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Maria Zampini
President, UpShoot LLC
Upcoming  Events

March 12
Youngstown, OH
MVNLA Spring Clinic  
Fellows Riverside Garden
“2014 New Plants”
April 3-10
San Luis Obispo, CA
Edna Valley Vineyards 
California Spring Trials

gardencenter February 2014 issue
Look for my work in the March issues of Garden Center and Nursery Management magazines.

Maria’s Work
in Words

Garden Center Magazine
Retail ponderings:
Get out your party hats

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!”

Plants that make SCENTS

great plant picksWho wouldn’t love the 2014 Great Plants picks focus, Plants that make SCENTS, unbeatable plants with amazing fragrance. They’ve identified plants with fragrant flowers, fragrant foliagefloral scentfresh scentspicy scent and woodsy scent.

Plants That Make SCENTS posterGreat Plant Picks is an educational program of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden which, since 2001, has made recommendations of outstanding plants for the maritime Pacific Northwest. Over 900 exceptional plants have been selected for gardeners living west of the Cascade Mountains from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The 2014 ‘Plants that make SCENTS’ poster is available for free with reimbursement for shipping and handling.

The Sweet SCENT of Sugar Tyme

I’m proud to say that LCN Selections Sugar Tyme Crabapple is one of the 2014 plants chosen by Great Garden Picks, specifically for its fragrant flowers and fresh scent.

Sugar Tyme Crabapple

This spring blooming beauty is prized not only for its snow white fragrant flowers but also for its long lasting red fall fruit and most importantly because it is one of the top rated disease resistant crabapples on the market today.

Sugar Tyme Crabapple

Geauga County Maple Festival

Tree Tappin Time

The Geauga County Maple Festival takes place in Chardon, Ohio which borders Lake County. This neighboring town is home to the oldest maple festival in the country and one of the largest as well.

Syrup in our area is typically made from sugar, red or black maple tree sap. Trees are traditionally tapped on Tappin’ Sunday, the second Sunday in March.

At Lake Metroparks Farmpark they have Sugaring Events including ‘Adopt a Tap’ which promotes the conservation of 27 acres of maple woodland.

If you want to try tapping and maple syrup production at home check we suggest you check out the tapmytrees.com website. You may also want to read our friend and author Kylee Baumlee’s first experience in tapping her maple trees on the ourlittleacre.com blog.

Highland Park Maple

We recommend Highland Park Maple as a sugar bush choice.

This grandidentatum x saccharum cross has a 3.2brix count which is higher than other maple choices. This means you can make more syrup with less sap.

Jenny Koester

Welcome Jenny!

I’m very pleased to introduce you to our newest UpShoot team member,
 Jenny Koester!

Jenny has been working behind the scenes since December as our Communications Coordinator currently focusing on website maintenance and copy writing.

With certificates in Landscape Design and Horticulture, Jenny has earned her green boots working at Ault Park and in her own garden. She detailed her personal gardening experiences in ‘The Adventures of a Landless Gardener’ blog for Horticulture Magazine.

Ault Park
Ault Park

While maintaining her three blogs – The Garden LifeA Year in the Park and Blue Blazing Ohio, Jenny also finds time to contribute to the Shine Yoga Blog and is working on authoring her first book!

If that isn’t enough, she maintains four FaceBook groups, one for each of her blogs, Blue Blazing OhioThe Garden LifeA Year in the Park as well as The Journey is Happiness.

I’m so pleased to have such a young, enthusiastic and passionate plant person as Jenny join UpShoot!


Four leaf clover

Irish Delight

My peas may not be planted by St. Patty’s day but there will be green beer and my unique corned beef sandwich to enjoy!

Maria’s Sweet St. Patty’s Day Sandwich
Corned beef sandwich
Fresh baked Rye bread
Swiss Cheese
Rothschild’s Horseradish Sauce or Thousand Island Dressing
Sweet Sauerkraut

Sweet Sauerkraut:
1 stick butter
2 jars sauerkraut – rinsed and juices squeezed out
1 or 2 apples diced with skins on
Light brown sugar
Caraway seed
Apple cider vinegar

Melt butter, fluff sauerkraut as added to the butter, sauté for a few minutes. Add about 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and enough brown sugar (¼ cup at a time) until the sauerkraut is medium brown in color; it should be sweet, not tart so add more of either ingredient to adjust. Sauté for a few more minutes and add diced apple along with a generous amount of caraway. Sauté until apple is soft.

Butter bread as if it’s a grilled cheese sandwich. On opposite side, spread the sauce. Layer cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut and top with bread. Grill until toasted.
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