Jim Zampini, a nationally recognized nurseryman and one of the leading figures in the thriving Lake County, OH, nursery industry for more than six decades, passed away on April 15 at the age of 85.
Zampini was the longtime CEO of Lake County Nursery Inc. in Perry Township, OH, a business now run by his son, Joe Zampini. In 2009, he joined his daughter, Maria Zampini, as a founder of Upshoot LLC, a horticultural marketing firm.
A past president of the Nursery Growers of Lake County and honorary life member of the Ohio and International Chapters of the International Society of Arboriculture, Zampini was active in an array of civic endeavors, including the Lake Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners and the board of the American Heart Association.
“Jim was part of the life blood of our industry,” says Tim Brotzman, owner of Brotzman’s Nursery, Inc. in Madison Township and a past president of the Nursery Growers of Lake County.
Zampini either patented or helped refine the Crimson Pointe Flowering Plum and upwards of 300 varieties of flowering trees, shade trees, and shrubs.
In his long career, Zampini was recognized with a number of awards including: an Honorarium from the Nursery Growers of Lake County; the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association; and Honorary Life Membership from the Ohio and International Chapters of the International Society of Arboriculture in “Recognition of Dedicated Efforts and Excellence in the Development of Tree Cultivars for the Urban Environment.”
You can learn more about Zampini’s life and legacy in an article in the Lake County News-Herald.