Maria Zampini photo

President, UpShoot LLC

On the Road Again

August 8 – 11
Pittsburgh, PA
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
GWA Annual Symposium

August 19 – 21
Chicago, IL
Navy Pier’s Festival Hall
ICG West Show

August 21-23
Portland, OR
Oregon Convention Center
Farwest Trade Show

Upcoming Talks

Saturday, August 8
Pittsburgh, PA
GWA Annual Symposium
Plants for a Successful Garden with Kelly Norris & Maria Zampini

Maria’s Work
in Words
Garden Center Magazine

Garden Center Magazine
Retail Ponderings:
A ‘Pop’ of Profits

Nursery Management magazine

Nursery Management
Tip Jar: The Green Team

HGTV Home Plant Collection Logo
HGTV HOME Plant Collection Blog

Maria is now a regular contributor to the HGTV HOME Plant Collection blog. Check out
 hgtvhomeplants.com and click on “Know How!”

Watering Sensibly

July may be Smart Irrigation Month but it is up to landscape and green industry professionals as well as homeowners alike to help conserve our most precious resource all year round!

WaterSense is a partnership program with the US EPA and they’ve put together the following infographic on water waste with suggestions on how to help alleviate some common water waste problems.

Water conservation infographic

View full-size infographic

Additionally, Total Landscape Care Magazine recently featured “How to Properly Water Trees Through Summer Season,” quoting advice from The Arbor Day Foundation for landscapers and homeowners on properly maintaining trees during the dog days of summer.

Just remember, every drop of water counts!

Sweet Celebration

Lollipop CrabappleJuly 20th was National Lollipop Day! For a sweet treat in your yard 365 days of the year, consider Lollipop crabapple!

This genetically dwarf crabapple forms a perfectly round top grafted ball. It does well planted in the landscape or maintained in a patio container.

Lollipop® Dwarf Crabapple 
Malus ‘Lollizam’

Lollipop crabapple

Lollipop produces highly fragrant white flowers from red buds.  In the fall its bright green summer foliage will turn a pleasing yellow-orange and highlight the petite red fruit which quickly matures and is devoured by birds.


47th Annual Field Day

The Nursery Growers of Lake County, Ohio hosts the 47th Annual Field Day on Tuesday, August 12th at Herman Losely & Son Nursery in Perry, Ohio.
Annual Field Day 2013

At 1:00 Gregg Suver of Rainbow Treecare will present “Tools for Plant Health Care in the Landscape.”  

Additionally, the ONLA will offer their OCNT testing on-site.

2014 Grower Bus Tour

On Monday, August 11th, NGLCO/ONLA presents the 2014 Grower Bus Tour with stops at Bluestone PerennialsBrotzman Nursery, John C. Klyn Nursery, North Coast Perennials and Phelp’s Ohio Nursery. Seats are still available so sign up today!

Monday night, the NGLCO will host their Casino Night at the scenic Perry Community Center along the shore of Lake Erie, with proceeds benefiting the Lake Humane Society.

Plan today to visit the “Heart of the Nursery Industry!”

Read a blog review of a “first timer’s” Field Day and Bus Tour experience from author Kylee Baumle of Our Little Acre.

National Watermelon Association

National Watermelon Month

July is National Watermelon Month! Here is a refreshing recipe from Denise Schreiber’s book “Eat Your Roses: …Pansies, Lavender and 49 other Delicious Edible Flowers.”

1 med red onion
2-4 limes
3 ½ lbs seedless watermelon
10 oz feta cheese
3-4 Tbl extra virgin
olive oil
1 bunch flat leaf parsley
1 bunch fresh spearmint (leaves and/or flowers), chopped coarsely

Peel and halve  onion, cut into very fine slices and place in a bowl. Squeeze limes over the onion and set aside.

Cut melon into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Gently crumble feta cheese over the melon.

Tear sprigs of parsley so that you have the entire leaf and add to the watermelon. Add chopped mint too. Pour the onions and lime juice over the salad, add the oil and very gently toss with your hands, taking care not to break up the watermelon or feta. Add fresh black pepper and serve.

Serves 6-8

Growing for Futures

Therapeutic Garden Initiative

The National Garden Bureau has launched “Growing for Futures,” a philanthropic program to build therapeutic gardens across the country.

This ongoing annual fundraising initiative is designed to cultivate horticulture careers and life skills while also growing plants, vegetables, herbs and fruit for partnering organizations and communities.

This year the non-profit NGB has chosen Growing Solutions Farm in Chicago as the first beneficiary of its fundraising effort. It is a vocational program of the Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation/Urban Autism Solutions, which serves, educates and trains young adults who have autism. NGB’s goal is to raise $50,000 in cash and supplies to help support the continued growth of this innovative garden project.

Horticulture Interns

For more information about this project or the NGB, visit www.ngb.org and follow #growingforfutures on Social Media.


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