educational workshop for businesses on Come Alive Outside!
On Monday, August 12th,  NGLCO/ONLA presents the 2013 Ohio Retail Bus Tour with stops at:
Breezewood Garden Center
Petitti Garden Centers
Lowes Greenhouse and Garden Center
Bremec Nursery
Art Form Nursery

A fun-filled Hawaiian Luau and Awards Night at Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe will follow the tour.

Field Day concludes with an OLA plant auction. A portion of the proceeds will go to the enhancement of Valor Home in Akron.

Valor Home

Plan your trip today to visit the ‘Heart of the Nursery Industry’!


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