gardenpediabookcoverredux (1)Maria Zampini and Pamela Bennett have teamed up to co-author the only book you will ever need to understand garden speak… Garden-pedia; An A- Z Guide to Gardening Terms

Quick: do you know the difference between hardpan and hardening-off? Between a native and a nativar? A cold frame and a cloche? Do you wish someone would write a book that explains in simple English what all those gardening terms mean – just give you the stuff you need to know, so you can be a knowledgeable gardener? Veteran horticulturists Maria Zampini and Pamela Bennett have done just that.

Garden-pedia is written to fill the need for a clear, concise book of useful terms for the layman gardener. In a friendly, conversational style, the authors give the reader easy access to the what, when, why and how of gardening – with 220 of the most common terms you’ll encounter, presented with entertaining sidebars, tips and color photos throughout. This authoritative, up-to-date guide is destined to be the reference of choice for gardeners everywhere. Go ahead: impress your friends and family with your new-found knowledge.

We are proud to announce that part of the proceeds go to support
The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program.


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Meet the Authors

Maria Zampini

MariaPhoto_LargeMaria’s first memory of working in the family business is putting fertilizer pills in pots at age seven. Maria worked her way up the green corporate ladder and now represents LCN Selections and other new plant varieties, researching and developing the plants and introducing them to the market. Maria is also the founder and president of UpShoot a boutique marketing and PR company.

Additionally, Maria is also a respected author, speaker and consultant.  Maria writes a monthly column in Garden Center Magazine and a regular column for Nursery ManagementHer work has appeared in numerous other publications, including American NurserymanNursery NewsCountry Folks Grower, Fine Gardening and the northern issues of State-by-State Gardening Magazine. She is also a sought-after speaker, lecturing on new plant introductions, sustainability, native plants, plant patents and trademarks and other plant-related topics.

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Pam Bennett

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Pam is the State Master Gardener volunteer Coordinator for Ohio and Horticulture Educator and Director for Ohio State University Extension in Clark County. She has a BS in Landscape Horticulture and an MS in Human and Community Resource Development from Ohio State University. Her responsibilities include providing leadership for the OSUE Master Gardener volunteer program and conducting consumer and commercial horticulture programs.

Pam specializes in herbaceous ornamental plant trials and evaluates more than 200 varieties of annuals yearly and presents programs on annuals and perennials as well as other landscape topics. She oversees the Gateway Learning Gardens, a 5 acre demonstration/teaching garden, is the Past-President of the Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden, and provides leadership to the OSUE MGV International Outreach program.

Pam lectures frequently on a variety of horticulture topics ranging from annuals, perennials and woody ornamentals, vegetables, plant diagnostics, to plant maintenance.  She also writes for a variety of publications including a weekly gardening column for eight regional newspapers in southwest Ohio as a bimonthly Ask the Expert Column for Ohio Gardening.