Pacific Northwest Chapter
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Promoting the Beauty and Utility of Bamboo

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Chapter Information

The PNWC of the ABS is always interested in people who love bamboo. We offer opportunities to appreciate its beauty and learn more about it. We are happy that you share our interest in bamboo. Whether you are an experienced grower or an aspiring enthusiast, we welcome you!

As a regular member of the ABS, you receive a list of members in the United States and abroad, and regular newsletters with many informative articles as well as other interesting news about the society and individual chapters. You will also receive journals, when available.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter has year-round activities and meetings, generally held in Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Portland and Vancouver, B.C. The P.N.W.C. of the American Bamboo Society covers Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. As a member, the newsletters will inform you of upcoming activities (work parties, meetings, demonstrations, workshops and auctions) as well as provide information about past events and progress updates on chapter projects. One of the best places to see and buy bamboo is to come to one of our two annual summer sales in Seattle and in Portland. The schedule and locations will be in the PNW Chapter newsletter and posted on the Events Page.

We invite you to join us as we share out knowledge and love for bamboo and in helping us promote interest in all its species! The greatest value from a club in in personal participation. .

Phil Davidson has set up a PNWE Bamboo Club on Yahoo for exchanging information about activities and urgent announcements.

News and events

Doug Lewis of Seattle's Bamboo Hardwoods fame, had a very nice write up in the Seattle Times of 3/30/2007.

Annual Bamboo Festival and Plant Sale

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society would like you to announce their “Bamboo Festival” that will be held at the University of Washington’s Arboretums Donald Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112. The date of the event is this June 2, 2007 which is a Saturday from 9:30AM until 3:30PM.

There will be speakers talking on topics of choosing, selecting, siting, planting, growing, caring for bamboo plants. Plenty of slide photographs on these subjects and more.

Bamboo is a plant that can be grown both inside and outside here in the Pacific Northwest. In the dried cane form for it is used for woodworking, accents in building in the home or garden. Others uses vary from its edible shoots to making baskets and floors to furniture. Even clothing, animal feed and possibly bio-fuel. Bamboo is the worlds most useful plant.

A plant sale of bamboos will be going on all during this event along with a Rare Bamboo Auction at 11 AM. Come to select your new bamboos and to learn more about this fascinating plant.

This is a fund raising event for our all volunteer nonprofit educational group and a educational program for the public.

Admission is Free!

For more information contact:

James Clever at (206) 371-1072
e-mail : james (at)


John Gildroy, President
Phil Comer, Vice President, Washington
Ned Jaquith, Vice President, Oregon
Sandra Bastian, Secretary
Jamie Girard, Treasurer
2292 Valley Ct.
West Linn, OR 97068
Voice (503) 675-7544
Bill Hollenback Chapter Representative to the Board of Directors
Dain Sansome, Newsletter Editor


To join the PNWC of the ABS, send a check payable to “PNWC/ABS” for either -

$40.00 for joint ABS & PNWC annual dues


$15.00 ($18 for foreign) for just PNWC annual dues to:

Jamie Girard, Treasurer
2292 Valley Ct.
West Linn, OR 97068
(503) 675-7544

Chapter membership is for 12 months from the time of payment. Include your name, address, phone number, electronic mail address (if you have one) and tell us about any special interests you have related to bamboo.

More information about membership is available.

2006 Events

None as of 27 August 2006

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