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Promoting the Beauty and Utility of Bamboo

Who We Are

The American Bamboo Society (ABS) was formed in 1979 and became incorporated in the state of California in 1981. Today we have over 800 members living throughout the U.S. and in 39 other countries. The ABS issues a bimonthly magazine, BAMBOO, and the Journal of the American Bamboo Society, which is issued irregularly.

We sponsor lectures, conferences, tours and plant sales in the chapter areas. Chapters maintain bamboo libraries, distribute publications and donate plants to public gardens.

Although bamboo seed is rare, we distribute seed to members when it is available. Chapters operate quarantine greenhouses for newly imported bamboo species at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, CA; at the San Francisco Zoo in California, at Broward Community College near Miami, FL and in Rockport, MA. Since 1980, the ABS has successfully introduced many new species of bamboo to the U.S.

We are a member of the World Bamboo Organization, an association of bamboo societies throughout the world, which sponsors an international bamboo conference every four years.

The ABS bylaws are available for downloading. It is an Adobe Reader PDF file.



ABS Mission

The objectives and purposes of the Society are:

American Bamboo Society Officers

You may contact the board of directors if you have a suggestion or a question about the functioning of the society. Please contact the board member who represents your chapter, or if your chapter does not have a board representative, any of the at-large members.

Board of Directors

Name Representing Term Expires
At Large 11/2013
At Large 11/2012
At Large 11/2011
International Rep 11/2012
Florida-Caribbean Chapter 11/2013
Hawaii Chapter 11/2011
Louisiana-Gulf Coast Chapter 11/2012
Mid-States Chapter 11/2011
Northeast Chapter 11/2011
Northern California Chapter 11/2011
Pacific Northwest Chapter 11/2012
Southeast Chapter 11/2013
Southern California Chapter 11/2013
Texas Bamboo Society 11/2012


Position Person Representing
President Pacific Northwest Chapter
Vice President Florida Caribbean Chapter
Treasurer Southeast Chapter
Secretary Northern California Chapter

Other Positions

Position Person Representing
Journal Editor (Belgium)
Magazine Publisher Northeast Chapter
Magazine Editor Southern and Northern California Chapters
Arts & Crafts Coordinator Pacific Northwest Chapter
Membership Midstates Chapter
Web Site Editor Pacific Northwest Chapter
Administrator (vacant position)  

Chapter Information (Chapter Web page and contact person)

Note: some of the chapter Web sites are maintained separately from this, the official ABS Web site, and the ABS is not responsible for the content of those sites.

Florida Caribbean Chapter:

Hawaii Chapter:

Louisiana Gulf Coast Chapter:

Mid-States Chapter:

Northeast Chapter:

750 Krumkill Rd.
Albany NY 12203-5976

Northern California Chapter:

480 West “I” Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Pacific Northwest Chapter:

Southeast Chapter:

Southern California Chapter:


Texas Bamboo Society:

Tierra Seca Chapter:

1901 N. Avenida Azahar
Tucson, AZ 85745
Ph/Fax (520) 743-9879

Membership information

Membership in the American Bamboo Society and one ABS chapter is for the calendar year and includes a subscription to the bimonthly Magazine and annual Journal.

The Digital Membership lets you conserve resources downloading the publications from the internet. The Publications are also full color and are available about two weeks before the printed versions. You can download a sample issue for free.

If you have specific questions about membership or renewal that are not answered here, please write to:

American Bamboo Society
315 S Coast Highway 101 Ste U
PMB 212
Encinitas, CA 92024-3555
Membership category Annual
fee (digital)
fee (print)
Individual (NA)
US$40.00 US$50.00
Three-years (NA)
US$110.00 US$140.00
National membership from outside the U.S.A.
US$40.00 US$55.00
Patron (NA)
US$120.00 US$130.00
Supporting (NA)
US$60.00 US$70.00
Additional local chapter memberships US$15.00 US$15.00
National Life membership (ABS only)
(Some chapters also offer life memberships)
US$600.00 US$800.00

Membership category note:

Membership application form

You may use either the on-line membership form if you are paying by credit card or print a PDF form you can fill-in. Send applications to:

American Bamboo Society
315 S Coast Highway 101 Ste U
PMB 212
Encinitas, CA 92024-3555

For information about the ABS Bamboo Species Source list

In December we'll start putting together the next ABS Species Source List. Please check back here or look for a notice on the News page for information about submissions for the next list.

To order paper copies of the Species Source List, please contact:

American Bamboo Society
315 S Coast Highway 101 Ste U
PMB 212
Encinitas, CA 92024-3555

Please send $3 ($2 for the Source List, $1 for postage and handling).

ABS Publications - our magazine and our journal

BAMBOO, the magazine of the American Bamboo Society

A downloadable index of our magazine/newsletter is available as a PDF. You can get the free Adobe Reader here.

The editors of our magazine, BAMBOO, are . It is published bi-monthly and information about advertising is below. Please write to the address below for information about submitting material for publication and for any other information that is not covered here.

The deadline for each magazine is the 1st of the month previous to the publication date. So, for an October edition, the deadline is the first of September, for the December edition, it is the first of November, and so on.

For those of you interested in writing for the ABS Magazine, please look at the ABS Authors’ Specifications Sheet and the ABS Authors’ Guidelines. They are both available as a Adobe PDF. You can get the free Adobe Reader here.

The postal address to use to submit printed materials is:

Don and Betty Shor, Editors
ABS Magazine
1607 Fifth Street
Davis, CA 95616

Teasers! We have samples from some of some past issues.

Bamboo Science and Culture is the journal of the American Bamboo Society

Bamboo Science and Culture is the official journal of the American Bamboo Society. It is the continuation of The Journal of the American Bamboo Society, a journal with a long tradition of publishing scientific and cultural articles on all aspects of bamboo.

Bamboo Science and Culture is the premier journal for bamboo systematics, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, geography, anatomy, history, physiology, agriculture, pathology, morphology and any other scholarly works dealing directly with bamboo.

Bamboo Science and Culture is a peer-reviewed journal of the highest caliber.

We have a write-up of author’s guidelines for material to be published in the Journal.

Almost all of the back volumes are available on-line for you to download and read. They are in PDF format and you will need Adobe Reader to view them.

The ABS Journal Editor is:

Nottebohmstraat 8
B-2018 Antwerpen

Advertising in the ABS Publications

There are two ABS publications which accept advertising. Both are distributed to all ABS members.

Your target audience (future customers) are a focused, active andvaried group of successful gardeners, nursery owners, landscapers, builders, designers, landscape architects, crafts people and many more forward-thinking, creative individuals.

The cost for the various sizes and types of advertising is described in the Advertising Guide (you'll need the Adobe Reader).

The ABS and Arts & Crafts

The Resource List

Acknowledging the increased interest in the use of bamboo in the creative fields of arts, crafts and construction, the American Bamboo Society compiles a Resource List which is also available without cost to anyone who requests it.

The List will be expanded upon, edited, and re-evaluated at regular intervals by with the help of Beverly Messenger (whose specialties are poetry and music) and other ABS volunteers.

This list is evolving and does not claim to be exhaustive. At no time will the American Bamboo Society be held responsible for the products and/or services resulting from use of this list, which is provided as a service to those interested in bamboo.

For information on how to be included in the Resource List, contact:

Charissa Brock
Portland, OR 97293

As of December 2006, the following categories are included:

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