NEC ABS Newsletter November 2015

Northeast Chapter, ABS September 2015

(sent via Campaign Monitor to NEC members, with pics too)

The ABS Annual Meeting in Xalapa was fantastic!

Thanks to everyone who made the magical meeting possible, especially to our hosts Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez, executive director of BOTA, and Dr. Rogelio Macías. ABS members came from all over the Western Hemisphere. We began the visit with a dreamy tour of Rogelio’s bamboo plantation high in the cloud forest above Xalapa and Coatepec. We saw presentations from a dozen fascinating speakers, on topics as diverse as construction, DNA identification, furniture and craft production, even bamboo beer brewing. The finale of the trip was a rainy but unforgettable evening in Naolinco for the famous Día de Muertos celebration. The colorful decorations were as overwhelming as the hospitality shown by our hosts and by all the residents of Xalapa, Coatepec and Naolinco. A special highlight of the meeting was seeing three recently discovered species named after three very special people: Ned Jaquith, Gib Cooper and Ximena Londoño. Congrats to all three for their incredible honors!

The ABS Board held its 2015 meeting.

Minutes will be published in the next issue of the ABS Bamboo Magazine. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: The Northeast Chapter will host the 2016 ABS Annual Meeting in Washington DC in September!! Organizing a great conference will require a lot of hard work and I know that the NEC is up to the challenge! Look for upcoming opportunities to help organize the conference, or reach out now and let me know you’re interested. We hope you’ll spend next World Bamboo Day in DC with us! Please contact me at andrewjasonlinn@gmail.com if you’d like to be involved in the organization of the conference.

Let’s start building the next generation of the ABS!

I’m excited to take on the editing responsibilities for the newsletter and I’m extra-excited to help organize the Annual ABS Meeting next year. At the annual meeting next September, expect more of the same great info-sharing as past annual meetings, with an emphasis this year on attracting new young members. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift to give this holiday season, consider bringing new members into our community with gift memberships, the perfect way to spark the interest of youngsters. And please remember to renew your memberships and pay your dues!

Andrew Linn

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NEC ABS newsletter September 2015

Northeast Chapter, ABS September 2015

(sent via Campaign Monitor to paid NEC members)(with pics too)

Just back from Korea – 10th WBC a huge success!

320 bamboo people came from 40 countries to take part in global event, and it will take a long time to lose this great feeling. It is a gorgeous country, clean and sophisticated and generous and gracious, and the county of Damyang-gun is filled with bamboo. Even more, this 4 day event coincided with a phenomenal World Bamboo Fair, and it was hard to see it all. Look for more stories and pictures in the ABS magazine! We are already planning the 11th WBC, for 2018: stay tuned for venue and details!

ABS ANNUAL MEETING IN XALAPA, MEXICO

OCT 28 – NOV 1

Wednesday 28 October 2015

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pre-meeting field trip to the El Riscal, a new bamboo plantation and collection; walk in the cloud forest of the Cofre de Perote volcano (hiking boots or tennis shoes, raincoat and comfortable clothes)

Thursday 29 October 2015

8:00 AM – 5: 00 PM ABS Board Meeting at Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanical Garden Auditorium (Pending location)

6:00-8:00 PM Meet and Greet at Clavijero Botanical Garden

Friday 30 October 2015

8-8:30 AM Registration

8:30 AM Opening Remarks: Dr. Martín Aluja, Director Instituto de Ecología, AC.

8:45-9:20 AM Keynote opening speaker: Dr. Lynn G. Clark (Bamboo revolution: recent advances in understanding bamboo evolution).

9:30-10:05 AM Mauricio Guillaumin (Bambuver: experiences running the first commercial Mexican bamboo company and plantation)

10:15-10:30 AM Coffee break

10:30-11:05 AM Dr. Víctor Ordóñez (Physical and mechanical properties of Mexican Guadua and other species)

11:15-11-50 AM Dr. Teresa Mejía Saulés (Mexican bamboo living collections)

12:00-12:35 PM Lic. Arturo Aguilar (Bamboo culm sheaths uses)

12:45-2:00 PM Lunch time

2:00-3:30 PM Guided visit to the National Living Bamboo Collection

3:30-5:30 PM How to make bamboo baskets: a demonstration (Evaristo Santamaría, Trigillos, Ver.)

5:30-6:05 PM Ing. Armando Moreno Sánchez (Bamboo architecture projects in Mexico)

6:30 PM Dinner: Mexican food, Clavijero Botanical Garden

Saturday 31 October 2015

8:30-9:00 AM Registration

9:00-9:35 AM Ing. Ximena Londoño (Guadua angustifolia, an agroforestry plant)

9:45-10:20 AM Dr. Felipe Trabanino (Guadua as a mortuary item in Mayan burials)

10:30-11:00 AM Coffee break

11:00-11:35 AM Mike Bostwick/Gib Cooper (Bamboo Landscape design)

11:45AM – 12:20 PM Dr. Rogelio Macías (Otatea acuminata: distribution, propagation, current and potential uses)

12:30-2:00 PM Lunch time

2:00-3:30 PM Guided visit to the Cloud Forest Sanctuary (hiking boots or tennis shoes, raincoat and comfortable clothes)

3:30-5:00 PM TodoBambu (How to make furniture using different bamboo species: demonstration)

5:00-5:35 PM Mauricio Mora Tello (Bambusa Cholula Beer, the first Latin American beer that uses bamboo in its elaboration and experiences running a microbrewery)

5:45 PM Entertainment (Flor de Acuyo, traditional regional music), dinner: Mexican food, Clavijero Botanical Garden

Sunday 1st November 2015

12:00-08:00 PM Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) field trip to the Naolinco city, emblematic site for this traditional celebration in México.

New Editor!

Andrew Linn of D.C. has volunteered to take on the NEC newsletter : ) I think this is my last issue ! Please help by sending your news and comments to Andy:

Email: andrewjasonlinn@ gmail.com

MORE VOLUNTEERING NEEDED!

Hey, do you love bamboo and love talking about bamboo? Then help us out! Help us by contributing to the newsletter, or hosting a meeting / garden visit, or posting on FB. Contact me and I’ll help push you along:

susannelucas@gmail.com

Many thanks for your continued support of the Northeast Chapter.

————————-Did you know about the on-line AUCTION of bamboo things? Thanks to NEC member Anthony Poveromo of Amenia, NY, who donated a bunch of his late mother’s collections, you have the opportunity to bid & buy some exceptionally cool bamboo items. THIS AUCTION WAS EXTENDED TO COINCIDE WITH THE ABS ANNUAL AUCTION. IT ENDS NOVEMBER 6, so place your bids now and keep an eye on the website for closing BIDS. absaucton.bambooweb.info
Ned Jaquith Foundation

This non-profit foundation commemorates the legacy of Ned Jaquith, a consummate horticulturist and nurseryman who specialized in bamboo, and was particularly interested in bamboo research, propagation and art. He also was a guy who loved life, cherished his friends, and knew how to laugh. For many bambuseros, he was a respected mentor.

The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and support bamboo research projects increasing the collective knowledge of bamboo. The Foundation will support the goals of the American Bamboo Society (ABS) but will be a separate working body, administered by an advisory committee. Grant funding will be provided to students and researchers who wish to work within the field of bamboo focused on such issues as botanical identification, wild and domestic collection, genetic preservation, propagation techniques, bamboo art and bamboo-related environmental concerns (i.e. habitat restoration, etc).

Grants

The Ned Jaquith Foundation is offering grants to promote bamboo research not to be limited to the following areas:

Art research
Botanical identification
Collection
Education
Environment issues
Genetic preservation
Habitat restoration
Propagation techniques
Utilization
Make a Donation

Your donation in Ned’s name will help educate the next generation in the field of bamboo studies.
You can mail a check made payable to the NJF and send it to :

Ned Jaquith Foundation
c/o Bamboo Garden
18900 NW Collins Road
North Plains, OR 97133-8302

OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AND USE PAYPAL:

www.nedjaquithfoundation.org
2015 Board of Directors and Officers

NE Chapter Representative to the ABS Board :
Susanne Lucas
ne-chapter@bamboo.org

NE Chapter President :
Vacant

NE Chapter Vice-President :
Susanne Lucas susannelucas@gmail.com
Cell 508-685-0342
9 Bloody Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360-2201

NE Chapter Secretary :
Stephanie Ritchie
stephanieb_77@hotmail.com
410-462-6247
2282 Park Hill Ave Balt MD 21211

NE Chapter Board Member :
Scott Ritchie
baltobucaneer@msn.com
410-462-6247
2282 Park Hill Ave Balt MD 21211

NE Chapter Board Member :
Whitney Adams
wradamjr@gmail.com
860-691-4469
48 Bel Aire Dr Mystic CT 06355-2002

NE Chapter Board Member :
Ned Newton
enewton1775@comcast.com
508-636-4920
427 Horseneck Rd South Darmouth MA 02748

NE Chapter Board Member :
Mike Bartholomew
mab29@cornell.com
518-458-7617
750 Krumkill Rd Albany NY 12203-5976

NE Chapter Board Member :
Anthony Poveromo
tonypoveromo@yahoo.com
914-674-1921
10 Yellow City Rd Amenia NY 12501

NE Chapter Board Member :                                                                                                   Andrew Linn                                                                                                                                          404-518-2107                                                                                                andrewjasonlinn@gmail.com                                                                                                            2126 15th St SE Washington, D.C. 20020

NE Chapter Treasurer :
Fran Bartholomew
franbartholomew@hotmail.com
518-458-7625
750 Krumkill Rd Albany NY 12203-5976
THANK YOU !

 

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Controlling bamboo by Whitney Adams

Discussion led by Whitney at NEC June meeting, Bristol, Rhode Island

Handouts included:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/help-for-the-home-gardener/advice-tips-resources/pests-and-problems/weeds/bamboo.aspx

http://www.bamboogarden.com/barrier%20installation.htm

Methods included:

– removal by hand with tools and machines

– digging trenches to control

– sand-traps to manage rhizome spread

– herbicides

– time of year for best control

To contact Whitney (Groton, CT) –

wradamjr@gmail.com

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Winter hardiness report from Ned Newton

Winter Status of Bamboo at the Newton’s – Westport, Massachusetts

October 2014    vs.  Comments under plant name, June 2015

Strikethrough means removing it from collection or death.

Name                                          Oct 2014 size     Current Condition          Location

1. Borinda angustissma                       4’                     excellent         Indoors

Not affected, indoors

2. Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’           8’                     excellent         Fish Pond

Much die back of all culms but essentially all back together now.

3. Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’           8’                     excellent         Behind fish pond

(with narrow leaves, Gansu 95-2?)

Full die back of all culms. Little come back in 2014 but a little more 2015.

4. Fargesia robusta                              9’                     excellent         Entrance Duck Pen

Full die back of all culms. 2014 a feathery ring of 30” culms. 2015 a small come back of regular culms.

5. Fargesia nitida ‘Eisenach’               16”              seedlings        in nursery (2008) NW Bed

Struggling but hanging in there.

6. Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’            4’                     good               Front, toward North

Not too bad. Little losses to top of some culms. Now over 6’ tall. Needs thinning out.

7. Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’            6”                    new, wispy    in nursery N Bed center (2010)                                 Willamett #9 May be #9??

 

Died


8. Fargesia nitida ‘Ems River’            4″          seedlings        1 left nursery N Bed west

(Whitney ’10) 1 died 5-4-12

9. Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’ I          4’                     good               nursery, N Bed east

20% die back but recovering slowly. Slow growth.

10. Fargesia denudata                          8’                     excellent         Behind fish pond

2014 had 20% die back. 2015 had 10% die back. After some trimming, it should look fine.

11. Hibanobambusa tranquillans ‘Shiroshima’     6’     good               Driveway & Bird Bldg.

Old culms both 2014 and 2015 not pretty. Cut to ground and new ones looked fine 2014. 2015 it is taking some time. “clump” is spreading widely now.

12. Pseudosasa japonica‘Tsutsumiana’               7’                     good             Mikado Pen

2015 full die back. Only tiny little culms visible now, June 2015.

13. Sasa palmate f. nebulosa                 4’                     good               Driveway myrtle

Cut old culms to ground. Spreading mightily, mowing to eliminate future problems.

14.  Indocalamus tessellatus                   2’                     poor               Golden Pen

Struggling poorly. Not the bamboo’s fault; very dry location.

 15. Indocalamus solidus                        3’                     good               Driveway myrtle

Cut old culms to ground. Spreading mightily, mowing to eliminate future problems.

 16.  Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’ 8’/0              gone       Field, dug out May 2012&13

 17. Phyllostachys aureosulcata              25’/0        3rd cutting      Duck & Swinhoe Pens

Cut out fall 2011   Still many 4’ culms to be re-cut .

 18. Phyll. aureosulcata -Aureocaulis-  22’/0          3rd cutting    Reeve’s Pen, cut down 6/12

Still a great many wispy culms to be re-cut.

19. Phyllostachys aureosulcata  ‘Spectabilis’          24’            excellent         Driveway

5% die back by spring 2015. Doing well.

20. Phyllostachys nigra                         10’                   good               Fireback Pen

Considerable die back, very little if any left. Some 12” or less culms.

 21. Phyllostachys parvifolia                  24’                   excellent         across from Peonies

Back hoe dug out most all, fall 2014. Some sneaking up along periphery.

 22. Pleioblastus distichus ‘Mini’            12”/0              invasive, trying to remove @ Deck

Still trying to remove.

23. Pleioblastus viridi striatus               16”                  excellent         Driveway

Culms not over wintering. Cut to ground and up it comes next year.

24. Pleioblastus viridi striatus Chrysophylla 16”     excellent         Driveway myrtle

Cut old culms to ground. Spreading mightily, mowing to eliminate future problems.

The winter of 2014-2015 was bitter cold with no snow cover until the end of January. The minimum temperature at our house was – 5 deg. F. This is colder than I have seen since living there since 1999. This occurred at night with no snow cover. After mid-January the snow came, and we had significant cover for the balance of the winter.

The winter of 2013-2014 had a minimum temperature of 5 deg. F. However, there was much high wind and very little snow cover. A very hard winter for plants.

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Bamboo Poles available in CT

From member Paul Carpenter –
A gentleman in my town (Easton, CT) almost lost his 30 yr old ½ acre grove this winter. It went down to -19 degrees. He has about 500 22 ft poles, 1.5 diameter mostly, if you know anybody looking.  Luckily there are new shoots so he’s back in the groove!

I’m 5 miles south of him and my half acre of bamboo survived.  I registered  -6 and -9 degree days.  My Bamboo were planted only 3 years ago.

<note:  I don’t know which species this is, but contact Paul for more info>

Paul Carpenter, DC   carpentercorps.com@gmail.com

203 374 4393

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27-  2015

NORTHEAST CHAPTER event!

The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum is an arboretum of 13 hectares (32 acres), located at 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, Rhode Island, mid-way between Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, onBristol Harbor with views over Narragansett Bay. It includes a mansion, with a 4 hectares (9.9 acres) lawn and over 300 species of woody plants in its arboretum and gardens, including both native and exotic species.  And a really nice, well-managed grove of Yellow Groove bamboo, Phyllostachys aureosulcata!

A sitting area at Blithewold with some shade under a bamboo pergola.
The giant grove of Yellow-Grove at Blithewold

A newly installed bamboo garden created by James Clever for a client wanting a privacy screen.

NEC Meeting!

NEC Meeting!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this wonderful venue! The gardens will be looking great and the facilities will allow us a nice place to share discussions and lots of conversations.

Program Includes:

JAMES CLEVERBamboo Gardener from Seattle WA will come and share his experiences of controlling running bamboos and designing bamboo gardens. His approach will be a real lesson, especially to those that are AFRAID of bamboo ! That fear comes from not knowing enough about how bamboo grows!  It is possible and realistic to have bamboo in <almost> any garden!

WHITNEY ADAMS –with 30 years experience growing bamboo in a residential neighborhood, will tell about using herbicide to control unwanted rhizome spread!

A.C. LAKSHMANA –  a retired Indian government official with vast experience using bamboo as environmental remedy, will speak about bamboos role in soil stability.

Tour of the grounds will be with Blithewold’s Horticulturist, Fred Perry.

On Friday and/orSunday, we will arrange side trips for those interested!  Saturdayevening we can share dinner at a nearby restaurant.

SAVE THE DATE!

  • Saturday, June 27
  • Blithewold Mansion and Gardens
  • Bristol, Rhode Island
  • 10am – 4pm
  • website here for more info
  • Cost $35 includes entrance fee, presentations, box lunch, and grounds tour
  • You mustRSVP! See below …
James Clever – bamboo expert and guest speaker

NEC is looking for volunteers!

We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, bamboo-philes to organize meetings, work-parties, tours, whatever in our Northeast region. There are a lot of miles out there, and we try to host gatherings wherever we can. But we need your help!

Send us a line if you are “game” to host a gathering or lead us on a tour!

 

Have you renewed your membership in ABS? Please pay your dues so you don’t miss issues of BAMBOO magazine.

http://bamboo.org/bamboo-membership.php

TO RSVP FOR THE JUNE 27 MEETING :   PLEASE SEND A CHECK PAYABLE TO NEC FOR $35 TO NEC TREASURER, FRAN BARTHOLOMEW, 750 Krumkill Road, Albany, NY 12203   We need your confirmed registration before June 22 in order to provide you with LUNCH.  Registration at the door is $45.  Please plan ahead!  Thanks! We look forward to sharing a great time with you all.
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Annual Meeting of the ABS – October 28-November 1 2015

 Where :   Xalapa, México

“Tropical Bamboos for a Better World”

Potential Schedule for 2015 ABS Conference, Xalapa, Veracruz, México

October 28th

Pre-meeting field trip to the El Riscal, a new bamboo plantation and walk in the cloud forest in the Perote Mountain.

October 29th

ABS Board Meeting at Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanical Garden Auditorium (Pending location)

October 30th

Keynote opening speaker: Dr. Lynn G. Clark (Bamboo revolution:  recent advances in understanding bamboo evolution).

Mauricio Villaumin (Bambuver: experiences running the first commercial Mexican bamboo company and plantation)

Dr. Víctor Ordoñez (Physical and mechanical properties of Mexican Guaduas and other species)

Dr. Teresa Mejía (Mexican bamboo living collections)

Lic. Arturo Aguilar (Bamboo culm sheaths uses)

Ing. Armando Moreno Sánchez (Bamboo architecture projects in Mexico)

Demonstration how to make baskets using otate (Otatea acuminata = Mexican weeping bamboo)

Bamboo for kids I: paper making and decorating it with bamboo leaves.

October 31th

Ing. Ximena Londoño (Guadua angustifolia, an agroforestry plant)

Dr. Felipe Trabanino (Guadua as a mortuary item in Mayan burials)

Dr. Luis Cervantes (Insects in association with bamboos)

Mike Bostwick (Bamboo Landscape design)

Dr. Rogelio Macías (Otatea acuminata: distribution, propagation, current and potential uses)

Mauricio Mora Tello (Bambusa Cholula Beer, the first Latinoamerican beer that uses bamboo in its elaboration and experiences running a microbrewery)

TodoBambu (Demonstration how to make furniture using different bamboo species)

Bamboo for kids II: how to build a kite using bamboo sticks.

November 1st

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) field trip to the Naolinco city, to know this traditional celebration in México.

Stay tuned to the ABS website for registration info, www.bamboo.org

REGISTER HERE

http://www.bamboo.org/forms/ABS2015registration.html

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NEC Meeting June 27, 2015 Join us!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this wonderful venue! The gardens will be looking great and the facilities will allow us a nice place to share discussions and lots of conversations.

Guest Speaker -to be announced!

On Friday and/or Sunday, we can arrange side trips for those interested!  Saturday evening we can share dinner at a nearby restaurant.

SAVE THE DATE!

  • Saturday, June 27
  • Blithewold Mansion and Gardens
  • Bristol, Rhode Island
  • 10am – 4pm
  • website here for more info
  • Cost $35 includes entrance fee, presentations, box lunch, and grounds tour
  • You must RSVP!   Please send me an email at susannelucas@gmail.com

The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum is an arboretum of 13 hectares (32 acres), located at 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, Rhode Island, mid-way between Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, onBristol Harbor with views over Narragansett Bay. It includes a mansion, with a 4 hectares (9.9 acres) lawn and over 300 species of woody plants in its arboretum and gardens, including both native and exotic species. And a really nice, well-managed grove of Yellow Groove bamboo, Phyllostachys aureosulcata!

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Bamboo presentation for the Pacific Northwest Chapter, January 31, 2015

January 31st, 12:30-2:30
Hoyt Arboretum, Bill DeWeese Classroom, Portland OREGON

Presentation Title: Looking into Moso plantations, China

I have been working as an independent consultant to commercial companies interested in developing bamboo plantations in the U.S. Most recently, concerns regarding the availability of bamboo plants for research plots, and the clonal integrity of bamboo seedlings produced in-vitro, have led me to question of the feasibility of growing moso bamboo as a source for paper pulp in the United States.

China is reported to have both the largest and the fastest growing bamboo sector, involving more than ten million bamboo farmers, providing 35 million jobs and generating a market value of over 10.5 billion U.S. dollars of exports of various bamboo products for the global market. Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens [syn. edulis]) has the highest ecological, economic and cultural value of all bamboos in Asia, accounting for almost 70% of the total area of bamboo growth. This bamboo alone is valued at 5 billion U.S. dollars of annual forest production in China. For these reasons, I traveled to China to find out first-hand about moso plantation development, and other aspects of moso cultivation that is required for successful translation in the United States.

I went to China in February 2014 to ask questions and visit plantations. Please come hear and see my impressions.

Susanne Lucas, Horticulturist
9 Bloody Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360 USA

www.susannelucas.com / susannelucas@gmail.com

Executive Director, Ned Jaquith Foundation, www.nedjaquithfoundation.org

Executive Director, World Bamboo Organization, www.worldbamboo.net

Vice President, American Bamboo Society

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NEC Newsletter sent via email today, November 19 – 2014

If any of you out there who are paid members of the Northeast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society, please let me know if you did NOT get the electronic newsletter I sent out this morning. We are updating our email membership list, and I don’t want to leave anyone out! Send private message to ne-chapter@bamboo.org. Thanks! ~ Susanne

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