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Maria Zampini
President, UpShoot LLC
Rest for the
Road Warrior

November and December will find me close to home for the holidays. 
A list of upcoming green industry trade shows and speaking engagements can be found on our events page.
Horticulture Magazine

Work in Words

American Nurseryman
Horticulture Magazine
Expert Picks Column

Mary Sallay Zampini
In Loving Memory

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

My paternal grandmother Mary Sallay Zampini died of breast cancer in 1957 at the age of 44. 

I get a mammogram every year. I encourage you to do the same along with self exams!

Its Easy Being Green in 2013

Pantone 2013 Spring ColorsPantone the world’s color authority, has announced three shades of green will be the hot colors in spring 2013.  

As I wrote in my Nursery Insight column in American Nurseryman, green is the ‘little black dress’ of the garden. It’s the landscape canvas to make all other colors pop!

Fashionably Matched
Here are just a few of the LCN Selections that match Pantone’s color forecast. Choose one of these plants to be in vogue in spring 2013!

Blue Blaze™ Arrow Wood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum ‘Blubzam’ Spring Glory® Serviceberry Amelanchier canadensis ‘Sprizam’ 

Guilded Gold™ Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Gugozam’ Ultra™ Common Hackberry Celtis occidentalis ‘Ulzam’

Mr Bowling Ball® Globe Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobazam’ Corinthian® Little Leaf Linden Tilia cordata ‘Corzam’

Passionate™ Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata ‘Paszam’ Golden Candle™ Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata ‘Gocanzam’

Guardian™ Black Haw Viburnum Viburnum prunifolium ‘Guazam’ Gingerbread™ Paperbark Maple Acer griseum x nikoense ‘Ginzam’

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Stacy Pandy - Founder of Hope is Growing

Supporting Pink

I’d like to give a pink nod to two programs which support breast cancer research. 

Hope Is Growing

Zampini family friend Stacy Pandy created Hope is Growing

Hope is Growing Garden Kits

These are a series of eight different affordable garden kits that can add a ray of sunshine for someone who is suffering from cancer.

Retail counter top or floor size displays are available AND they are great fundraiser!

Pink Ribbon Plants
LCN Selections licensed grower, Prides Corner Farms of Lebanon, CT is involved in many branded programs including ‘Pink Ribbon Plants’.  

Their plants sales of ‘Pink Ribbon Plant’s has raised approximately $30,000.

Thanks to both of these companies for supporting a cause near and dear to our hearts!

Crowning Glories: Dawn Hummel & Maria Zampini

Crowning Glories
in the Desert

I attended the 64th annual Garden Writer’s Symposium earlier this month in Tucson, AZ.

It was great to reconnect with old friends while making new ones.

My west coast counterpart Dawn Hummel and I handed out ‘sweet treats’ and donned our hand crafted gardening crowns during the tradeshow. We presented crowns to other gardening divas and hortiholics:

Dan Heims
Terra Nova Nurseries

Denise Schreiber
Eat Your Roses author

Jimmy Turner
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Kirk Brown
Joanne Kostecky Garden Design Inc.

Renee Shepherd
Renee’s Garden Seeds

It was quite the nature-enhanced event. A scorpion even visited our hotel bathroom! Hawks, jack rabbits, ground squirrels, javelina, geckos, bats, monarch butterflies and hummingbirds abounded.

Check out our Facebook page for conference photos!

Sugar Tyme® Crabapple Malus ‘Sutyzam’

Craving Crabapples

Wooster, Ohio is home to Secrest Arboretum, the ‘Crablandia’ collection and my favorite ‘Malus Maniac’ and ‘Crabaholic’, Jim Chatfield of The Ohio State University.

Jim shared this crabapple butter recipe with me. It’s perfect slathered on crusty sourdough bread on a brisk autumn day.

Lee’s Nearly Famous Dolgo Crabapple Butter
Wash 8 lbs of Dolgo fruit and place in a large kettle.

Cover with water.

Heat to a boil and simmer until fruit starts to soften.

Drain and process fruit through a mill, then add:
3 lbs of sugar
2 quarts of cider
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves

Simmer the mixture over a low heat.  

Cook 2-4 hours or to desired thickness.

Stir occasionally.

Pour hot butter into jars. Process in hot water bath or freeze.

Your house will smell absolutely scrumptious!

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