Maria Zampini photo
Maria Zampini
President, UpShoot LLC

On the Road Again

January 5-9
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum
Green & Growin’ Show
January 14-16
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center
MANTS – Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show

Maria’s Work
in Words

Party Hardy in Fall

autumn leafAs sad as this beach bum is to see summer pass, you can’t help but be in awe of all autumn has to offer; it’s hard to match a cool day, bright blue sky contrasting against intense red, yellow and orange fall foliage.

autumn leafLeaves change color for various reasons including longer nights/shorter days, weather and leaf pigment.

autumn leafWhether you want to enjoy the kaleidoscope of colors locally or are looking to travel far and wide to catch awesome autumn sights, you can utilize the following resources to make sure you hit peak viewing: US Forest ServiceThe Weather Channel and the Farmers Almanac.

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,—
autumn leafThe Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band….
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky….

~ George Cooper, “October’s Party”

Fall Trees Please!

For a fiesta of fall colors, plus to shade your home and reduce your heating and cooling bills, consider one or all of these LCN Selections shade trees!

Celebration Maple

Celebration – Color varies
from gold, orange and red. Virtually seedless!

Highland Park

Highland Park– This sugar
maple cross has a high brix
count so you can make more
syrup with less sap.


Corinthian – Gold color
and it’s Japanese beetle and
aerophyte mite resistant too!

Gold Dust

Gold Dust – For the
variegated lover in you!


American Cancer Society

Early Detection is Power

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This cause is something near and dear to my heart; my fraternal Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Sallay Zampini died of breast cancer in 1957 at the age of 44.

Mary Elizabeth Sallay Zampini
Because of this close familial connection, I had to start having mammograms while in my 30’s. I’ve scheduled my screening for this year and this is my friendly reminder to you to schedule your screening as well!

Additionally women should consider self exams each month as 40% of breast cancer is detected this way.

If you’re looking for a gift that also gives back, look to Marie Claire magazine for a list of products which support breast cancer research!
Breast Cancer Awareness

Friends in the News

Friends in the News!

We get to rub elbows with some pretty cool plant geeks, some of which recently made the news.

Steve Castorani and North Creek Nurseries are on the cover of October Greenhouse Grower Magazine.

UpShoot is pleased to work with Steve through his American Beauties native plant program which benefits the National Wildlife Federation.

Greenhouse Grower Magazine - October issue

Read Story…

Next up are Josh, Garry and Axel of Cultivaris. Their Foxglove Digiplexis™ Illumination® Flame was named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 American Garden Awards!


Congrats to all on the well-deserved recognition!

National Garden Bureau

2015 Year of Plants

The National Garden Bureau (NGB), a non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, recently announced their 2015 “Year of the” program winners.

For annuals, 2015 will be the Year of the Coleus.


For vegetables/edibles, 2015 will be the Year of the Sweet Pepper.

For perennials, 2015 will be the Year of the Gaillardia.


Plants chosen are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse and versatile.

Visit ngb.org to learn more about the 2015 Year of Plants.


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