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Maria Zampini

Maria Zampini is Director of Plant Development for the HGTV HOME Plant Collection. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. As the 4th generation of her family to work in the plant industry, Maria’s vast experience makes her a sought after speaker and writer for consumer magazines and trade journals. Maria co-authored a new book "Garden-pedia" which is available for pre-order at http://www.upshoothort.com/writing/gardenpedia/

HGTV HOME Plant Collection

KNOW HOW!™ Gardening Tips and Landscape Inspiration From the Experts at HGTV


You know the HGTV HOME Plant Collection takes the guesswork out of gardening with annuals, perennials and shrubs that add impact to your home’s gardens and outdoor living spaces.  Did you know that HGTV also supports your gardening pleasure with KNOW HOW!™ – including gardening tips, landscape inspiration, and insights from the experts with answers to your plant care questions.  Look for HGTV KNOW HOW!™ on this website, Plant Collection plant tags and displays at your garden center.


You can also visit the individual ANNUALS and SHRUBS pages for specific KNOW HOW! on our plants and mixes.

Linda Russo

Linda Russo is a biological scientist with experience ranging from horticultural research on citrus, orchids, spices, biological weed & insect controls, tissue culture and environmental oversight of coastal ecosystems. Linda has authored several publications of cooperative research on citrus, as well as, unpublished, confidential, corporate research on various tropical plants, including cola, vanilla and cinnamon.  Linda also serves as an advisor to the HGTV HOME Plants program.

Allie Beukema

Allie is the Marketing Manager for HGTV HOME Plant Collection. A creative at heart and a strategist by nature— she is always intrigued by smart solutions to complex ideas, the big picture and clever products that make life better. When it comes down to it she's a problem solver with an imagination for potential. When she is not dreaming up her next idea, she is enjoying life with her husband, Chris, loving on their dog and two cats, listening to music, cooking gluten-free meals, making stuff and gardening.

Brad Hunter

Brad is a project manager for HGTV HOME Plant Collection and does social media, website content and other special (and fun) projects like photo shoots, product development and helping tend to the office garden.  He has worked on the marketing side of the horticulture industry since 2005.  Brad started dabbling in plants when he was a kid in Florida and he and his grandfather would ride around the neighborhood clipping stems from different hibiscus plants (thanks neighbors!) so they could root and propagate them.